Like most 20 and 30 somethings in America today, the Southern Weddings gals are big fans of Mrs. Joanna Gaines and HGTV’s Fixer Upper. BIG fans. So when we got the chance to interview one of the sweetest couples from Season 3 (the owners of one of my all-time favorite exterior transformations!), there may have been some squeals and a little happy dance done in the SW office. Luke and Rachel Whyte were kind enough to share some Fixer Upper secrets in addition to their newlywed advice, and as diehard fans, we all loved comparing what their house looked like done-up for the show and after a few months of loving and living.
If, like us, you’ve always wondered what goes on while the Fixer Upper cameras are rolling (and after they’ve packed up!), this post is for you!
The couple: Rachel (27) and Luke (27) Whyte
Years married: 3.5
The littles: Haven (22 months) and James (3 months)
Where you live: Waco, TX
Tell us a little bit about yourselves. We moved to Waco nine years ago to attend Baylor University. We got married the year after we graduated, and have been here since! When we decided to stay in Waco, we did it for a very specific reason: we wanted to invest in the city. We knew that Waco was growing and that if we were to stay, we would get to watch it undergo a major transformation. This was one year before the Fixer Upper phenomenon began, so as you can see, we were right! And we most definitely made the right decision. Luke is a young adult pastor and I am a wedding photographer. I’ve also had the privilege to work as a photographer for Magnolia and for Fixer Upper. We have two little babies under the age of two. Life in ministry, owning a business, and having a toddler and newborn isn’t easy, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Tell us your love story in one sentence. We are two broken people who, because of God’s grace, have been redeemed so that we can tell His story of redemption.
What has been the most surprising thing about marriage? It’s amazing to watch your life change and family grow, and at the same time, still feel like those two crazy college kids who first fell in love. Sometime we look at each other and say, “How are we parents? How do we live here??” It’s all so surreal. Life moves so fast. And it’s a lot easier to become friends and teammates than I would have thought before getting married.
Tell us a little bit about where you live. We live in Woodway, which is essentially a suburb of Waco, in our own home. We live very close to Lake Waco and we love to go on walks and experience nature there.
Tell us about the process of moving in together. When we first moved in together after we got married, I recycled most of my old college decorations. Now living in this house, we kind of started from scratch. It’s been fun to blend our styles. When we sat down with Joanna for our design meeting, we both stated our biggest preferences. Luke wanted to incorporate Colorado and the mountains, and I wanted a big, bright kitchen. We got both of those things and more. Joanna did an amazing job combining our styles and we couldn’t be happier with our home!
Where did you live while your home was being renovated for Fixer Upper? While our home was being renovated, we decided to live as nomads rather than finding semi-permanent housing. We stayed with various friends and acquaintances and were astounded at the hospitality we encountered. We also traveled quite a bit since it was the summer. We stayed in 17 different beds total during the 11 weeks. We did not peek at all during our renovation process. Luke loves surprises and I agreed to stay away so that we could be surprised together.
What happens after “reveal day”? Do you keep all of the furniture and decor? On reveal day you meet Chip and Jo at a location near your house. You get all mic-ed up and then they drive you to the house. You close your eyes and Chip and Jo lead you to the canvas, and they pull it back to show you your new home! It really is like what you see on TV. We kept some decor but not any furniture, as we had our own. There is a separate budget to buy the furniture and things used to stage your home, but I would expect that most people have their own furniture already.
Did Magnolia renovate your entire house? What about rooms we didn’t see on the show? There were two rooms and two bathrooms that were not renovated for the show. We did them ourselves after moving in, which I don’t recommend. In hindsight I wish we would have included that in our budget so that Magnolia could have done the renovation for us.
Which room in your home is your favorite, and why? I personally really love our kitchen. I also love our master bath, but haven’t gotten to spend as much time in there since having two babies! We just recently finished the Whole30 diet, so I spent a lot of time cooking creative meals. It’s such a blessing to have a large kitchen!
