AT HOME | a blog by Joanna Gaines

Episode 08 - The Straight '80s House

February 3, 2017

The Bufton family has a clean, traditional style, and the home they purchased matched up with that perfectly — other than the fact that I don’t think it had seen a single update since it was built. It was already beautiful and had a lot of curb appeal, but on the inside this home was dated and the floor plan was awkward. It focused on formal spaces the family didn’t need, and closed the kitchen off from the rest of the house. 

Objective: Design a space close to the playroom where Kristen and Brett can relax and hang out together.

Objective: Open the space up to the rest of the home and make room for a kid’s eat-in area, a small desk area and a large island.

Objective: Set aside an area where the Buftons can gather around the table together to share meals.

Objective: Create a space on the first floor where Kristen and Brett’s little girls can create and play.

Q.   What was the overall process like as a client?

A.  It was seamless. We basically just had a design meeting, discussed our family’s style and Joanna took care of the rest!

Q.   Was there anything about the reveal that surprised you?

A.   The kitchen. We knew we wanted it opened to the rest of the house, and we knew it would look waaaay different, but we could’ve never envisioned such a beautiful multi-use space. It’s our favorite part of the home.

Q.   Did you get the rest of the house renovated, or just what was shown on the show?

A.    We actually got the rest of the house finished out, too. Magnolia did cosmetic updates like paint, trim and flooring in the rest of the rooms and bathrooms. 

Kristen, Brett and their beautiful family were easy to design a space for. I love their style and I think this will be a space they can continue to grow into for years to come. A good neighborhood, great schools and a house that finally feels like home. Thanks, Bufton family!



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  • michaela anastasios
    7:21 pm, July 19, 2017
    I would love to know what the paint color is on the walls in the LR and where do you get the furniture. I love the wood and leather and haven't found anything like what you show on the show, where are you finding these gems.
  • Jennifer
    12:45 pm, July 4, 2017
    This is probably a long shot as it doesn't appear that other comments have been replied to, but I was searching to find the exterior paint color(cream/white) used on this house. I've searched Joanna's blog, Pinterest, etc. Didn't know if it was something that could be shared or not? Thank you.
  • Rachel Williams
    2:33 pm, June 20, 2017
    I have looked all over, including on the Magnolia websight, to find the leather sofa they used in their living room! Could you tell me where I could possibly find it?
  • Linda
    4:11 pm, June 18, 2017
    I love what you did with this house Chip and Joanna! I love the way you talk with such respect to one another including your children. Thank you for setting such a great example. Can you tell me where on earth that amazing multi blade ceiling fan came from? Thank you
    • Sherry
      12:38 pm, July 1, 2017
      I MUST have a fan like that! Any word on where I can get one?
    • Gail
      1:22 pm, July 4, 2017
      That fan is fantastic! Where is it from?
    • Cathy
      6:24 pm, July 20, 2017
      The ceiling fan is called Rustic Windmill ceiling fan. It is available in 2 colors and 2 sizes from numerous websites, just google it. Hope this helps.
  • Holly Bullard
    2:55 pm, June 18, 2017
    Hi Chip & Joanna, I love your painted brick exterior updates. Could you kindly list some of your favorite white exterior paint colors for brick homes? Holly Bullard
    • Jennifer
      12:46 pm, July 4, 2017
      I'm searching for this answer as well! Choosing the right color white or cream exterior is proving more difficult than I had hoped.
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