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…..to 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.

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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.

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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.

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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…]

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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!

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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!

jen

 

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.

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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.

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

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Quartz was also put around the tub.

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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….

jen

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!

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And the shower….

(please pardon the iphone pics)

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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!

jen

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.

Ugh.

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).

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

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

Here’s a sneak peak.

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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!

jen

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:

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

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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.

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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!

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And the cabinet installation is now complete too.

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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.

jen

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!)

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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…

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 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…

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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.

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

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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!

jen

Christmas Home Tour {Part 2}

Welcome back!!

Yesterday, I shared part of our home, all decorated for the holidays.    And today, I’ll show you some more!

Come on in! We’ll start at the front door.

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We moved the bench and shelf from the entry and pulled this cabinet in for a change.

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The jumbo picture of our kids is an engineering print from Staples that cost less than $5. I had some art in this frame that I was tired of. So I painted the frame and added the picture of the kids instead!

Simple trees, and old toolbox with pinecones peeking out the lid add some color to the entry. With the addition of some twinkling lights on the trees too.

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Instead of garland on the railing, I hung wreaths this year instead.  I miss the glow of the lights that are usually there, but I enjoy changing things up a bit.  And behind that, you can catch a glimpse of the gallery wall that we updated when the entry was painted this past year.

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Here is the other side of the entry.

Flanking the door are the kids Santa pictures.  We go see him every year.  And while the pictures make for a busy display on the wall, it’s fun to watch the kids grow up year to year in the pictures.
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By the kitchen sink, I added some berries, ribbon and pinecones to the fern.

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Can you see the cute playhouse that I showed you yesterday just out the window?  I love that view.

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This summer we had a window seat built in the kitchen.  And just a few weeks ago, it was finally painted! We’re still waiting on the cushion to be made.  But I love how it adds so much seating to our kitchen. Comfortable seating!

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And since our family room and kitchen are an open concept, the window seat helps blend the two areas together.

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And there’s the cute playhouse again, just out the window again!

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And once again, more pinecones and red berries!

That wraps up our house tour this holiday season!

Thanks for following along!

jen

Painting: Family Room Update

A few weeks ago, we had the main floor of our house painted.  What a difference new paint can make!!  I shared a few pictures of our newly painted entry (And I still have more pictures to share!)  But today, I’ll show you our family room.   The wall color is the same as the entry: Benjamin Moor Classic Gray.

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In case you forgot what the family room looked like, here is a before picture.

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… B E F O R E …

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… B E F O R E …

And now, with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moor Classic Gray paint…..

 . . . t h e   a f t e r . . .

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I think the picture below is my favorite.  If you look at the before pictures, I had an old door propped here.  When we painted, I of course had to move things out of the room. When we pushed the couch back in place, I decided to move around the wall decor. This chalkboard found a new home here.

The cotton stem is from everyone’s favorite new HGTV show, Fixer Upper.  I ordered a bunch from Magnolia Homes and this stem was an extra one that didn’t fit in my vase…so it found a casual home on top of this frame!

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And here is a peek to the right of our sectional…

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I have an old cabinet that was always a challenge to open up. So I took the doors off! Now the cabinet is more functional, and I now have a fun  accessory to decorate with….old cabinet doors!

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I had a faded boxwood wreath in my garage that I hung from black and white striped ribbon.  It felt good to put the old wreath to use (instead of throwing it out).  And I love how it brightened up the doors!

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Now, swinging over to the others side of the room sits Dan’s chair.  It’s the Hathaway Swivel Glider from Crate and Barrel. We special ordered it in a linen fabric about 18 months ago.  I think it blends nicely with the couch.

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And recently, I picked up this lumbar pillow on a whim from World Market.  I hadn’t planned on putting it on this chair, but I love it there!

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There are still a few tweaks that we need to make to the room {like replacing the well loved area rug}. But for now, painting the room was the perfect update!

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Thanks for humoring me and looking through my many pictures today!

jen

Minted Artwork

Happy 2015, everyone!

Over the past few months, I’ve started slowly updating our master bedroom.  It’s been a LONG time coming!  Why is the master bedroom often the most ignored room in the house?  I will be posting some pictures of the bedroom on the blog soon.  I just hate putting the ‘before’ shots up because let’s face it, it’s not pretty. But I will be vulnerable and share the ugly truth….just not today.

Over the holidays, I ordered our Christmas cards from Minted and started looking through their art marketplace to decorate our bedroom wall.  They have an incredible amount of art! And at reasonable prices too!

There is everything from photography….

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…to abstract art…

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…to drawings and paintings…

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Did you know that Minted also has some really fun save the date cards? Dan and I are approaching our 18th anniversary in a few weeks.  Maybe I was just in a fog, but save the date cards weren’t much ‘a thing’ when we got married.  But they’re so handy now…and so fun to receive in the mail!

Here are a few of my favorite save the date cards from Minted….

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or this simple one….

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And this doesn’t even scratch the surface of what Minted  has to offer!  Basically, if you have ANY paper needs, head over to minted.com! I’m sure they have what you need!

I plan to continue browsing minted.com’s art section for our master bedroom.  And I’ll be sure to blog about which pieces we choose!

jen

Simple DIY Wall Painting for Christmas

A few weeks ago, I found this great {and simple} DIY Christmas wall hanging at Emily A. Clark’s blog.  {If you don’t already follow her blog, it’s a must read!}

I loved it so much that I made my own!

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I’m not an artist. And I can say that it was really easy! Just head over to Emily’s blog for a quick tutorial on how to make your own.

I made several for gifts and it was neat seeing how each one turned out different than the other.

I wasn’t sure where I’d hang mine…..and it finally landed in my powder room!

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DUCK CLOTH WALL HANGING SIMPLE DIY PROJECT

Thanks for stopping by today! Hard to believe that it’s only a few more days until Christmas.  I hope you’re ready to celebrate and can avoid the mall these next few days.

jen

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