When it comes to home decorating shows, HGTV’s show, Fixer Upper, is one of my favorites. If you aren’t familiar with it, the show stars a funny and talented husband and wife team, Chip and Joanna Gaines, who go around Waco, Texas, turning the most rundown houses into beautiful dream homes. In addition to the show, the Gaines duo has created Magnolia, a multifaceted company that includes Magnolia Homes and the insanely popular Magnolia Market.
Every time I watch an episodeIt seems like I take away something new each time I watch an episode. Between Chip’s skillful handiwork and Joanna’s creative insight, there’s always something to learn. Here are 5 of those lessons I think are familiar to anyone who regularly follows the work of this adorable pair.
1. Your design skills may take some time to develop.
Did you know that Joanna’s degree is in Communications and not Interior Design? It wasn’t until she was interning in New York that design caught her attention. Chip already had experience in flipping houses but Joanna just sort of “fell into” the design side of it. She has admitted that those early days involved a lot of experimenting–but over time, her design style and technique became more refined. Her passion, paired with Chip’s experience, gave birth to a team that produces beautiful results with ease. The bottom line: keep working at it. Eventually, you’ll get the hang of it.
2. If your passion for design runs deep, take the leap!
Everyone has their own personal list of priorities–and sometimes, those priorities may seem to have such a firm grip on us that we’re scared to try something new. I’m not saying to quit your day job or shirk your responsibilities, but if you have the creativity and the passion for design, don’t be afraid to act on it. Even Joanna started struggled with finding her purpose. Her idea for Magnolia Market happened right around the time she and Chip started a family. After a hiatus to spend time embracing motherhood, she reopened the shop. With hard work, she was able to create balance in her life, so she could reap the rewards of both business and family. You probably can, too.
3. Look for the diamond in the rough.
I don’t know about you, but I struggle with this one. While watching an episode of Fixer Upper, I shake my head in disbelief, thinking they’re crazy for taking certain projects on. And as always, I find myself shaking my head in disbelief once again, because I was proven wrong. Chip and Joanna have proven time and time again that even the most dilapidated houses can be transformed into a thing of beauty. It takes vision, that’s for sure. Use your imagination and look for the potential. You’d be amazed what results you can turn out.
4. Personal creative passions and family life can be bridged.
Joanna wears a lot of hats. In addition to being a mom, she is constantly busy with projects–but she’s mastered the balance between the two. That has to be your ultimate goal. Don’t choose between the things you love, work hard to bridge the two. When you get the hang of it, you and your family will find happiness.
5. Getting your spouse (or someone close to you) involved can be a great thing.
Chip and Joanna have beautiful chemistry even though they are complete opposites. You can see that they feed off of each other’s strengths to produce beautiful results. Get your spouse (a family member, your kids, or a close friend) involved in your project. It’s almost a guarantee that the end result will be more rewarding because you did the job together. Not only can it be a fun time with your significant other, you’ll end up with a home you can both truly enjoy.