To outfit the many homes she transforms on Fixer Upper (not to mention ), Joanna Gaines loves to go hunting for one-of-a-kind antiques. On nearly every episode of the hit HGTV show, we see her and Chip searching for pieces big and small at flea markets, auctions, antique shops, and other local markets around Texas. To help you infuse some of the Gaineses' signature style into your own home, we asked the designer to share her shopping list. Here are the six pieces Joanna always looks for when she's on the hunt — Chip's favorite find.
When it comes to renovation projects, Joanna loves to mix new materials and finishes with old, antique elements, so her clients' homes aren't entirely brand new. So how does she mix it up? With "stuff that's architectural and a little of unexpected," Joanna tells CountryLiving.com. "Anything that came out of an old house or building that's kind of its own story. That's the kind of stuff I'm always looking for." Her go-to finds used to include old doors and windows, but those tend to be hard to store because they're so large. Now she focuses on finding old corbels, spindles, and gates.
$39, Farmhouse corbels
The Magnolia Market founder has a special use for these beauties: She uses them to display her children's artwork throughout her home. "It's a fun play when you have your kids' artwork paired with an antique frame," she says. And she always uses to make her kids' abstract work some extra polish.
$39, Three rectangular wood frames
"I'm always looking for storage, so anything that I can put in the living room that we can hide something under that's also a unique piece — [like] old storage boxes and bins," Joanna says. "And I'm always looking for something you can store toys in but that's kind of cool and unique." In both and several client's homes, Joanna has transformed old chicken coops and nesting boxes into the perfect places to house kids' toys and books.
$175, Vintage chicken coop
"I love antique books," Joanna say, adding that they're the easiest way to add interest to empty bookshelves, tables, mantels, and anywhere else that needs an extra pop of texture or color. "They're quirky and make [a space] feel not so expected."
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What else is at the top of Joanna's shopping list? "Old light fixtures to incorporate in newer renovations," Joanna says. "When we're doing these renovations I always want it to feel like there's history there, and one way to incorporate that is using antique light fixtures that you [can] have rewired."
$65, Vintage porcelain gas station hanging light
The Fixer Upper star loves to collect knickknacks that tell a homeowner's story or showcase their passions. "I love knickknack-type stuff for the bookshelves," she says. "I feel like bookshelves and open built-ins can feel a little stale, so for me it's finding these random little things that speak to you. I have this brass mouse that's so random, but to me it's just the cutest thing. It's those things that help tell your story."
Joanna's best antique shopping partner-in-crime, Chip, also reveals that he can never pass up channel letters, which come from old signage. "I love those letters!" Chip says. In fact, Chip and Joanna love 'em so much, they even featured several in their now iconic Magnolia brand logo. You can use 'em in your own home as wall art or as a fun piece for a bookshelf.