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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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  • Laura
    3:18 pm, May 15, 2017
    Great job on the kitchen
  • Beverly Dubose
    4:15 pm, May 9, 2017
    I would love to see you guys do a home that is long from front to back with an add on that was once the back of the house. Need ideas to help this house I live in. It's old, really old and just so much need to be done. One room at a time
  • Darren Anderson
    12:18 pm, May 9, 2017
    What color did you paint the outside of the House
  • Dotty Wolfla
    4:01 pm, May 3, 2017
    II have watched Fixer Upper from the beginning and have actually got my husband watching it with me. We are always amazed at the beautiful work you and Chip do! I am interested in purchasing the sofa and chairs in the living room, could you please let me know where I could get them? Thanks
    • Dotty Wolfla
      5:11 pm, May 3, 2017
      My husband and have watched your show since it started. We are always amazed with the outcome. I would like to know where I could purchase the sofa and chairs from the living room in the "straight 80's house"
  • Sabrina Feliciano
    1:40 pm, May 3, 2017
    Hello. I am in love with the contemporary chandelier in the Buxton eighties house that was put in th dinning room. Can you please tell me where I can get it ??
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