Favorite Fixer Upper

Of course I love the episodes of HGTV’s Fixer Upper that feature my funny brother Jimmy Don BUT last night’s episode has to be one of my all time faves because it features the home of my precious friends Cameron and Jessie Bell.  Jessie is actually the daughter of my son’s second grade teacher and over the years her parents have become wonderful friends to the boys and I! We adore the entire clan!

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I adore this house because it has such a neat history and story. AND IT IS SO SMALL (around 700 sq feet!). I love the concept of small space living and this is it y’all.  I think this may be the smallest house they have ever done on the show! This is an original “shotgun” house moved from the other side of the interstate in Waco, Texas, near Baylor University.  So many of these old homes have been demolished over the years but Cameron and Jessie saw potential and this one has been saved! The entire roof had to be removed to transport the structure. These houses were called “shotgun” houses because they were long narrow structures usually no more than 12-15 feet wide..I believe this one is 15′? One room opens into another with no hallway which helps breezes in the warm climate. There were many many of these homes in the working class area of Waco that is now home to Baylor. And now this one has new life!

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You can see Nana was a little nervous about Henry touching the crank down stairs.  The unique stairs are on a pulley system make way for use of more space above without taking space below! And yes Nana and Drew and I were on this trip to but you see who jumped in all of the photos..yep HENRY! It’s like Vanna White meets “where’s Waldo” with the showing off of every feature in the house from the crank down stairs to the SMEG fridge! (which he is nearly as big in size!).  He had fun! I love seeing my kiddos getting excited about houses and creativity! Thank you Cameron and Jessie for letting us visit!

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OK so when they placed the house in its new location (just blocks from Magnolia’s Silos) they used amazing historic brick to set it higher off the ground than before and added modern touches. I love that the house has old style windows left natural and original pine floors and traditional touches like the Bevelo gas lanterns but also modern touches like the metal rails and crank down stairs inside.

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Good job Chip and Joanna! Those white oak cabinet WOW!~

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The finishes are so good!  The counters are actually honed granite but they are so matte like I have never seen before and I really like the square tile trend! Love that Waco Civic Theatre sign!

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Look at those windows! They make the entire space!

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And that cute SMEG fridge I just adore! Even though its not much larger than Henry! Little fridge BIG FAN did you see  THE FAN on the show?

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And while I love the SMEG and windows, my fave I think has to be the bathroom and the concrete tile floor and concrete counter! It was just such a surprise that they tucked such an amazing bathroom into such a tiny house!

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#ihavethisthingwithfloors

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Even my oldest Drew age 11 was like “WOW THE SHOWER”…in fact he noticed how the house was old but “modern” and “different”..very interesting to hear his take on the house and restoration.

Excuse the phone cord below but the bedroom walls tied in with the floors, so pretty…I didn’t get good shots of the bedroom or upstairs loft but trust me it is really pretty! Love that floating shelf! And there are some salvaged pieces of wallpaper from the original structure that Joanna had framed and gifted to the Bells… these are hanging in this bedroom, love that sentiment. Wish I had snapped a photo, such a great idea!

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Congratulations Jessie and Cameron on your amazing renovation and saving this piece of Waco history! And kudos to Chip and Joanna for another great reno in Wacotown!

And y’all keep a look out on Air BnB they may be sharing this property some weekends.  As you can see Henry was quite smitten…we ALL enjoyed staying in this Fixer Upper so much!!

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You can also read more about Cameron and Jessie’s adventures here!  and on instagram at KORONGO!

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The homeowners have finally moved into this amazing old home that I blogged about here . . .  I am looking forward to sharing more complete images but for now a few sneak peeks starting with this downstairs powder room!

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This powder is just right off the kitchen which has turned out so pretty!

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This was our inspiration board for the kitchen . . . the Visual Comfort bakery lights and glass (not lucite) hardware are a nod to the Victorian Era . . .

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The range oh the range! The homeowners own several bakeries in Houston so this range oven will get put to good use!

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Plus its just pretty. . . along with polished marble counters and an entire wall of subway to add interest and utility in a tight space!

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In the entry, the stairs got fresh needlepoint look animal carpet from Stark! Keeps the house from being too stuff or old for his young couple. Turned out so fun and classy!

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In fact, floors in this home were one of the best part of the projects..original wood floors where possible and buffalo check “tile” in the laundry and hex in baths…lots of hex..very true to the age of the home.

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Don’t be afraid to mix floors as long as colors are similar it adds to the charm of the house and is a nod the fact that laundry and kitchen areas in old home were often added on and “evolved”;

Love this shot of the back door.  The homeowners added a new porch along back of the house that mirrors the original wraparound porch on front!

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This tile is simply from Daltile but adds so much to the laundry room along with the Henry light.

This was the exterior mid way through remodel.

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A few more snaps of homeowners Mike and Vanessa and the longggg process.  I think they will agree it has been worth the wait and the construction company did an amazing job!
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I can’t wait to show more.  It has been such an honor to work on this  home. The homeowners are great people and it has been a joy!

All lighting was purchased via True Blue Home .

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