AT HOME | a blog by Joanna Gaines

Episode 14 - The Hot Sauce House

March 17, 2017

This home we renovated for the Ignacio family was really one for the books. The rustic Italian style home was brought to life by the raised ceilings, dramatic raw wood beams and dark wood floors. This home’s ironwork, antique doors, bronze hardware and arched openings give it the feeling of an old chateau you’d stumble upon in Italy. Elements like the stucco fireplace and handmade stone backsplash are the details that really take it to the next level and make this home extra special.

Objective: Create a separate living space to retreat and read, watch TV or entertain guests.

Objective: Construct the perfect open concept room that’s ideal for family gathering. Raise ceilings to give that grand feel to the space.

Objective: A space that is close to the kitchen but will allow for a separate space for eating and visiting.

Objective: Set aside a space specifically designed for the kids to both play and complete homework.

Objective: Design a mud room that reflects the family’s style and adds a little creative fun to the space.

Objective: An easily accessible bathroom for downstairs use.

Q. Why did you apply for Fixer Upper?

A. Well we decided to move to Waco because we wanted our family to be closer to my husband’s mother. We knew that going from a big city to a small city was going to be a big change. We thought Waco would be a good place to raise a family.

Q. What was your favorite part of the renovation process?

A. Mine was seeing the 3D model of the design plan. It made it more real, and it was nice to see what we had talked about with Joanna come to life. As far as the three options, we really wanted to have beams, so that part was a no brainer.

Q. Which room in the home do you spend most of your time?

A. Our children love the playroom. They use the desks all of the time to do their homework, read and write on the chalkboards. I have kids ranging from two to ten years old, but every one of them love using that space.

Q. Each room is filled with many warm tones that add to the ranch and homey style. How did you decide on this color palette?

A. We wanted an Italian rustic feel, but some Italian homes are dark and we didn’t want that aspect. We wanted bright. My husband and I had a bunch of ideas and then Joanna took that and turned it into something we loved. The warmness of the paint really captures that feeling. It highlights the wood and the metal so well. It makes it pop.

The Ignacio family’s non-traditional style made this house so fun to work on. I loved tackling the rustic Italian style this family wanted. Thank you, Ignacio family, for sharing this space with us! We enjoyed turning this into your forever home.


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  • Tara Hari
    6:54 am, July 21, 2017
    Was watching your show and i love your style and good idea,thankyou.
  • Lynne Alaia
    8:40 am, July 17, 2017
    Was watching the marathon last night and when I re-watched this one I was reminded of how much I loved that kitchen. Best kitchen ever! Just wanted to let you know it was an awesome change to what was there. :)
  • Candace
    9:14 pm, July 16, 2017
    What happened to the candy cabin? Those trees were amazing. The house had potential!Thanks
  • Sheila McCroey
    11:02 am, July 15, 2017
    Love the show. All the houses are beautiful. I wanted to ask about the trim and wall colors inthis home. Are they available through Magnolia Market?
  • Marybeth Wildes Sapp
    12:15 pm, July 14, 2017
    Three of my sisters and I visited your gift shop and bakery at the silos in Waco in late April of this year. We were with another sister in Gatesville and could not get that near Waco and not visit the places we have heard so much about on your TV show. Some in our group bought several long sleeve shirts; I don't see any long sleeve shirts on your web site. How do I gain access to information concerning possible purchase of some of these shirts.? Could it be that when I was actually there, my main focus was the bakery...delicious! Now I would like to concentrate on possibly ordering shirts. Thank you.
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