Joanna Gaines Shares Her Brilliant and Affordable Tips for Elevating Your Home’s Style
For five seasons, millions of viewers have tuned into HGTV’s Fixer Upper to see what Chip and Joanna Gaines have up their sleeves. The rags to riches makeovers of the homes can be awe-inspiring, yet doing a home revamp on your own proves to be daunting at best. Thankfully, Joanna has no plans of leaving her trusted fans in design darkness.
Between her well-thought-out Hearth and Hand by Magnolia decor line exclusively sold at Target and her brilliant and affordable style tips, you can easily elevate your home’s look. Check them out below.
1. Give your tabletop a seasonal facelift
As the seasons change, Gaines encourages spending some time (and maybe a little cash) on a tabletop facelift. She believes that “by mixing the old with the new and balancing the beautiful with the practical, you can make the most of every space in your home.” The simplicity of Gaines’ Target collection offers classic pieces that will easily tie in the to the cherished staples you already have.
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2. Freshen your table linens
Not everyone has the funds to support a full-on tabletop revamp every single season (and understandably so). Gaines gets it too, recommending that if you are going to buy one single item, make it new table linens. Whether it’s a runner or new napkins, table linens have the ability to instantly change the environment and appeal of your dining room.
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3. Serving dishes and platters boost your tabletop’s allure
Once you’ve nailed down a beautiful table setting, pull in some of your beloved serving dishes and platters for entertaining. The family-style of serving food keeps the mood casual, while the cohesive look of your tabletop will create an intimate vibe. Plus, all those family heirloom serving dishes deserve their time to truly shine.
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4. Don’t be afraid of artificial stems
Yes, having fresh-cut flowers in your home is a luxury and an indulgence, but it’s one that not everyone has the energy or bank account to maintain. Gaines is a huge proponent of artificial stems, as long as it’s done right. Avoid a heavy medley of different flowers, and instead, opt for something more simple. Gaines opts for “something laid-back but interesting, like dogwood, to give your table a little extra character.” And don’t be afraid to really manipulate the shape of the stems to add a little dimension.
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5. Avoid cluttered open shelving
Whether you have open kitchen shelving or display shelving throughout your home, be mindful of its appearance. For a kitchen, Gaines recommends keeping the daily used items readily available on easy-to-grab shelves. For the shelves that are not crucial to the function of your day-in, day-out lifestyle, let the creative juices start to flow. Gaines “likes to add a variety of shapes and heights for visual interest.” Those wooden bread and cutting boards should be on display, along with your favorite vases and pitchers.
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6. Bring real plants into your home
Another classic Gaines touch is pulling an entire room together with plants. She believes “it’s an easy way to pull the look together and bring the space to life.” Not only are plants usually an inexpensive way to enhance the look and feel of your home, but they also offer health benefits. It’s believed that indoor plants help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.
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7. Play up the walls
One of Gaines’ go-to style tips is the use large of pieces art when you can. And the pieces do not need to be conventional in any way. That guitar you love should be out of the case and on display. Gaines’ loves to use instruments, vintage maps, and even salvaged pieces like an old screen door to add visual interest to a home’s walls. It’s the unexpected pieces that really make a house a home.