While I was in the hospital last year my father was doing some long-needed improvements to the house. With nothing better to do in between doctors and therapists I ended up watching what few channels I had, and I ended up drawn to a few renovations shows. One of them was Fixer Upper. Renovation and design team Chip and Joanna Gaines along with appearances by their four kids brought fun and interesting design ideas, plus a strong belief in God. They have since created a business juggernaut under the Magnolia brand that includes home renovation, furniture and decor, a bakery, and the famous Silos in their hometown of Waco, Texas, where they have other businesses. The only other home renovation show I watch is Property Brothers although The Vanilla Ice Project and Rehab Addict have gotten my attention, and I’ll occasionally watch Love It Or List It and anything set in my home state of Connecticut.
I bring this up because the Gaines family have recently announced that this fifth season will be the final season of Fixer Upper as they focus on the Magnolia empire and more importantly their children. From Chip’s antics to Joanna’s design skills and the love of the family as they grow older, it will be a missed show, but considering how many families, including on renovation and flipping shows like the original Flip Or Flop, have been torn apart by reality TV stardom, it’s probably the best move they could make as they focus on other projects. Thank you Chip and Joanna for letting us into your homes…you know what I mean…and seeing a happy, loving family. May the Lord bless you in all things as he already has and good luck whatever the future may bring. Stay awesome!
Meanwhile, I know what can be HGTV’s next renovation show: