It seems not everyone is a fan of shiplap.
Joanna Gaines is known for her farmhouse style, creative use of re-purposed wood, and bringing shiplap out from behind sheetrock and into the modern design lexicon, but it seems not everyone is a fan. Specifically, Paige Davis of Trading Spaces.
While Gaines has dominated home-makeover television for the past few years on Fixer Upper, TLC announced last year that after 10 years off the air, the OG home-makeover series, Trading Spaces, would be making a comeback in 2018 with Davis returning at the host. As part of the reboot’s press tour, Davis reunited with fellow cast members Ty Pennington, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Vern Yip, and others for a Television Critics Association panel and made a comment that some people interpreted as a dig at Gaines.
According to The Wrap, a journalist from the audience asked the panel about what design trends they wish would disappear.
“I’m wondering if you are in agreement for certain types of design trends to disappear, and what some of your pet peeves are and some of the things that you have to talk homeowners out of—like, strongly—and steer them away from?”
“Like shiplap?” Davis allegedly responded, which reportedly was met with laughter from the audience and the rest of the panelists.
Fixer Upper fans saw this is Davis throwing some major shade at Gaines, and promptly took to Twitter to defend Gaines and her love of shiplap, prompting Davis to respond at first that she didn’t know what people were talking about and that someone else on the panel had made the comment, though she didn’t call anyone out by name. Eventually, she apologized on behalf of the panel, saying that “it was a thoughtless comment that I believe was meant in a joking manner and if anything a tip of the hat to Chip & Joanna’s success.”
Gaines has yet to respond to Davis’ alleged shiplap comments or Twitter apology, but we’re betting she wouldn’t be offended by a different design perspective than her own.