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Design Tips from the A Lot of Options House

February 20, 2018

The outdoorsy playroom in this new-build home from tonight’s episode of Fixer Upper was for sure my favorite room in the house!


The books on the bookcases bring in a lot of texture on their own, but another easy character addition came from the warm-stained skinnylap inside the reading nook. Not only does this feature draw your eye to that focal wall, but it also ties in warmth and texture that you wouldn’t otherwise get from these deep blue shelves.


This family has grandkids of varying ages, so it was important to create a space that could grow up with them. Elements like lowered furniture with the playful tree stump seats, the chalkboard playhouse on the wall, and the reading nook are features that will hopefully inspire fun and creativity in these kids for years to come. But these details are also easily altered as the kids get older, so the space can turn into a library, craft room or even a home office.


The theme of the room is a sort of whimsy forest design that makes you feel like you’re tucked away in your own treehouse reading a good book. The playhouse, the tree stump seats, the turf rug, the ladder, the books and the awning over the window all work together to create a room full of adventure and curiosity.

Thank you for watching tonight’s Fixer Upper! I can’t wait to show you more pictures and give you the rest of the story behind this new build next Monday. What was your favorite room from the home?


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  • Marti G.
    3:08 pm, March 10, 2018
    In your episode, “A Lot of Options”, where can I purchase the Dining Room copper chandelier?
  • Anita KOSMAČ
    12:47 pm, March 5, 2018
    Dear Joanna ! I love to watch every episode I can. Also in little Slovenia we love you both and wish you all the best in the future. I also use a lot of your ideas in my home and I love it.
    Anita from Slovenia
  • Linda Fattibene
    5:05 pm, March 4, 2018
    Couldn't figure out where to send an email that's not about the above design. Just curious... the design for the 2 boys in wheel chairs.....why were the bathroom counters, desks, etc. to be used by the boys not built to wheelchair height?
  • Judy
    1:10 am, March 2, 2018
    Joanna, I love, love your decorating talents. I hope you are interested in writing a book about decor...
  • Bill Eberle
    1:36 pm, February 28, 2018
    I love that room and that house! How can I get the architectural plans for that home (shown in Episode 12 of Season 5 "A European Cottage-Style Dream Home With a View")?
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