Who inspires you?

Have you ever watched the show, Fixer Upper, on HGTV?  Well, you should.  Go set the DVR now!  It’s currently hands down my favorite show on HGTV.  It’s about a couple (Chip & Joanna Gaines) from Waco, Texas, who fix up the ugliest house on the best block.  Their chemistry on the show is awesome!  Chip cracks me up and Joanna just loves him to death.  They are real and the show isn’t all “drama-ish.” So, who inspires me?  Joanna Gaines!

Check out some of my favorite spaces from their home and homes on their show.


First, lemme clear this up.  I’m a SUCKER for old architectural pieces.  I mean, look at this table.  Those arches used for legs!  Brilliant!


Can we say, open floor plan!  No need to say more …..


I’m slightly in love with old chippy corbels.  THIS will happen in our new kitchen.  Just need to find the perfect one!


Where do I start with this picture?  Hello, I want that coffee table.  It reminds me of something I would find at a beach house.  The buffet is adorable.  I’m searching for one of them as well.  The dark top is a nice contrast with the white body, perfecto!  And finally, the gate on the wall.  Such a great piece.  Well done Joanna!


Ohhhhh her kitchens…. please come do our kitchen Joanna!  I’m begging you!  See those light counter tops?  I wanted them.  Only option is marble (Not durable enough for a kitchen in MY opinion) or quartz.  Sooo we searched high and low for a lighter granite, and found one.  I chose this picture primarily for the hanging pendants above the island.  To me, this screams industrial chic.  My kind of stuff!


Coffee Bar = Heaven on Earth


Subway title, let’s get married!  Yes, this is coming into our kitchen!  It’s so classic and timeless.  Using gray grout with those counter tops is fantastic ….  I wish I had gray to pull from in our new granite to do the same!  Also, that farm sink.  Who doesn’t love a big ol’ white farm sink?!


This beauty ….. this picture right here had me on a hunt for months!  I wanted a mantle so bad but wasn’t willing to spend $500.  I finally found one late last year.  It was perfect for Christmas decorating.  There’s so much you can do with a piece like this.  It easily adds that country/rustic feel to any kind of home!


And finally, her store.  I WILL go there one day.  It’s in Waco, Texas.  The hubs passes through there a lot due to work.  I’m trying to get him to stop and FaceTime me / shop.  I’ll take it any way I can!!!!

Any of these catch your eye like they did mine?

14 thoughts on “Who inspires you?

    1. Me too! I gotta meet these guys! Thank you so much. Means a lot! Btw in Rankin (grand blanc road) I saw a mantle for like $100 I think was…. Super cute!

  1. Sara,
    Will you help me design my new house? We are at the electrical phase right now. Drywall should start in a few weeks. I’m going for a craftsman/beachy vibe with style very much like the pics you posted above. Kitchen will have white perimeter inset cabs with a cherry island with grey stain. Island will have a marble lookalike Quartz countertop and perimeter cabs will have a dark countertop, maybe soapstone.

    At this point, I need help choosing tile for the kids baths and I need help choosing paint colors. Later, I’ll need help with furniture.

    1. How exciting! The kitchen sounds great. I would love to help in anyway I can! I would find the title you like first in the bath before working on the paint color. I can keep you posted If I see something. I can always stop over there in the summer to help you shop too. I’m serious!

  2. I love that show, their banter and the designs! I like that the budget is a lot more realistic than other design shows. The other shows have a home budget of $600,000 and $80,000 in renovation. what?!!!! ON fixer upper the houses are normal size and priced homes. The style is beautiful. I adore subway tile also. We have it with white grout in our kitchen and with dark gray in our bathroom. I am in love with it. I too love the look of marble but worry about the function of it. We are a ways off from replacing our counter tops so I still have time to decide.

    1. Agree, love that they are “normal” houses. They make them sooooo beautiful. I’m so happy I found a light granite. It took months but couldn’t be happier. Subway ROCKS! Thanks for reading!

    1. Glad I’m not alone! I have got to MEET this couple!! I can’t wait to see what they do with the Silos they just bought!

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