Joanna Gaines’ One Rule for Designing a Functional Kitchen

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Joanna Gaines might be getting a lot of attention right now for her newly launched cookbook, Magnolia Table, and restaurant of the same name, but the Fixer Upper star will always have her origins in design.

For five fruitful seasons of the show, we watched as Chip and Joanna Gaines brought that farmhouse aesthetic all over Waco, Texas. Now that the show has ended (did you watch the last episode?) we sat down with Joanna to talk kitchen design and how she goes about creating a functional space.

Joanna’s one rule for designing a functional kitchen is to work with what you already have. “I have a lots of pots and and pans, so when I was designing my kitchen, I had to do a lot of deeper drawers and pull-out drawers. I also have a lot of utensils, so I had to have two drawers,” she explained. “It’s just about realizing what it is that you have and making it work and creating around that.”

The cookbook author noted that when you work around what you have in your kitchen, the design process is a lot smoother. “Designing around [what you have] definitely makes something that at times feels like a chore a lot easier.”

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When Joanna talked about what went into creating her kitchen with People last fall, you could tell there was a lot of thought behind the design. Her favorite item in her kitchen is this kitchen island, which she apparently “stalked for two years” at a local antique shop. You can tell it’s the perfect place to have her family gather.

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