Pro! Home design guru Joanna Gaines, 40, has revealed the number one mistake she often sees people making when they are decorating their homes
Design guru Joanna Gaines has revealed the number one mistake she sees people making time and time again when decorating a house.
Speaking to Domino, the 40-year-old former Fixer Upper star said she continuously sees people making the same mistake of cluttering their home when unnecessary objects when they are decorating.
For this reason, the Kansas-native urges people to take their time when decorating their home, and prioritize including meaningful items rather than those that just take up space around the house.
Best known for her role on Fixer Upper – a TV show that saw she and husband Chip, 44, renovating different houses – Joanna certainly knows a thing or two about what it takes to make a place look nice.
The show ran from 2013 to 2018 and saw the couple, who own and run a remodeling and design company called Magnolia Homes, turning dilapidated houses in Texas into stunning new homes.
Speaking to the publication, the mother-of-five urged people to think about what they choose to include in their house, as she says ‘clutter’ is the biggest problem she sees in different homes.
‘Sometimes people can’t see what they need a space to be, because there’s just so much stuff.
Top tips: Joanna, best known for her role on home renovation TV show Fixer Upper with husband Chip (R), said she regularly sees people making the mistake of cluttering their house
‘Or, they move in and have to hurry up and fill the home, and it feels like it was thrown together,’ she said.
The 40-year-old added that when people ‘rush’ to decorate a home, the finished result often doesn’t feel ‘meaningful’.
Joanna, whose latest home-related book Homebody was published back in November, recommends decorating a house with thoughtful pieces rather than those that simple take up space.
Joanna’s top decor tips
- Avoid clutter by prioritizing including meaningful items
- Maximize creativity in small spaces
- Use simple, small objects to make a space feel ‘updated’
- Find inspiration for decorating from the people living in the house and design for function
- Let your style evolve with your home
She says she hopes her book, which was designed to show people how to create a home that reflects the ‘personalities and stories of the people who live there’, can encourage readers to think about what objects they are including in their home.
The design enthusiast also said she encourages people to maximize creativity, especially when working with small spaces.
Speaking about the renovation of her own farmhouse home, Joanna said: ‘It’s one thing to have a ton of money and do whatever you want; it’s another thing to have to be working within these parameters.
‘During the whole renovation I was like, “Yes, it would be nice to have a bigger living room, and yes, it would be nice to have a larger kitchen,” but it’s fun to just think, “This is what I’ve been given, so how can I maximize it?”‘ she added.
Joanna revealed another of her top tips for decorating, as she stressed the impact that can be made by introducing small objects into certain rooms.
She said: ‘There are certain things that you can bring into a space that make it feel a little more fresh and updated.
Savvy: Fixer Upper followed Joanna and Chip as they renovated dilapidated homes in Texas into stunning new homes, and ran from 2013 to 2018
Exciting! It was revealed on Wednesday, April 10 that Joanna and husband Chip will launch their own cable network next summer, which will feature every single episode of Fixer Upper
‘It can be as simple as a pillow or a throw. In some cases, it’s a backsplash. It’s bringing in a color that you love that season or just something that’s practical, like a jute rug that grounds the space and makes it feel warmer.
‘The smaller decorative things can actually make a big impact,’ she added.
And when it comes to sourcing inspiration for the home, Joanna recommends figuring out what the people living in the house enjoy, as well as designing for function.
Revealing that her source of inspiration is her husband and children, Joanna explained: ‘What is it that they love? What is it that would help them feel like they’re known in this space, in this home, in their room?
‘I build from there,’ Joanna, whose children range in age from just a few months old to 14 years of age, added. ‘My inspiration is, “What’s the season of life we’re in?” Before the baby, it was like, “I have older kids now, so I can have some nicer stuff.”
‘There’s that blend of pretty and practical when you have kids and now I can play up the pretty a little more,’ she added.
Lastly, the design guru encouraged homeowners to decorate their houses with whatever style they like, and to let their style evolve with the home.
She said: ‘In the book, I was trying show people this is what traditional feels like, or this is what modern feels like. Early on, when I started, I always thought we have one or two styles.
‘As all of us are continually evolving, there are new things that we’re loving; there are new things that we’re telling our own story about. It’s that mix that makes it feel more like home,’ she added.
Achievement: After gaining popularity for her knowledge of home interiors, Joanna has since released two books. Her latest book Homebody (R) was published in November 2018
Joanna said that she hopes people understand that there is no one rule regarding how much someone can or cannot do with their home.
She continued: ‘It makes it feel more like you if your home has three or four different styles. It’s fun to get inspired when you’re looking online or in magazines, but I also think it’s important to recognize, “Hey, none of this should look like my home,” because who we are, authentically, and what we love should look different from everyone else.’
It was revealed on Wednesday, April 10 that Joanna and husband Chip will launch their own cable network next summer.
Discovery Inc and Magnolia – the home brand the couple created – announced their joint venture network which will launch in summer 2020.
The network is set to replace Discovery’s DIY Network which currently airs in more than 52million homes in the U.S.
According to Deadline, the channel’s content will include long-form programming about community, home, garden, food, wellness, entrepreneurialism and design.
It will also include the complete library of Fixer Upper, which first premiered on HGTV in 2013 and was one of the top-rated series on that network during its first four years on air.