I am hesitant to admit this, but I have yet to watch the last episode of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”. Once I do, I have to face the cold reality that it’s truly the end. I can’t really pin point when I fell in love with the show or the moment when the terms “farmhouse” and “shiplap” took such significant meaning in my life. I do know that once I saw my first reveal, I contemplated packing up my entire life and moving to Waco, Texas. As a life long city girl, I found myself counting my imaginary goats and imagining what produce I would grow in my garden. Every home they renovated had such character and charm and Chip and Joanna brought each home to life. I found myself watching each episode like a little girl reading a fairy tale book. Similar to each chapter, I couldn’t wait to see the next room and the next, and maybe like Prince Charming, I was waiting for Joanna Gaines to knock on my door with her laptop and explain to me how she could transform my whole house, and ultimately my life.Well after five seasons, I finally realize that Joanna wasn’t going to walk through my door. Therefore, if I was going to create the “Farmhouse” I so desperately wanted, I would have to get creative. Living in Las Vegas, I often hear that homes here don’t have any character and all feel the same. Unless you have a luxury real estate budget, its hard to make your home feel unique and picturesque. I believe that’s why “Fixer Upper” had such mass appeal, whether you had a modest budget or a significant one, they made each home beautiful. There are a lot of communities that are sought out here in Las Vegas such as Summerlin, Southern Highlands or Sky Canyon where buyers look for the sense of community and neighborhoods that themselves have a unique charm. Still, once you purchase the home, you are still tasked with making it “yours”. Therefore, if a modern farmhouse is your personal taste then I want to share some tips.What I love the most about the idea of the farmhouse kitchen is its attractiveness to guest. It has such a warm feeling that guest can’t help but gather around the island and…STAY THERE! Its great if your living room or dinning isn’t large. Guest can sit at a counter stool or stand, but just make sure you have plenty of wine and even a little cheese so they don’t get weary. An open kitchen allows for you to cook and entertain your guest at the same time. In Las Vegas, more builders are designing with a open concept in mind. Therefore, although your home may not have massive square footage, an open kitchen can make the space feel larger. Lastly, don’t forget the farmhouse sink, the kitchen won’t be complete without it. However, you don’t have to stick with white, even a modern stainless steel sink will still look elegant and simple.The thing that surprises me the most when watching the show, was how much of an impact floors made to the home. I feel flooring is one the most overlooked ways to add charm and appeal to a home. Of course the go to staple of any true farmhouse, is hardwood floors. However, hardwood isn’t always the most practical. Therefore, when I bought my house I had the existing tile removed and added wood tile. I was impressed with the affordability of it and its resemblance to actual hard wood. If you want to get a little fancier, you can even consider laying the wood in a herringbone pattern to really up the wow factor. Which ever style you choose, just make sure it compliments the paint color you choose and window coverings. Wood accents period, will add a rustic worn feel to any bare space. The texture of wood gives a warmth that may have been missing before. Wood is your friend now, no one else matters.Lastly, LET THERE BE LIGHT! Lighting is one if not the most important aspect of the farmhouse look. From the lighting fixtures you chose to hang over the kitchen island …to the window coverings. Lighting shapes the home, it creates the mood, it accentuates the design pieces you have throughout. I opted in my home to have white drapes because I like to live on the wild side. However, I find that it creates such a warm feeling with the natural light shinning through. If you prefer shutters, consider a lighter shade. Also, if you are a self pronounced plant lady like Joanna, then light is critical. I don’t actually have a green thumb, so I stick to the fake foliage, nevertheless, some greenery is icing on the farmhouse cake.Chip and Joanna’s style is elegant at times, yet still remains simple and understated. When each renovation was completed, the home still had a feeling that it had been lived in. When you buy a new home, that’s the tricky part. How do you make the house feel like a home? When guest come, you don’t want the home to feel cold. When selling your home, you don’t want a potential buyer to walk in and not imagine themselves in the home, creating memories of their own. I work with many buyers that didn’t live in their homes long before they sold it, thus the trick is making it look like a home soon enough to be able to enjoy it. You and I don’t have the luxury of Chip coming in on “Demo Day” and then a few commercial breaks later we have a fully furnished renovated home. However, there are several stores that sell home decor that resembles the pieces Joanna would pick up from her local antique store in Waco. I find myself visiting these stores here in Las Vegas a few times a week, and now with the show’s ending, I’ll have more time on my hands, at least until the Gaines hear my cries and come back on the air.
Apr 05, 2018