Painted Brick [Magnolia/Waco Trip Part 3]

Welcome back!

I took so many pictures on our trip to Waco.  But this blog post will wrap up the 3 part series of my Waco trip.

Today I’m going to take you on a quick, but fun tour of Waco and one of my favorite things that I saw everywhere I turned a corner.

Painted brick!

 The signs were all  so pretty! It’s a creative (and easy .  And I assume cost effective) way to gussy up on old brick building.

Here are a few that we came across during our quick trip:


And just a few buildings over,  in the same parking lot, was the True Love Bar.

We ate at Schmaltz’s. Yum! It’s a small – very small – sandwich shop. But if you need a quick bite while you’re in town, please stop in! You won’t regret it.

It was just a few blocks away from the ones above.


This next one is my favorite. I love the colors. And the artwork.  It’s a block away from Magnolia, in the parking lot of another must see home decor store called The Findery.


And some of my favorites were on the Magnolia property itself.

This first one was on the far side of the property. If you didn’t happen to park on this side, you’d miss this little gem all together!  Dan and I went to Magnolia so many times that we found this during one of our visits.


And this one inside the Silo’s Baking Co (which I blogged about here).

I loved all of the painted brick around town. And I’m quite certain there is plenty more than the small representation above.

Thanks for reading all about our trip to Waco!

If you missed Part 1 of our trip, click here.

And Part 2, click here.


Silo’s Baking Co. [Magnolia/Waco Trip Part 2]

Thanks for coming back for more about our trip to Texas!

[If you missed my first post on our trip, you can read it here.]

Today I’m going to show you some pictures darling Silo’s Baking Company.  It’s right on the corner edge of the property. And when Dan and I pulled up the very first day, there was already a line out the door.

Everywhere you turn, there’s a photo opportunity.

And the inside of the bakery, there is an equal amount of eye candy.

There are so many details to soak up….the hand lettered signs labeling the baked goods, the paper the goodies are wrapped in,  the subway tile, the vintage doors.  I could go on and on and on and on. But instead of going on and on, I’ll just let you see for yourself.

Yes, they have a cupcake called ‘shiplap’.  You shouldn’t be surprised! And you also wouldn’t be surprised at how delicious it is!

There isn’t a seating inside the bakery. Just a small space to line up, order and then head outside to this cute area where you can eat and soak up some Texas sun.

And then there is the bathroom….

Dan said he could see me through that hazy glass taking pictures. I’m quite certain I’m not the only person that’s taken pictures inside this bathroom!

That’s a wrap for my second post!

If you missed my first post on our trip to Waco/Magnolia, please click here.

And if you missed the video Dan created, here’s another look.  Click below to watch. You won’t be disappointed!

There are still more blog posts to come on our trip! So come back soon!



The Big Surprise [Magnolia/Waco Trip – Part 1]

In October, we were getting family pictures.  I was nosey as usual and asked the photographer if I could see one of the pictures.  When she showed me her camera, this is what I saw…..

“You’re going… Magnolia Silos”

What?!  I’m going to Magnolia? When? With who?

Dan had booked a trip. Just for the two of us. And we were leaving in a week.

Woo hoo!!!!

This was a momentous occasion for a few reasons. (1) – Dan planned the entire trip.  All I had to do was show up at the airport. (2) – And this was the first time he’d ever done something like this before!  And not for lack of trying.  It was my lack of giving up control and being ok with him booking a trip!  So finally, after almost 20 years of marriage, he just did it.


I’d say de did ok!

And do you know what made a trip to Texas extra special? Dan and I used to live there.  As newlyweds, we moved to Ft. Worth so Dan could attend medical school.  So flying into DFW airport and looking forward to some DIVINE Tex-Mex warmed my little heart.

We flew out really early on a Wednesday, landed in Dallas, got our rental car and drove directly to Magnolia.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be busy? [Well, yes, probably.] Would it be easy to find? What would parking be like? I couldn’t wait.


Right when you walk up, you see the Silo’s Baking Co…which has the most delicious cupcakes ever!

And if you are like me, you imagined that there was actually something INSIDE the silos.  Nope! At least nothing for visitors to see.


The silo’s just provide a rustic backdrop to the Magnolia shops. [That’s how they appear anyway…maybe the employees use them for storage? I don’t know…]


The little eating area sits just outside Silos Baking Company. [I have another blog post about the bakery coming soon…] And it faces the store…there it is….in all it’s glory…MAGNOLIA!


Here are a few more images from our the Magnolia grounds, where we spent hours roaming around, sitting, shopping, swinging, relaxing, chatting…

Look at this bathroom door with the gooseneck light above it!  It’s not often that you want to photograph a bathroom door!

