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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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  • Marcia Keeter
    5:30 pm, May 16, 2017
    What is the color of the kitchen island and fireplace at the Pocket door house?
  • Amy Smith
    6:24 pm, May 14, 2017
    I would love to know the island paint color & wall/trim color in kitchen. Picking out colors for our house and this is exactly what I'm looking for! Love you guys! Love Fixer Upper! Thank you!
  • Andrea F
    2:56 pm, May 4, 2017
    Can you share where the dining room light fixture is from? Thanks!
  • Pamela R Mason
    11:26 am, April 29, 2017
    I am trying to determine what color the exterior and exterior accent colors are for the house on Season 4 episode 12. Can you please email me this information. My sister and I just bought a house together and the exterior is in need of new paint in a big way. Our house has similar lines to the one in this episode so we want to go with that look. We love Chip and Joanna. My sister even met them briefly on her way to Cleveland a while back. Thank you for sharing your expertise, your family and your love for living life in your own wonderful Magnolia way. Watching at this very it always. We are addicted! LOL
    Pamela and Linda
    • Kaye Tabor
      7:37 pm, May 16, 2017
      Would love to receive outside paint colors. Especially love the natural color of the shutters. Love Fixer/Upper!
  • Ruth Dwiggins
    3:07 pm, April 28, 2017
    Bought the "grow old with me" sign just prior to losing my husband. God gave us 3 years, 11 months and 23 days, which were the best days of both of our 70 years! God is good! We love y'all and those precious children! Thank y'all for the beautiful designs and the wonderful fun from Chip! May God continue to bless you and yours!
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