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. KITCHEN 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. This is a modern twist on the old school “galley” style kitchen a lot of us grew up with. By elongating the kitchen, adding the oversized island and the columns, the Phipps family will have more than enough prep space and also bar seating. We added the diamond shaped mullions in the cabinetry to match the original diamond patterned mullions in the original picture window. This made the rooms feel like one cohesive space. The gray backsplash brought an extra layer to the white countertops and upper cabinetry. Chrome accents, navy details and dark wooden floors made this space stand out. This may be the longest island we’ve ever done! I love that it feels like an extension of the kitchen rather than its own separate piece. LIVING + DINING Objective: Open up the space and make it a great room rather than two separate closed off spaces. The living room’s fireplace was previously the same salmon and brown brick colors as the exterior. By painting it the same navy, it works with the island and the front door to tie all three of these spaces together. We did vertical “skinnylap” and dark stained floating shelves to update this space and provide a spot to add a TV later on if they decide to. We went with a round top craftsman style door for the exterior and brought the same navy throughout the space. The double barn doors bring texture to the living room and warm up the space. Adding the wrapped white beams to the ceiling, the white columns and the matching corbels added the architectural interest to these ceilings that I was aiming for. The beams and columns also help define the kitchen apart from the dining and living space. This window in the dining room was one of my favorite features of this house. The fact that it was original to the home made it even better. It floods the interior with natural light and gives the space a homey, cottage feel. PLAYROOM Objective: The playroom should double as a guest room, but still have plenty of room for toys and kids to crawl around and play. This was a pretty simple space to update. Some custom-built cabinets and wainscoting, painted this soft green for interest, and the same dark flooring throughout made this the perfect place to play...and also to host overnight guests! This playroom is unique because it doubles as a guest room. This was the first Murphy bed we’ve ever done in a Fixer Upper! The awning makes this playroom feel truly playful. We built similar ones in my first son’s nursery, and I’ve loved them ever since. interview with HOMEOWNER 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.