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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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  • Ruth Stevens
    12:16 pm, July 22, 2017
    Chip n Jo,
    I am so in love with your designs! My house is 95% paneling. I hate it! My house is over 60 yrs old n has never had new windows. landscaping is ugly n we live where many cars stop at a traffic light on a daily basis. I tell my husband that I have faith that one day Chip n Jo will do a fixer upper in our home. We're from WV but with faith, I know the day will come. I'm saving money for that day. :) My husband grins n says to me, keep waiting. :(. Hope is all I have right now but my God will bring it to reality.

    You're both an amazing couple with a beautiful family. What a blessing! I watch all your episodes n reruns. I no longer watch any other shows related to fixer uppers. You are the best of the best. Blessings always!

    With much love in Christ... Ruth
  • Jeff and Joanne Bissell
    6:26 pm, July 21, 2017
    My wife,Joanne, and I love Fixer-Upper on HGTV but most of all we love you and Chip. We have been married for 46 years and kid around as you two do....maybe that's the secret.You two are made for each other.If you need a home to fix up in Western Pennsylvania please do ours!!! Sincerely. Jeff
  • Laurea Voss
    11:41 am, July 18, 2017
    I just love your design and renovation styles. It resonates to me like no other. Haven't been this excited about home design in 30 years since I was in the UCLA home and business design program (had to stop going since I had babies and a tricky pregnancy). So proud of all your accomplishments and new skin care line. You guys are awesome (and so is God)!!! I'm so tempted to move to Waco since I haven't settled in a place yet since my divorce and kids are grown. Got any jobs available. Lol. God bless!!
  • Danielle Ladner
    1:25 pm, July 14, 2017
    I just left the Magnolia in Waco and it was so inspiring. If you ever would like a home to do fix it upper in South Mississippi please contact me. I love your work and ideas
  • Patti
    4:41 pm, July 13, 2017
    Keep up the good work! We need your inspirations, and can always feel the love you put into all your "fixer uppers". Your community is very lucky to have you all there.
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