The hardest part about living in LA is hands down being so far away from my home in Texas. Although I live with all Texans and most of my friends out here happen to be Texans (including the ones I didn’t meet til I moved out here), it’s not the same as actually being in Texas. I miss it all the time.
I especially miss Waco Texas, the place I called home for 4 years and the place that shaped me more than I knew at the time. There will forever be a special place in my heart for Waco. Which is why when HGTV first premiered Fixer Upper I was ecstatic!!! I had never been happier to spend a Tuesday night in front of the TV (which is saying something because I love TV)!! This show is a combo of all my favorite things: home remodeling + design shows, kind good-hearted people and all things Waco/Texas. Y’all I can’t get enough of this show. It’s like the most beautiful little slice of home for this displaced Texan that always fills my heart with happiness.
So imagine my sheer JOY when my mom and sister agreed to drive me down to Waco over Christmas break to meet up with my college roommates and explore Chip and Joanna Gaines’ newest gem: Magnolia Market at the Silos. I can’t explain how giddy I was in anticipation. Partly because I am HUGE fan of this show and all they have done for my beloved college home, but also because I spent a lot of time in the area around the silos during those 4 years. I used to drive past them on my way to my favorite shops and restaurants downtown, I took pictures of them for my photography class, and I lived literally down the street from them my sophomore year!! I remember driving past them countless times loving that no one had torn them down, but hoping someone would come along and restore them to their former glory. I am happy to say Chip and Jo have done just that, and MORE. This place is exactly what the heart of Waco needs. A place to hang out, play on the grassy lawn, eat from the yummy food trucks, walk through the garden, oh yeah and shop all things Fixer Upper in the coolest building.
The day we ended up making it down to Magnolia Market was a VERY cold and gloomy day (not what this well-adjusted Californian is used to) a few days after Christmas. Aka smack-dab in the middle of Joanna’s Christmas sale. To say the actual store was crowded would be the understatement of 2015. There were so many people trying to get the last of the Fixer Upper feels that it was almost impossible to move, much less take pictures. So this post is mainly just pictures of the grounds. But for anyone that has any interest in design and decor this is a MUST STOP SHOP. Also for any former Wacoans out there, y’all have got to stop by and see what a beauty this is! ^^^You can send letters from Magnolia Market!! How cool is that?!
Chip and Joanna thank you for continuing to make Waco beautiful. It has been so fun hearing random people in California talk about moving to Waco (without even knowing I went to school there) all because of your show and the goodness and kindness of Waco y’all never fail to represent. But most of all, thank you for bringing me home every week 🙂