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Design Tips from The Americana House

April 3, 2018

I can’t believe the last episode of Fixer Upper is in the books—but what a way to end it! My favorite room from The Americano House is the kitchen and dining room. Our clients wanted an industrial farmhouse style, so we used a couple of tried and true farmhouse design elements with some unexpected industrial details.


The dining room also serves as a connecting room between the kitchen and the living room. The key here was to make sure that it felt like its own space, but to also make the layout flow. We installed sidelights and a transom instead of taking the wall completely out, creating separation that kept the kitchen and dining room feeling bright and open. If you were designing your own renovation and want to open up your rooms consider this cased opening treatment if you’re nervous about taking out an entire wall.


We used a lot of traditional farmhouse elements, like the existing shiplap ceiling, farmhouse sink, and a handmade subway tile backsplash, and then infused industrial details in places like the island base, hardware, and stainless steel vent hood. I’ve always liked to pair these two styles together because of how seamlessly they balance each other and blend together.


This tile has a longer shape than classic subway tile, but it still gives the same clean finish as the original. To add interest we installed it in a herringbone pattern behind the vent hood and then framed it on both sides with a traditional pattern. Using these two different installation techniques side by side adds subtle interest to the overall design.


This hutch was original to the home and just needed some TLC to bring it back to life. We sanded it down, added in the patterned, black and white tile backsplash, and replaced the glass. It turned out to be perfect storage for dishes and display space for entertaining pieces.


We kept to a classic black and white color palette to give the space a clean slate. Using this classic color palette is true to the farmhouse style, and it also allows for all kinds of additional accent pieces to be added in seamlessly.


We wanted to add warmth to the high contrast of the black and white color palette, and since the ceilings are tall and there’s so much natural light, I decided to expose the shiplap on the ceiling. I love how the kitchen feels balanced with the black, white and natural tones.

This house was a great way to wrap up the season and the series, because it involved so many of my favorite design techniques and styles in one home. Thank you for tuning in tonight and for tuning in this entire series. If you missed my update blog where I looked back on the series as well as forward to what’s next for us, be sure to read that here. As always, come back Monday for the full episode recap.



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  • Val
    4:24 pm, April 18, 2018
    Chip and Joanna I absolutely love your work. I wish you guys could do a few projects at my resident. This would be a dream come true. Love you guys keep up the excellent work.
  • Cheryl
    10:08 pm, April 17, 2018
    I've noticed that in every episode in season 5 you have used some sort of bamboo roman shades on the windows. I absolutely love them and are looking to do something similar in my own home. Can you give me any details about them? The company you use? The color or material? I would greatly appreciate it!
  • Maureen
    7:28 pm, April 15, 2018
    What color is the front door ?
    9:57 am, April 15, 2018
    I love your designs and final results
    Conocí tu tv show a través de mi hija que vive en los Estados Unidos. A ella, a mi otra hija y a mí nos encanta el trabajo que realizan tú y Chip y nos alegra el día Qué afortunadas son las personas a quienes les han hecho realidad su casa soñada
  • Stephanie
    7:07 pm, April 14, 2018
    As an architect / interior designer I was wondering what color the front door was, these photos don’t do justice from what I saw during the episode. Been trying to find a similar yellow color, it’s such an odd beautiful shade for an accent color, would love to know if you’re able to share?!
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