Thursday, June 5, 2014

This 'n That Thursdays: HGTV's "Fixer Upper"

Joanna and Chip Gaines on HGTV's "Fixer Upper"
(from Plum Lovely)

I recently stumbled upon an episode of a new HGTV show called "Fixer Upper", and I am impressed!  In recent years I have not been especially interested in the direction the shows on this network were going.  With so much emphasis on the buying and selling of houses, it felt as if HGTV was becoming the real estate network.  This show, however, is a little different.  It follows the same basic concept of shows like "Property Brothers", where a realtor and a contractor sell potential homeowners on the idea of purchasing a less than perfect home and renovating it to suit their needs.  "Fixer Upper", however, has a less businesslike, more friendly feel.  The couple who host the show, Chip and Joanna Gaines, live on a lovely farm in Waco, Texas, with their young family and run their realty/renovation/interior design business, Magnolia Homes, from their property.  Clients meet them at their farm, which was renovated by Chip, and get to discuss their real estate needs and wants in a very relaxed, homey environment (I would love to visit the Gaines' farm even if I was not in the market for a house).  Apparently this show premiered last year, but I have been watching so little television lately that I am only just now finding out about it!

In the episode I watched, their clients were a couple who works with them (the husband has his own woodworking business called Harp Design Co.).  The Harps decide to have Chip and Joanna Gaines renovate a sadly dilapidated older home for them, with key pieces of woodwork contributed by their own company.  The result, after much hard work by many talented individuals, is impressive to behold:

Before and after exterior images
(from Magnolia)

Before and after kitchen images
(from Magnolia)

There is a new episode on tonight, and I plan to watch.  I can't wait to see what this engaging couple tackles next!

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