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Sweet Magnolia

Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines transform a historic home outside Waco into a charming farmhouse-chic retreat. 

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Salvaged shiplap walls and original hardwood floors add charm to the Magnolia House living room. 

Waco business owners Chip and Joanna Gaines, the home-remodeling superstars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, can now add innkeepers to their growing list of job titles. Magnolia House, the vacation rental property the duo renovated on a season three episode of Fixer Upper, has opened for business in historic downtown McGregor, just 20 minutes outside Waco and three hours from Houston. The retreat’s design was inspired by Chip and Jo’s own home, and they furnished the late-1800s house primarily with pieces from their Magnolia Home furniture collection, along with select antiques from local shops. Fans of the show will recognize several Fixer Upper signatures, such as concrete countertops, refinished hardwood floors and original shiplap walls painted white. There are also a few playful touches, including hanging galvanized trays used as side tables in the downstairs twin bedroom and a cozy upstairs coffee nook accented with pops of bright teal green. Magnolia House sleeps a maximum of eight guests and can be booked only as an entire property, not on a room-by-room basis. From $695 per night, 323 S. Madison Ave., McGregor, 254.235.0603

Renovators and owners Chip and Joanna Gaines