HGTV's Fixer Upper's much anticipated Season 3 debuts today, December 1st. Chip and Joanna Gaines, along with their master carpenter Clint Harp renovate homes in Waco, TX and drew over 25 million viewers to tune in last season, proving once again that anything they touch turns to gold and will look beautiful! I don't dare to guess how many people flock to Waco to see Magnolia Market now at the Silos and Harp Design Co, and drink coffee at Common Grounds, but I do know I was one of them...
Walking into Harp Design Co., I was taken back by Clint opening the door for me and my son, the GPS navigator, and greeting us like we were old friends he had known forever: talking, laughing... he was exactly what you would hope he would be: kind, funny, ... real. I think that is that je ne sais quoi, "that certain something" of the show: quality people, doing quality work with love and laughter.
Clint's furniture is in high demand and can be shipped to you, including his curated goods for the home and his design collection. I mean who doesn't want to own one of his beautiful tables? His popularity recently earned him his own show which will debut on DIY/HGTV in the Spring, and his good friends Chip and Joanna will announce it on Fixer Upper. Good news for those of us who live in California, Clint is coming to the G & G Premier Home Improvement Show - Bakersfield Home & Garden held at the Kern County Fair Grounds in February 19-21, 2016. I know my family will be there, and I hope you will join us. And Clint, remember dinner is on us!
Clint and Kelly Harp's own Fixer Upper
With a budget of $110,000 Clint and Kelly turned to their good friends Chip and Joanna to renovate a 5 bedroom, 3 bath dilapidated house they bought for $15,000, which included bullet holes. The Harp's jokingly called it "The Pit" while Joanna called the home a "crime scene".
"Chip and Joanna can take a complete mess and make it feel like home almost overnight. I've seen it now over and over again. It's truly a gift."
This gorgeous home, which is next door to Harp Design Co., didn't begin like this ...
It began like this....
"If it was anybody else, (Speaking of Chip and Joanna) I would have been really worried and I wouldn't have bought the house."
The original kitchen ...
The finished, renovated kitchen with custom island by Clint.... Gorgeous!
Clint and Kelly Harp's Design Co. showroom and workshop is next door to their home.
The showroom changes seasonally, here are some "Fall" pictures my son took from our visit in August.
Since our family's visit, Christmas has come to the showroom, here is a sneak peak:
Below are just some of the items you can order online @ www.harpdesignco.com
Great for yourself or as gifts for your friends and family. I love the reclaimed wood letters, of course I bought an "R" while I was there, and I wish I would have bought more ... heading to the online shop now.
Now you too can own one of Clint's beautiful handmade tables (as seen on FIXER UPPER) shipped directly to you.
Clint and his wife Kelly founded Harp Design Co. with the dual focus of creating pieces of furniture that bring people together in their home, family meals, art projects with the kids, with love, laughter, and connection. Also, they are committed to caring for the Earth using sustainable products whenever possible. Most items are made with 100% recycled and reclaimed wood. Watching Fixer Upper we have seen Clint gather material from old homes, buildings, dumpsters, and even scrap piles. While rescuing discarded wood and recreating it into something more beautiful requires a lot more... love, it is worth it once the product is finished. Pulling all the old nails, planing the old wood, hand-turning wooden legs on a lathe, fashioning tongue and grove joinery, staining and painting finishes by hand while keeping the Provence and character of the original wood; nail holes, scrapes and scars, creates a gorgeous table or kitchen island or whatever else is in the master carpenter / designer's vision.
Here is a behind-the-scene look at the amount of time and love that goes into one table:
"Harp Design Co. exists to provide high quality, environmentally sustainable, handmade furniture."
Just some of the gorgeous tables you can order...
My sincere thanks to Clint Harp for reminding us
that restoration is possible,
dreams can be realized and celebrated.
And for his hospitality,
(we made it to his shop with in 15 minuets of closing, of course being the nice guy he stayed longer)
and for inspiration.
Congratulations on your very great success and your new show!
Blessings to you and your family!
FOR TICKETS TO SEE CLINT HARP FEBRUARY 2016:
**Photos by Portobello Design, Harp Design Co., and HGTV