Friday, May 16, 2014

Showing off Magnolia Homes

Hello and welcome to the almost weekend! I’m doing the local Dirty Girl Mud Run with some friends tomorrow – anyone ever done one? It looks like fun, should be interesting. I just hope this cold snap breaks.

So I have a love/hate relationship with HGTV anymore. I wonder, where oh where did the decorating go? There are only so many “Hunter” shows I can take. :) I miss the regular decorating shows.

There are some that are a combo of renovations and decorating and I like a few of them – but I’ve found a new favorite. It’s called Fixer Upper and it has a horrible time slot of 11 p.m. on Thursday evenings. (C’mon HGTV, move them up!)

The show follows Magnolia Homes – Joanna and her husband Chip – as they renovate and decorate homes. I LOVE it. Other than Elbow Room it’s my favorite DIY/decor program now.

I’m sharing a few of the photos here but this is just a taste -- you’ll have to visit their site to see the extent of their work. I haven’t watched last night’s episode yet but after these photos I can’t wait! The exterior is just lovely:

Fixer Upper HGTV

And this kitchen!!:white kitchen gray cabinets

I can’t help it – I’ve fallen in love with white kitchens. Look at all that space!

I love their use of wood and natural elements in each house. The dining room incorporates wood shelves around the fireplace:

fireplace in dining room

Love the pull out wine storage too.

Here are some more chunky wood shelves at another house they did:

chalkboard wall wood shelves

Love the little bit of chalkboard accent on the background!

On one episode the house had an odd atrium in the middle. The made it into a cool outdoor eating area – love the lights hanging from the beams:

atrium

One thing that always shocks me is the prices of these homes in Texas! I thought our housing was low here in Indiana but there are some great deals down there! I’m sure that is probably just based on location, like anywhere.

Their team does an excellent job at bringing out the classic beauty of a house – the paint colors are always beautiful, the built ins are always spot on. And I love the lighting in each home as well:

wood treads white risers stairs

Just gorgeous! They mix a lot of new and old in the decor and it always comes together so well.

Their personal home is an old farmhouse they renovated and of course it’s well done as well:

planked walls Magnolia Homes

So pretty and serene:

Magnolia Homes HGTV

If you like these pics you have to check out their site – you’ll be hooked! :) Joanna also has a decorating blog here. Have you watched this show yet? Do you miss the decorating on HGTV like me?

Have a great weekend my friends! It’s currently sleeting here – seriously??

 

P.S. I have the pin it button installed but ask that you visit their site to pin any images.

70 comments:

  1. I actually just caught this show for the first time last night. You are so right - they do beautiful work! And yes - the home price blew me away. I actually thought I heard it wrong at first. AFTER renovations the huge home was $125,000. WHAT? Haha. We live in a very low COL area, but that is unheard of.

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  2. Thanks so much for giving me the heads-up on this show. I will definitely be watching. I too can only watch just so many "hunters" and have been longing for more decorating programs. You are definitely not alone there. And thanks so much for your great blog!

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  3. Hmmm... thanks for the info on this show. I gave HGTV the boot some time ago because of the lack of decorating shows. Might have to take a peek at this.
    Have fun tomorrow on the mud run. :0
    Hugs, Gee

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  4. I used to love HGTV but the House Hunter shows took over and now I don't watch at all. I heard about Fixer Upper from another blog today as well but there is no way I would stay up til 11 p.m. to watch as I have a full time day job, but it sounds great. You're right...HGTV move it up to mid evening PLEASE... Anyway, totally love their style from the pics you've shown here and thanks for the link to their blog. PS. Have a great run!

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  5. Amen! I hate the house hunter shows, too! Bring back the toss pillows and picture frames!

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  6. Yup! Cost of living is nice and low here in Texas! One of our friends from church knew Chip in high school. You know I'm trying to work that connection! ;)

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  7. Last night I caught this show for the first time and loved it!! I'll definitely watch again, too. I do have to say I agree wholeheartedly with you about HGTV's programming, it's the pits these days. I miss the old design shows that showcased decorating and design on a more reasonable budget. I really am getting tired of 2 hours nightly of Property Brothers and Love It or List It. They truly have gotten away from the Garden and Design aspect that we all loved.

