Inside Chip and Joanna Gaines' gorgeous house

Thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines and their hit HGTV show Fixer Upper, we've embraced open concept living with open arms and spent way too much time dreaming about where to put French doors in our homes. Seriously, how did we decorate before these two came on the scene? When the beloved series ended in April 2018, we were thankfully able to drown our sorrows in the Fixer Upper spinoff, Behind the Design. In November 2018, Joanna also gifted the world with her incredibly dreamy design book, Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave. In it, we also got a taste of Chip and Jo-Jo's beautiful farmhouse.

Joanna revealed in a press release from her publisher (via Today): "My home is my safe place, it is my exhale, it is my shelter from the storm." After seeing her home, it's not hard to understand why. Here's a sneak peek into the Gaines' beyond incredible family home.

An "intentional" exterior

If you were a regular watcher of Fixer Upper, you saw a few snippets of Chip and Joanna's home here and there. You already know it's beautiful, but just how did Joanna design it? The shiplap queen granted Today her first ever and, as of this writing, only on-camera tour of the couple's farmhouse.

When speaking with Jenna Bush Hager, Joanna revealed her secrets behind creating a simple, inviting front porch. The design guru believes a house should be welcoming — and that begins at the front elevation. "I think little things like potted plants, sconces, front door mat — little things that just when you walk in just feel intentional," she explained.

If you're looking to create a similarly cozy space, Joanna's got your back. In an interview with Architectural Digest she revealed her tips for improving curb appeal. "Freshening up the landscape, adding new shutters, and wrapping dated columns with redwood or cedar wood," she advised. "These are all things you can tackle over the weekend and without killing your budget."

You won't find a grand foyer in this farmhouse

With five children, you could assume Chip and Joanna have a giant foyer full to the brim with kids' coats and backpacks, but that's not the case. Upon entering the family's home, Hager remarked that the foyer isn't "a huge space." But that's no problem for JoJo. In fact, she thinks families could easily make do without one. 

"Some people don't have, like, this carved-out entry space," she told Today, "and so, even if that means a table, it doesn't have to be this grand foyer. It's just the idea that 'Hey, I can set my keys down.' It's just like that nice, warm welcome." The Gaines' entryway may be small but it packs a big punch. It also includes pieces that are both aesthetic and functional: a small chair, armoire, narrow table, simple mirror, bench, and a wall rack. Not bad for a small space, right?

The "heart" of the home

Joanna once called her farmhouse kitchen "the heart of the home" when speaking to HGTV. However, the heart of the family's home has since been transplanted. She revealed to Today in 2018 that it's actually her living room that's started to steal the show. Much like the home's small entryway, Joanna explained, "I didn't have a ton of space to work with, but there's something about that I love. You've got your couch, a couple little stools, but the pieces in here are really special." Joanna also threw in a splash of color with a green — yes, green — piano.

Mounted to the wall behind the sofa is an oversized antique clock. Joanna dubbed it one of her "favorite pieces." The clock, which is missing its hands, is also symbolic to the mother of five. She explained, saying,"Any time I'm home with the kids, time kind of stands still and I feel like just always remembering what a gift time is."

Joanna's favorite room

The living room may be the heart of the Gaines family's home, but there's actually a much different room in the house that has Joanna smitten. Believe it or not, the laundry room is her absolute fave. With young kiddos, the room surely gets a lot of use. But Joanna doesn't just use the area to wash and dry clothing. "This is where I read, this is where I write. This is kind of my space," the designer told Today

In the room sits a washer and dryer, yes, but also a round table with a tray, a few books, and a candle. This is as peaceful as laundry rooms get. Joanna's reasoning, she explained, is that if you have to complete a chore anyway, "why not do it in a room that you love?" Plus, she added, it smells fresh. There's no arguing with that logic.

A simple office

In 2014, fans of the interior designer were able to get a glimpse into Joanna's workspace on Instagram and her website, magnolia.com. On Joanna's feed, she shared a picture of her simple wooden desk and white slipcovered chair. "Formal sitting room turned office," she captioned the photo, in part. As was evident in the episodes of Fixer Upper, Joanna is all about creating inviting spaces. It's no wonder she opted against having a stuffy sitting room and instead created an inviting and cozy — yet useful — office space.

