10 Things You Didn’t Know About Fixer Upper Stars Chip And Joanna Gaines Relationship
8. Their First Real Fixer Upper
When Joanna and Chip first got married, they bought a run down house that needed a lot of work. Chip’s job at the time was flipping houses and renting homes out to college students. That was his job, but Chip has revealed that Joanna’s dad wasn’t too keen on the idea of flipping houses for a career. This didn’t stop Joanna! Once she joined in on the fun, she said she was hooked. Their first “fixer upper” was the first home they bought together. Joanna describes the house as being “all over the map.” She told HGTV in an interview that “the front room had sailboats in it, the kitchen was mustard yellow and French themed, and the back den was rustic with cedar paneled walls, hanging horns and cow hides. I guess I was testing out my style.”
7. Magnolia Store
The crafty couple started out as small business owners with a boutique named Magnolia, but now it’s grown in to a full blown lifestyle brand! The name ‘Magnolia’ came from the tree! “We we were dating, I would pick these blooms from Magnolia trees. If you’ve ever seen them, they are almost just bowl-like, and that whole thing just always inspired us. So when we had the opportunity and were trying to figure out what to name her little boutique, Magnolia Market just stood out to us,” said Chip. Joanna used the store to develop and sharpen her design skills, but they eventually closed the store when they started to have children and focus more on their construction business. In 2014, when they were becoming more successful as a renovating team, they reopened the boutique and transformed the little shop into what is now known as the Magnolia Market.