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Episode 09 - The Mid-Century Modern Home

November 11, 2015

Chip and Joanna were excited to tackle this project for their friends, Jill and Josh, who were expecting a baby and buying their first home together as a couple. Bonded through their affinity towards flea markets and antiques, Joanna and Jill worked together many times in years past. Jill and Josh wanted their first home as a couple to represent their individual preferences and they landed on the messy Mid-Century Modern home. This unique home was different than any style of home they’d lived in before and coincidentally very rare for Waco. Although they both had experience renovating homes in the past, Jill and Josh hoped the Gaines’ could transform this quirky rundown house into a beautiful home that worked for their family.

Chip and Jo’s first step of this project was to clean up the exterior. The house sat on the market for quite a while and appeared run down and forgotten. Joanna incorporated all new wood siding. She updated all of the windows and painted the outside. New landscaping provided the finishing touches and brought new life to this modern home.


Inside the clients hoped to keep the Terrazzo flooring, which was incorporated throughout the main living space of the home. Chip and Jo left the flooring intact, but decided to add more space in the kitchen, which was too small for this blended family of seven. Joanna opened up this space, making it three times larger, and added windows to the back wall highlighting the best part of the house, the view. Jill’s love for brass is what inspired the design of the kitchen and Joanna hoped to create a space where the couple would enjoy hosting family and friends. Chip and Jo installed new black cabinets, appliances, a waterfall island, marble countertops and backsplash, and brass hardware. Simple pendant lights from Shades of Light offer a timeless look over the island. The walls were painted white for a clean finished look.


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Joanna also repurposed a lot of the wood from the original hearth of the fireplace, creating a bar top looking into the backyard in the kitchen. New French doors were added to make the room feel more dramatic.

In the living room Joanna redesigned the hearth and added modern concrete elements. The fireplace brick was repaired and painted white to make a clean and simple statement in the room. The light fixture (Shades of Light) over the coffee table added to the modern style of the home. On the back wall the client requested a work space and pantry area, so Joanna creatively added both of these elements near the back of the living space.

The dining area had dated wood paneling- Chip removed the paneling and retouched the walls with a flat texture and painted them white. New light fixtures were installed to give the room a final update.

One of Joanna’s favorite projects in the home was the master bedroom. The room originally felt dark and unimpressive so Joanna hoped to transform it into a place the couple enjoyed. She installed new windows and a brick accent wall along with eclectic light fixtures from Shades of Light. She also designed a personalized sign with the number seven on it, representing the client’s new blended family. To finish the space, Joanna added new flooring and a modern sliding door on a track.

 
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The master bathroom was also dark and tiny and desperately needed to be updated. Although the client’s budget wouldn’t allow for a larger bathroom, Joanna took the existing space and made several cosmetic tweaks which made the room feel two times larger. Chip and Jo installed concrete countertops and a lighter tile to brighten up the space, highlighting the new design elements. The walls were flat textured and painted white.


The last room Chip and Jo transformed was the sweetest space in the house: the nursery. Joanna was able to incorporate several of Jill’s family heirlooms in this room, adding thoughtful touches of whimsy. She selected bedding from Bella Notte, installed new flooring and painted the walls grey. This charming little room became the perfect home for the client’s baby to be.

 
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Although Waco is famous for many things, modern homes is not one of them. Chip and Jo loved taking on the challenge of this home for their friends and hoped to blend the modern elements of the home with the eclectic style Jill and Josh were known for. In the end, the simplicity and clean lines set the home apart and promised new life and many memories for this beautiful family of seven.

Joanna incorporated several products from her store, Magnolia Market, in this home; many of which are displayed below. If you are looking for a specific item, please refer to the pictures below or check out her online store at shop.magnoliahomes.net.

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  • Margaret F. Spoon
    7:36 pm, February 15, 2017
    Sad that there homes have been turned into rentals. Just the sound of it makes it sound unclassy. The almighty dollar will make some people sell anything.
  • Stacey
    5:18 pm, February 10, 2017
    I'd love to know where you found the dreamy light in the nursery. I've been poking around, but can't seem to find any info on that. Thank you!! Beautiful home!
    • Mary
      9:03 am, February 26, 2017
      Yes! I would also love to know where I could find the hanging ceiling light fixture in the babies room!
  • pat
    1:02 am, February 10, 2017
    I got tears in my eyes when I seen the results, and not because I liked it. Brass poles in the kitchen? Barn doors in the bedroom? A fringe rug over vintage terrazzo tiles? I normally like their work and most houses they do scream for a gut job but not this one. It would have been great if done with period details and improvements.
    • Tiaa
      6:23 pm, February 19, 2017
      agreed!
  • Erin
    4:25 pm, January 28, 2017
    What was used for the brick wall in the master bedroom? I'm hoping to do something similar in the house my husband and I are fixing up.
  • Denise
    9:37 am, January 16, 2017
    Awesome! Where can I find the tube vases and racks that were on the fireplace hearth?
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