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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 and Pantry Hall


Living, Dining, and Kitchen

Office and Sitting Room

Master Bedroom

Master 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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  • kathleen brierley
    5:15 pm, March 28, 2017
    The show i watch over and over but i fell in love with this sweet family, would consider moving to Waco so i could adopt you both lol although you both have lovely parents Chip and Joanna this was meant to give you a good laugh, my name is katie i live in Colorado, but we have family in Texas hope to visit sometime much love my darlings 😚
  • Gwenevere Spruiell
    5:09 pm, March 28, 2017
    I love the show.I watch ever time I get a chance. Waiting on the day thatI can get you an your hubbie can help us out.
  • cathy allen
    1:05 pm, March 28, 2017
    love your show seen every episode.
  • Stephanie Durden
    1:13 pm, March 27, 2017
    My fiancé and I have been watching your show for the past two years. We have so many similar tastes in style and design as featured in your lovely farmhouse. We are childhood sweethearts that reconnected after 30 years. We are so excited about our Fall wedding (small affair) and starting a new life together in a home that we are looking forward to making our own - using so many of your wonderful ideas.
  • Jennifer Rogers
    5:37 pm, March 26, 2017
    I love your house, I have a home in coastal GA from the early 1900s with beautiful live oak and several beautiful palm trees on abt 1 and 1/2 acres. It was my great grandparents home, we just begun trying to work on it while juggling our full time jobs and our 2 sons, I keep saying I sure wish Chip and Joanna could fix this house. The house has the original windows, footboard and trim (with painted layers) it needs so much work. Today we torn down sheetrock and in rooms thay we peaked through the sheetrock have the original tounge and grove beadboard. I wish we could restore it, really wish ya'll could do the renos!
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