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  8. I miss the decorating on HGTV too. I will need to checkout this show though. And I have done they dirty girl mud run. So much fun! You will have a blast

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  9. Decorating and gardening shows seem to be a things of the past. If any gardening shows are on at all they are on when I am not home (work) or late at night. Cooking shows and travel shows seem to be the rage right now.

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  10. We quit watching HGTV quite awhile ago. We were very disappointed in the programming! Way,way back, they had decorating and some gardening inspiration....... I think that they need to re-evaluate what they are offering. I have quite a few friends, and younger family members (30's) that agree~

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  11. I love the coffee bar area. I always want to use chalkboard but feel like my handwriting may not be good enough to make it look pretty

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  12. I so agree. I don't watch HGTV much anymore. So over it.

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  13. I caught the show for the first time last night and was blown away that the whole project was done for $125K. I also live in a low COL area and that would be unheard of here. I had to wonder if the $125K was all cosmetic work. I wonder if they had to fix any mechanicals, plumbing or electrical and if they did, did they omit that cost from what they showed. I also love that they didn't feel the need to build any fake drama into the show. You know like Love It or List It where there is always a huge unforeseen expense and the homeowner flips out? The house was so beautiful when completed. They are very talented.

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    1. I hate to ruin it for you, but not everything is as it seems, and there is fake drama. There is a lot I like about the show including the relationship between family members, but like most reality shows there is deception. The episode where the couple bought the house from the city for about $24,000 dollars is such a case. We were led to believe the home was one of three shown, and after a dramatic commercial break, they chose the distressed home! According to a Waco Tribune article about the show where this episode was discussed the couple bought the home BEFORE contacting Chip and Joanna to discuss renovating it. All that intro material was fake, and that makes me sad, as I really had high hopes for the show. Regardless, Chip and Joanna do seem to really care about each other and their children, and Waco is seeing nasty old homes being renovated, so there is a silver lining in there.

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    2. Anon, that's how most home/decor shows are done. House Hunters is the same way -- the house is already under contract before they shoot.

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  14. I lost interst when the gardening and decorating shows were removed. And I really dislike the shows that keep repeating when they just said two minutes earlier before the commercial break. If I am still interested in seeing what happens, I record it and watch later, thanks to the fast forward button!

    Liz

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  15. So will we see a white kitchen in your home anytime soon? I'd love to see what you'd do with it!

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  16. I LOVE this show and it's about the only show I watch on HGTV anymore. I'm with you on the "hunter" shows. I can only take so much of them. I also Loved Sarah Richardson's "Sarah's House." It looks like a new show "Sarah 101" may be coming or is already airing.

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  17. They are amazing! Baylor grads, Sic 'em Bears!!

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  18. Down here in Guatemala, we have to pay to get certain international channels, which includes those in the line of HGTV. I don't have it right now, but was thinking on getting it (and fix the budget to do so), since we do not get that many and that good enough home/garden/decorating channels. With your comments on it, I'm taking a step back though. Should I? Is there another channel of the sort that you could recommend instead? Should I wait?
    Love the gigantic kitchen! And the outdoor table.

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  19. Saw this last night and one other time -- loved it too. Also wondered about HVAC, etc. with that house last night! Lovely and fun couple and kids!

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  20. I've been watching them for several weeks now and I love their show. They're so down to earth and as a couple very engaging. The decorating they do is so my style. I love mixing old with new. It's like a breath of fresh air for HGTV.
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  21. I'm with you. I miss Candice and Sarah and all the decorating shows. I could care less about competition shows and Living Alaska or whatever. That said, I really enjoy your blog and admire your energy and creativity!

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  22. I do enjoy the House Hunters shows, but gosh there seem to be a lot of them. And I started to enjoy them less after I learned that they were 100% fake - in most cases the "hunters" have already purchased a house before they even begin filming. Because otherwise they couldn't guarantee a good ending for the episode. Which is EXACTLY what irritates me about the format - anyone who has ever bought a house knows that three tours = one selection is not reality. I may have toured more than twenty houses, over two years!

    But I also have to say that I got completely tired of Design on a Dime, because half of their rooms looked like they literally cost a dime. Why do tacky faux Moroccan with spray paint when you can get real Moroccan for the same price or less if you troll craigslist? Oh, right, production schedule. Silly me.

