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‘Fixer to Fabulous’ Team Takes a Design Risk That Really Pays Off

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Jenny and Dave Marrs, the hosts of “Fixer to Fabulous,” have renovated a lot of homes in their day, but there are still a lot of ideas they haven’t dared to try yet.

In the Season 3 episode “Newlywed Dream Home,” Jenny and Dave fix up a home for a newly married couple, Cailin and Alex Goodyear. They are moving from a cramped apartment in Chicago and buying their first home together in Bentonville, AR.

Jenny and Dave have $200,000 to turn this 1974 home into a fresh, fun, romantic cottage. To pull it off, they make an entirely new design move that could become the next big thing. Take a look to see if you like it—along with the many other upgrades you might be inspired to try around your own abode, too.

Choose a statement color for the exterior

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This brick house seemed unexciting from the outside.

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Cailin and Alex are a young, fun-loving couple, but unfortunately, the traditional exterior of their new home simply doesn’t reflect that. The siding is faded, the orange brick feels dated, and the landscaping is brown and run-down.

“The front of Alex and Cailin’s house is just kind of blah, you know, for a young couple,” Jenny says. “But I know it can be better.”

Cailin says she’s drawn to blue homes, so Jenny works hard to find the perfect shade of paint, one that will feel fun and unique, but still timeless. She has the brick painted a bold blue and turns the siding white.

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After: With a new color, this house has a younger vibe.

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Once the house is painted, it looks much better.

“It was just like a brown ‘Eh!’ before. It’s got character now,” Dave says of the color change.

The bright blue and light white give the home a younger, fresher look, perfect for a couple of newlyweds.

Add a pergola for wine country vibes

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With the steel pergola, this courtyard is a perfect spot for cocktails.

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While the new exterior color makes a big difference for the home, Jenny and Dave want to give the front courtyard an upgrade, too.

“I really want to build a beautiful pergola there,” Jenny says. “It’ll create some shade, but also give the courtyard some character.”

Jenny and Dave decide to take inspiration from Alex and Cailin’s wedding, which took place in the California wine country. They decide to build a pergola and plant some vines in the yard that can grow onto the covering.

“It’s going to be modern, and it’ll bring that vineyard experience here to Bentonville,” Jenny says.

Once the steel pergola is welded in place, it makes the courtyard feel extra cozy, and creates a sentimental feature for the homeowners. It’s a fitting reminder that homeowners should add design features that really represent them.

Open up a wall with windows

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This window adds a fun design feature to the space.

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Inside the house, Cailin and Alex give Jenny and Dave free rein in the living room.

“Feel free to take some risks,” Cailin says.

So, Jenny decides to paint the fireplace blue, matching the exterior, then takes down the wall between the living room and kitchen. She adds one strange feature: windows on either side of the opening.

“I want to do something different,” Jenny says. “I don’t want to just open it up. Been there, done that.”

Dave seems a little skeptical, but thinks the feature could be an asset to the home.

“It’s something we’ve never done, but it’s such a long opening that I think this will create a really cool architectural feature,” he says.

Dave turns old doors into matching windows, and once they’re installed, they look beautiful—and unique.

“You have the open feel, but it still adds some character and architectural detail into the space that wasn’t here,” Jenny says.

It’s a lovely feature that proves that homeowners have options when opening up a layout.

Choose light and dark kitchen features

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These white kitchen cabinets needed to be replaced.

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In the kitchen, Jenny and Dave know they’ll need to replace all the finishes, but it’s not clear what look Cailin and Alex want for the space. While Alex says he likes a darker kitchen, Cailin prefers a lighter look.

The HGTV stars strike a compromise with cabinetry in a midtone green, adding light and dark features around the cabinets.

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After: This new kitchen is a beautiful blend of light and dark.

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They choose white quartz for the perimeter countertop and backsplash, then, on the island, they bring in some dark contrast, with a black walnut countertop, which Dave says is his “absolute favorite” wood.

“It’s a little something different,” Jenny says when her clients see the island. “We really wanted this house to have character.”

Carry traditional home themes into new designs

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This bathroom vanity matches the new kitchen cabinets.

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Before the renovations, the majority of Cailin and Alex’s bathroom square footage is taken up by a huge tub.

Unfortunately, Alex says, “We are not tub people.”

Jenny and Dave have the tub removed and completely redo the bathroom with a new double vanity and a massive, 7-foot shower. To add some style, Jenny wants to take inspiration from the arches in the home’s entryway.

“Is it possible to create a barrel in the ceiling of the shower, so that we have an arched shower with tile?” Jenny asks.

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The arched shower ceiling is reminiscent of the entry.

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Dave puts in an arch that is later covered with tile. Cailin and Alex love the end result, proving not only that arches are back in, but that it’s always smart to tie new designs back into an old home’s original charm.

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