Joanna Gaines has shown the world for years now that it’s possible for a woman to truly have it all. For one, she and her husband starred in HGTV’s Fixer Upper, a phenomenally successful television show that ran for five seasons and left all of us wanting to demo our own kitchens. And she didn’t sacrifice her dream of having a family along the way, either, as the couple now have a total of five children — good thing they have lots of room in their gorgeous 1890s farmhouse to spread out! Top it off with the fact that she’s a best-selling author with multiple business ventures bearing the signature Magnolia brand stamp, and you can see just how remarkable and savvy she is in all aspects of life.
Despite the fact that Gaines seems like an open book, there are quite a few things you might not know about her just by watching the show. So, what are her secrets? And how does she get it all done? Here’s what you don’t know about Joanna Gaines.
Her favorite room in the house will surprise you
If you got to live in a gorgeous, renovated farmhouse, chances are your favorite room would be the master bedroom, with wooden floors and a plush bed, or perhaps the cozy sitting room with a fireplace. But Gaines’ favorite room is a bit of a surprise — and she knows it. “I love my laundry room,” she shared in an interview with Today. “I know that’s a funny thing to love, but this summer I gave it a complete makeover and now it’s a place that inspires me.” She cites the natural light in the room as a big selling point.
But according to HGTV, Gaines is equally fond of a more conventional choice: the kitchen. “It’s the heart of the home for me,” she noted. “No matter how much is going on, I don’t feel overwhelmed because the palette is very clean and fresh.” She also enjoys gazing out at the animals from the window over the sink. Sounds truly idyllic.
She’s an early bird
With a huge family to tend to and multiple business ventures to juggle, how does Gaines get everything done? Turns out that part of her secret is that she wakes up every morning at 5:30 a.m., according to HGTV. Then, while her husband tends to all of the animals, Gaines prepares a hot breakfast for the fam (such as pancakes, biscuits and gravy, or eggs and toast) after getting dressed and waking up the kids. By 8:15 a.m. she’s out the door to work with a cup of coffee in hand, which she takes with lots of cream and no sugar.
Gaines also manages to squeeze some self-care into her routine by getting it done the night before. “At night I shower and dry my hair, so in the morning I only have to curl it,” she revealed. That explains why she always looks so composed and together — we’re seriously impressed!