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Episode 18 - The Americana House

April 10, 2018

Well folks, this is our last Fixer Upper recap! What a journey this has been and what a way to end it. Mike and Holli were so fun to work with, and we loved getting to restore this adorable home in one of Waco’s historic neighborhoods.

Holli is from Texas, so they decided to finally make the move from Washington to Waco to be closer to her family. Mike is the lead singer in the band MxPx, so at the top of their wishlist was a studio for him to practice his music. They also wanted an open kitchen, plenty of room for their kids to be kids, and a library wall for Holli.


The inspiration materials I used to interpret the style of the space

The Herreras knew what they wanted from the beginning—an old house that had a mix of modern, industrial, and farm. The home itself was a classic Americana-style cottage, so we really drew it out with details like the bold crown moulding throughout the house, restoring the original shiplap in the living room, and a beautiful fireplace accent wall.


Objective | Create a cozy room for the entire family to spend time together


Objective | Open up the layout to create a better flow between rooms


Objective | Create a whimsical room that their daughter can grow into for years to come


Objective | Create a relaxing oasis for Holli and Mike


Objective | Section off a workable studio for Mike to practice his music and get work done


Objective | Clean up the existing character to give the home updated curb appeal

As always, welcome home, Herrera family! It was an honor restoring this beautiful, old home for you and we had so much fun doing it.

We are truly thankful for these past 5 years, and we hope that each and every one of you who have followed along with us on this journey will have the guts to take on your own Fixer Upper. This has truly been the time of our lives. Read my update from last week to see what’s next for us as we move into this new season of life. Fixer Upper may be over, but there’s still so much to come!

Interview With Homeowner

Q: What was something that surprised you about the design process?

A: I knew how talented the Magnolia team was, and I knew without a doubt that we would love whatever Jo came up with for us, but I was totally surprised that they took so much care in each and every decision made for our home, and how they kept our family in mind in each of those decisions. They took the time to ask us questions about our style preferences and even went as far as to look through my inspiration board to sort of "get into my head" when it comes to design elements that I love. When we walked into our new home, I looked around and saw so many pieces that were just us. That surprised me—the fact that it was so important to them that our home be customized exactly to fit our family.

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

A: There was no contest, really. When I walked through the door of this house, I just had a feeling. The feel of a house, its character, its personality, is so important to me, and this particular house had so much character. The house was built in 1910 so it's over 100 years old, and I think it's so romantic to think of all of the life that's been lived there, between those walls. I loved the idea of giving this old house a brand new life.

Q: What is your favorite room in the house, and why?

A: My favorite room in the house is the living room. It's been my dream all of my adult life to have a library, and Chip and Joanna made that dream come true in our living room. The room itself is so cozy and comfortable and that's exactly what I wanted, a cozy place for my family to just live, relax, and play. I can see Mike playing his guitar there with the kids running around and me sitting with a cup of coffee surrounded by all my books. It's my dream house!

Q: What is your favorite feature in the house, and why?

A: My favorite feature in our home is the library wall in the living room. It's my dream! Our ceilings are 10 feet high and those library walls go all the way up. I love books—reading them, looking at them, even smelling them...they just make a room feel good, you know? I seriously could not have imagined it turning out any more beautiful than it did.

Q: How did your home balance design and functionality?

A: I wanted a beautiful home that I wouldn't be afraid of my two little kids ruining. It probably sounds terrible, but kids can create some pretty big messes in record time! The last thing I wanted was to have this house that looks like a showroom but that my family wouldn't be able to live comfortably in. Comfort is so important to us, and Joanna was able to create the perfect balance of design and functionality. The house is incredibly beautiful, so much care taken in each design element, but it's also a totally livable space. There's an open, airy feeling as soon as you walk through the front door. You flow from one room to the next and there are so many comfortable places to be, whether it's lounging in the living room with the library wall, or sitting in one of the seating areas in the kitchen, swinging in my daughter’s swing chair, or hanging out in the studio living area.

Q: Why did you apply to Fixer Upper?

A: Mike and I have always talked about moving to Texas. I'm from Texas and moved to Mike's hometown in Washington when we got married. We've lived together in Washington for 16 years and now that we have two babies, it's become more important to me than ever to be closer to my family in Texas. Logistically, it's hard to find a house, remodel it, and do all the work that that entails from across the country, so one night I was watching Fixer Upper and it occurred to me to grab my laptop and look into what it would take to be on the show. I knew that Waco was central to my family in Texas so I filled out the application I found online, and the rest is history!

Q: How did you decide on the design of the house? What inspired the choice?

A: Our style is eclectic. We love the industrial farmhouse look, we love rustic, we're also into mid-century modern...a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n roll? Joanna kept all of that in mind when she started designing our home and she nailed it. I love the contrast of the dark cabinets and shelves against the bright white shiplap walls and the raw wood ceilings. She managed to weave all of our styles seamlessly throughout the house.


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  • Izzie
    6:12 pm, April 18, 2018
    Will you tell us why you had the baby
  • Vickie Williams
    5:25 pm, April 18, 2018
    What brand was the bold mustard paint on the front door?
  • PJ
    3:05 pm, April 18, 2018
    LOVE your show, family and how you guys interact with one another, it's truly beautiful to watch. I was sadden to hear the show was ending but definitely understand why. Hopeful you guys will come back one day. God's blessings to you and your family....
  • Shirley A Lesko
    1:16 pm, April 18, 2018
    We are about to retire and would like a smaller home. There is not one home that Chip and Joanna did that I would not live in. You guys are really blessed and I wish there was someone like you all to do our fixer upper when it comes time. We will really miss you all and your beautiful little ones.

    Shirley and George Lesko
  • Teresa Hyman
    10:00 pm, April 17, 2018
    Can you please tell me where I can purchase the exterior wall lights on the Americana House?

    Thank you!
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