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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Magnolia, Part 2 - Shopping and Inspiration

Saturday, November 28, 2015

HGTV's Fixer Upper, hosted by Joanna and Chip Gaines, is a popular series for showing older homes that have been remodeled and turned into a couple's dream home in Waco, Texas.  Late last season, the Gaines revealed plans to remodel their biggest project ever, the Silos in Waco, and to turn part of the unused industrial site into their own store, Magnolia, that sells home decor in Joanna's trademark style.  See a link at the end of the post for Magnolia, Part 1 that features the vintage store's architectural details. 

Several friends and I discuss Fixer Upper remodels and enjoy getting ideas from the show.  With just a casual comment about wanting to visit The Magnolia Market, a road trip was born since we only live about an hour and a half from Waco. We excitedly planned our day for getting Fixer Upper inspiration in person. 

A decoration inspiration with a big impact was the faux fireplace.  Seeded eucalyptus appears to be available throughout much of the United States this year.  The gigantic scroll with O Holy Night lyrics appears to be handwritten, but probably not.  Look at how uniform the letter appears throughout the words.  But who has a printer big enough to print the scroll? 

Magnolia has a very large selection of artificial plants and flowers that are realistic looking. The mason jar attached to a rustic board began my decorator wheels a-turning thinking about some Christmas decorated coke bottles from a few years ago. 

These artificial narcissi have bulbs and roots with multiple florets atop dark green foliage. In a clear container filled with pebbles, these could pass for the real thing, but without the strong scent some people dislike. 

The store offers many small Christmas ornaments including my favorite, a red Noël.  

A popular item is a souvenir scented Magnolia candle. In red or green, this is a perfect Christmas gift for fans of Fixer Upper, and the scent is not overwhelming. 

 With its signature label, the glass container can be used again after the candle burns down, either as a candle holder once again or as a small vase for flowers/greens. 

Realistic artificial greenery around the green candle is the perfect size for adding a touch of Christmas to a guest bath or bedroom. 

Look how Joanna Gaines mixes styles.  The checkout area blends the rustic industrial look of the galvanized duct work with a more polished modern Western lodge look of smooth wood planked walls and sleek metal letters. The unadorned artificial trees add a Christmas feel that fits with both styles.  Now, even those who are not fans of rustic white chippy planked walls have to love this wall. 

Too far to travel to Waco for in-person inspiration at Magnolia?  Visit the online store at The Magnolia Market.  As convenient as online shopping is, there is something lost by not visiting a store in person to soak in the atmosphere and to feel the inspiration. If you are within driving distance, the drive is worth the trip. 

For a glimpse of the in-store atmosphere, see Magnolia Part 1 - Shopping In Waco at Jo's and Chip's New Store.  

Watch for my purchases and how I use them and Magnolia's inspirations in my home in upcoming posts. I have so many ideas swirling in my mind, there may not be enough time to get them all done before Christmas! 

Can you believe it is time to begin decorating for Christmas? 

Mark your calendars for Christmas inspiration from all over Texas 
when 26 Texas bloggers share a window into Christmas in Texas

Stacey at Poofing the Pillows
is hosting
December 7-11, 2015

I was thrilled when Stacey invited me to be part of this 
first-ever Christmas blog hop of 26 Texas bloggers, and 
am honored to be on the first day line-up on 
Monday, December 7, 2015. 

Several of the bloggers have shared their plans with all of us, 
and this is going to be a great Christmas blog hop! 
You don't want to miss any of the posts 
that include decorations, crafts, recipes, and even a fashionista. 

Watch for more details in the days to come.