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Episode 12 - The Pocket Door House

March 3, 2017

The Phipps family was in the middle of a move back to Waco, Texas with their two young kids and needed a comfortable space to call home. Lauren loved the classic farmhouse style. With this in mind I designed an open concept space with a homey, cottage feel to it.

Between all of the white cabinetry, the medium wood accents and the pops of navy, this home was able to be transformed into a “modern farmhouse” with a twist. Elements such as the barn doors were on target with the farmhouse style, but then were given a unique and fresh take by using an interesting wood pattern.


Objective: The kitchen is the heart of this home, so we wanted to reposition it to become a place the family could gather around the oversized island.


Objective:  Open up the space and make it a great room rather than two separate closed off spaces.


Objective: The playroom should double as a guest room, but still have plenty of room for toys and kids to crawl around and play.

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

A. I would describe our style as traditional. Joanna really pushed us in our design meeting, and it was nice because things we would have never tried she put into our house. For example, she chose the navy on the island and mantel. When she first said that, I wasn’t so sure at first, but it turned out great.

Q. We love your kitchen! What was your favorite part about this space?

A. I absolutely love my kitchen. I live in it.  It’s so open and family oriented. When I’m cooking or cleaning I can see into the playroom and still interact with my kids and be a part of what’s going on. I especially love the large island in the kitchen. You would think that you could never use all of that space, but somehow it always fills up. We just had a bunch of people over for my husband’s 30th birthday, so all the the space definitely came in handy.

Q. What advice would you give to Fixer Upper families in the future?

A. Be open — especially in the design sense. The things you think you like can be challenged, but in a good way. Be patient because the final result is way better than you can imagine, and it’s well worth the wait.

We’re so excited to welcome the Phipps family to Waco! Chip and I hope this home is the perfect space for them to relax and begin planting their Waco roots. Welcome home, Phipps family! We hope you love this space for years to come.


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  • Bryan & Jean Friend
    5:14 pm, February 10, 2018
    Season 4 episode 12 is exactly what We would like to do with our home. Not sure where to start or who to contact. It's about the same size, built in 1962, ranch style. We desperately need help! We live in Woodruff, WI. LOVE Fixer Upper and watch the show often!
  • Renee
    6:22 pm, February 4, 2018
    Your suggestions and designs, along with impeccable work, are inspiring. I DO have a question about a room addition. It was added on to the side of our home, The original cement floor was added on to, but is now raised up by about an inch from the original floor. As a homeowner, living in Ohio where we go from cold to warm and back again in our winters, what are our options? Not knowing if we can call insurance, we aren't able to figure out our next step. The floor is carpeted because of the cement. This bedroom was added on because I was unable to do the stairs in my home. This is going to be a huge undertaking, and so want to get it done over right the first time. I wish you were local so I could pick your brain, or even have you help me get this fixed. It is affecting, as you can imagine, the other walls and ceiling in our home. Please....I need a suggestion. Thanks!
  • Amanda
    11:48 am, January 31, 2018
    Wondering what color navy was used on the fireplace. Thanks!
  • Britney
    6:15 pm, January 30, 2018
    I second it..which of your navy colors did you use on the island?
    • Gayle
      8:26 pm, February 13, 2018
      I need that color on my kitchen island too!
  • Julie
    9:14 am, January 30, 2018
    What color are the bookshelves in the play/guest room? It's perfect for what we are looking for!
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