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Episode 12 - The Pocket Door House

March 3, 2017

The Phipps family was in the middle of a move back to Waco, Texas with their two young kids and needed a comfortable space to call home. Lauren loved the classic farmhouse style. With this in mind I designed an open concept space with a homey, cottage feel to it.

Between all of the white cabinetry, the medium wood accents and the pops of navy, this home was able to be transformed into a “modern farmhouse” with a twist. Elements such as the barn doors were on target with the farmhouse style, but then were given a unique and fresh take by using an interesting wood pattern.

Objective: The kitchen is the heart of this home, so we wanted to reposition it to become a place the family could gather around the oversized island.

Objective:  Open up the space and make it a great room rather than two separate closed off spaces.

Objective: The playroom should double as a guest room, but still have plenty of room for toys and kids to crawl around and play.

Q. How was your own personal style revealed in your home?

A. I would describe our style as traditional. Joanna really pushed us in our design meeting, and it was nice because things we would have never tried she put into our house. For example, she chose the navy on the island and mantel. When she first said that, I wasn’t so sure at first, but it turned out great.

Q. We love your kitchen! What was your favorite part about this space?

A. I absolutely love my kitchen. I live in it.  It’s so open and family oriented. When I’m cooking or cleaning I can see into the playroom and still interact with my kids and be a part of what’s going on. I especially love the large island in the kitchen. You would think that you could never use all of that space, but somehow it always fills up. We just had a bunch of people over for my husband’s 30th birthday, so all the the space definitely came in handy.

Q. What advice would you give to Fixer Upper families in the future?

A. Be open — especially in the design sense. The things you think you like can be challenged, but in a good way. Be patient because the final result is way better than you can imagine, and it’s well worth the wait.

We’re so excited to welcome the Phipps family to Waco! Chip and I hope this home is the perfect space for them to relax and begin planting their Waco roots. Welcome home, Phipps family! We hope you love this space for years to come.


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  • Sally Merrill
    10:58 am, July 19, 2017
    I would love to know the exterior color for the Pocket Door Paradise house! Thank you!
  • Nicole Davis
    10:11 am, July 14, 2017
    I love, love, love the light fixture above the dining room table! We are in the process of fixing up our home outside and need a new light fixture above our dining room table - is there any way y'all can share where it's from?
  • Debbie Buckley
    9:58 am, July 14, 2017
    I love the wood chandelier in the living room. Can I buy one?
  • joann vermillion
    8:46 pm, July 2, 2017
    What kind of hardwood flooring is used in the homes you remodeled? I'm in the process of remodeling our home and I would like to know what you use and why.
  • Melissa Alonzo
    7:58 pm, June 18, 2017
    Looking to refresh my home and, I would love to know the color of the exterior paint color used.
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