Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines recently post a few behind-the-scenes photos of her latest project, Waco's Hotel 1928 on Instagram—and we are officially ready to book a stay in the new hotel. But that wasn't the reaction Jo had when she first saw the place....
While Chip always wanted to buy the for-sale defunct hotel, Jo revealed in a Today Show interview that when she saw it, she told him, "it scares me...it feels kind of haunted." She went on to explain, "there's a few things in the past that Chip has bought that felt haunted," while he pointed out, "the more haunted the property is, the better deal you can get." Then one day, she walked into the property's ballroom, and, she says, "I could see it; I could see the people in here and the parties in here, and I thought, 'This place is really special.'"
They set about bring the hotel, which she calls "just a little dark," back to its prior glory. In her post, she described a few features of the property that were key to restoring its luster, including, "Some of my favorites—high gloss Venetian plaster, green leather banquettes, double stair case in library, and custom mosaic tiles." The Gaineses are known for their modern farmhouse aesthetic—and, yes, lots of shiplap—but Hotel 1928 feels like the upscale take on the couple's signature style. The custom mosaic is totally reminiscent of late-19th-century architecture while the green leather banquette offers a great place to cozy up and chill—all while paying respect to the brick building's Moorish Revival style. In fact, the glimpses of Hotel 1928, which is named for the year it was originally built, look so good that we're convinced it's going to become the ultimate design destination for Fixer Upper super fans.
Joanna might've given us a first look at her highly-anticipated hotel, but it definitely won't be the last. Hotel 1928 officially opens in October, but just in case you can't snag a reservation at the Waco hotspot, Chip and Joanna announced that they're dedicating an entire season to their "biggest fixer upper ever." (No word yet on whether any ghosts make an appearance.)
"When you think about a 50,000-square-foot hotel remodel, this is the big leagues," Chip said in the trailer for Fixer Upper: The Hotel, which will premiere on November 8 on Magnolia and Max. "This is what you dream about, and I think Jo and I are out of our element to some extent, but I think we're up for the challenge." In the meantime, you can stream Fixer Upper on Max and Discovery+.
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