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Episode 06 - The Pick A Door House

January 17, 2017

The Wixsoms, Dean and Brittany, are both Baylor grads who moved back to Waco from Colorado. They were looking to settle into a family home that matched their modern style, but wasn’t too far from the natural elements they both loved about Colorado.

Objective: Create an open space that reflects the same modern industrial vibe as the rest of the house.

Objective: Convert the existing fireplace into a focal point that gives the entire room something unique to center around.

Objective: Build a nook that feels like an extension of the rest of the house, and has easy access to the kitchen.

Objective: Give the Wixsoms a practical, quiet space to get work done.

Objective: Transform the garage into a master suite with plenty of space for the Wixsoms.

Q. We love the modern style of your home. Have you always had this type of style?

A. Our style has definitely evolved since the beginning of our marriage. One thing that has remained the same is our love for simplicity and minimalism. We love spaces that feel open and airy. Less is more around our house.
Q. This modern style is quite different from The Gaines farmhouse. Was this a challenge in the design process?

A. We knew going in that our style was out of the norm, but we had confidence in the Gaines. Their ability to capture a client’s vision and remain true to their aesthetic allowed us to feel at ease throughout the renovation.

Q. Is it difficult to keep the simplistic style of the home on a day to day basis?
A. It can be challenging to keep our space uncluttered, especially having a one year old. We try to avoid impulse purchases and choose pieces that are meaningful to us or contribute to the functionality of the home.
Q. What was the inspiration behind your home?
A. The first place we called home as a married couple was an industrial loft in downtown Denver. It utilized a lot of raw elements like concrete. Ever since, we’ve dreamed of incorporating industrial features into a home for our family. It’s been super cool to see that dream become a reality.

This is by far the most modern home we’ve ever gotten to design, and I loved every minute of creating this space for the Wixsom family! The Wixsoms’ willingness to trust us and let us design a home we knew would be perfect for these two ensured this would be a unique project for the books!



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  • Justme
    1:36 pm, February 25, 2017
    I'll have to admit , not my favorite house. The large room doors are awesome
  • Jyl
    3:12 pm, February 17, 2017
    What color black paint was used on the shiplap? I want to copy :)
  • Ruthe Bullington
    10:23 pm, February 15, 2017
    Dear Joann: a friend of mine had told me you were only doing six shows this season and I was really diappointed! I wrote a note to you expressing my disappointment. Now I must apologize.....I am really enjoying this season and ALL the many shows you have had on! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
  • Susy Brumleve
    7:35 pm, February 10, 2017
    Lovely... Simplicity is the best.
  • Amanda Wilson
    10:54 am, February 10, 2017
    The Wixsom house is my all time favorite Fixer Upper! I'd love to know where I can buy the coach lights you used on the front of the house as well as those amazing planters!
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