Last week, on our way from Utah to Florida, we stopped by Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas. You know, Joanna and Chip Gaines’ (from Fixer Upper) shop. Before going, I had a friend on Facebook tell me that its super busy at all times and not too enjoyable because there are people and lines for everything everywhere.
I was prepared to make it as fun as possible, but my expectations were low. Spoiler alert, I loved it! We went right when it opened on a weekday and it wasn’t crowded at all. I almost cried seeing the silos. For me, that little spot symbolized people dreaming big and making their wishes happen. That really resonates with me!
The grounds were stunning. It absolutely felt like a host was opening up her doors and making you feel right at home!
Don and I did some exploring while my husband walked our dogs around the neighborhood. A grounds keeper was nice enough to offer to take our picture. It was so kind of him!
Walking around, I kept thinking that there were so many ideas that anyone could use to elevate their home! Like this scallop awning! I think that’d be a fun DIY project and how chic would it look in a backyard nestled among trees and cafe lights?!
magnolia seed supply
Or how about elevating a standard shed with wood doors, a dormer window, and a trellis? The attention to detail was impressive. Plus, can you imagine how gorgeous this garden will look in the spring?
I loved the black shutters on the white exterior. And those flowers are so lush and pretty in the natural wood box! Texture plus sophisticated classics- it was so gorgeous!
A trip to Magnolia wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the bakery. I’d always heard that the line would be SUPER long so I didn’t think we’d get anything. But we walked right in and were able to order quickly. Side note- how great is that black railing?!
Inside the bakery was large scale subway tile, black furniture, and the cutest letterboard.
We started our morning in the best possible way- with a cupcake! I loved the cafe style chairs with the marble tables and brick pavers. Joanna is pretty much a genius at mixing old and new. The silos next to the bakery were old and rusted while everything else was refined. It was the perfect juxtaposition.
We had a s’mores cupcake and it was pretty decadent! How fun is that cute Silos sign on the patio?!
After the bakery, we popped into the market. My son and husband took a quick look around before heading out to the lawn to play while I shopped.
I didn’t want much- mostly because our car was fill to the BRIM with our stuff for the move. They offer free shopping over $75, but I was mostly there on an inspiration mission. I did get a cute t-shirt though!
ideas for your home from Magnolia Market
As I walked around, I took pictures of things that could be replicated in any home. Like the shiplap with layered star burst trim. That looks like a lot of math to me to figure out the angles, but it sure is cute and would be such a fun focal wall! Side note, they sell signs from Jimmy Don- it is so cool how they support their friends!
I thought this was a gorgeous place setting! The galvanized chargers, wood plates, linen napkins, beautiful glass, and simple ceramic dishes. Everything is more basic, but layered together, it creates an interesting and cultivated story.
I really loved the black shiplap with the brass sconce! Add to that the natural wall hanging and crates and it has Joanna’s signature casual and classic style mixed with sophisticated elements.
I really loved this corner shelf. It is put on a plain white wall, but the wood with the green glass, black framed mirrors, and greenary are such a fun mix! This would be so beautiful in a home with a collection of small items.
There was a corner of the store that had a kitchen set-up that was beyond pretty! The white subway tile with black grout, wood shelve with black brackets, and then the layering of beautiful cake plates, cook books, and canisters- it was really stunning and totally doable!
Here’s the other side of the kitchen. The show stopper are the words on the wall! I love the concrete counter top with the white farm sink and black faucet. The wood elements in the pillar and accessories help to balance out the start black and white.
To say that we had an amazing time would honestly be an understatement. Here’s what I loved the most- it felt like it was made by people who appreciate the beauty of old things and can see promise where others don’t. The grounds were gorgeous and felt so welcoming. I definitely left feeling inspired! It was a bucket list check off for me. If you are ever in the area (we actually drove an hour out of our way to see it), you have to go! Magnolia is definitely a special place and it’s pretty cool to see the Gaines’ designs in person. I left wanting to dream a little bigger and work a little harder to make them come true.