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Episode 11 - The Club House

February 12, 2018

Matt and Leigh Ellen were interested in a spacious home with easy access to Lake Waco, where the family likes to spend their summers, so they were immediately drawn to this home in the perfect location. Their wish-list included an open floor plan for entertaining, updating the exterior to give it a more interesting curb appeal and creating an indoor-outdoor style living space. With three kids, having four bedrooms was a top priority, and they also wanted to carve out as much intentional family space as possible.


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

The family loved the French country style, which gave me a great starting place for my design. I loved mixing traditional elements, like subway tile, with more unexpected shapes and textures, and then infusing that French country style into the details. I also had fun with using different kinds of tile in this home. I used it to add an unexpected look to places that were otherwise very traditional in design.


Objective | Design an entryway that makes a grand impact and sets the tone for the rest of the home


Objective | Create a multi-purpose space with an elegant French country feel


Objective | Design an inviting room for the family to entertain family and friends


Objective | Open up the kitchen to the family den to make it one large, open room


Objective | Add on a room for the family to spend quality time together in the mornings


Objective | Brighten up the family den with white oak wood accents and plenty of natural light


Objective | Create a functional and beautiful master bathroom to match the rest of the home


Objective | Accentuate the existing French country style

Getting to help this family renovate their dream home in such a beautiful area was so rewarding for us. The design of this home was beautiful and every corner of it had hidden character and charm just waiting to be drawn out.

Interview With Homeowner

Q: What was the deciding factor that attracted you to choosing this home over the other two options?

A: We chose this home because it had the best potential for an open floor plan and the largest yard for the kids to enjoy. We were also drawn to the seclusion afforded by the lot and how the house sits away from the street. It feels like our own little retreat!

Q: How did your home balance design and functionality?

A: Joanna and the design team created the perfect family space that functions as well as it looks. Throughout the house, Joanna added thoughtful details such as the new pocket doors in the kitchen that save space and a china cabinet between the kitchen and the sunroom that gives us much-needed storage space.

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

A: Our entire home was renovated. We wish more could have been shown on television because Joanna’s incredible style transformed every room into the perfect space for our family.

Q: How was your own personal style revealed in your home?

A: It is hard to believe that the formal, dark interior of the home could be transformed into a comfortable and bright space for our family. But we had faith in Chip and Joanna and they delivered! Our home is inviting and every room is livable – which is exactly what we hoped for.


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  • Rebecca
    11:59 pm, February 23, 2018
    Joanna, The tile backsplash behind the range is so charming. Can you share whose tile it is?
  • Gaynor Johnston
    7:50 pm, February 20, 2018
    Absolutely adore this family and there achievements
  • jayne whitehouse
    3:43 pm, February 20, 2018
    Hi Joanna & Chip. Have you put out series videos. We just can't get enough of you in Australia and there is just so little available here. I would buy all your videos if i could. I used to be able to watch you on foxtel but now it seems that only Channel 9 has you on and they are starting with Series 1. It is so frustrating to not be able to be up to date with you. xxx Many thanks for who you are. Much love, Jayne
    • T
      8:39 am, February 23, 2018
      Have you checked iTunes? I buy episodes from there.
  • Anita C Wojda
    11:34 am, February 20, 2018
    I would also like to know about the floral pics in the living room???Local artist? How to contact them?
  • Grae
    10:22 am, February 20, 2018
    Where are the large floral art pics from that are in the living room?
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