Chip and Joanna Gains

Magnolia Homes (Interior Design) By: Chelsea Kruse

Personal information

Chip Carter Gains:


  • Chip was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in Dallas.
  • Chip Gaines is co-owner and co-founder of Magnolia Homes, and co-stars in HGTV’s Fixer Upper with his wife Joanna.
  • Chip manages the construction and realty side of Magnolia.
  • He grew up spending time on his granddad’s ranch in North Texas.
  • Chip became a true cowboy at heart.
  • He enjoys hard labor and always preferred digging ditches to academic pursuits.

Personal information

Joanna Stevens Gains:


  • Joanna was born in Kansas and raised in the Lone Star State.
  • Joanna decided to open her own shop in 2003, bringing her NYC-inspired ideas and eye for design back to her roots in Waco, Texas.
  • She loves the use of industrial pieces that are a glimpse of how life used to be. Her specialty is making old things new and seeing the potential in every project no matter how hopeless it may seem in the beginning.
  • Joanna enjoys life on the farm and spending time cooking family recipes in her kitchen.
  • Gardening helps her greatly, and being with her four kids dominates all other favorites.

How They Got Started

  • Joanna went to Baylor University and Graduated with a degree in Communications, and was inspired to join the world design while interning in New York.
  • Chip also went to Baylor University and Graduated with a Marketing Degree.