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Episode 16 - The Little Shack On The Prairie

March 31, 2017

The Matsumoto farmhouse is definitely the most dramatic transformation of season 4! We couldn’t believe it when the Matsumotos chose this old shack to be their home. The Matsumotos’ style is industrial farmhouse, so every detail of the home is a twist on traditional. I loved the way this unique spin on the classic farmhouse look took well-loved details like shiplap, concrete countertops and repurposed wood to a new level, and it perfectly fit the needs of this sweet family.

LIVING + KITCHEN

Objective: Combine these spaces into one open great room.

MASTER SUITE

Objective: Create a relaxing retreat with enough room for the Matsumotos to spread out and relax.

GIRL’S ROOM

Objective: Create a space that the Matsumotos’ daughter can grow into.  

BOYS’ ROOM

Objective: Build a fun, interactive space the Matsumotos’ son can grow up loving.

BACK PATIO

Objective: Set aside an outdoor dining space the Matsumotos can gather and share meals.

interview with

HOMEOWNER

Q. What was it like being on the other side of the camera?

A. Bizarre! Filming wasn’t too bad since my position with Fixer Upper has taught me a lot about how things work, but being the client was really weird for me. On a typical day I work as a co-worker with Chip and Jo, so it was really different being the client.

Q. How did your home balance design and functionality?

A. Perfectly, the best part is it’s fully functional and it’s beautiful. Things like the countertops and floors make it childproof.

Q. What advice would you give to families renovating their homes?

A. Don’t be afraid to be bold. I think the hardest thing for people to visualize are good bones or good elements to work with.

Q. Did you ever think you would be living in Crawford Texas?

 A. I’m from L.A., born and raised, so I never thought I’d have a house in Texas, but we love it because it’s such a small town. 

This was one of our biggest challenges to-date, but the challenge is what also made it one of the most fun projects we tackled in season 4. A huge thank you to the Matsumoto family who trusted us to let us transform their shack into a beautiful family home! We hope the Matsumotos are happy here for years to come!

Alright folks, that’s a wrap on season 4! This season had some of our most dramatic transformations to-date, and we loved getting to share each of these family’s stories through their spaces. We are currently in the middle of filming season 5…so stay tuned! There are big things still to come for Fixer Upper.

 

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  • Jordan
    6:46 pm, February 17, 2018
    Love the boy bunk bed would love I build it myself. Do you have any blue print for building?
  • Debbie Conover
    9:09 pm, February 10, 2018
    Hello Jo and Chip,
    Huge Fan here! Love the kitchen bar stools.....please let me know where I can buy them. They are perfect for my kitchen.
    Thanks in advance!
  • Holly
    9:03 pm, February 10, 2018
    Hi. Is it possible to tell me how to purchase the rug that’s in the family room? The black and ivory one. I checked in magnoliahome.com and was not able to find it. Thank you in advance.
  • Gretchen
    3:03 pm, January 26, 2018
    Would love to know where the kites are from??
  • Penny
    8:39 am, January 26, 2018
    What type of finish did you use on the old roof tin? I have the same tin on my roof currently and plan on using it after it's replaced with a new roof and wanted to give it a sheen, but I love the darkened look that you did. From Smithville, TX... regards
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