They are genius with their use of turf. It’s looks just like grass but survives the crazy Texas weather. There is no shortage of places to sit and relax on the Magnolia grounds. They have their own bottled water. And food trucks for you to get a snack or meal.  My favorite one was the Silo’s Baking Co. food truck.  It’s an airstream with the most lovely box of flowers and sign.

 And because I have hundreds of more pictures to share with you of the trip, I’ve broken them into a few different posts.  I’ll leave you today with a video that Dan did of our time at Magnolia. I love it – and I’m fairly certain you will too! We picked a song by a Texas group named Caedmon’s Call. It’s a song that I listened to over and over when we lived in Texas almost 20 years ago.  And I think it fits the theme of our trip too.   I hope you enjoy watching!!

Come back for part 2 of my Magnolia/Waco trip in a few days.  There are a lot more great pictures to come!



jord wood watch + a giveaway

Have you seen these amazing wood watches all over social media?!


I’ve admired them from afar for quite a bit. But a few weeks ago, JORD asked me to review one of their watches!

Talk about a happy mail day when this beauty arrived in my mailbox!


I think it’s even prettier in person.

I selected the Fieldcrest watch in zebrawood and maple.  I love the color variation of the wood.

I feel like this isn’t just any ol’ watch either.   It’s interesting. It’s WOOD!

* The wood comes from West Africa {how cool is that!?}

*The natural zebrawood and maple are hand treated with tung oils

*It comes with a scratch resistent mineral glass (I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a scratched watch face before and it flat out stinks!)


My personal favorite things about this watch are:

*It feels like a decorative bracelet, yet it’s so functional! It’s another beautiful piece of jewelry.

*It’s a conversation piece!  I’ve had lots of comments and questions about this cute thing.

*And it’s SO LIGHTWEIGHT!  Honestly. Whenever someone comments on my watch, I take if off and show them how light it is.  I’m barely aware that it’s on my wrist.

So now to the exciting part! JORD is doing a giveaway!!  The contest winner gets a $75 e-gift code to the JORD shop.  And all other entrants (Did you  read that?! ALL OTHER ENTRANTS!) will receive a $20 e-code just for entering the drawing.  It’s a win-win either way! You either get a $20 discount – or a $75 discount!

To enter click the image below:


 or go to this link:

The contest will close on September 18th at 11:59 pm.  Both the $75 and $20 codes will expire on January 31, 2017.

. . . this post was sponsored by JORD wood watches . . .

Master Bath Renovation – Week 9

Things continue to progress with the master bathroom project.  Slowly.  But it’s progress nonetheless.

I think we’re nearing the end.

Only a few more weeks.  But didn’t I say that a few weeks ago?!  Oh well. Hopefully only a few more weeks.

Our windows are stuck in a truckers strike. Seriously.

So we are waiting for the windows. Because they can’t put trim up until the windows are installed. And they can’t paint the bathroom until the trim is installed….I think you get the point.

But we have some forward progress and it’s pretty exciting.

Countertops got installed.  Bathroom faucets too.


I love the handles!

The shower fixtures were {mostly} installed. A tile cracked so now that the tile is fixed, they can come finish the plumbing fixtures.


 And quartz was put on the shower seat and ‘curb’ going into the shower.


Quartz was also put around the tub.


As you can see, we’re nearing the finish line!!

I have some friends coming to town mid July and the contractor tells me we SHOULD be done by then!

I hope….


Master Bath Renovation – week 6

Here we are, six weeks into the bathroom renovation.  This week, things really started coming together because…

…our tile was installed!

I love seeing a vision come to life. Something that was once on paper, slowly installed and creating a real life visual.

Pretty exciting.

I’m just going to dive right into the pictures. Because that’s what everyone wants to see, right?!

You may have seen this one on instagram…

our floors!


And the shower….

(please pardon the iphone pics)




What do you think?!

I absolutely love it.

Every bit.

Counters and sinks were installed yesterday. So make sure you come back next week for a week 7 update!


If you’ve missed previous weeks, click below:

week 1, week 2, week 3/4, week 5

Master Bath Renovation – week 5

This wasn’t the most exciting week on the renovation home front.  Our tile was backordered.


The first backorder date was May 18th. Then it was due on the 20th. Then it was supposed to be  in on the following Monday, available to be picked up Tuesday. And so on and so on and so on.

Finally, Friday the tile arrived!

In preparation for the tile, the subfloor was laid down (that’s the orange part). And the heating element for the floors was woven in as well (that’s the red wire).


Now you’re probably saying “Show me the tile!”

That’s what I’ve been saying all week long.

Here’s a sneak peak.

