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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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  • Sharon
    6:51 am, March 27, 2017
    You guys compliment each other so well and it's always fun to watch!!!!
  • Millie Janisch
    9:39 am, March 26, 2017
    My husband and I do enjoy watching your show! We love the 'down to earth' presence you both have! It feels like you are 'spreading your wings' a bit this season and we love it! One of the things I love the most is that you include your kids and share the values you want to instill in them. Blessings to you and your family.
  • Lynnderella
    10:09 pm, March 25, 2017
    I'm so happy that you are placing books spine side out! I'm curious why you turned them page side out in earlier shows. I'm a teacher with a "book room" in my house and not seeing the titles would drive me nuts! Maybe those books you used weren't real books, or they are strictly for decoration?
  • Dot L.
    4:21 pm, March 25, 2017
    My Husband and I enjoy watching your episodes immensely. You are both gifted with creativity, skills and great vision. You have a beautiful family. Thank you so much for the enjoyment.
  • Katie Dixon
    12:22 pm, March 25, 2017
    What is the color of the Phipps's house? Looks like a bluish gray. I like it. I have a light gray and white trim but want to paint a bit darker. Besides white, what other trim colors would look nice?
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