Exclusive: HGTV Stars Dave and Jenny Marrs Reveal the Inspiration Behind Their Stunning New Better Homes & Gardens Collection
Designers and HGTV hosts Dave and Jenny Marrs are experts at transforming timeworn homes into beautiful contemporary spaces. After three seasons of Fixer to Fabulous, which takes place in their hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas, the Marrs have become known for their handcrafted pieces and small-town charm. Dave is particularly renowned for his woodworking skills. He's designed and built countless pieces of furniture from scratch, both for families on the show and for the home he and Jenny share with their five children (all under the age of 12!).
Long before they were TV personalities, the couple worked in the same corporate office, where they met in 2002. When they got married three years later, Jenny agreed to relocate from her home state of Florida to Arkansas, where Dave hoped to make a career out of building and construction. He started his own company, Marrs Developing, and in 2012 Jenny joined the team. After several years of successful building, designing, and remodeling, they'd made a name for themselves in the area—and, that's when HGTV producers came calling.
The couple lives in a 1906 farmhouse they lovingly restored from the ground up. Remodeling has always been a passion of theirs, but Jenny says they never imagined their work would lead them to a hit TV show or to designing their own line of home decor products. In fact, when HGTV reached out to the Marrs about creating the show, which premiered in 2019, Jenny deleted the email assuming it was spam. The network had heard about their craftsmanship skills and small-town charm and thought they'd be perfect for a new show. Eventually, the network got in touch with the couple and they filmed three seasons of Fixer to Fabulous; the show has been so successful that a fourth season will air this fall.
The Marrs say that one of their favorite aspects of the show is building custom furniture for families to use in their newly renovated homes—something Dave frequently does for the Marrs' own home. The couple says they've always dreamed about creating their own line of affordable yet beautiful furniture and home decor. While working on design elements for their show, Jenny spent countless hours pouring over the pages of Better Homes & Gardens, taking inspiration from the beautiful interiors, attainable-yet-fresh design ideas, and cozy backyards. When it came time to launch a collection of their own, Jenny says it was a "no-brainer" to partner with BHG and Walmart to help bring their vision to life.
In April, the Marrs officially launched their stunning outdoor collection—complete with a dreamy porch swing, idyllic lanterns, a solar-powered pendant lamp, and a gorgeous wood table and chairs.
They recently completed renovations on their charming Airbnb, The Welcome Inn (also in northwest Arkansas), and have used the products to decorate all the outdoor spaces. They invited me to the Inn to see the collection and chat with them about how their line came to life with BHG and Walmart.
The capsule collection stands out with this season's must-haves—in all, 18 curated pieces that include natural textures, warm colors, and of-the-moment designs that still have classic appeal. Each piece was specifically designed to help families create a beautiful, relaxing outdoor space where they can host gatherings, spend time together, and make memories. Since the Marrs know a thing or two about crafting quality furniture that's built to last (even in homes filled with children!), they drew inspiration from the items they love most in their own home.
The centerpiece of the collection is a cozy porch swing. Over their years of filming, it's become one of Dave's signature pieces to build, and the Marrs family actually has three of them in their own home. Dave knows that not everyone has the tools, time, or ability to build their own swing from scratch, so the couple wanted to design an easy-to-assemble version that anyone could easily add to their own outdoor space.
"I want people to look at [our pieces] and say, this is great quality, and it's okay to use this and have gatherings around it," Dave says. "It's not a museum piece."
In addition to the swing, the Marrs' felt the collection needed a table and chairs to create a welcoming space where people could gather with and entertain their loved ones—a priority in the Marrs' own life. "For us, it's all about bringing people around the table, and all that the table represents," Jenny explains. "It's just a key part of any outdoor space."
Once they'd designed the largest pieces in their collection, they moved on to smaller decor items, including weather-proof rugs, a comfy pouf to provide extra seating, and plush mix-and-match throw pillows.
"Putting a rug down really does change the feel of a space, and gives it that indoor-outdoor feeling," Jenny says. "It feels like an extension of the actual home."
Outdoor lighting is important for those times when outdoor gatherings stretch out long after dark, so the couple designed two different lighting options. Their solar-powered pendant lights can be suspended above a table, chairs—really, just about anything—and their woven lanterns can line a walkway, hang from trees in the backyard, or illuminate an area from a side table. During the design process, they decided to include battery-operated candles with the lanterns, for a kid- and pet-safe alternative to candles.
"Our lighting gives the space a cozy, warm feel," Jenny says. "When you put the pendant light or lanterns up it feels like you're ready for a party, which I love."
Together, the Marrs designed prototypes of everything in the collection and spent hours choosing wood samples, deciding on color schemes, and perfecting each piece in the line. And since everything coordinates, it's easy to refresh a space with one or two items or create an entirely new outdoor area. Everything in the collection is available now in-stores and online, exclusively at Walmart.
"We're really excited for our collection to be out in the world," Jenny says. "We've been working on this for so long, and it finally feels real."