Chip and Joanna Gains, owners of Magnolia Homes, have not only a show on HGTV, but a whole brand they are cultivating. They are a charming couple with four adorable children and a mess of animals on a farm down in Texas. I love that they are into rescuing old properties rather than razing them and building new. Still, every time I see them rip out beautiful wood windows, I die a little inside. I guess as a contractor, it doesn’t make financial sense for Chip to reglaze. Also annoying is that they love to make everything open concept (check my girl Roxanne at Justmewith… if you want a perfect explanation for everything that is wrong with open concept in a single-family home). Also, they tend to ignore the era and style of the original home, making every property look sorta farmhouse-meets-industrial cookie cutter. Nearly every kitchen ends up too big with an island (annoying and inefficient to walk around). Nearly every kitchen has white cabinets. Nearly every home tends to stick to a basic grays and whites palette. Reclaimed wood, distressed finishes, shiplap and subway tile are the only finishes they know, and they have a major hard on for sliding barn doors–a trend which I think will look super-dated in the not-too-distant future. I wish the owners’ style were allowed to shine through a bit.
I think it’s important if you are looking to remodel or renovate, don’t look to just one t.v. show or source for style inspiration. Too often people doubt their own sense of style, leaving it to the “experts” who wind up dictating a look that becomes ubiquitous, repetitive, and boring.