Lake House’ Style Into Your Home

What a fantastic ride it’s been!

The last touches are complete on Chip and Joanna Gaines‘ most recent home renovation, which they took on to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their hit TV show “Fixer Upper.”

The latest installment of the series, “Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse,” was such a huge success that the gorgeous 5,100-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bath property has already been sold.

The lake house Chip and Joanna Gaines successfully flipped while celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their “Fixer Upper” debut

(Courtesy of @lisapetrole via @joannagaines)

Now, it’s time to steal the couple’s best looks, whether you’re refreshing a room for a quick sale or diving into a major rehab in your forever home.

Lucky for us all, the colors, light fixtures, and furniture the couple used—which lean on the dwelling’s midcentury modern design—are here to stay.

Plus, these looks play well with others, says Noel Fahden, vice president of merchandising at Chairish.

“This design has a timeless appeal due to its clean lines, functionality, and versatility, blending well with various styles,” she says. “Plus, its high-quality craftsmanship and cultural nostalgia add to its enduring charm.”

Want to see for yourself? Here are five cool details from the Gaineses’ fab lake house renovation that you can try in your own spaces.

1. Open-sided chairs

The curvy open-sided chairs in the breakfast nook suit midcentury modern design to a T. Seats with clean lines, made with simple upholstery and wood or metal framing, are found throughout this lakeside home.

“The furniture styling is very Scandinavian, so for homeowners hoping to achieve a similar look, they can look for Danish chairs, curved wood coffee tables, or some Georg Jensen decor pieces,” offers Amy Tuntasood, an interior designer at Salem Home Designs.

Big-box stores such as West Elm offer furniture with a similar clean look and in a variety of price ranges. These modern pieces with Scandinavian design make it easy for homeowners to achieve a high-end look without breaking the bank.

Another classic look for the kitchen is the popular tulip table and chairs, both real and imitation, designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen. These iconic pieces are known for their sleek, pedestal bases and are available in various finishes to match different interior styles.

2. Terrazzo tile

Oversized terrazzo tiles line this home’s foyer, and similar black and white ones appear on the back den’s floor, which is not only fitting but “highly practical because you can play with color and textures,” says Vicente Wolf of Vicente Wolf Associates.

The varied geometrics in the tiles are a true midcentury detail introduced by the British interior designer David Hicks in the late 1960s, he adds.

“The square tiles immediately take us back” to this era, Tuntasood adds.

Not sure you’re ready to return to the “Brady Bunch” decade? Terrazzo squares come in quick-to-apply vinyl for a temporary upgrade. These options are ideal for a kids’ play space (easy cleanup), laundry room, half-baths, and entryways.

3. Sputnik light

Space lights, you say? Indeed, the ’60s Atomic Age dovetailed with midcentury design—and one classic fixture to emerge was the sputnik chandelier.

Gaines is very liberal with her use of this bulbous light, installing it in the kitchen, living room, den, and library.

“Sputnik lighting fixtures have made a strong comeback over the past several years and are now the go-to choice for a modern chandelier,” says Tuntasood.

These pieces pair beautifully with the tulip-style seating from the same period, as seen above.

“Many of the rooms’ wall sconces in this home are directly based off of iconic midcentury designs like Stilnovo,” says Fahden. “And the chrome tubing in the dining chairs evokes Marcel Breuer’s timeless Cesca chairs, and the large walnut sideboard looks like it came straight from the ’60s.”

4. Cherry wood

Our experts also note that midcentury style is channeled in many rooms via gorgeous custom woodwork with sleek lines. (See the stunning stair railing on the floating case.)

And the wood of choice? Cherry, which also shows up on the sliding doors and a custom bed. Other woods with similar warmth and appeal from this era include teak, rosewood, mahogany, and walnut. (Gaines used the latter on some trim in the new kitchen.)

Wolf says the wood’s “midtones work well with minimal lines and help soften the look of the furniture, giving it a very natural feel.”

A key aspect of the midcentury style is its embrace of nature, including open spaces, the landscape, and the colors (wood finishes, paint, fabric) that work to reflect the outside world.

Another way Gaines strove to bring nature inside was to enlarge the original windows and add skylights.

5. Deep green

Nothing’s more natural than the color green, right? This lake house renovation splashes the grassy shade all over—on the kitchen island, bathroom and backsplash tiles, couch upholstery, and some of the exterior paint.

This makes complete sense, says Wolf, as “the midcentury was a period when architecture, interiors, and general design went back to the land, and all those tones are part and parcel of the style.”

Many “Fixer Upper” fans will likely recognize the feeling these shades evoke, too.

“The colors used in the house are very nostalgic,” says Tuntasood. The ’60s and ’70s brought us a color palette that seems frozen in time, including avocado green, burnt orange, harvest gold, and mustard yellow.


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