$7 flat-rate shipping + FREE SHIPPING on US orders $100+

AT HOME | a blog by Joanna Gaines

Episode 08 - The Straight '80s House

February 3, 2017

The Bufton family has a clean, traditional style, and the home they purchased matched up with that perfectly — other than the fact that I don’t think it had seen a single update since it was built. It was already beautiful and had a lot of curb appeal, but on the inside this home was dated and the floor plan was awkward. It focused on formal spaces the family didn’t need, and closed the kitchen off from the rest of the house. 


Objective: Design a space close to the playroom where Kristen and Brett can relax and hang out together.


Objective: Open the space up to the rest of the home and make room for a kid’s eat-in area, a small desk area and a large island.


Objective: Set aside an area where the Buftons can gather around the table together to share meals.


Objective: Create a space on the first floor where Kristen and Brett’s little girls can create and play.

interview with


Q.   What was the overall process like as a client?

A.  It was seamless. We basically just had a design meeting, discussed our family’s style and Joanna took care of the rest!

Q.   Was there anything about the reveal that surprised you?

A.   The kitchen. We knew we wanted it opened to the rest of the house, and we knew it would look waaaay different, but we could’ve never envisioned such a beautiful multi-use space. It’s our favorite part of the home.

Q.   Did you get the rest of the house renovated, or just what was shown on the show?

A.    We actually got the rest of the house finished out, too. Magnolia did cosmetic updates like paint, trim and flooring in the rest of the rooms and bathrooms. 

Kristen, Brett and their beautiful family were easy to design a space for. I love their style and I think this will be a space they can continue to grow into for years to come. A good neighborhood, great schools and a house that finally feels like home. Thanks, Bufton family!



In reply to:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Margie Strickland
    8:31 pm, February 4, 2018
    I really like the kitchen cabinet hardware - can you tell me where I can find it?
  • Melinda Jones
    4:29 pm, January 30, 2018
    What is the exterior paint color and exterior trim color of this home?
  • Alicia Vavrock
    3:12 pm, January 25, 2018
    Painting my house this year, what is the trim color?
  • Pascha
    7:37 pm, January 2, 2018
    I reached out to Magnolia and found out the color of the exterior white brick! Hope this helps others and much as it did me :)

    “Dover White” by Sherwin Williams
    • Connie
      10:47 am, February 4, 2018
      What color is the trim?
  • Shannon Volk
    1:20 pm, December 30, 2017
    Seriously though, Canada would love you ... I love you ... and need you. When will you makeover our neck of the woods?? We just bought a 'straight 80s' home and though it has been 'updated' and beautifully maintained, is a bit weird in spots. Watch you on TV with my daughter (she also loves your show) and follow you on social media. How does one get the honour of your time and work (artistry, really)?! Waiting, in Victoria, BC.
View More

Related Posts


Subscribe now and get 15% OFF

...not to mention exclusive updates, flash sales, and the latest inspiration to make your house a home.

Some exclusions may apply. Discount is delivered via email.

Thank You
For Subscribing!

Chip and Joanna