Joanna Gaines's genius trick for faking a high-end kitchen

Think about it: Do you ever see a microwave or an immersion blender in a magazine spread? Nope. Because let's be real—even the really nice ones aren't all that nice to look at. In custom homes, they're usually cleverly concealed and/or integrated into the kitchen design. Joanna Gaines gets this...

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In her fabulous new coffee table book, Homebody, Jo suggests a simple fix for ye olde "exposed appliances" conundrum: Stashing the microwave "away in the pantry or a cabinet along with any other small appliances that aren't used every day."

To increase ease of use, she then recommends hiring "an electrician to install an extra outlet in these spaces." (Think: Adding a convenient outlet in your pantry, or just below the cupboard where you store your coffeemaker.) By simply hiding your appliances away, you can create the illusion of a totally bespoke kitchen.  

Hey, fake it 'til you make it, baby. 

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Architectural pieces

If you've watched an episode of "Fixer Upper," you know that Joanna loves adding unique touches to her clients' homes in the form of architectural pieces like old doors, windows or corbels. 

"Anything that came out of an old house or building that's kind of its own story. That's the kind of stuff I'm always looking for," Joanna told Country Living.


Ornate frames

One of the easiest ways to add that special touch to any room is by using picture frames. Joanna loves using antique frames to display her children's' artwork. 

"It's a fun play when you have your kids' artwork paired with an antique frame," she said.


Unusual storage

Not only are Joanna's design pretty, they're also functional as well. 

"I'm always looking for storage, so anything that I can put in the living room that we can hide something under that's also a unique piece—[like] old storage boxes and bins," Joanna told Country Living. "And I'm always looking for something you can store toys in but that's kind of cool and unique." 


Vintage books

A home designed by Joanna is never without a stack of vintage books on a table or carefully placed on a shelf.

"I love antique books," Joanna said. "They're quirky and make [a space] feel not so expected."

Old light fixtures

We think nothing makes a bigger statement than a unique light fixture -- and Joanna agrees!

"Old light fixtures to incorporate in newer renovations. When we're doing these renovations I always want it to feel like there's history there, and one way to incorporate that is using antique light fixtures that you [can] have rewired."



Joanna's go-to when it comes to making a home feel "homey" are knickknacks throughout the living space that are special to the owners.

"I love knickknack-type stuff for the bookshelves. I feel like bookshelves and open built-ins can feel a little stale, so for me it's finding these random little things that speak to you. I have this brass mouse that's so random, but to me it's just the cutest thing. It's those things that help tell your story."


Channel letters

Joanna isn't the only one who's a fan of this decoration. Her husband, Chip, is also a huge fan. The other half of the "Fixer Upper" duo has said he "loves" these letters while antique shopping with JoJo.



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