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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  • Wendy
    8:13 pm, September 24, 2017
    I love the kitchen, well done! If you done mind me asking what paint color is the cabnet and what type of wood was used for the island?
    Thank you, for your time.
  • Kathy Dut
    10:49 am, September 23, 2017
    Love the show. Recommend that Chip wear protective eye glasses when he is doing demolition. I am building a home and love seeing what they do to "fix up" existing homes.
  • Chris Caron
    10:10 am, September 23, 2017
    I love the wooden coffee table in the family room. Is this a man made one or can I purchase this somewhere?
    Absolutely beautiful work.
  • Jordan Hiatt
    3:33 pm, September 20, 2017
    How do I find out what color the cabinets in the kitchen are? Also interested in the backsplash tiles, where can i get those😍
  • Elize
    4:36 am, September 20, 2017
    Very smart, beautiful finishes and practical not too much, cannot beat class and style, enjoy your home.
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