It’s been hard for me to keep this Fixer Upper episode a secret! My garden is truly the place where I find the most peace. There’s just something about working the garden and getting my hands dirty that is so relaxing to me. I’ve dreamed of having a garden like this one since I got into gardening years ago. Plus, when we decided to open our restaurant, Magnolia Table, I knew I wanted to use farm-fresh ingredients straight from our garden—but that meant I was going to need a much larger area to grow herbs and produce.
My wish list for this indoor garden house included an indoor watering station, potting table, plenty of counter and shelf space for indoor plants and my gardening books, and room for a table. For the actual garden itself, I wanted raised garden beds and a chicken coop with a chicken run.
The inspiration materials I used to interpret the style of the space
Getting to design this garden house took me back to when we first renovated the Farmhouse. Because Chip and I had previously been flipping the homes we lived in with the intention of selling them off, the Farmhouse was the first place we designed entirely for us. I’ve had the privilege of getting to work with so many wonderful families with so many different design choices, so getting to design this space for my family was so special.
Because our house is 120 years old, I wanted this garden house to have the same look and feel as our storied old farmhouse. So to make this new building look and feel old, I went with a rustic European farmhouse style—cozy, intimate and welcoming. I used a lot of white oak, zinc countertops and (of course) lots of green plants.
Objective | Design this new structure in a way that makes it look just as old as our 120-year-old farmhouse
Objective | Create a durable, inspiring interior with an old-world feel and plenty of natural light for plants
Objective | Build a large garden that is conducive to growing multiple types of plants
I told Chip I can picture our kids getting married here someday, and I meant it. For us, this farm represents home—the kind of lasting place that gets passed from generation to generation, and adding in this garden adds one more chapter to the story.