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Episode 09 - The Mid-Century Modern Home

November 11, 2015

The Mid-Century Modern Home 2.11_02-500x334 Chip and Joanna were excited to tackle this project for their friends, Jill and Josh, who were expecting a baby and buying their first home together as a couple. Bonded through their affinity towards flea markets and antiques, Joanna and Jill worked together many times in years past. Jill and Josh wanted their first home as a couple to represent their individual preferences and they landed on the messy Mid-Century Modern home. This unique home was different than any style of home they’d lived in before and coincidentally very rare for Waco. Although they both had experience renovating homes in the past, Jill and Josh hoped the Gaines’ could transform this quirky rundown house into a beautiful home that worked for their family.

Chip and Jo’s first step of this project was to clean up the exterior. The house sat on the market for quite a while and appeared run down and forgotten. Joanna incorporated all new wood siding. She updated all of the windows and painted the outside. New landscaping provided the finishing touches and brought new life to this modern home.



Inside the clients hoped to keep the Terrazzo flooring, which was incorporated throughout the main living space of the home. Chip and Jo left the flooring intact, but decided to add more space in the kitchen, which was too small for this blended family of seven. Joanna opened up this space, making it three times larger, and added windows to the back wall highlighting the best part of the house, the view. Jill’s love for brass is what inspired the design of the kitchen and Joanna hoped to create a space where the couple would enjoy hosting family and friends. Chip and Jo installed new black cabinets, appliances, a waterfall island, marble countertops and backsplash, and brass hardware.






Joanna also repurposed a lot of the wood from the original hearth of the fireplace, creating a bar top looking into the backyard in the kitchen. New French doors were added to make the room feel more dramatic.


In the living room Joanna redesigned the hearth and added modern concrete elements. The fireplace brick was repaired and painted white to make a clean and simple statement in the room. The light fixture over the coffee table added to the modern style of the home. On the back wall the client requested a work space and pantry area, so Joanna creatively added both of these elements near the back of the living space.





The dining area had dated wood paneling- Chip removed the paneling and retouched the walls with a flat texture and painted them white. New light fixtures were installed to give the room a final update.


One of Joanna’s favorite projects in the home was the master bedroom. The room originally felt dark and unimpressive so Joanna hoped to transform it into a place the couple enjoyed. She installed new windows and a brick accent wall along with eclectic light fixtures from Shades of Light. She also designed a personalized sign with the number seven on it, representing the client’s new blended family. To finish the space, Joanna added new flooring and a modern sliding door on a track.


The master bathroom was also dark and tiny and desperately needed to be updated. Although the client’s budget wouldn’t allow for a larger bathroom, Joanna took the existing space and made several cosmetic tweaks which made the room feel two times larger. Chip and Jo installed concrete countertops and a lighter tile to brighten up the space, highlighting the new design elements. The walls were flat textured and painted white.




The last room Chip and Jo transformed was the sweetest space in the house: the nursery. Joanna was able to incorporate several of Jill’s family heirlooms in this room, adding thoughtful touches of whimsy. She selected bedding from Bella Notte, installed new flooring and painted the walls grey. This charming little room became the perfect home for the client’s baby to be.

 Although Waco is famous for many things, modern homes is not one of them. Chip and Jo loved taking on the challenge of this home for their friends and hoped to blend the modern elements of the home with the eclectic style Jill and Josh were known for. In the end, the simplicity and clean lines set the home apart and promised new life and many memories for this beautiful family of seven.


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  • Louise Modine
    10:07 pm, February 18, 2018
    Where can I find the vase lantern used on the hearth of the fireplace at Jill & Josh Barret’s House? I’ve been looking online everywhere to no avail. Can you help me find them? I love them!!! Thank you so much!
  • Angie
    3:37 pm, January 29, 2018
    The ceiling heights look tall compared to the roof line of the house. Did they make changes to it or do they look high because living room and kitchen are lower?
  • Tracey Macklin
    12:13 am, January 15, 2018
    Where can I find the dining room chandelier that was used in the mid century fixer upper, episode 9? Thank you!
  • Julie
    2:42 am, December 30, 2017
    Thank you for letting me join your list, l wish you lived in Melbourne Australia as l would love to have you work your wonderful magic on our old house. I love watching all your shows,especially the mid mod home was exceptional. Keep up the good work with your beautiful family. Regards Julie McKinlay
  • Diana
    4:22 pm, December 26, 2017
    I love the rocking sheep in the nursery! Can I get a picture of it? I would also like to know where I could purchase one.
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