My Trip to Waco, as a decor shop owner...


I recently made the trip to Waco Texas with my hubby as a short getaway. We both watch the show Fixer Upper and while decorating is my thing, he appreciates that I love it, so we decided on Waco and San Antonio, and I'm so glad we did. 

This post is mostly going to be about the pictures, I took close to 1 million I think. We spent two days in Waco, and I did a lot of shopping, not only at the Magnolia Market, but also some other unique shops around Waco. 


Our first stop was the restaurant, the Magnolia Table and it was fabulous, classic and beautiful.

You can see that before even entering. The classic black and white with accents of light wood. The show stopper though has to be the greenery, the plants, trees and overflowing window boxes. not only were there Magnolia trees everywhere but also olive trees which I love. The theme was definitely green, not alot of flowers or color and the result was perfect. The pergola with the black iron grid and climbing vines, the wood shutters and concrete benches and string lights of course all looked amazing. I just love attention to detail and you can see it everywhere, I mean that boxwood lattice wall, I need that somewhere in my life.

The inside is just as amazing with the same color scheme, but I fell in love with the light leather of the chairs, benches, and accents.

There is also touches of matte gold details you can see in accents on the tables and in some of the lighting.

It definitely has a diner feel, but modern with some farmhouse thrown in if that makes sense.  Theres miles of subway tile of course but its really the backdrop to all the fabulous finishes.  Theres black iron everywhere, from the words on the walls, to the hairpin legs on those leather chairs, and some of the lighting. Oh can we talk light fixtures? I for sure have a thing for great light fixtures. This is where you can see the diner style influences, but the light fixtures throughout the Magnolia compound was serious decor eye candy. The mosaic floor tile with the wording was awesome.

There was at least a couple old signs which is another thing I love about the decorating style at Magnolia, the newness and perfection everywhere and then add an old antique element like the diner sign...Yes.

Letter boards are a favorite decor item of mine that we just happen to carry at the Cottage.

Oh ya the food was good too. but lets be honest thats not the reason I visited.

Now on to the Market at the Silos. The grounds are filled with the same attention to detail, the black and white color scheme with lush greenery everywhere, including that fabulous old truck. The lawn with corn hole and striped bean bag chairs for the kiddos, the matching striped umbrellas over the picnic tables all in a row just makes your eyes happy.

Again all the newness and perfection with the patina of the old rusted silos is the perfect juxtaposition. That is one of my favorite decor tips, perfectly paired old and new.

Inside I really tried to take in all the finishes, fixtures, and backgrounds in which they used to display all the goodness for sale. For instance the area set up like an actual kitchen complete with both concrete and marble countertops (there's that juxtaposition again), farm sink, vent hood, open shelving, all that subway tile, and giant chunky farm table complete with place settings.

Move to the other side of the Market and they have all these faux mantals all along one wall. It's almost too much for my decor loving eyes, each uniquely displayed. It's completely fabulous, I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves. 

More lattice greenery and all the awesome light fixtures. 

On to downstairs, check out that finished concrete floor with the typography as you enter the mens section or "Chip's Corner". More appropriately the "wives shopping for husbands section" but pretty fabulous in it's own right. Love those "Demo Day" marquee letters.

Also downstairs were these display shiplap walls with all the wall merchandise, Jimmy Dons metal signs, huge fabulous clocks, wooden signs, and check out those leather pouches on that last wall with the chalkboards, I'm not sure what draws me to those but I think they are super cool and unique.

There's a building frame right in the middle with hanging baskets and string lights with shelves filled with all the awesome merchandise. and miles of faux florals.  

there's also lots of old display pieces including the repurposed check out counters. 

Yes I did notice there are things for sale too, I'll let you in on the biggest trends I noticed in a moment.  

Back outside we enjoyed the food trucks and the famous blended watermelon on our way to the Silos Baking Co. to grab some cupcakes. It feels a little like stepping back in time with the subway tile again, frosted glass on the labeled wooden doors. details like those old time aprons on vintage wire hooks, the black iron cupcake label holders to the hanging "pick up" sign, those brick walls and more antique signage. We enjoyed our cupcakes(Ok I enjoyed a cupcake, hubby's not so much into cupcakes, crazy right) under black umbrellas next to that fabulous photo op "Welcome to the Magnolia silos" sign. 

Next was my favorite part...the gardens, I could go on and on about those gardens, I was in love with the perfection of it all, but I'll let the photos speak for themselves. the potting shed was so super cool from the hanging lavender, to the galvanized awnings, to that fabulous brick floor. The pergola, and the twig teepee with the little toadstools, I completely can't stand it, I'm so inspired. 

We also made the trip to the Magnolia House, again so classic in all it's own perfection with that iron fence, the lampposts and magnolia trees everywhere. 

I made my own little trip around Waco while my hubby napped, I drove by a couple of the fixer uppers, but felt a little weird taking pictures. I also made the trip to Harp Design, It's small but super cute. I actually spied a few things we carry at The Cottage, those chunky candlesticks, wood rounds and the little risers on hairpin legs. 

I stopped at a couple little shops along the way, one with tons of super cute light fixtures, I told you I had a thing for those.

The Findery which is right around the corner from Magnolia. Take a moment to read their mission statement written on the chalkboard, I just love that. 

So some of the trends I notices in almost all these great shops were, lots of natural wood accessories like huge wooden cutting boards, wooden pedestals, and natural wood candlesticks. Chippy corbels. large glass jars filled with faux florals, which was probably the most noticeable design trend all the faux florals overflowing in every corner of these shops. Metal letters are still big, lots of quoted tea towels, actually quoted everything, words are still a big trend right now, and of course all the fabulous lighting. 

So theres my take of all the decor at the Magnolia compound. We had a great time in Waco, but I can't end without giving a giant shout out for my awesome husband for having patience with me and letting my love for home and decor be a part of our little getaway.   


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