    OK, I'm getting rant-y here. There's still a number of design shows I really enjoy (though most of them are on the DIY Network). I love "I Hate My Kitchen" because of the budget aspect of it, though almost every kitchen is ugly AND impractical. (James Young, the host, seems like a great guy and very handy, but I doubt he has design training and clearly he does not cook.) Kitchen Impossible is another favorite - Marc Bartolomeo has no more design chops than James Young and seems unaware of new design ideas (he's all over new technological ideas), and many of his kitchens similarly seem to be missed aesthetic opportunities. However, I enjoy the thoughtful eye toward layout and function, and truly educational bits about plumbing and electricity. (He's a plumber and an electrician. Respect.) For really beautiful kitchens, I would say Kitchen Cousins is the best. Also, they just seem like really nice guys. Despite my kitchen obsession, there are other shows worth watching. I like Curb Appeal and Yard Crashers because I am hopeless at landscaping and their results are like MAGIC. I learned how to get the inside of my house in shape; maybe if I watch enough episodes, I will begin to understand the foundations of beautiful landscape design. (Besides "spend $50,000 on hardscape," which I am convinced is unnecessary.) I enjoy Bath Crashers although almost ALL the results are ugly (Matt Muenster likes to experiment too much), because at least everything is sort of interesting, and there's hardcore construction going on in a short time frame and it's exciting to watch. Plus someone usually gets a lot of help who can really use it. There's also a bath show with Amy Matthews that's very informative, and she's a lot of fun, too. Probably my favorite of all of these is Rehab Addict. I learned from Nicole Curtis that the one essential on a construction site is cleavage (I don't know how her skin survives the dust). But I love most of the work she does and I always learn something. (One of her salvage runs was the inspiration for my entire kitchen, so I owe her a lot.) The Bronson Pinchot Project is almost all frivolous nonsense (wherein he takes beautiful but neglected homes and turns them into random unusable spaces), but he really knows a lot about art and architecture and has a great eye, so it's educational in that respect. Another favorite is Restoration Realities. It may have my favorite concept of all - truly knowlegdeable and authentic restoration of historic properties - but the production quality is the lowest. I really hope this picks up in popularity so they can fund it better, because people need to understand that "kitchen appropriate to a historic home" (for example) does not mean "use Shaker cabinets." History actually happened; we can actually know how things were done then. Gah.

    Anyway, that was unnecessarily rant-y, but it hit one of my obessions right on the nose, so there you are. I watch all of these through hulu, so I have no idea when they actually air :).

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    1. I echo your sentiments about Rehab Addict. I've noticed that this is the only DYI show my husband doesn't complain about:)

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  23. Yes HGTV is making me crazy. I miss the decorating shows. I'm going to check this new show

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  24. Not all of Texas is cheap!!! My family moved to the coast for hubby's job and real estate here costs an arm & a leg! :)

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  25. Totally agree - I'm ready for some more decorating shows! Will definitely be setting the DVR for this one!

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  26. i miss all the old shows. they do not have good shows on anymore. ang

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  27. Yes HGTV please bring back decorating!!!!!!!

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  28. HGTV needs to listen to all these comments and bring back the shows we love - Sarah Richardson (my personal favorite), Candace Olson, our design contest winners, and all the other greats! My satellite provider rarely gives me the opportunity to see DIY, but when they do I try to record Junk Gypsies. I'll will be checking out this new show, thank you for the info!!!!

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  29. I blogged about this show today too, as it's one of my new favorites! I'm blown away at their remodels, and love Joanna's style. Jaw dropping makeovers indeed!! Where did my summer weather go? My son has a baseball tournament this weekend and it's downright cold outside!

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  30. Right there with ya on that one. HGTV, just like TLC, has gone to the wayside on their original premise and are losing viewers. They need to go back to decorating, soon!!!

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  31. I absolutely LOVE the show Fixer Upper. Her style is absolute PERFECTION I tell ya... It is my current fave HGTV show.

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  32. I love that show! I'm in love with that kitchen, too. I'm in Texas and my jaw hit the floor when they said one of the homes cost $125k after renovations. That's crazy since homes prices are getting ridiculous where I am just a few hours away. That just can't be right!

