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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  • Cindy Semler
    4:00 pm, February 26, 2017
    Always a great job done. The two of you work so well together and ever so creative, congratulations, don't ever stop doing what your doing. Your Blessing the whole world with your God given talents. Every time I watch your show on TV its like walking into a fantasy dream world, come do my house...
    Love you guys
  • Nicoletta Ranieri
    2:36 pm, February 26, 2017
    Meraviglio tutto ciò che create ! ✍🏻💬☺️☘💞🍀 Gusto, passione , funzionalità, armonia, amore e tanta ironia ! Requisiti Importanti per realizzare progetti con carattere e personalità ! Vi abbraccio affettuosamente e complimenti per la vostra bellissima famiglia!
  • Nikki
    10:08 am, February 26, 2017
    What color paint did Jo use on the entertainment center in the playroom? Was is Sir Drake? I love it and I would really like to use it in my house!
  • Suzy Quattlebaum
    9:29 am, February 26, 2017
    We just purchased a house near Charleston, SC and could really use your help. It is stuck in the 80's and needs some updating. Please consider making the trip. Charleston is a beautiful place and the children would love the history and the beach.
  • Alan Pond
    9:03 am, February 26, 2017
    Could you tell me what quartz you used in the kitchen??
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