The space is light and bright, as evidenced by pictures on her site. Above the sofa, a large quote filled the wall. It fittingly read: "By wisdom a house is built, through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures." However, in 2018, a much different "beautiful treasure" began to fill this space. Can you guess what, or rather who, it was?

Baby Crew's eclectic nursery

"Our older kids … have always shared rooms, but with the eight-year age gap, it didn't seem practical to add a baby to their space," Joanna revealed in Magnolia Journal (via Today). "While we didn't have any spare rooms at the farm, this challenge seemed like an opportunity to get creative with the square footage we had." You guessed it, the office became Crew's nursery.

Joanna kept it real when sharing a photo of her newborn son's nursery. Nearly a quarter-million people liked Joanna's picture of her newborn's dresser with its half-opened drawer and floor littered with soap, wipes, diapers, and copious amounts of soiled bedding and clothing. Still, fans looked past the mess and complimented the plush, fringed rug, artwork, and wall color. The reinvented room is undeniably incredible. 

"I love when nurseries can be pretty neutral and soft," Joanna dished to Today. "I love antiques, I love a little bit of the modern elements and so that's all kind of tied in there."

Kids' room goals

You may remember the fun project Chip and Joanna tackled on "Yours, Mine, Ours and a Home on the River" in Season 2 of Fixer Upper. The duo transformed the house's original garage into a "bunk room" complete with two sets of bunk beds. "The walls were painted gray and Joanna installed custom bunk beds using industrial piping," a post on magnolia.com explained. 

The Gaines family now also has a similar setup in their home. In a picture Joanna shared to Instagram, the boys' room features four beds — two upper, two lower — against shiplap walls painted white. Above the bed hangs a quote that reads "These are the days." Not only does the photo show off the epic kids' room, but Drake can be seen cuddling and reading to baby Crew in his bunk. Can't. Handle. The. Cuteness.

The girls' rooms are equally great with their upholstered beds, tall windows, and even their own dollhouse. Strike that, their own doll farmhouse.

The kitchen with its epic island

Through episodes of Fixer Upper, fans were able to see some key elements of Chip and Joanna's kitchen: white subway tile, concrete countertops, and floating wooden shelves. While you've likely noticed the beautiful island, Joanna revealed to HGTV Magazine (via Today) that the piece is actually an antique. "I probably stalked that thing for two years," she revealed. She found the large cabinet in an antique store in the family's town of Waco, Texas. When putting it in their kitchen, the couple decided to paint it white, matching the rest of the kitchen, and fit it with an oversized countertop.

In an interview with HGTV, Joanna explained her love of the space, saying, "No matter how much is going on, I don't feel overwhelmed because the palette is very clean and fresh." She added, "I love the farmhouse sink, and I love looking out the window at the animals and cows while I work."

An open concept dining room

The Gaines' home is about as open concept as it gets. From the foyer, one can easily view the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Of course, this is the inviting look Joanna was going for and was often an element she introduced to her clients on the couple's show Fixer Upper. Former contestant from Season 2, Rachel Whyte, revealed to Country Living that it was actually difficult reacting to each room individually while on camera since "most of Joanna's designs are open concept."

In pictures shared to magnolia.com, Chip and Joanna's minimalist dining room transitions perfectly into the kitchen with the white wooden table, metal-legged furniture, and rustic stainless steel sign that reads "Dining Room." Having an open concept dining room also allowed for Chip and Joanna to purchase a whopping 13-foot Christmas tree. The furniture can easily be rearranged and relocated when more, or less, space is needed.

The she-shed that dreams are made of

There are she-sheds and then there's Joanna Gaines' she-shed. The exterior of the garden house features a cobblestone walkway that leads to a pair of stunning antique wooden doors. The inside of the little cottage is equally marvelous.

"Everything needed to be solid — only using the kind of materials that could handle dirt, pots and sharp tools on a regular basis," Joanna revealed on her site. Although that meant incorporating sturdy zinc countertops and a concrete sink, the designer's garden house doesn't look cold or stark. Thanks to lots of greenery, tons of terra cotta planters, and white oak cabinetry, the space is inviting. In the center of the glamorous potting shed sits a very large wooden table that Joanna uses for working and entertaining.

The couple even grows vegetables for their restaurant beside her garden house. "For us, this farm represents home — the kind of lasting place that gets passed from generation to generation," wrote Joanna, "and adding in this garden adds one more chapter to the story."