Which items from your wedding registry do you use the most often? We use our knives most often. Like I said, I’ve been cooking three meals a day for a month, so I’ve been getting really good use out of them!
What different decisions, if any, would you make for your registry if you knew then what you know now? I would get fewer serving and entertaining pieces. You only have so many parties and host so many showers!
What most makes your house feel like home? Being a photographer you might expect this, but I have a ton of photos up around our house, and they really make it feel like home. I love adding more as we have more kids and move through new stages of life.
Where do you splurge and where do you save when decorating? I try to buy quality, and buy once. I’m not a big bargain shopper, although I wish I was!
What is your favorite part of being married? I love getting to do life with my best friend.
What’s your best tip for balancing your relationship and other life priorities? We have defined boundaries and we stick to them. We also communicate when things feel off and are willing to adjust accordingly.
How does your family handle finances? We have a set budget, but we both seem to make incidental purchases quite often, so we have a big “miscellaneous” section in it.
What is one small way you love or serve your spouse? We send each other encouraging texts sharing things we’re thankful for about each other.
Do you have children? We have two kids, Haven and James. We hope to have one or two more, and adopt as well. Our biggest desire for them is that they would grow to love Jesus and give their lives to serve Him.
Before getting married, I wish someone had told me… that if you submit yourself to the process of being refined and sharpened by your spouse, you will slowly but surely start to grow in the same direction. It’s dying to yourself. In the moment it is painful, but long term you see the life and beauty it brings.
Big hugs to Rachel and Luke for sharing, and to Sarah Best for the Whyte family photos! Keep up with Rachel on her website and blog and Instagram! And if y’all have questions about the light fixtures, paint colors, or materials used, feel free to leave them in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer them!
LOOOOOVE!! So fun having them interviewed! Love their beautiful home!
Love this post!! Question- where are the kitchen stools from? I know it’s not about paint or light fixtures but I thought I’d try and see if y’all knew!
The stools are from Wayfair!
What brand is the real couch?
It is from Wayfair!
What paint colors were used in the craft area and master bedroom?
Hi Dulcey! I’m pretty sure the color in both the office/craft room and the master bedroom is “Agreeable Gray” from Sherwin Williams!
Do you happen to know if that is the same color that was used in the other living areas of the house? I was wondering about the paint color in the living room and above the wainscotting around the stairs.
Hi Heather! We are pretty sure the living room is also “Agreeable Gray” by Sherwin Williams, but Rachel also mentioned “Anew Gray.” Hope this helps!
That house is amazing!
Love this remodel! Do you happen to know which colors were used for the exterior paint and trim?
Hi Naomi! We are not sure about the trim, but the exterior paint color is “Alabaster White!”
Please please please tell me the name/brand of the hard wook floors! I’m picking mine out now…and these are it! Gorgeous!
Hey Heather! The floors are laminate planks in Parisian Maple and Eiffel Maple! Good luck picking yours out!
Love the cabinets! What is the color used for them?
The kitchen cabinets are “Argos” from Sherwin Williams!
So so beautiful! I’m especially wondering if you remember the name or brand of backsplash! And grout color :) That would be so helpful. Thank you!
Where is your dining table from??
Hey McCall! The dining room table was made by Rachel’s friend, Clint Brooks (@clint.brooks), out of reclaimed wood!
I love the hardware on the kitchen cabinets and am looking for similar ones. Where are they from?
Hey Raquel! The kitchen hardware is from myknobs.com: Lewis Dolin 3 inch Round Bar Pulls in Brushed Brass!
I was also wondering where your dining table is from. Beautiful home! The exterior is AMAZING!
Hey Meaghan, thanks for reading! The table was made by Clint Brooks!
Can you tell me what stain color was used on your farmhouse table in the kitchen? Currently testing stain options for our kitchen right now and I love that color. Beautiful!
