Finally, Chip and Joanna Gaines are officially back, this time with their own network, a brand new “Fixer Upper” and much more.
The Magnolia Network, set to launch Thursday on Discovery+ and the Magnolia app, features more than 150 hours of new programming on all things home. So what sets the Magnolia Network apart from the couple’s former cable TV home, HGTV?
“It wasn’t going to be the typical network where people send casting calls — that’s not what we were looking for,” Joanna explained at a recent press conference. “What we were looking for were people who were just doing things in their daily lives that we thought, ‘Oh, we have to tell this story!’ A lot of what we had to spend most of our time on was actually convincing the talent that they wanted to be on TV, most of them didn’t!
Another difference with Magnolia is that it focuses on home improvement projects that the average homeowner can do, not just high-end remodelers.
“We hope that when they sit down with us, they come away inspired, rather than kicked in the pants,” added Chip. “I think the world is doing enough for us. We want to create space and opportunity for people from all walks of life to come and feel encouraged and hopeful and live their best life.
Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has made our best lives, as well as launching a new network, a bit of a challenge. The launch of Magnolia was delayed for almost a year not only due to sanitary precautions, but also because it was difficult to obtain the materials necessary for the renovation of the house.
Still, those challenges are part of what made these shows more compelling than ever.
“When we look at the family that is now the Magnolia Network, each one of them is unique and different in their own way,” Joanna said. “But the one thread you see in every story, whether it’s cooking, gardening or design, is this idea of risk-taking, vulnerability, foregrounding, hope. It’s about saying yes and moving forward, it’s about dreaming.
And they cite their own success as proof.
“If the two of us, from Waco, TX, who don’t own a TV…” Joanna said.
“…and are really dumb,” Chip said.
“…can launch a network from Waco, TX, mid-summer, I feel like anything is possible,” Joanna concluded.
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‘Fixer Upper’ is fixed
Chip and Jo even adjusted the format of their trademark show, now called “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home,” to meet the challenges of the pandemic.
“It’s different in a lot of ways,” Joanna explained. “The first is that because of the timeline, we decided we couldn’t go through this whole timeline of people who hadn’t bought their homes yet. This time, the owners already have a house that they have already purchased.
In other words, no more goofy names for homes that buyers are considering. The Gaineses roll up their sleeves and get to work helping homeowners realize their home improvement dreams.
“Most of the time they say, ‘I’m overwhelmed, I need your help,'” Jo said. “So from then on we take the keys. We say not to come back until eight weeks later.
To give viewers a little taste of what’s to come, Magnolia has also rounded up some of its newest show hosts for the press conference, so they can reminisce about their biggest challenges and top tips for owners during the pandemic and beyond. All of them were surprisingly open about what they went through last year. Here are some important points.
The biggest challenge of renovation in times of pandemic
Candis and Andy Meredithwho turned a 20,000 square foot school into a home for their family of nine on their “Home Work” show, had to deal with a lot of changes along the way.
“Our biggest challenge was how long it took, much longer than we thought,” Candis said. “Part of that is due to the pandemic.”
During this epic renovation job, the family had to get creative to keep their home livable. Stuck without a kitchen sink for about two years, they washed dishes in a clawfoot tub. They also had nine people sharing a bathroom – with a daughter and six sons, they solved that traffic jam by creating a locker room for their boys.
“They have urinals,” Andy said. “What teenager wouldn’t be happy with urinals?” »
How to Complete a Renovation Despite Supply Shortages
Interior decorator Brian Patrick Flynn of Mind for Design noted that due to supply chain issues, the average delivery time for furniture or materials stretched to almost unbearable lengths.
“If you order it in July, you’re lucky to have it before Christmas,” he said.
Don’t want to wait? If possible, he recommended picking up parts yourself — like he did, sending crew members from Georgia to Ohio to get the furniture he needed to complete his episodes.
The Merediths also found a way to avoid a stalled makeover.
“We rely heavily on antique stores and local classifieds for furniture,” Candis explained. “Where we would have bought a new piece, we leaned heavily on finding a vintage piece or something lightly used, as well as reclaiming a lot of things with fabrics and using fabrics at non-traditional purposes.”
The Secret to Adding History to a Home
Carpentry Expert and Longtime Gaines Contributor Clint harp, star of “Restoration Road With Clint Harp,” likes to add a sense of history to a home. Even if your home is brand new, you can still achieve this by adding upgrades made from older materials.
“There’s a lot of things you can add, whether it’s windows, interior windows, maybe you want to do old doors,” Harp said. “Or maybe you want to take some massive old beams and incorporate them into your vaulted ceiling.”
He also recommended using reclaimed wood to fashion accent walls or even furniture, as he did many times on “Fixer Upper.”
“You can make absolutely beautiful furniture out of reclaimed wood and put it in your house,” said Harp, who even encouraged dumpster diving and scouring demo sites.
“If you want to build wooden furniture, get some wood from a woodpile and get to work!”
The new “neutral” colors beyond gray and white
“Mind for Design” star Flynn is known for using bold colors in the pieces he designs and rarely misses an opportunity to pop it.
“When it comes to kitchen cabinets, most people default to white or gray, something that will stick around forever, and I’m guilty. I have an all-white kitchen,” he confessed. “But when it comes to using color with kitchen cabinets, I think you’ll never tire of a blue-gray. Blue-gray is considered a new neutral, but at the same time, it’s not is not something so different that you quickly get tired of it.
Other vibrant colors you can still live with for a long time to come include “sage greens, really, really washed out buttery yellows, and even really faded terracottas,” he said. “If you stick to those tones, you just get a hint of color, but also add personality. I think if you stick to white or gray, you’re missing an opportunity to show some personality.
Design trend to avoid
Flynn is not a fan of design fads. When asked which trends to avoid, he replied, “All of them!
“One of the things we talk about a lot on my show is timelessness and classic choices,” Flynn said. “I try to avoid trends, but I try to embrace things that constantly come back into fashion. That way you only spend your money once, and that’s a big deal in our If you’re going to spend 20, 30, 40, 50 thousand dollars, you don’t want to do it again in five years, so trends are a tricky situation.
How to get started with DIY
During the pandemic, many people have been inclined to pick up a hammer and nails and try their hand at DIY. For this, Harp had some good advice.
“First, throw away any fear or thought of failure,” he said. “I want you to be proud of everything you tinker with.”
Yet he warned that you don’t want to start with anything too much complicated that will probably defeat you.
“Don’t try to build a canoe, it’s a bit too much to start with,” Harp laughs. “Build a little step stool for your kids so they can get up and brush their teeth. Build a bench or build a table. One of the first things I did was build two large offices.