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Episode 07 - The Baker House

January 16, 2018

Patti Baker was looking for a cozy home in a quiet Waco neighborhood. After losing her husband to colon cancer, Patti wanted to move to this area to be closer to family. Patti wanted the focus of this home to be centered around family, so creating a nice gathering space for hosting and entertaining loved ones was high on her wishlist. Also on her wish list was a home office, a comfortable master suite, and moving the laundry room from the garage, to the inside of the home.

This little 1950s bungalow “needed a hug” as Patti liked to say. It was already a charming house with good bones and located in just the right spot. By reworking a few things to make the layout functional, and by infusing her primitive style, we were able to turn this house into her dream home.


The inspiration materials I used to interpret the style of the family’s home

When designing Patti’s house, I wanted to make sure the finished home was classic and timeless with unique patterns and unexpected design throughout. I focused on familiar patterns with neutral hues and soft color balanced with consistent wooden tones. I also mixed in bold black interior doors, white tile flooring laid in a unique pattern, and a lot of genuine antiques to bring in that primitive look Patti loves.


Objective | Create a welcoming retreat focused on family and hospitality.


Objective | Rework the original layout to create a kitchen and dining room combination that is large enough for the whole family


Objective | Carve out three separate spaces in one room without overcomplicating the layout


Objective | Create a retreat for Patti that is functional, but also feels relaxing and comfortable


Objective | Give the exterior of this cottage curb appeal that catches your eye and draws you in

It was an absolute pleasure getting to work with Patti to create her fresh start here in Waco, Texas. Patti, we hope your new home marks the beginning of a beautiful new season close to friends and family. Welcome home!

Interview With Homeowner

Q: What was your favorite part of the new house?

A: The magnificent curb appeal! The size, quantity and quality of the windows, the exterior facelift and the amazing front door. And I love, love, love the front porch and the cedar-shingled accent wall! Oh...and then of course there’s the remarkable master bathroom.

Q: Which part of the new design is the most functional for you?

A: The ability to display my family photos, Moss artwork and basket collection. The picture ledges and the divider display shelves between the den and the office/laundry area are brilliant. For a small house, with lots of windows, they were able to maximize the limited wall space. Our previous family homes were all much, much bigger than this little ‘Baker Bungalow’. I continue to be stunned that I am not lacking for space or functionality in my cozy, comfy new home.

Q: Was there a part of the renovation process or reveal that surprised you?

A: It took my breath away to walk in on Reveal Day and see my precious family photos on display. I think I had given them over 100 pictures and somehow they nailed it. They managed to select, frame and display the best of the best.

Q: What advice would you give families who are renovating their home?

A: If I could make any recommendations to someone considering a major renovation, it would be to do your homework and know what you want. Try to define your style and know your priorities and budget. Most people are very specific about having an amazing kitchen, but I was looking for a lot of storage, natural light, a front porch, and a cozy home.


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  • Kim
    4:40 pm, February 25, 2018
    Where can I find the shades from the living room? Joanna has used them on other shows. Just love them!
  • Kimberly
    11:18 am, February 25, 2018
    Wanting more information on the personalized pottery.
    Who made it & do they have their own shop in Waco? Thx
  • Gina
    10:57 am, February 25, 2018
    Looking for the sofa that was used in the Living Room. Love that style.
  • Jess
    9:34 am, February 25, 2018
    Looking for a source for the living room sofa and chairs!! Thx :)

    PS. Really wish there was a source guide at the end of all these blog posts.
  • Steph
    3:48 am, February 25, 2018
    Hi. The wood coffee tables in the entry/living room... storage? Where to find?
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