Today, we will be sharing a behind-the-scenes look at our October cover shoot with @chippergaines and @joannagaines. The projects featured on their hit show, 'Fixer Upper,' are completed so quickly that we couldn’t guarantee we would be able to catch one under construction for the shoot. So we enlisted film set designer B.J. Smith to create a set, which we staged in a property the Gaines own and plan to turn into a bed and breakfast. ? @jeffwilsonphoto
Designer B.J. Smith built the eight-foot-wide, nine-foot-tall set the same way a real wall in a house is constructed, with framed 2x4s that are then covered in drywall. Photographer @jeffwilsonphoto wanted a 1950s feel, so B.J. searched through hundreds of wallpaper patterns, and he sourced vintage hardware from an old farmhouse on his family ranch to finish off the look. After all of that, B.J. then smashed a hole in the wall he just crafted so meticulously. “The things we get paid to do in this industry,” he said.
Associate editor and stylist @laurensmithford and photo editor @lebaldwini tested out a rack full of wardrobe options for @chippergaines before the couple arrived. Creative director @toddjasontucker decided on this shirt (pictured right) from @stagprovisions and @joannagaines's outfit for the cover photo was from @madewell, one of her favorite stores. "The Gaines have such a natural and casual style, so we wanted to stay true to who they are," Smith Ford says. ? @jeffwilsonphoto #behindthescenes
A broken foot couldn’t stop our fearless creative director, T.J. Tucker, from getting up on a ladder to make the 'Texas Monthly' logo out of crumpled-up wallpaper. He worked on the project after Chip and Joanna and the creative team headed to the rooftop of the Alico Building, the second location. #fixerupper #behindthescenes