The Unofficial Joanna Gaines Wiki
Joanna Gaines has become one of the hottest stars in reality television, thanks to her hit HGTV series Fixer Upper. Along with her husband Chip, Joanna uses her keen eye for design to help transform run-down homes into jaw-dropping properties. Look no further for all you've ever wanted to know about Joanna, her businesses, and her family.
Books by Joanna & Chip Gaines
- Magnolia Table: A collection of recipes from Joanna
- The Magnolia Story: Joanna and Chip on their lives together
- Capital Gaines: Chip looks back on his business career
Joanna Gaines Timeline
|1978||Born to parents Jerry and Nan Stevens|
|2001||Graduated from Baylor University|
|2003||Got married to Chip|
|2003||Opened Magnolia Market|
|2005||Gave birth to her first child, Drake Gaines|
|2013||Released the pilot episode of Fixer Upper|
|2016||Published The Magnolia Story|
|2017||Announced the end of Fixer Upper|
|2018||Published Magnolia Table Cookbook|
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Will There Be More Episodes Of Fixer Upper?
In 2017, Chip and Joanna announced they were leaving the show and there are no plans for further episodes. A spin-off, Fixer Upper: Behind the Design, is a half-hour show that will showcase how Joanna settles upon a design concept for a home. Chip and Joanna plan to spend more time with their kids while continuing to work on their other businesses.
Why Did Chip and Joanna Gaines Leave Fixer Upper?
What Businesses Do Chip and Joanna Gaines Own?
- Magnolia Market: Selling home decor products
- Magnolia Home Furniture: Original furniture designed by Gaines
- Magnolia Stay: Homestay properties in Texas
- Magnolia Realty: Real estate business
- Magnolia Bakery: Catering, classes, and delicious baked goods
Joanna Gaines On Social Media
Born in Kansas, Joanna Gaines rose to fame as the host of HGTV`s reality series "Fixer Upper." She and her husband, Chip Gaines, have a design and remodeling business called Magnolia Homes in Waco, Texas. The series highlighted the process by which they transform run-down houses into properties of considerable value in various neighborhoods across central Texas.
Joanna was born on April 19, 1978. Though she is American, she has a mixed ethnic background, with her mother being Korean and her father being half Lebanese and half German.
Growing up, Joanna had her fair share of experience in running a business as she helped out her father with managing his tire shop. Following high school, she studied at Baylor University and graduated with a degree in Communications. She also gained inspiration from the countless boutiques in New York where she interned.
Joanna revealed in an interview that she did not have any experience in design. While she'd always planned on opening up a boutique, she was uncertain about what kind of store to open. During her first year of marriage to Chip, the couple came across a fixer upper building and worked on the project together. From then on, they decided to open Magnolia where they first sold multiple home products and decors.
The name "Magnolia" comes from a story that happened before Joanna tied the knot with Chip. When they were dating, her then-boyfriend would pick flowers from Magnolia trees for her, a gesture that would inspire the names for all of the couple's businesses. Shortly after opening the home decor store, Joanna felt that God was speaking to her to stay at home and look after their children.
Several years later, Joanna and Chip got a call from a production company that had heard about their home remodeling business as well as Joanna's flair for design, leading to the first installment of HGTV's "Fixer Upper." Acting as co-stars, the duo helped out one fortunate couple per episode and renovated an old house in central Texas. The pilot episode of "Fixer Upper" aired on May 23, 2013 and quickly became a favorite across the globe.
Aside from designing home remodeling projects on "Fixer Upper," Joanna has opened home decor store Magnolia Market and co-owns bed and breakfast Magnolia House, while planning to open Magnolia Bakery. She and Chip also run a real estate company and a construction company, as well as Magnolia Villas, a residential subdivision.
Through "Fixer Upper," the Gaines couple has demonstrated their passion for taking a proactive approach to construction and design as they allow their clients to participate in the process of transforming their old homes into real showplaces.
In 2016, Joanna and Chip released a book called The Magnolia Story. The couple used the autobiographical work to give their fans a closer look at their life together, and reveal what they're really like when the cameras are off. They share a number of stories, ranging from humorous anecdotes to more serious topics like financial low points and the struggle of balancing being a parent with having a full-time career.
In the book's introduction, Joanna tells a story about Chip. The couple was in the process of flipping a home that they planned to sell, and didn't know where they were going to live next. Without consulting anyone about it, Chip bought a houseboat online. He expected it to be a fun surprise, but when it arrived, covered in holes, it was met with anger and confusion. This story illustrates one of the key personality differences between the two. Chip is impulsive and willing to take risks, while Joanna is more naturally cautious.
But despite their differences, Joanna and Chip have been married since 2003. They've been business partners, raised children together, and even gotten famous as a couple. While they've had their low points over the years, Joanna doesn't seem to have many regrets. She's called her relationship "a fun rollercoaster," implying that the ups and downs are all a worthwhile part of their journey.
While they've enjoyed working on design projects across Texas communities, Joanna and her husband decided to end their home renovation series after its fifth season, in order to focus on raising their four children: Drake, Ella Rose, Duke, and Emmie Kay. They had worked on more than 100 homes together, relying on Joanna's fresh and unique take on design as well as Chip's decision-making abilities in real estate.
The Gaines couple opened up about their faith and how their widely successful show has affected their lives. With their commitment to put God first, Joanna and Chip have been able to allow their marriage and their family to revolve around their religious beliefs.
When it comes to social media, Joanna stays active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, all of which she uses to upload photos and updates about her professional and personal life. Millions of people follow Joanna online, hoping to stay up-to-date on what she's doing now and what projects might be coming up next.
The end of Fixer Upper doesn't mean that Joanna will no longer be busy. Not only do she and her husband have a family to attend to, they also have several businesses to run. So Joanna will be spending plenty of time dealing with both her children and the ever-expanding Magnolia empire. But will she ever return to the small screen? When asked about TV in an interview, she left the door to the possibility open, saying "You just never know."