The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines
3 words: warm, revealing, personal
I’ve never met them, but man, I love hanging out with Joanna and Chip Gaines.
Yes, this is an HGTV thing.
And it’s probably psychologically unhealthy to say, “Hey, I think I’ll go hang out with the Fixer Upper people!” and then get all excited cuz I just made my Pilates session more palatable.
Or maybe it’s brilliant.
I’m really too close to it to say.
One of the things I love about hanging out with those two is that they’re such a great team.
This book describes how the team came into existence. There’s a whole backstory there that I had no idea about… Joanna meeting Chip while working at her dad’s Firestone, her early efforts at design, the financial struggles as they were getting their real estate business going… it’s all the real life stuff.
And the way they were really awkward when filming a demo, until they got into a huge fight because Chip had bought a horrible houseboat.
And then the TV people saw some potential.
It’s pretty good stuff.
Reading this book was a bit of a risk, because when you like somebody the way they appear on TV, sometimes learning more about their true story can be a real disappointment.
This book made me like them more.
And I’m totally serious, Joanna and Chip, about that invitation to stop by and re-make my house.