Tuesday, August 23, 2016

My Visit to Magnolia Market - Silos

I've been busy--it's been difficult to make time for blogging!  However, my visit to Magnolia Market I feel, is *blog-worthy*.  😆 So I'm making time to write at 10:00pm

Right off, let me answer the top two questions everyone's been asking.  Then, I'll expand into the nitty gritty of my visit.

1. Did I meet Chip & JoAnna Gaines?  No.  I tried to check their appearance schedule and even went as far as to try to schedule a meeting with their public relations team member...but they were busy the week I was there.
2. Is it worth traveling to see?  My answer is to, wait.  Is it worth it?  Yes, but there's still work to be done, and if you're traveling as far as I did...you might want to go when it's more complete.  It was still great, but I think there's reasons to wait.

If you are planning a trip in the near future regardless of my "wait" comment--I recommend you go in October 6-8th when they are having their Johnnyswim concert event--great music and an appearance by Chip & Joanna.  

Now...for the details.  Before visiting Waco--we hit up the late, Elvis' Graceland.  Graceland and Magnolia/Silos both had something in common--little gems in the middle of a very run-down area. (We jokingly sang Elvis' "In the Ghetto" while driving.)  it didn't seem like a dangerous area by any means--just not particularly pretty.

I was pretty giddy for my visit and my husband kept telling me not to get my hopes up because he didn't want me to be disappointed...I do that a lot...when you are creative and have big dreams...things can be difficult to knock your socks off!  

The first exit was closed so we came in a back detour, which perhaps might have been part of seeing a dull part of Waco.  The silos can be seen blocks away...(I think I was clapping in my seat at this point).  
Free parking was on the back side of the property.  My hubby prepped the kids with Frogg toggs, hand water bottle fans, a fan on the stroller (yes, we traveled by SUV with three children 6years and under--we Rock!) ...I was still too excited to notice that it was 110* outside!!!  Around the corner the famous checkerboard turf greeted us.  We went into the market first. 

While you can use a stroller, the place was so packed with visitors, it was difficult to navigate.  (My sweet hubby juggled the kids so I could enjoy free hands!) Magnolia was beautifully merchandised.  I enjoyed combing through everything.  Everyone was super friendly and happy to be there--so that was nice!  There were two tiers/levels to shop in.  I purchased a few gifts (fragrant soaps), a plater, and a tank top.  Obviously could have easily spent more money...but I was being good. (Wink). Prices were affordable, but it adds up quickly.  The checkout experience was extremely personal and welcoming...In fact, I went back for more items and they remembered me the second time through! :)

After that we enjoyed the lawn and swings.  They had food trucks set up around the back.  There was construction going on.  I'm not certain what that part was going to be...but we were asked to move out of the way while struggling to make a bottle in 110* temps so they could move a truck...let's just say, Chip wasn't the one renovating in his wildly entertaining manor...

My husband enjoyed the food trucks set up. The food was fantastic--but again, bringing in different businesses brings different personalities...ultimately, I'd love to see them open restaurants maybe "in" the silos or replace the food trucks.  They'd profit better from controlling that space in my opinion.

We ate under a pavilion that had misting overhead to keep you cool.  The white picnic tables were a fresh touch to the outdoor setting!  My kids were for some reason enjoying digging in the dirt because they thought they would find dino bones.  Texas dirt is dry and dusty...not heavy and dark like the midwest...so I think that's why their imaginations were sparked! haha!  

From there, we checked out the seed supply.  I bought an adorable plant misting can...that is, after my husband decided to practically take a bath in the trough tub they had out front...there's a little "Chip" in my husband...again, I was a bit too distracted to notice the heat!

The silos are an amazingly photogenic backdrop to the property.  You can't take a bad photograph there.  Next to the silo/stage is the "#milestomagnolia ranch sign"...so we got our pic...the girl who took our picture was such a doll.  She listened to nearly every joke my kiddos told her, bless her heart!

Lastly, we grabbed a sinfully delicious cupcake from the bakery, before saying goodbye.

So, did it disappoint me? Yes, and no.  Would I go back?  The length of this blog entry should tell you the answer is, in a heartbeat .  I think the magic of "Fixer Upper" lies within the personalities of Chip & Joanna.  I felt their personalities were missing from the "experience" and overall design.  Even a projected blooper reel on a screen would have helped to bring that "fun" to the atmosphere.  There was just something missing...and that's all I could come up with.

I think people go there for different reasons. Some feel they are getting something uniquely handpicked from Joanna herself.  Some perhaps live locally and it's a local attraction.  Some see themselves in the Gaines family.  Some are sweet husbands being dragged along with their design-happy wives.  

