Fixer Upper: How to get the look

What home design doesn't start with binge watching HGTV these days? I'm a designer in the field, and still find myself looking to HGTV for inspiration, and a little entertainment as well. As a designer you are constantly exposed to interiors, and varying styles and approaches to the design process. Often, HGTV gives an unrealistic image of the design process. No.. it is not possible to go into the first house you see, buy it, redo it in 15 minutes, and move in. In fact, a lot of effort and planning goes into making a perfect space. But, we cannot deny that it is entertaining! 

My personal favorite show on HGTV is Fixer Upper. Chip and Joanna Gaines know what they are doing. I'm not sure if its the comical nature of the Gaines' relationship, or the beautiful mix of country and transitional styles that comes from Joanna's designs. She is EXTREMELY talented and stays true to her style throughout every episode. Her designs are comfortable and livable, and even better- they take an old run-down hole in the wall and turn them into something beautiful. Every designer finds people to emanate, and for me Joanna is one of these people. Design should be comfortable and beautiful.