It’s safe to say that Chip and Joanna Gaines are easily one of America’s favorite couples. But in their latest interview, the dynamic duo reveals a few surprising tidbits even their most loyal viewers don’t know. This is amazing!
So it’s no secret: we love HGTV’s Fixer Upper couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines. So you can only imagine our pure glee when the Gaines sat down to share a bit more about their story.
In their super laid-back interview (okay, let’s be honest, are they ever not laid back?) the adorable couple shares a bit about how their story began, and it’s pretty amazing.
1. They’ve been working side-by-side since before they were even engaged.
Flipping houses together kind of naturally happened, Joanna explained in an exclusive interview with Glamour:
“Chip was flipping houses while we were dating.” Chip added, “When she started watching me do what I did, which was flip these investment properties, she got kind of curious and interested. I love what I do from a construction standpoint, but in regards to interior design and colors, forget it. I would lean on her—What color do we do this wall? How can we do this floor plan? So it didn’t take very long in our career for her to really evolve into a dominant reality in my business. Next thing you know we are years into this thing and the design part of the equation became noticeably different from our competition.”
2. Joanna actually has zero ‘interior design’ background.
But that doesn’t mean she isn’t good at it. With a successful tv show, house flipping business, market, and online furniture line — I think it’s safe to say that she’s pretty good at designing. Jojo humbly explained:
“I was actually a communications major and had never done design. I had always had a dream to open up a boutique of some sort. I didn’t know what kind of boutique, but we found this little fixer upper building and tackled that project together in the first year of marriage, and that’s when Magnolia opened, our retail location. I sold a bunch of products that would go in the home.”
3. The name “Magnolia” (Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Market, Magnolia Farm) comes from a super cute story, dating back to the days before they were married.
Chip explained, “When we were just dating, I would pick these blooms from Magnolia trees. If you’ve ever seen them, they are almost just bowl-like, and that whole thing just always inspired us. So when we had the opportunity and were trying to figure out what to name her little boutique, Magnolia Market just stood out to us. That stuck with us and here we are now in furniture and paint, and all the bits and pieces will have some magnolia statement to it.”
4. Chip knew Joanna was ‘The One’ when he saw her in a family photo.
Is this real life? Our hearts just melted. Chip shared:
“Her dad made the mistake of putting a pic of their family [including ‘Jojo’] behind the counter at his [automotive] shop. I knew I’d marry her one day just by the picture on the wall.”
5. Ultimately, it was faulty car breaks that brought them together.
The adorable couple didn’t actually meet in person until Chip stopped in at his future father-in-law’s automotive business on another occasion to get his brakes worked on. Thankfully, Joanna was working in the office. And the rest is history! Joanna shared about the magical day she met her hunky future hubby:
“We met in the waiting area and hit it off immediately. He was genuinely engaging and he had such a sincere smile.”
6. When a production company ran across photos of the couple’s renovation skills, a picture once again proved to be divine intervention.
Joanna said: “In 2012, a production company saw a photo of one of our flip houses that we had done together and they called us and just said, ‘Hey, we love that you guys do real estate and you guys work together, that’s intriguing, from there, that’s where the whole thing began.”
7. Despite being huge TV stars, Chip and Jojo don’t own a television.
The famous fixer upper stars haven’t owned a TV for over 12 years! Joanna shared their reasoning behind it:
“Our first year of marriage, we had a fun couple that was our pre-marital counselors and they said, ‘Hey, we want to challenge y’all for the first six months of marriage, don’t do a TV. Then, six months later we looked at each other and said, ‘How about another six months?’ And it just became one of those things where, 12 years later, we still don’t own one.”
But they do watch their show: “When the show comes on, we get to go to some of our really good friends’ house and have a little mini watch party,” Joanna says. Chip joked, “I am so funny—like I can see why people watch this. I’m extremely easy to watch, I think I’m generally handsome, charming.” [Laughing]
8. Those house-sized posters happened for a reason and they don’t go to waste.
Chip shared: “Our first episode, we were sitting there trying to figure out how to get the client to their space without revealing the house itself. At the 11th hour, we had a friend of mine weld a 12 foot tall by 12 foot wide—and there’s two of them, so it’s 24 feet wide by the time it’s all said and done—and I’ve got another friend in town whose got a small billboard company. When he put this thing together, I said, ‘That is awesome.’
[After the reveal] We fold that thing up and we give it to the family, We try to make an event of the canvas itself.”
9. Jojo’s first job was at an ‘all-you-can-eat buffet’.
No seriously. Jojo joked, “I still have an appreciation for buffet lines.”
10. The couple has made a commitment to put Christ first.
In an exclusive interview with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the parents of four shared about their faith and the impact the successful TV show has had on their lives. The Gaines explained:
“Our family has made a commitment to put Christ first, a lifestyle our parents modeled for us very well. They showed us how to keep our marriage and family centered around God. As for “Fixer Upper”, we have been surprised at the impact of our faith through the show. We haven’t been overtly evangelical, but the rich feedback we have received on family and love all source from our faith. Jesus said the world would know His disciples by their love for one another, and we’ve glimpsed this in practice and strive for it every day.”
11. The burning question all Americans want answered — will they ever take reno projects outside of Texas — is unlikely.
Chip shared the sad (yet very understandable) reality: “It would be very difficult for us because we have an actual construction company in Waco, Texas. What makes me great is just the fact that I’ve been with these folks—our electricians, our plumbers, our carpenters—we’ve got 25 employees that have been with us, at least some of them, since the very beginning. So who we are as a company really stems from our relationships there locally…. I think one of these days I could see Jo being able to design and then have a local contractor implement the things, so that’s a long term plan of ours for sure.”
12. Joanna was bullied as a child for her heritage and bought the lie that she ‘wasn’t enough.’
In an exclusive and vulnerable video, Joanna opened up about her struggles:
13. Business-talk is prohibited on date night.
First off, Chip and Jojo have weekly date nights — something every marriage could benefit from. Perhaps this is the secret to their undeniable love and devotion? This is brilliant! Joanna shared:
“We really enjoy the problem solving, but there comes a point when we need to focus on us. We have the weekly date nights where we try our hardest not to talk business.”
It’s clearly no surprise why Chip and Joanna Gaines have inspired countless of lives across the country. Thank you both, for reminding America what is truly admirable. And thank you, HGTV, for promoting such a wholesome TV show!
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