Season 4 Filming Update May 12, 2016 Why is Chip climbing up on the silos? I honestly can’t remember and it doesn’t really look like I was planning to catch him if he fell. One thing I can definitely guarantee about Season 4, is there will be no lack of Chip’s stunts. Season 4 of Fixer Upper is already off to a fast start. We have 8 projects going on right now – most of which take about 8-12 weeks to complete. 8-12 weeks isn’t a long timeline for a complete house renovation, but our Magnolia construction team has grown and can now meet the show’s production schedule and keep on moving. Plus, that’s how Chip and I like to stay—moving. A typical day of filming for us right now usually starts first thing in the morning. We head to a few projects each day to make sure each one is on schedule. This is what’s great about this whole thing, we kill two birds with one stone every time we go to a job. We film some, but then we can touch base with our subs and project managers to make sure the job is moving along from a quality and design standpoint. In season 4 you can expect to see some really unique spaces. In seasons past we’ve renovated whole homes, but only been able to show the exterior and a few rooms because there are only so many minutes in the show. We select the most dramatic rooms to reveal since we are limited on time. This year we’ll be branching out and showing off unique sitting nooks, fun playrooms and even a space that was specially designed for a client’s sweet furry friends. With all of the kid’s bedrooms and playrooms this coming season, having four kids of our own has been invaluable. They’ve helped big time with inspiration and design. I want these spaces to be kid-friendly, but also stylish and something their parents love, too. The kids have had some really great ideas! And having them involved is fun for me. What makes each new season most special to me is by far our clients, and season 4 will be no different. Each client comes to us with their own unique story, and I love sharing their home’s story of restoration with you. What’s unique about Fixer Upper is that, to me, it really is all about my client. Their style. Their budget. Their home. The element of my job as a designer that is the most fun is getting to stretch myself creatively and really hone in on each family’s design style. Of course, I will forever love clean lines, neutral colors and shiplap, but It’s also fun when a client comes into a design meeting and says, “I trust you, just go for it.” Lately I’ve loved incorporating “skinnylap” (same idea as shiplap, but with thinner planks), wallpaper and bolder paint colors. Right now we’re working on a few renovation projects outside the show, too. And with that, we have two fun announcements I can’t wait to share with you coming soon! Season 4 will be full of new design elements, unique clients and exciting projects (like the bakery!)—and we’ve only just started. New episodes will come late-fall, so stick around. In the meantime, I’ll be updating you here and over on my Instagram page (@joannagaines). And as I’ve said so many times before, Chip and I are filled with gratitude that you care enough to follow along with us here, in our newsletter and on social media. To us, you are all a part of our Magnolia family! Photos provided by Fixer Upper Co-Executive Producer, Michael Matsumoto.