Chip and Joanna Gaines

Magnolia Farm

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Joanna Stevens Gaines

Lead Designer and Owner
Joanna Gaines is co-owner, co-founder and lead designer of Magnolia Homes, and co-stars in HGTV’s Fixer Upper with her husband Chip. She appreciates the old ways of living, simple and hard-working with home at the center. Joanna was born in Kansas and raised in the Lone Star State. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Communications and was inspired to join the world of design while interning in New York. Off-the-beaten-path boutiques felt like home in the midst of the big city. These shops were the influence for what came next. Joanna decided to open her own shop in 2003, bringing her NYC-inspired ideas and eye for design back to her roots Waco, Texas. She soon discovered this emerging passion complemented Chip’s experience, and together they began remodeling and flipping homes. Joanna self identifies as a driver, and takes pride in her work.

Chip Carter Gaines

Construction/Real Estate Lead and Owner
Chip Gaines is co-owner and co-founder of Magnolia Homes, and co-stars in HGTV’s Fixer Upper with his wife Joanna. Chip was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in Dallas. He graduated from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business with a Marketing degree. An entrepreneur by nature, Chip has started more successful small businesses than you could count on both hands, including Green and Gold Wash and Fold, a local Waco laundry service geared toward college students, a fireworks stand and multiple landscaping companies. If you’ve thought about it, Chip’s probably tried it. Having grown up spending time on his granddad’s ranch in North Texas, Chip became a true cowboy at heart. He was made for hard labor and always preferred digging ditches to academic pursuits. Chip manages the construction and realty side of Magnolia. He has 15 years of experience in the field and has remodeled hundreds of homes in the Waco-area. His design preference is “whatever Joanna likes,” and he always comes up with a “creative solution” that saves the day and helps Joanna make the impossible possible.

Secrets to Success

Chip and Joanna Gaines are successful because they love each other so much that they are good at working together.