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  33. My husband saw on the news that HGTV was losing money big time because so many of the shows are very expensive to film. I just can't watch House Hunters of any of the first time homeowners whining about no granite, etc.

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  34. I love this show too! We are actually moving to the town where they air this show. I hope to check out her boutique because her design taste is fabulous!

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  35. I love Fixer Upper it's my favorite show they are so up to date with what is hot right now. I don't watch much HGTV. I used to look forward to Saturday morning to watch all the decorating shows and landscaping shows but now I don't because its the same thing all day long, Property Brothers, House Hunter, House Hunter International and Love or list it...over and over and over again. They even cut out the Halloween and Christmas Decorating shows for the holidays last year. HGTV is losing a lot of viewers they need to step it up.

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  36. I agree 100% on the HGTV channel. I miss Sarah Richardson, Candice Olsen, Yard Crashers, Curb Appeal. Nothing against Canada... But I do miss these shows taken from areas in the US. Or at least film some in the US. It's been sad to see this channel change so much. I REALLY MISS the older shows!
    I saw the show last night for the first time and enjoyed the episode. Amazing what can be done with little money! I will continue watching this show. At least until they drop them too.

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  37. Hi Sarah, I stumbled upon that show two weeks ago and really love it...I recorded this week's episode so I can have something to watch later. We only watch this show, Property Bros. and yard crashers. I'm really disappointed in HGTV.....if I want to see living the Alaska lifestyle I would want to see that on a travel channel....fed up with ALL of the House Hunter shows (all the versions of same just diff names) and REALLY can not stand Love it or List it!!!
    There was also a show on for a few weeks called "Junk Gypsies"....loved watching them. Wish HGTV would listen to us, the viewers or should I say FORMER viewers!

    Have a great run this weekend!

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  38. I accidentally found this show a week or so ago and really enjoyed it. I saw familiar sites and then it dawned on me that it was actually Waco where I live. Of course, I am not even more interested.

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  39. I'm with you! I hate that HGTV seems to have so many non-decorating or gardening shows. I watch it so much less than I used to. I will most certainly be checking out this show. Thanks!

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  40. I couldn't agree more about HGTV. It's not anything more now than a real estate network. I miss the decorating, especially around holidays. They took away everything that was so fun about their shows. I've even written them emails, but not response.

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  41. I loved Carol Duvall, and Christopher Lowe, they did the old shows that gave detailed descriptions for their projects. Their ideas for projects were practical and money-saving. Today's HGTV is a real estate promoting channel for 20 year olds that claim they have $700,000 on their first house--it's all acting and drama.

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  42. Very rarely watch HGTV any more. I am house hunting but their shows don't help me and they are not honest either. I loved Decorating Cents and Sarah Richardson. I want to decorate my home - on the cheap - but beautifully and they are no longer any help.

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  43. My sons used to tease me about how much I watched HGTV. Saturday evening was my time to view. Not anymore. It should rename itself The Real Estate and Travel Real Estate Network. I hear those are the shows viewers want to watch. They seem to have forgotten the title of the network, home and garden. I loved the decorating shows and the how-to's. Besides Sarah Richardson and Candice Olson, Chris Madden and Joe Ruggiero toured lovely homes. Maybe someone else will come up with a new network and we can all tune in there. It is a shame that HGTV ignores viewers' comments. No wonder they are losing their audience.

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  44. I rarely watch HGTV. A while back, my husband used to say that I needed a one-channel TV guide since I only watched one channel - HGTV. Well not anymore. Also can't stand the magazine. Did not renew after a one-year trial subscription.

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  45. I, too, love this show! All of the homes they have done so far are around the Waco area in Central Texas. I grew up about 30 minutes from this area, and the home prices are cheaper because it isn't exactly one of the "hot spots' of the state. Texas does have VERY affordable housing, but homes are more expensive in the larger cities. With that said, their style is amazing!! Definitely hope this show continues!

