If you’ve been familiar with the home renovation scene the past few years, you’ve definitely heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines or the mega-popular show, Fixer Upper on HGTV. For many of us, the Gaines’ sparked a love for all things interior design and home renovations, making us look at the old run-down home we pass every day during our commute differently.
From television shows to books, multiple home decor lines, restaurants, real estate properties, and most recently, an entire network launching in 2020, the empire built by the Gaines family is one that interior design lovers everywhere can only dream of. The couple started what is now their ‘Magnolia Empire’ back in 2003, opening their first store called the Magnolia Market. A few real estate properties and ten years later, Fixer Upper was born and the rest was history.
For those budding interior designers and wannabe house flippers that idolize Chip and Joanna, starting your journey in the home design industry doesn’t have to be just a dream. There are places all around the country, whether it’s design firms or design schools where you can get your career started.
Joybird, modern home decor and furniture retailer, recently conducted a study on the best cities for interior design in the United States. The study looked at factors such as the number of interior designers per capita, median hourly wage of interior designers, home furnishing stores per capita, and more to determine where in the country has the most design-forward cities.
Surprisingly enough, Waco, the heart of Chip and Joanna, did not fall in the top ten cities for interior design or the top fifty for that matter. However, the Texas cities that did fall in the top fifty were Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston.
If you’ve got aspirations of becoming the next Gaines in the interior design space and you’re living in Seattle, Denver, or Milwaukee, the opportunities around you are endless as these were the top three cities for interior design respectively. Following suit in the top ten were Jacksonville, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and more.
Overall, it seems the West Coast is the place to be if you’ve got shiplap and renovations on your mind as five of the top ten cities are either in California, Washington, or Oregon.
Despite your location, interior design as a hobby or even a career can be successfully done no matter where you live. It doesn’t matter if the only home furnishing store near you may be a donation center or antique shop, as long as you have an eye for design you can channel your inner Joanna Gaines anywhere.