For me...I've been drawn to her story.  Joanna has been pretty open about how she felt God lead her to put her job on hold for her family.  I too left a job for my family...and became a stay-at-home-mom and chose to run my business out of my home.  It was a decision I prayed heavily on and I've felt God's blessings along the way ever since.  I'm a dreamer and I have big plans, but I have to remember to let Him reveal His desires for me. Isaiah 55:9

So, to stand on the property of the Silos, for me,  sparked a light of curiosity within me.  A curiosity to keep seeking the course God has in store for me.  He has my story written--it may not be on the scale of Chip & JoAnna's earthy success, but it's all *inspiring*.  Sometimes, as adults we think backwards.  We teach our children to dream and dream BIG and follow those goals...but as adults we view each other as foolish for dreaming big...like big ambitions are meant for childhood only.  Change gets uncomfortable.  Fear and awareness of failure sets in.  It's terrible and the complete opposite of what we should teach our kids.

So here's to staying "uncomfortable". Growing in change and following something bigger than myself!  Letting my kids know that God doesn't have an expiration date on us.  We are to be used at every age.  May our hearts be in-tune with His and may our feet "move" when we are called.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Approachable Design

So, what do we mean by ‘approachable design’? We believe that the modern role of interior designers has changed from its historical beginnings.  Homeowners today have so many resources at their fingertips. 

More on Color

So I'm doing some "website editing" (fun, fun *sarcasm*), and felt this post was more of a blog-style and thought I'd keep/move it over here--enjoy!

Ever wonder why you bring home several paint swatches from the paint store only to find that none of them look the way you thought they would?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sometimes a Designer has to ask for HELP

Whew, it's been awhile since my last entry; I've been a busy bee!

I've had renovation after renovation nonstop!  Last year we completed a church that was new construction, a master bath renovation, a basement, countless color & furniture consultations, and a kitchen and sunroom renovation...I'm sure I'm missing stuff...it was a very busy year for L&L!  Then, my husband shocked us all by ending the year with open-heart surgery!  Literally right after returning from Northwestern (hospital) we learned we are expecting BABY #3!

So, here I am, my hubby's doing great, we've been back to work for several months and my wardrobe is getting more, um, "difficult".  I decided to treat this "season" with a full closet overhaul.  I've started packing away things I know will take awhile to fit back into...and my closet is somewhat empty!
I'm so busy with work these days, and I HATE shopping for maternity clothes.  I pulled out my maternity clothes from my first two babies, and just cringed.  I didn't feel good in those clothes the first time around...and as a close friend pointed out "I'm sure they are out of style!" haha...so I've decided to have a wardrobe stylist take care of this 'season' for me.  I'm pretty picky with my clothes (surprise, surprise)...so we'll have to see how it turns out.  I'll be sure to keep you posted!  I've always said I'd like to design a line of clothes...but unfortunately I don't sew, and I think those two go hand-in-hand. (wink)  I know what necklines look best on me, I know my best colors, I have a definite style...I'm just hoping my stylist doesn't reject me as "too high maintenance"! HA!  They give you a section to "type your notes to help the stylist learn your needs"...and I kept running out of character typing space. (whoops).

I'm doing my best to keep an open mind...I am actually a little excited!  It's kinda interesting to have someone pick something out for me for a change!  It's a nice program, for $20 if it can save me time and frustration, I think it's worth a try!  If you are interested, I'll post the link below.  Here's how it works:

-Basically, you fill out a style profile (likes & dislikes, sizes etc).

-Schedule your "Stitch Fix" -- It's delivered to your home

-You buy what you like & return the rest. The more you buy the more you save.

I'll let you know what I think.  I scheduled my first shipment for the first week in May!

Here's the link if you want to check it out!


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Perfect Gift

Awhile ago I mentioned a deeply personal gift I got my hubby for our anniversary.  With Valentine's Day around the corner, I thought I'd share this unique gift with you.

Below is an abstract canvas by "Voice Art Gallery".  

Just like thumbprints, each of us has our own unique voice and when viewed in sound waves no two are alike.

Voice Art Gallery has put this into a beautiful work of art.  You can record and upload anything...a baby's first heartbeat,  sing a song, read a poem, you name it!  You can even customize the size, color & frame.
So how do you read it?  Each print comes with a certificate/link you can even get a QR code that your iPhone can scan and it will play your recording!

Sorry folks, I'll never share what my message was, but you can see it framed below!

To learn more, make your own or visit the friendly staff at:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Best Gift Source

So, today I’m going to share with you a little secret…a delightful site I stumbled upon during one of my random Google searches…

It is called The Grommet.  The site is a big platform that features unique items made by real folks – many products even have fun videos that build a natural connection between the consumer and the product innovator.  It’s such a friendly way to shop!  With that connection, you feel like you are making a small difference to help support someone’s creativity and dream.

I spent a little too much time on this site, (is there such a thing?!) but I’m proud to say that I also got a huge portion of my Christmas shopping done in August-whoo-hoo!

The Grommet, brings amazing products from all over to your fingertips.  There is something for everybody.  The videos make it like a friendly ‘Shark Tank’ buying experience. (One of my favorite TV shows by-the-way).

Here’s a little video about who they are& be sure to check out the site for yourself; Happy shopping!