My Holiday Visit to Waco: Tips on How to Shop the Magnolia Market and More
 I went all out with my Magnolia experience!

I went all out with my Magnolia experience!

On a recent trip to Dallas, I decided to take a road trip to Waco, 1.5 hours of big open freeways and fast Texan drivers! Looking for a fun "Magnolia Home" experience, I arrived in Waco a bit late on a Monday as this was not a breakneck, “see everything” event. But, lucky me, I ended up nailing it on timing anyway and breezed my way through the day without major crowds or challenges.

Tip #1 – Make Your Visit on a Weekday

I started at the Magnolia Table, which is right off the freeway and a mile or two from the famous market, silos, and bakery. Having done little research for my visit, all I had heard was, “go early and be prepared for lines.” Contrary to this advice, I was on the list, through the gift shop, and in my seat in about 15 minutes. The very sweet hostess said there was often a 2-3 hour wait. Phew! That would not have worked for me.

 Chip’s always got something to say…

Chip’s always got something to say…

 Welcome to the Good Ol’ Days.

Welcome to the Good Ol’ Days.

 Just love this decor!

Just love this decor!

Tip #2 – Talk with Staff and Diners, You Never Know Who You Will Meet

I was seated at the counter between two women. One was from St. Louis and was in town for the prior weekend’s festivities at The Silos. The other was an inspiring young gal who was traveling from Austin to Dallas and just decided to stop in on her way home. I was pleasantly surprised that all of our meals were fabulous. It really was the real deal – good food, good prices, and great decor!

 The staff with their smiles as big as Texas.

The staff with their smiles as big as Texas.

 Happy to be here.

Happy to be here.

 My delicious and ample chicken salad.

My delicious and ample chicken salad.

I also had a fun experience in the gift shop meeting a lovely lady while I was waiting for my reservation. I couldn’t help but comment on her adorable hat and she was so happy to stop and chat while visiting with the Take Away staff. I later found out that this petite bundle of energy was, in fact, Joanna’s mom Nan! The Magnolia Table staff talked to me about her big heart and love for her spirituality. They said she even had a beautiful prayer box for the employees. Inside the box, the staff could place their heartfelt needs and concerns for help so that she could pray for them. It was so apparent that they all adored her and were thrilled whenever she stopped in. I can certainly see why!

 The prayer box lives on a wall in the employee room.

The prayer box lives on a wall in the employee room.

Tip #3 – Take it All in, Save Your Shopping for the End, and Use the App 

After lunch, it was time for me to head to the main attraction. Driving right through an industrial area I arrived at several cheerful black and white structures that somehow made me feel happy inside. Parking was easy (again the day of the week matters) and once parked, it was a quick walk to The Silos.

 The infamous silos. It took a lot of creativity to see what was ahead.

The infamous silos. It took a lot of creativity to see what was ahead.

I started at the market and made my first run through. Not buying a thing, I just feasted my eyes on all of the great little treasures that the market had to offer. Then I walked the grounds, taking it all in.

 Black and white delight!

Black and white delight!

 Just me and a sweet little cottage.

Just me and a sweet little cottage.

 Vast grounds for plenty of fun-filled events.

Vast grounds for plenty of fun-filled events.

It was a beautiful, dreamy Texas day. Overall, I enjoyed the vibe of the combined spaces. The lawn was teaming with people who were playing and just hanging out. The food trucks were somewhat quiet but, oh my gosh, the choices were varied and delish! I loved the adorable garden store. So fun and friendly! And at this time of year, the Christmas decor made it even more lovable.

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After taking in the entire experience, I was ready to shop! So, I marched back into the market and began shopping in earnest. Using their app made it easy to see what was available to ship and what I had to take home with me that day. Because most of what they sell was available online, I filled my bags with easy to transport items and Magnolia Market only merchandise. 

 Check out this super cool “chandelier” made out of sugared, wooden spoons and spatulas.

Check out this super cool “chandelier” made out of sugared, wooden spoons and spatulas.

 There’s beautiful treat for your eyes on every display.

There’s beautiful treat for your eyes on every display.

 Chip’s favorite day, in junk letters.

Chip’s favorite day, in junk letters.

 Everything you need for a cozy home.

Everything you need for a cozy home.

Before I called it a day, I headed to The Silo Baking Company for a sweet treat and some coffee for the ride back to Dallas.

