6 Lessons to Steal from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Super-Expensive Airbnb in Waco, Texas

published Mar 18, 2022
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You, too, can live like Chip and Joanna Gaines — even if you haven’t been able to get your house featured on Fixer Upper. See, the power couple has not one, but three (!!!) rentals on Airbnb. Of the three options, their historic, five-bedroom Hillcrest Estate is our favorite because, well, it’s just downright gorgeous. It’s also $1,020 a night. That’s certainly out of our price range. But guess what? You can look at the listing for free!

And so we recently spent way too much time ogling the 180-square-foot kitchen. It wasn’t just a gawking expedition. We also walked away with six smart lessons worth stealing! Let’s take a look.

The front porch at Hillcrest Estate.

Note: There’s also a newly available, super-cute, one-bedroom cottage on the property, too. It’s $424 per night.

1. Create a pantry space dedicated to spices.

Right away, we spotted the built-in shelf in the brick wall by the GE Monogram gas range. It’s a smart and efficient way to make your spices easy to find and access. There’s even another matching shelf on the opposite side (see below).

And there are even more spices hidden in the nearby pull-out drawer. (Talk about being fully stocked!) But you don’t necessarily need a million spices — just keep your favorites nearby. Like Jo, buy a set of standard jars that you can fit a teaspoon inside. Glass is an ideal material of choice — it does a good job of protecting your precious spices. Just remember to label your jars, and keep a small sticker with the date you decanted them at the bottom.

2. Curate your cookbook collection, and keep your favorites close by.

We’re told by Jo’s people that the cookbooks stocked in the kitchen near the cooking area (see above) rotate often. We love seeing a convenient and organized cookbook collection! It makes your favorite recipes easy to find. You can steal Jo’s idea and rotate out your favorites — depending on the season and your mood.

3. Stick to simple, monochromatic dishware.

See all of those pretty dishes? What helps keep Joanna’s gorgeous kitchen looking elegant is her consistent use of monochromatic dishware, visible through her glass kitchen cabinetry. White dishes are not only visually appealing when you’re eating, but they also make cabinets look neat and clutter-free.

If you’re in the market for new dishes, we recommend checking out the Gaines’ Hearth & Hand line at Target, where we found this inexpensive set of modern, white dinner plates. And this simple, white serving platter for just $20.

4. Go with a calm, neutral paint tone.

There are hundreds of whites, creams, and grays to choose from on the paint spectrum. We’ve taken the guesswork out of it and got the exact color used here! Say hello to Benjamin Moore’s Fieldstone, a warm gray that seems to go with everything.

Before you start painting your kitchen, it’s always important to do your homework first. Be sure to take your time when selecting an interior color, and don’t skip the sample process. You want to see how the paint looks in your space during all hours of the day.

5. Get creative with pops of vibrant greenery.

Nothing adds life to a space quite like plants. As fans know, the celeb interior designer and cookbook author loves gardening and plant life. While we’re told the plants housed in the kitchen change regularly, we love the vibrant pops of greenery hanging out on the countertops and shelves. Pothos, hoya heart, and snake plant make for great options in the kitchen. If you have a black thumb, don’t despair: You can still get the look in your own kitchen by picking up one of Jo’s sturdy, no-kill, faux plants from her Hearth & Hand line.

6. Invest in gorgeous pendant lights.

Pendant lights can definitely make a statement in your kitchen. Want to know more about those dazzling pendant lights located above the island? We did, too. So, we got the scoop: The lights, named 19th C. Openwork Pendant in Gilded Iron, are from RH and are still available. The windowless pendants capture a pretty, lantern-like style, and the warmth of the gilded iron pairs nicely with the kitchen’s cool, paint color.

What do you love about this kitchen? Tell us in the comments below.