I’m moving into a new place and recently scored a beautiful farm table (that needs some TLC) – I love the table with the more industrial chairs. Do you have a source for those wonderful metal beauties? Thanks!
The small rug in the kitchen! Where’s that from?
Basically I want this whole house to somehow be inside my house. This is gorgeous .
Hey Amanda! The small kitchen rug is from Urban Outfitters!
Thank you so much for sharing. May God continue to bless the Whyte’s as a family and in their minds is try. Their house is beautiful. What is the color used on the kitchen cabinets?
Hi Katy! The kitchen cabinets are “Argos” from Sherwin Williams!
Hello!! Wondering where the chandelier is from???? ?
Hi Jamie! The dining room chandelier is from Pottery Barn, and the kitchen and bedroom lighting is from Magnolia Market!
What color is the kitchen and the kids room
Love your photos and decor. What is the dimension of your farm style dining room table. I see it seats 10 comfortably.
Where is that dining room chandelier from? I am killing myself trying to find the perfect light to go above our farmhouse table. This looks just right!
Hi Karly! The dining room chandelier is from Pottery Barn! Good luck picking yours!
I was wondering if you can tell me the color of the shutters. Thank you so much
Hey Jessica! The shutters are a custom Sherwin Williams color to match the metal roof! It’s in the Sherwin Williams system as “Whyte Shutter Match.”
I was wondering about their fabulous front door. Do you know who the mfg is? Thank you!
Is the dining room area paint color agreeable gray as well?
Love your home! It’s beautiful! I picked agreeable gray for my home as well…. such a nice clean color! I want to order the dining room chandelier
where is that awesome comforter cover from? The one in the infant room that is on the daybed?
I am also looking for where to find that shelf above the bathtub in the master? Thanks.
where can I buy the light fixture that is above the kitchen table? I am in love with it and I would love to put it in my new house.
please advise where you got the chandelier over your dining room table next to kitchen.
Hi, I was wondering if you could provide the source of the tile backsplash? Thank you so much. What a beautiful home!
your home is beautiful. would you mind sharing what paint color is on the walls?
Where did you purchase your glass hanging shelf in the bathroom.
Moving to the beach in a small house trying to make the most of it. No more driving.
I need to open up the bathroom.
I saw this episode.BEAUTIFUL HOUSE BEAUTIFUL COUPLE.
Hello I wanted to know what color is the island in the kitchen it looks like a greenish color. Thank you beautiful home Happy Holidays :)
Your home is beautiful but I would like to know how the marble countertops are holding up. I hear and read so many negative comments on installing them in the kitchen but see that Joanna uses them many times. I would love to have them I my kitchen. What are your thought now that you have lived with them for some time please? Thanks
Such a beautiful home and story! I would love to know the cabinet paint color!
Could you tell me where the set of 6 nature prints and frames in the dining area are from? I would love to put those in my dining room! Thanks!
Do you know the source of the tile backsplash? Is it white glass tile? Are the dimensions 3″x12″? Thanks.
Love this blog!! I know you said the kitchen cabinets were painted argos.. do you know what the paint color of the kitchen island is?? i’ve been dying to find out as I would like to paint my island that color. It looks like a really pretty grey/blue/green ish! Thank you!!
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Does anyone know where the table and chairs can be purchased??
Hi, I’m in love with the botanical art frames. Where can I buy them?
Kind of a silly question but do you know the size of rug under the kids play table?
I am doing the exterior of my house like this hat color are the shingles on the roof thanks!!
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Hi! I saw you had posted the exterior color is alabaster, but do you happen to know the shutter colors?! Thanks!
I love th. It looks similar throughout the whole house. What color is it?
I love every single image of this post.
The house is incredible awesome!
I would love to know where your kitchen cabinets are from atleast the company that made them.
Is the paint color agreeable grey or mindful grey? Which rooms are painted that color? Does it still work for you?