Tip#4 – Ask the Staff Which Sweets are the Best and order Several Treats. 

At the bakery, you line up, receive an order card, make your choices, pay the cashier, and wait for your name to be called. During this quick process, I asked the staff what their favorites were. They said seasonal specials and cupcakes were the most popular items. With their guidance, I was in and out in 15-20 minutes and left with the most sweetly boxed goods. I love a company that appreciates the importance of packaging.

 Worth the wait!

Worth the wait!

 They make it so easy to ask questions!

They make it so easy to ask questions!

 A little sweetness “to go”!

A little sweetness “to go”!

What a great experience! I was worried it might be a bit contrived but, I am a believer and I think you might be too. Exploring Chip & Joanna’s world was authentic “Fixer Upper”; Good style and design with heart! Let me know if you are visiting soon or have visited. I would love to hear from you!

Villa Project: Master Bath
 From teeny bedroom to ensuite!

From teeny bedroom to ensuite!

With each renovation project, I have several fun transformations in mind that hopefully will manifest the way I have them designed in my head. Because we have no blueprint for many of our renovation plans, we aren’t always sure about the outcome. So, I need my guys to keep the faith that my vision is going to work out and more importantly – be beautiful! My team is typically very supportive when I propose an idea and this design was no exception.

 The all to important demo process!

The all to important demo process!

For this project, one of those transformations was taking a small bedroom and turning it into a master bath. I had some “must haves” on my needs list; 2 vanities, a shower, enclosed closets and, in order to keep the master bedroom as spacious as possible, we also needed vaulted ceilings. 

 Take a look at what would soon be our new Master Bath!

Take a look at what would soon be our new Master Bath!

 Progress…

Progress…

Here it is! We created a space with clean lines, pretty details and everything you need for the perfect master bath. Check out the transformation and let me know what you think!

 This cozy bedroom now feels spacious with vaulted ceilings and a new master bath.

This cozy bedroom now feels spacious with vaulted ceilings and a new master bath.

 Instead of one long vanity, we installed twin vanities with lots of extra storage.

Instead of one long vanity, we installed twin vanities with lots of extra storage.

 Who wouldn't love a closet in their master bath? So convenient!

Who wouldn't love a closet in their master bath? So convenient!

 These acrylic handles offer clean lines and glamour to the closets.

These acrylic handles offer clean lines and glamour to the closets.

 Isn't this a great use of the old closet?

Isn't this a great use of the old closet?

 Vintage-style, marble hexagonal tiles are not only pretty to look at, they are soothing on your feet.

Vintage-style, marble hexagonal tiles are not only pretty to look at, they are soothing on your feet.

 Hard to believe how we fit SO much utility into what was once unusable.

Hard to believe how we fit SO much utility into what was once unusable.

Villa Project: Kitchen
 Bright, open and well-designed, I love the end results of this transformed kitchen.

Bright, open and well-designed, I love the end results of this transformed kitchen.

There are so many things I am excited to share with you about our latest rehab project! This little beauty is on a wonderful street in a stunning Seattle neighborhood and it is loaded with charm. It has some great spaces and I am thrilled to be taking you through the home, one post at a time. Let’s start with the kitchen!

 Every centimeter counts!

Every centimeter counts!

 This old space lacked function, light and style.

This old space lacked function, light and style.

 A blank slate is a good place to start.

A blank slate is a good place to start.

While I always like to create an open concept when rehabbing, this little jewel did not offer me that option. So, instead we opened it up a bit more by including the dining room with it’s french doors overlooking the outdoor space. On a warm Seattle day, all 3 spaces merge into a light-filled dining/kitchen space.

 White on white: subway tiles - herringbone style, adjusted counter tops, and open shelving

White on white: subway tiles - herringbone style, adjusted counter tops, and open shelving

White Cabinets and Walls: That is our typical go-to “color” because it never seems to go out of style. And for this space it was also perfect. I love the bright cabinets, herringbone backsplash, open shelving, quartz countertops, white walls & trim. These clean choices make the space flow more cohesively, making it feel much bigger and brighter. It will also allow the new homeowners to add design accents that make this kitchen – their kitchen.

Open Shelving: Although many homeowners are adding open shelving to their kitchens no matter the kitchen size, it is especially valuable in a smaller kitchen. It adds that light and open feeling as well as keeping decorative items off countertops. 