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  46. How do you like - Love it or list it? I find the couple to be marginally snotty to people, if they don't agree with them, oh boy does she get snotty. We stopped watching it due to that. Fixer Upper was on today on Dish, showed houses on last night and last week. I love what she does and she's so nice to people. She did house today with that herb garden and table, etc. loved it. I almost died when I saw what they did on that $125,000 house, wow what a deal, huge house, they did wonderful job making it a home.
    Grand Junction, CO which we live about 18 miles west of is so expensive, it's like being back in Southern CA, we lived in San Diego area for 21 yrs. left in 92. We moved here from KY, talk about differences in prices, we had 1 1/2 acres, 1500 sq. foot house completely remodeled, redone big front porch, back deck for $55,000 in 1999. If we'd known how expensive it was here we would have moved back to MT. We had 20 acres out on Canyon Ferry Lake for $15,750 because we paid 40% down. Had all utilities also and our own well. Could somebody kick us for selling it to move? I do miss our house and land in KY, out in country, so green and pretty. Think we watered lawns maybe two times in 5 yrs. We'd have stayed there but weather was very hard on my asthma, allergies and arthritis. Bummer. Why did HGTV take off all crafting shows. Ilene's daughters are still doing crafts online and I sure miss Carol Duvall. Bring back better decorating shows. Happy weekend

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  47. Thank you for blogging about this show! I never would've found it without you . Add me to your list of readers who gave up on HDTV because they stopped showing the decorating shows.

    Love it or List it is supposed to be remodeling/decorating but it has all that stupid fake drama. In EVERY show the designer finds something that's going to cost more than she thought it was going to and *dramatic cutaway* now what will the homeowners do!?!?!?

    Rehab Addict on DIY is the only one I seek out just because I adore pre-1950 homes.

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  48. I'm in love with this show Fixer Upper, that I've recorded just about all of them. I watch them so much, my daughter comes in the room and ask my why mom why? I'm also getting tired of watching House Hunter, Love or List It and Property Brothers. I wish HGTV would bring back the decorating shows like Room by Room, Decorating Cents, Sarah 101, and move A Bryk at a Time over to this station.

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  50. LOVE this show , too! Found it through the Baylor Proud website....that's my alma mater...
    and love that they are showing Waco area. They are TALENTED....aren't they??

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  51. Thanks for the info on this show! I remember when we got satellite tv at first...HGTV was my favorite. I rarely watch it now and do so miss all the decorating shows. I cannot handle all the house hunting and high end re-dos. Hope they adjust their format so I can watch them again.

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  52. I saw Fixer Upper the other day and loved it! Loved that the kept the drama to a minimum and their ideas seem relateable and reasonable priced. The pricing in Waco is amazingly cheap! I moved from Fort Wayne, IN to Plano, TX last year. Trust me, around Dallas the real estate is much higher than Indiana! Especially, when we had to contend with the issue of no basements in Texas. We had a 2,000 sq ft house with a basement in IN, and ended up with a much bigger square foot house to have the same zones we had before. However, the weather is much better :)
    I am so tired of all the drama on HGTV! I used to enjoy watching it because it was low stress and had lots of fresh attainable ideas. Lately, everything they produce seems to be for a much more affluent demographic. I will never be buying a vacation home in the Caribbean. I will never have $30,000 to decorate one room. Although I did take on a fixer upper this time, most people I know don't have the savings to take one on. Bring back Emily Henderson, Candace Olson, and Sabrina Soto!

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  53. I totally agree with you about HGTV. Just don't watch it anymore. Might have to try and watch this one, though...

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  54. I just found this show yesterday and fell in LOVE! I'm with you, Where did the decorating shows go? Remember Decorating Cents? One of my favs. They need to bring back more decorating!

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  55. I don't watch much HGTV anymore either. I know things have to change but change isn't always a good thing! I do watch House hunters renovation, but I keep seeing repeats! My husband still can't believe that I don't have to watch something on HGTV. Oh, I do like Rehab Addict that is now on HGTV and DIY. Mary Ann

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  56. My husband watching the show since it first came on. We end up taping it. I love that they take old houses, update them without stripping all the charm away. We also love rehab addict.

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  57. I hadn't heard about this show, so I just watched the first episode "On Demand" and am totally hooked. Love their style. I can't wait to see more and am off to check out their website now. Thanks for telling us about it, Sarah! :)

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  58. I am so glad someone else is disappointed with HGTV. What happened to Sarah Richardson, Candice Olsen, Genevieve,etc???
    But, I agree with you....I love Fixer Upper with Chip and JoJo!
    I hope HGTV reads your blog and gets the message!

