AT HOME | a blog by Joanna Gaines

Episode 03 - The Plain Gray Ranch

December 14, 2016

The Yeildings described their design style as traditional, but the home they chose was more ranch-style, so I wanted to find a way to blend both styles seamlessly. The original layout of the home was closed off, which is typical of the 1950s era when it was built. It was sectioned off with lots of unnecessary walls and dated design elements, like heart-patterned wallpaper and linoleum flooring. Spaces like the kitchen and master bathroom needed a complete update, while the family room, entryway and master bedroom only required cosmetic updates to add character. With the Yeildings’ love of entertaining, and their styles in mind, we created a house we hoped they’d be excited to call home.


Objective: Entertaining is the Yeildings’ favorite thing to do weekly, so it was important that the kitchen space also encompassed a dining space.


 Objective: To remove wall separating the living room from the kitchen, open up the floor plan and design a traditional space that the Yeildings would enjoy. 


 Objective: The master suite needed to be a retreat for the Yeildings to relax after a long day. They also needed a larger master bathroom with a tub and a shower.


Q. Your unique island with the built in booth was one of our favorites. How have you used this in your everyday life?

A.Yes, we love our island. We use it a lot, especially when we have company over since it doubles as a seating/dining room table. Everyone always comments on our Carrara marble!

Q. Was there anything about the house that you specifically asked for?

A.When we were looking at other houses, something we really wanted was a fireplace. So, I was pretty bummed when this house didn’t have one. When we walked in and saw the fireplace it was such a fun surprise.

Q. What was your favorite room in the house?

A. I love the kitchen, living, and dining area. It’s an open floor plan, so I guess that counts as one space. So much really great natural light comes in with the french doors. It feels really peaceful.

Q. Did you ask for any specific colors?

A.We really wanted the kitchen to be white. It turned out so well using the neutral color in our cabinets and fridge. Another one of my favorites was the backsplash in the kitchen.

It was an honor to be able to fix up the Yeilding family’s very first home together. I hope entertaining friends becomes seamless in this new space, and the newly renovated master retreat is a peaceful place they can relax for years to come. 


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  • Mary MacDonald
    11:16 am, May 20, 2017
    I love the leather chair with wood trim in the living room. Where did you get that?
    Thank you! Mary!
    • Laurel
      10:08 pm, May 26, 2017
      Mary, I have that same chair. It is from Thomasville. I was lucky enough to get it at auction for a steal!
  • Katrina
    11:03 am, May 20, 2017
    I love the tile you used for the backsplash in the kitchen. Can you tell me where to get it?
  • Cory
    7:25 pm, April 19, 2017
    would like to know what paint color that was in the living room?
  • Dawn T Bernett
    8:55 pm, April 18, 2017
    Where can I purchase the leather chair and ottoman in the living area??
  • Susan Brown
    1:49 pm, March 25, 2017
    Hi Joanna, please help! Here are the candlesticks again on the mantle that I cannot find anywhere?
    Please, if anyone could help me find these I would be so happy.
    • Nicole
      12:11 pm, May 15, 2017
      I can't find them anywhere either! I've been searching a while. I'll watch the thread to hopefully get pointed in the right direction. Thanks! :)
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