Cabinet Depth: Typically, cabinets are 24” deep and therefore your countertops are just a bit over that. In this case, we have one wall at 24” counter depth and one wall at 18” deep counter space. Even though one counter may be deeper, this provides an illusion of an equal and larger u-shaped kitchen.

 These beautiful floors run throughout the first floor providing necessary unity.

These beautiful floors run throughout the first floor providing necessary unity.

Flooring: Hardwood flooring is always a good idea in kitchens. It was especially important here as we kept the first floor entirely hardwood to marry all the spaces together. Another great “open floor plan” trick.

 Still in love with stainless; Not changing that plan yet.

Still in love with stainless; Not changing that plan yet.

Appliances: We chose stainless for appliances. It’s so clean and blends beautifully with the minimal hardware. It’s also a great option because there’s so many brands to choose from!

I love how this kitchen feels. It is laid out perfectly and offers a lot of storage, workspace, and style!

 

Here are the details that make up this beautiful kitchen remodel!

 

2. Dishwasher

 

3. Microwave

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our New Home: Master Bedroom
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When David and I began the journey of building our new home, I was very clear about our path. I have done this a time or two! (Ha, ha!) I knew all too well the twists and turns that would be ahead of us as we knocked down one dilapidated house and built a beautiful new home in its place. What I didn’t bargain for was how much I would love living in this home and that, hands down, one of my favorite rooms in the house was going to be the Master Bedroom. 

Maybe it’s the pretty views or the relaxing paint color. Possibly it’s the new upholstered bed and beautiful nightstands I chose. Maybe adding my favorite lucite & gold bench, a beauty that I bought 5 years ago, was just the right touch. Was it the oversized Capiz Honeycomb chandelier? I fell in love with this Serena & Lily light fixture and snatched it up months before install!  It’s certainly all of these special choices combined into the sweetest master bedroom that a couple could have.

 It’s all in the details: My favorite paint color is  Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl , the  lucite & gold bench is from Jonathan Adler  and the cozy,  upholstered bed is from Joss & Main

It’s all in the details: My favorite paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl, the lucite & gold bench is from Jonathan Adler and the cozy, upholstered bed is from Joss & Main

 I love spending quiet moments in this reading chair from  Home Goods

I love spending quiet moments in this reading chair from Home Goods

 I found this bright side table at  Home Goods

I found this bright side table at Home Goods

I am not sure why it was a surprise to me. It’s everything that I designed it to be, but it pleasantly became so much more. This tranquil and beautiful room perched in the highest point of the house has become a respite from our busy lives and a place we wake each morning ready to take on our day. #SOWORTHIT!

 Cheers to creating beautiful spaces for ourselves and our families!

Cheers to creating beautiful spaces for ourselves and our families!

You can find my finishing touches (or close to them) here:

Finding a Fixer
 We have a winner! Or should I say, "loser"?

We have a winner! Or should I say, "loser"?

 I love beautiful palm trees but this is hardly paradise.

I love beautiful palm trees but this is hardly paradise.

 This one had a real "she shed" vibe.

This one had a real "she shed" vibe.

 You never know what you will stumble upon.

You never know what you will stumble upon.

People always ask me how I find my projects. My response is “it is never the same!” They seem to come to us in million different ways. It could be a call from an agent, or a homeowner that knows what we do and wants to sell off market. It could be someone who wants to collaborate, a reassignment, a friend, or even an acquaintance. However it happens, it is always fun to receive that call! And, once we get word of an opportunity, we are off to check it out.

On this outing, we were looking at two possible “new construction” projects.  Both homes we were called about are considered tear downs.  But you can be the judge.

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As we choose our projects, we are definitely armed with the info we have gathered online but a visit to the neighborhood is critical. These are some of the new construction homes that are in the area.

 Boxy but beautiful!

Boxy but beautiful!

 This one is just my style. I think I will always love the simplicity of black and white.

This one is just my style. I think I will always love the simplicity of black and white.

We know their sale and/or asking price which helps us decide what our potential return on these two properties if we stay on budget.

After all of our searching we found our little "diamond" in the rough. Sometimes the uglier the fixer the better. But, we love it!

 Sold! We bought this one!

Sold! We bought this one!

Thanks Michelle!