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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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  • Sara B Montgomery
    12:50 pm, November 19, 2017
    I love the front porch rocking chairs and would love to know where I can purchase them?
  • Eliana Gagliano
    11:50 am, November 18, 2017
    I am absolutely in love with you both, I have been inspired and motivated by how detail your hard work pays off and I am grateful to have a MAGNOLIA picture frame from your store that was sent to be by a dear friend who recently visited your beautiful store. I look forward to someday owning my first home and completely be designed with your ideas. I THANK YOU and always look forward to seeing your amazing crafts. LOVE YOU GUYS!
  • Bob Starner
    8:25 am, November 18, 2017
    Who is the manufacturer of the laundry room farmhouse sink faucet!? We have the same sink and having trouble finding a wall mounted faucet with a shorter radius swivel that fits... Thank You
  • Bonnie Ball
    5:41 pm, November 17, 2017
    I love the island and would like to know where it came from or who made it. I have been looking for one very similiar for a long time. Please help. Blessings
  • Kelley
    4:06 pm, November 12, 2017
    What color are the walls in the laundry room and the trim too? also, the brick on the walls?
    • Susan
      6:06 pm, November 13, 2017
      I am wanting to know too! Thanks
    • Michelle
      8:37 pm, November 19, 2017
      Me too. I want it in my bathroom!
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