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The Farmhouse

April 10, 2014

After living in nine different homes, we were ready to settle on some land and stay a while. Living on a farm has always been a dream of ours, and we were excited when it finally became a reality. We bought the farmhouse in 2012 and spent a year and a half carefully piecing it back together. The oak trees that surround the property are what drew us to the place. The house, however, was too small for our family of 6. It started as a two bedroom house and the attic was unfinished. The only add on was our master bedroom and we reconfigured the rest of the walls within the existing home and worked with what we had. My main priority was to open up the main living, dining, and kitchen area. We also finished out the upstairs and created a nice size family room, a guest bedroom and craft room. It took several months to get all my ideas on paper because there was a lot of reconfiguring to do to make the space work for our family.

No one really knew what year the house was built, but when we started tearing off the vinyl siding on the exterior we found paperwork from 1895. If these oak trees could talk I would love to hear their stories! As we started the demo and the renovation process I wanted to make sure all the character of this amazing old house would not get lost. Since we added on our master bedroom I used the flooring in the attic for my floors and I also incorporated old doors so the space felt like the rest of the house. I had the best time looking for older fixtures and doors to use and we salvaged all the existing trim and molding to preserve the timeless look of this home.

The process took longer than anticipated because we were juggling our business renovations with our personal one. It was a good day when we finally moved in late October of 2013.  I chose whites and soft neutral tones in the farmhouse so that it would be a calm place for the family when life gets full. We are finally in and settled and it is home sweet home for us. We are loving farm life and all the animals that call it their home too. It’s been quite an adventure!

welcome to

The Farmhouse


 Front Elevation

 Rear Elevation

Front Entry

Laundry + Pantry Hall


Living, Dining, and Kitchen

Office + Sitting Room

Master Bedroom + Bathroom

Girls Bedroom

Boys Bedroom


Upstairs Livingroom

Coffee Bar

Craft Room for Kids

Jo’s Craft Room

Guest Room

Guest Bathroom

Outdoor Eating Area

Jo’s Garden

{Photo Credit:Molly Winn Photography}


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  • Nancy
    12:49 am, November 21, 2017
    I think you both are the finest fixer uppers and really go above and beyond without ov e r pricing. Thank you for that. I live in WPB Fl. and need an updated home so bad and love your style. If you ever want to come to Fl. you have a place to stay and would love your guidance. Looking forward to your newsletters. Thank you Both for sharing. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOUR FAMILY IN ALL YOU DO.
    Nancy W.
  • Gloria
    3:32 pm, November 16, 2017
    Sad to see the end of your show, but ompletely understand. Will miss wathing your family grow. Visited Magnolia market at the silos this week for the first time. I couldn't quite describe the atmosphere while I was there but another person who left a comment did perfectly. It was calm and peaceful. Can you imagine that in a business that size with the number of daily visitors it enjoys!. Great job Chip and JOanna! What an accomplishment to feel peace and calm at a retail market. I hope to see you doing some tv specials hopefully to keep in touch with all who love you.
  • Amanda Watson
    10:11 pm, November 12, 2017
    I'm so sad to see y'alls show leaving us but completely understand why. I've been a huge fan and watched Fixer Upper from the beginning. It's been a pleasure and a blessing to be, what I feel like, a part of your family and watch it grow. My whole family are fans of yours! Our recent trip to Magnolia Market was amazing. Everything was so beautiful and friendly and the feeling of calm was addicting. Coming from someone that has Anxiety Disorder and PTSD you'll never know how wonderful it is to go somewhere new and feel instantly at home. Thank you both so much for what y'all have brought to the world. God bless you both in your future endeavors and prayers for all 6 of y'all. ❤
  • Jane
    5:38 pm, November 11, 2017
    I love your magazine and visiting The Silos, Magnolia, etc.
    But, today when I went to Target and noted that the cookie cutters
    I was after were made in China, I was very disappointed. I had hoped
    you would proudly be Made in the USA . I walked away.
    • Jeanette Dippell
      7:52 pm, November 16, 2017
      Yes, I too visited TARGET's display of Magnolia things. Please bring in some MADE in the USA things
      for those of us who are trying to buy only Made in the US products.
      Love everything you are doing, congratulations on the decision to make family your Number 1 "job" and I am eager to see what your next projects are.
    • Joe
      4:13 pm, November 17, 2017
      Good things come from other countries too. Her father is half Lebanese/half German and her mother is full Korean.
  • Linda
    2:37 pm, November 11, 2017
    Using your Gifts God have blessed you with (entire Family), is the reason for all your successful endeavors. When you give Him the praise and honor, you will never lack for nothing.
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