5 ‘Fixer Upper’ Decor Formulas That Are So Easy to Re-create

While we can’t get behind every Joanna Gaines decor decision (hi, giant clocks), we must admit: The woman has a great eye for bringing a room together. Here are five clean, clever and awfully pretty design ideas that work for modern farmhouses and tiny apartments alike. 

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Window + Writing Desk + Wing Chair = Study

Not every floor plan can stomach a private office—but that’s no excuse to skip a work station altogether. Here, she faked one in a sunny corner using a shallow, live-edge desk and cozy leather lounge chair pushed up against a window. Sigh. 

Get the look: Umbuzo Rustic reclaimed desk ($195); Precedent wingback chair ($1,496); 

Mirror + Floating Tables + Sconces = Big(ger) Bedroom

In this teeny bedroom, a giant mirror gives the illusion of an airy passageway, while shallow, wall-mounted ledges and lighting free up plenty of floor space. The result? A compact—but not at all claustrophobic—boudoir. 

Get the look: Pottery Barn floor mirror ($799); Woodwaves wall-mount nightstands ($379 for two); Lamps Plus sconce ($450)

Chairs + Trellis + Flower Boxes = Alfresco Living Room

Getting scale right in an outdoor space is tricky. We love how Jo created a “room” here by stacking XL window boxes against a “wall” of woodwork and pairing with a set of easy chairs and coffee table.  

Get the look: Joss & Main window box planter ($26); Hampton Bay teak dining chairs ($499 for two); Diamond Teak panel trellis ($99)

Bookshelf + Baskets + Canisters = Playroom

To mimic this pretty playroom, turn a bookshelf into toy storage central command. Leave the cutest toys out on display as decorative objects, organize craft supplies in canisters, and tuck anything unsightly in uniform baskets on the top shelves. (Bonus points for a macaron box paint job.

Get the look: World Market storage jar ($17); H&M hyacinth basket ($20); Sandusky Cabinets bookcase ($333)

Bench + Plant + Artwork = Foyer

Less is more when it comes to entryway styling, and here, Jo opted for a high-backed, church pew bench (perfect for tying shoes or tossing your handbag), an oversize fiddle leaf fig tree and serene botanical print artwork. Anyone else feeling inspired to toss their cluttered coat pegs? 

Get the look: Magnusson Home bench ($497); Bloomscape large fiddle leaf fig tree ($195); Pottery Barn botanical plate (from $59)


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From 2014-2019 Grace Beuley Hunt held the role of Home Editor covering interior design, styling, trends and more.