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  59. I had not heard about this show and I look forward to it. I rarely watch HGTV anymore for the same reasons as all of you have explained. Surely some of our favs will come back in the fall - Sarah Richardson, Candace, Genevieve (I have heard she is starting a new show but have not seen one thing about it) Sabrina and Emily. What happened to the Design Star's shows? I really liked Meg, Tiffany and Danielle (??). I really enjoy my HGTV mag so far.

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  60. I agree. Recently on my Facebook pages there was a similar discussion and everyone was in complete agreement HGTV does not have enough decorating shows. Or GARDENING shows either. Haven't seen Fixer Upper & will tune in. But do watch Rehab Addict and she has had lots of good stuff. Food Network is right along with HGTV in that all they seem to have anymore is cooking contests. So I say why not combine the 2 networks if the powers that be feel they're repeating shows. And has anyone written in any shape or form to them to complain? I haven't but am going to. I've complained/complimented/suggested to TLC and always get an answer.

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  61. Love it!!!!! Jojo is my sweet, amazing sister- their show got moved up to 9 pm EST & 8 pm CST!!! We are so excited that so many love their show - what you see on tv only captures a glimpse of their creativity and generous spirits!!! Blessings to you!!!

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    1. I love them! We live an hour from Waco. They represent Texas well!

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  62. I love the show too! Yes, real estate in Waco is very reasonable especially in the urban areas. We live an hour from there so my sister and I went to her shop and were total stalkers and drove by the first house. It's just as charming in person if not more so. It's nice to see a show without the over priced renovation budgets. I'm sure some things are donated by sponsors but overall I think it's pretty realistic for Texas.

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  63. Fixer Upper and Rehab Addict are my two favorite shows in the world. I love JoJo and Chip's relationship, they're so sweet with each other and I love their decorating sense. I would like to ask "your" advice. I love all things related to the housing market. My husband and I have completely renovated our house and I have enjoyed that immensely. From the demo to the design phase to the maintaining of the finished product.
    I love watching HGTV as well. Any of the shows that feature flipping houses, remodeling, redesigning, staging and then selling them afterwards has my complete attention.

    I am a very organized person and have been told by especially family members how efficient I am at organizing closets, cabinets, and garages, anything that’s a mess. I don’t mind tackling a big job and getting it done and I love what a house looks like when things are cleaned up.

    I am good at helping in the construction or demo phase with some things such as cleaning up, cleaning out, just generally helping out. I don’t mind working hard.

    I’m also good on the internet as far as researching things for sale or researching things needed for a house. I really get after it if I need to find something out. I also don’t mind making lots of phone calls if need be. I’m also knowledgeable about buying and selling on eBay or Craigslist, a tool I think would come in handy for cleaning out houses and organizing and maybe flipping houses and finding certain items or selling items that were left behind by previous owners.

    I have a good eye for decorating. That’s why I think I would be good at staging. I love to shop and I love to find bargains. I enjoy flea markets and antique stores. I have lots of home magazine subscriptions and keep up with the latest decorating trends.

    This has all gotten me to start thinking that I could utilize all these talents, skills and abilities and put them to work for someone! I think I could really help someone or some company out here and there and it’s doing things that I really enjoy. The problem is, I don't know where to go from here. Who would I contact? Would you have any suggestions? Any information you could pass along to me would be most appreciated. I really appreciate it

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    1. I tried to get into the decor field for years before it happened. I would constantly email contacts and friends to see if they knew anyone, then I would call the people they knew in the field and all were very helpful -- but all said I needed to go back to school. I ended up going with a firm that took me on because I knew the owner. I started as an assistant and then moved to a decorator. I'd say just keep putting feelers out there and contact smaller firms in your area to see if you can meet with them. Good luck!

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  64. I love Fixer Upper and agree with all that's been said here about other shows. Tired of shows from Canada i.e. Property Brothers, Love It or List it, do more filming on properties in the States. Some of these shows could be cut to 1/2 hour, not the full boring hour. That's what I like about the new "flip" shows, all done fast pace in 1/2 hour viewing. Fixer Upper is refreshing, not just the content or design element, but also the hosts of the show themselves, genuine and down to earth. Also, this might not be politically correct, just not too interested in seeing Johnny and Jim's newly remodeled bedroom. Oh well.....

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