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 2.18.23 PM

The 2″ white hex will go all over the bathroom floors.  The shower floor will have a cement look with this 2″ gray mosaic.  The shower walls and  counter/bathtub backsplash will be white subway tile. And the shower niche will provide a bit of contrast and interest with this carrera marble.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that we get some tile laid this week!


If you missed any of the past weeks of the master bathroom renovation, click below for:

week 1week 2week 3/4

Master Bath Renovation – Week 3 and 4

We’re one month into the bathroom renovation.  While week 3 did have some forward progress, it didn’t produce the most exciting of pictures. So I’m combining my post to include weeks 3 and 4.

If you’re just joining me, or in case you forgot, here are before pictures for you.  I wish they were worse pictures so you could really appreciate the age and status of the bathroom. But the light was (surprisingly) shining bright that day, washing out the striped wall paper.  And you can’t see the broken towel bars.  Though if you do look closely, you see a broken light on the far right.   Now that I’ve pointed out all the bad parts, here are the before pictures:



And here are a few inspiration pictures for you to see where we are headed:

Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 10.51.02 PM

Now on to the exciting part…current day!

They cut the hole for the bathtub and put up the wood trim on the outside of the tub area.


And the shower made some progress too.  I’m not sure what you officially call this step, but it started to look more like a shower. So that’s a plus in my book!


And the cabinet installation is now complete too.


The tile arrives tomorrow. So I’m hoping we see some tile installation this week!

Stay tuned for more progress next week.

If you missed a previous post, click HERE for week 1. And HERE for week 2.


Master Bath Renovation – Week 2

With Mother’s Day, I slacked on writing my week 2 master bathroom update! But things are moving right along.

I mentioned last week about my decision to shiplap or not to shiplap.  And after stewing about it one entire day, we said yes.  So this past week was mostly about getting the shiplap on the walls!

First of all, some of you may be asking “What is shiplap?”  Basically, it’s wood planking.

Let me know you a few inspiration pictures before we see my bathroom.


studio mcgee



via the inspired room

Aren’t those bathrooms lovely!?

So you can imagine my excitement when I saw this laying in my driveway last week!

The shiplap arrived!!!


It took most of the week to get it on the walls.  And while these may not be the worlds most exciting images to you, they’re pretty fun for me!



I had a few people confused about my bathtub, one of which was my son.  He thought we might climb up a ladder to get into our new bathtub!  A hole will actually be cut for the tub and the tub dropped INTO the hole. So it will be a regular ol’ bathtub. Not a fun ladder/slide combo. Though that would be fun! Just probably not safe.

Also, the walls will be painted! My mom already told me that the bathroom looked like a sauna.  That’s only temporary! The room will be brighter and whiter when it’s finished.

My light fixtures arrived too.  I love them.  Though I’m questioning how they will fit with the rest of the bathroom.  They’re an dark/blackish color. Not a rubbed bronze.  Restoration Hardware calls it Aged Steel.


Sherry Hart with Design Indulgence says that every room needs a little bit of black. So I’m hoping that these lights will coordinate ok and not look out of place.   Also, the curtain hardware will be black/aged steel, as will the hooks for our bath towels.  So I think in the end, it’ll all work together just fine.

So that’s it for week 2!  Yesterday started with a day of cabinet assembly!  Make sure you come back next week for another update.

If you missed it, click here to read about he master bathroom week 1 update.


Master Bath Renovation – Week 1

Our master bathroom is old. Almost 20 years old to be exact.  While the colors were neutral, the striped wallpaper and gold accents have filled their duty and it was time for them to go.

For years, we’ve talked about renovating.  We’ve gotten bids.  Then we’ve done nothing.  But this past week, our time came!

I emptied the bathroom of all its clutter and decor.  The kids peel off loose pieces of wallpaper. And last Monday, the demolition began!

Here are a few before pictures (Due to the light from the windows, you can’t fully experience the striped wallpaper. My apologies!)



The new bathroom will still be very neutral. White subway tile with gray grout.  A 2″ hexagon tile on the floor.  Carrara Marble in the shower niche for our soap and shampoo.

I pulled together a few inspiration pictures to help share my vision…

Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 10.51.02 PM

 We wavered back and forth on adding shiplap to the walls.  And after much discussion and deliberation, we says yes to shiplap.

By the end of day one, this is what the bathroom looked like…


It amazed me how quickly the room got emptied!

It was pretty much a gutted shell of a bathroom, with the exception of the two shower walls.

By the end of day two, they had built a new tub surround (we’re getting an oval soaker tub instead of a corner jetted tub).  The shower was also made a bit deeper.


And the dumpster out front, is full of the remnants of our old bathroom.


The builder should be here again tomorrow.  They’ll be putting up shiplap as well as delivering the bathroom cabinets!

I’ll post another update at the end of the week.

Thanks for following along!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...