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Joanna Gaines missed the mark on her first home design project, says Chip Gaines

Joanna Gaines has a knack for home design, but the first renovation she did with husband Chip didn’t quite reflect the aesthetic her fans know and love. During an appearance on The Drew Barrymore ShowChip spoke about Joanna’s confusing design choices for their first project.

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During an April 2022 appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show, audience members posed questions to Chip and Joanna. The two weighed in on a question about “a design trend from the past” that they don’t want to make a comeback.

Chip and Joanna landed on a blast from the past that had its moment but will likely never trend again. “The popcorn ceiling is easy,” Chip said. “Unanimous in this sense.”

He continued, “Rug Shag, I think that might even be moot now.” Joanna agreed that there are now “some truly amazing shag rugs” that bring texture into home design.

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Joanna Gaines missed the mark on her first home design attempt

The discussion got Chip thinking about Joanna’s first attempt at home design – and how she missed the mark.

“I’m going to denounce Jo here for a second, if I can,” he said. “The first project we did was this great little house just across town. And there were four or five kinds of main areas in the house. Jo hadn’t figured out his aesthetic yet. design.

Instead of settling on an aesthetic, she went with a “themed home.”

Chip explained, “And Jo literally went through this project and every room was like stepping into a whole new different theme…Joanna said yes to a different theme in every room of that first house.”

He asked Joanna how she found her way through the design process.

“I was like, ‘Which piece do I love the most?’ And then our second house, and then it became three of the five rooms,” she explained. “But I was just experimenting as I went along.

Joanna added: “I’m still trying to figure out what went really well.”

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Joanna first played it safe with interior design

When Joanna debuted as a designer, she said she was “so scared of messing things up”, that she played it safe in one respect – she always used the same paint color.

She wrote in the summer of 2019 Magnolia notebook publish:

For some it may be a piece of clothing, for others a book, a chair or a haircut. To me, safety looked like a very specific shade of green paint… Yes, many of the early designs in my career will forever be commemorated by a single color swatch… At the time, choosing the right paint colors seemed to be the scariest decision of a complete renovation. So of course I wanted to play it safe.

Joanna eventually gave up that safe choice and became more confident in her designs.

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