Joanna Gaines Reveals the One Thing Chip Gaines Requested for Their Farmhouse

Buying a new home often means compromise. If you’re purchasing a house with a partner, it means you don’t get exactly what you want – you need to pick your battles. And when you’re buying that house with Joanna Gaines? Well, she’s probably going to have a few opinions about how it should look.

Chip and Joanna Gaines became the most famous renovation show couple on television thanks to their obvious talent. But there was another factor at play, too. People loved watching them interact with one another. She had the vision, and he carried it out. It made their fans question – how did this all work in the farmhouse where Chip and Joanna actually live?

Joanna and Chip Gaines
Joanna and Chip Gaines | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

What is Chip and Joanna’s farmhouse like?

The Gaines’ farmhouse is located in Waco, Texas, not far from their retail lifestyle center that’s become a destination for tourists. When they purchased the 100-year-old farmhouse, it was a bit of a fixer upper, to say the least. The couple spent months painstakingly refinishing the home, taking care to preserve period details. “I had the best time looking for older fixtures and doors to use and we salvaged all the existing trim and molding to preserve the timeless look of this home,” Joanna wrote on her blog.

What did Chip Gaines want in their house?

Joanna Gaines explained to Country Living that Chip has a few opinions about style. “Chip is the easiest client,” she told them. “Before the farmhouse, we’ve had so many other styles of homes, and so when one of the houses we were in was a little more rustic, I kind of let him [lead]. He’s more rustic, that’s kind of his style. He likes darker woods, darker stuff, so I let him do his thing there.”

When it came to their farmhouse, which Chip and Joanna say they could see living in forever, Joanna made most of the design choices. The home is decorated in her signature ‘farmhouse chic’ style. She said, “I chose whites and soft neutral tones in the farmhouse so that it would be a calm place for the family when life gets full.”

However, Chip Gaines did make one minor request. “I would try to run stuff by him, but Chip was like, ‘I really don’t care. All I need is one little spot—somewhere where I can read the paper,'” Joanna said. “So he’s got that one little spot.”

Where is Chip’s special spot in the home?

Joanna Gaines is famous for creating homes that are beautiful and functional. When she was designing her own space, she intentionally included that space for her husband because she knew he would use it and love it.

“In our master, we have this fireplace and there’s a little recliner and he sits there like an old man,” she told Country Living. “That’s his spot. That’s where everyone can find him.”

Chip Gaines loves doing the hard labor of farm chores and most of the time he loves being outside. But when he’s taking a break, you’ll most likely find Chip in his chair, enjoying the most important little corner of the famous Gaines farmhouse.