Visiting Magnolia Market

I feel like I am overdue for a trip to Waco, TX. Full disclosure: I have already visited the Silos four times. I’m not even sorry; each time had something new to offer! Also, I live outside of Austin, TX so the trip really isn’t that bad. Still, boy Jamie thinks I am crazy.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, please start watching Fixer Upper. You’re welcome. I even have boy Jamie watching it with me. He mostly watches because of Chip, but I do catch him admiring the work of the amazing Mrs. Gaines. (What would Joanna Gaines Do?) As most of you probably have seen on their show, Joanna had the dream (vision) to take two old grain silos in the middle of Waco, and abandoned buildings and turn the space into a mini metropolis.

The market started out with the Magnolia Market home décor store also known as the little shop on Bosque. The current shop is an upgrade from her first smaller store she opened back in 2003. The little shop grew as much as it could at its original location, before moving into the new location at the Silos in late October of 2015.

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The original Magnolia opened in 2003

Magnolia Market at the Silos opened in October 2015.  Magnolia Market sells home accessories and decor, including some from local artisans.

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Joanna and her team have done an incredible job at styling the shop and making it an amazing, inviting experience. The store was filled with rich wood and great farmhouse finds, and beautiful products that made me wish I had an extra thousand dollars to spend.

Since the renovation of the store, the Gaines’s have also added Silos Baking Co and Magnolia Seed & Supply Garden store. The bakery is filled with Joanna’s personal recipes and hand-picked favorites like “The Silos Cookie”, “The Prize Pig” bacon and cheddar biscuit, and the “Nuts & Bolts” cupcake.

Silos Bakery

Obviously, I had to sample the two competing bestsellers: Strawberries ‘N Cream, a bright pink cake with vanilla buttercream (which also happens to be Chip’s favorite item on the menu), and Lemon Lavender, a tasteful blend of lemon and lavender-infused cake with heavenly lemon buttercream on top.

If you don’t want to wait in line at the brick and mortar, the bakery also sells cupcakes from a little air-stream out by the food trucks. As you can see, I love her cupcakes! I think I try a new flavor each time. The Lemon Lavender flavor is the must-try cupcake. The lavender is flown in from California and the lemon is hand-stirred into the vanilla cake mix.

There are four main areas to see when you visit Magnolia: Magnolia Market, the Silo’s Baking Co., Magnolia Seed & Supply, and the lawn area surrounded by food trucks. Magnolia Seed & Supply is pretty small, but packed with charm.

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Magnolia Seed & Supply

There were so many fun displays to use as inspiration or just stare at in awe. Rumor has it, Chip and Joanna plan to renovate the interior of the actual Silos in the near future! I can’t wait to go back soon and eat more cupcakes! Next time I visit, I’ll be sure to better document the trip and the food.

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Shiplap VS. Board and Batten

What’s old is new again!

Wood paneling is back, in the form of shiplap, and hopefully here to stay. I say wood paneling but I’m not talking about the knotty pine in your grandparent’s den. If you’ve watched HGTV recently, specifically a little show called FIXER UPPER , you know what I’m talking about. The one who can do no wrong, Joanna Gaines, is all about shiplap (WWJGD= What Would Joanna Gaines Do?).


“Shiplap was installed throughout the house, along with hardwood floors for clean lines and a fresh canvas to build on.” -JG

Shiplap, usually laid horizontally, tends to make the most of cottage-inspired/farmhouse homes in need of the texture and the warmth of natural material. This feature is prominent in farmhouse decor, rustic, coastal, and many other design styles. There are so many ways to incorporate shiplap into your home projects. Whether you use weathered natural wood or want a more clean painted look, a wood covered wall makes any room feel warmer.



Another textural favorite is good ol’ Board and Batten. Many people use B&B to add  architectural detail and texture to a space. A relatively easy way to achieve the symmetry of adding wall panels is with board and batten. Board and batten can  be used on a large accent wall to help the ceiling look taller by drawing attention to the vertical boards. Many people use this technique for wainscoting as well. 

The great thing about both of these trends is they provide a touch of texture and warmth to a home. Whether you prefer a country chic or modern finished home, these accents may be what you’re looking for, let’s compare!


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Dining Room:

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In my opinion, shiplap is a more casual, informal option while B&B has as more formal classic look.  With their neutral look and timeless texture, these two trends can be used just about anywhere.


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