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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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  • Judith
    2:42 pm, April 19, 2017
    Now that you Aren't staying in fixer upper, and doing a cosmetic line,what will you do with all the stash you have in Magnolia house . Sell it? What a shock to me, when i read that you were backing out
    Of fixer upper. Jeez a husband 4 kids fixer upper Magnolia house and the silo's. You cannot do it all.
    I am saddened you are quitting the show and everyone else will be too! Well good luck to you and Chip. Just love and take care of the children and you and Chip
    • Petra
      9:26 am, April 20, 2017
      That isn't true, she is staying with the show, just do a search on Snopes and you can see that it was just a false rumor.
  • Gigi Bass
    7:35 am, April 17, 2017
    Where can I find the ceiling fan in the Bufton Fixer upper playroom .
  • Michelle
    9:41 pm, April 4, 2017
    What floors were used for this project?
  • Crystal Hughes
    1:01 pm, April 4, 2017
    does anyone know what brand Joanna's rain-jacket is in this episode??? so cute! I love the drawstring.
  • Jeanne
    1:59 pm, March 30, 2017
    Joanna, I have never seen anyone decorate a home like you. I watch every show, will not miss one. Just wish that I lived near you because I would go like your children and help bring in the things that were needed to do the home.
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