Joanna Gaines’ eye for design is like no other. Over the past five seasons of Fixer Upper, she has brought her style into the homes of thousands of people, both through her clients on the show and through our televisions. But there is one specific design element Gaines incorporates into all of her homes — and it’s not real (check out page 4).
Gaines stages every ‘Fixer Upper’ home
As is the case for most HGTV shows, the clients don’t typically get to keep the furniture or decorations. Their budget usually only allots for renovations. According to former Fixer Upper client Jaime Ferguson, the clients can pick what they want to keep at the end, but it’s an added cost. Otherwise, all of the furniture gets removed from the home after filming. Another client said that they got an itemized list of the furniture prices in case they wanted to keep anything.
Next: Clients do get to keep these pieces.
The families do get to keep certain pieces designed specifically for them
On various episodes, you’ve probably noticed that Gaines’ friend, Clint Harp, designs pieces specifically tailored to the family on that episode. The clients do get to keep pieces like these. Those pieces are built into the budget, and the Gaines’ treat them like a gift for the family whose home they’re remodeling.
Next: These items are also staged for the reveal.
The plates, cups, and accents are all purchased for the big reveal
At the end of the episode, Gaines comes in to set up the home for the clients’ big reveal. She usually brings along a child or two to help her out. Together, they set up the decorative plates and utensils, add art to the walls, etc. In every home, Gaines always adds some staples that are true to her personal style. Shiplap, for example, makes an appearance in at least one room every episode. But there’s one more design element she incorporates — and it isn’t real.
Next: Here’s the one design element Gaines uses that’s always fake.
The flowers are always fake
Gaines loves to garden, but all of those flowers you see staged on dining tables and kitchen counters? They’re fake. The Fixer Upper designer considers herself a green thumb, but she never puts real plants in a finished Fixer Upper home. “I’m all about plants and pots, but you take that to another level with fresh florals everywhere — it just feels like a lot that you’ve got to maintain,” she told CountryLiving.com.
Next: Why does Gaines love flowers so much?
She incorporates flowers in every room because they provide ‘movement’
Gaines isn’t shy about her love of flowers. She says that every room needs movement. “I think flowers offers whimsy to a space,” she told CountryLiving.com. “If you look at the space without it, it looks like it’s missing something.” She believes real plants in a home are high maintenance (but she does stress that if you love them, go for them), so she adds fake ones to give the same effect without the need to care for them.
Next: She sells them at her favorite place, too.
You can buy Gaines’ favorite fake flowers at Magnolia Market
How could Gaines not sell her favorite design piece at her store? That’s why can you purchase silk flowers at Magnolia Market. She wants Fixer Upper fans to be able to decorate their own homes the same way she decorates hers. The silk flowers start at nine dollars, but you can also buy them in bulk if you want to decorate every room in one shot.
Next: Here’s what else Gaines loves to add to her homes.
Aside from flowers, Gaines has several staples she adds to most of her homes
You’ll see flowers in every room during the big reveal, but you’ll also see some other things she loves, too. Gaines loves purchasing interesting architectural pieces at flea markets. She said things that come out of old homes are exactly what she likes to incorporate into remodels. She also looks for ornate frames and unusual storage pieces at antique shops and flea markets.
“…I’m always looking for something you can store toys in but that’s kind of cool and unique,” she said in an interview. Gaines also loves shopping for vintage books and knickknacks to decorate the shelves of her clients’ homes.