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A Look at the Evolution of Joanna Gaines’ Design


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Fixer Upper is coming to a close, and while I low-key can’t even with that fact, it has given me a reason to binge-watch every available episode while I try not to mourn. And as I watched, I noticed something interesting.

When the show first started, Joanna’s style was totally farmhouse chic. You’ve heard the shiplap jokes, and they’re made for a good reason — girl could not stop slapping shiplap on basically every flat surface of a house when she first started the show.

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Shiplap wall
Image: Rachel Whyte/HGTV

This shiplap wall totally brings out Gaines’ country side.

Shiplap cabinets
Image: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images/HGTV

Shiplap cabinets, anyone?

Shiplap ceiling. Shiplap fireplace. *Shrug*

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She also used a lot more “ye olde farmhouse” accessories in the earlier seasons of the show, with random pieces of refurbished farm equipment acting as decor.

Barn door inside
Image: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images/HGTV

Barn door? Put it in the living room. Old window frame? Above the fireplace, of course!

Who knew pig feeders made the perfect plant holders?

Windmills as wall decor definitely make a statement.

I mean, this one literally has a sign that says, “Farm,” in it.

But over time, her style has shifted. Maybe it’s because she became more immersed in the larger design world thanks to the reach of the show, or maybe she’s making a concerted effort to keep up with trends, but these days, it seems like you’re more likely to spot mid-century modern, Scandinavian, industrial and even geometric styles in her decor than you are repurposed horse blankets or antique pitchforks hanging on the walls.

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Here, she melded some farmhouse elements, like lots of warm wood, with a minimalist palette and industrial metal accents.

Instead of shiplap, Gaines opted for modern, industrial concrete in this home.

These gold geometric light fixtures are totally modern.

This room is definitely cozy, but it’s more Scandinavian than farmhouse in style.

Black counters and appliances, Edison bulbs and concrete walls — it’s almost hard to believe this came from Joanna Gaines!

Her style has definitely shifted, but honestly, I still love it. You can tell she’s got talent to be able to update her decorating sense while still making every project look effortless. Fixer Upper may be coming to a close, but at least this proves the Gaineses have staying power. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

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