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Design tips from the Brooks house

February 27, 2018

Thanks for watching tonight’s episode of Fixer Upper! Getting to work with TJ and his new fiancee, Stephanie, to make their farmhouse vision come to life was really special. The clean lines and bold, industrial details of this modern farmhouse kitchen make this my favorite room in the Brooks house.


The thing I love about the farmhouse style is that it only takes a few simple elements to distinguish it. Metal accents, like the “X” on the end of the island, a simple black vent hood, the pot rack, countertops and hardware help to draw out that “modern farmhouse” character. We went with vertical paneling on the walls to put a spin on the classic horizontal shiplap. A few wood accents, gray cabinetry, and simple, clean-lined pendants hanging over the kitchen island tie in familiar and classic details that don’t overpower the room.


Because of the layout of the home and the way the plumbing was situated, we couldn’t put the sink by a window, which is the traditional location for a sink. To keep the homeowners from having to stare at a wall while washing dishes, and to make the room feel a little larger, we installed a custom mirror our friend Dustin made that replicated the paneled window look.


I typically incorporate warm wood tones into most of my designs for a few different reasons, depending on the space. For this kitchen, the wood details of the cabinet below the sink, on the open shelving, and of the utensil drawers under the plate rack make these areas of the room stand out in a subtle way, while also bringing warmer tones to the neutral palette of the design.


I love the nostalgia of a plate rack like this one. It’s similar to open shelving in its functionality because it keeps your go-to dinner plates close at hand. This is a great option if you like the idea of open shelves, but aren’t excited by the idea of styling them. The drawers below the plate rack are a good place to store utensils, loose recipes, placemats, or other entertaining pieces you like to keep on-hand, and the cubbies above the plate rack were specifically built for cookbook storage. Catering a custom storage cabinet, like this one, to your family’s specific needs is a good way to work your practical, everyday pieces into the kitchen’s design.

Thank you for tuning in tonight! Be sure to check back here Monday to see the rest of the before and after photos from the Brooks house reveal!



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  • Bonnie Weske
    12:12 pm, March 20, 2018
    Amazing! I want to live here. Will the actual floorplan layout ever be posted. I was curious if a second bedroom was still there, or if there was additional space to the right of the front door that was not shown in the episode?
  • Ruth Anne
    10:43 pm, March 8, 2018
    I love this home and you had me in tears! I love happy ever afters. I love the hexagon tile in the master bath. Could you share the name and where I can find it? Thank you for the inspiration.
  • monique Jewell Stam
    5:53 pm, March 8, 2018
    Once again you bring a breath of beauty into my life. I always am smiling at the end of an episode--and a bit dreamy
  • Laurie
    1:46 pm, March 8, 2018
    Who is the manufacturer and kind of tile that was used in the laundry room?
  • Amanda
    12:03 pm, March 7, 2018
    Beautiful home design! In addition to loving this farmhouse, I also loved Joanna's necklace. She's been wearing it in a few recent episodes. It's a double stranded necklace with a half moon shaped pendant filled with either jade or turquoise. Do you know where this can be purchased?
    • Andrea Anderson
      11:34 am, March 9, 2018
      I love it too.
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