06.21.2017

My Magnolia Experience

A recent trip to the Dallas/Fort Worth area quickly became the perfect reason to take a little day-trip to Waco, Texas.  In fact, I may have informed my husband that I wasn’t coming home unless we stopped at the Magnolia Silos.  Although… he secretly enjoys the show too and enjoyed our visit almost as much as I did!  Shhhhh… don’t tell him I told you! 🙂

Magnolia Market www.jilliandanielle.com

Magnolia Silos www.jilliandanielle.com

I have always been a fan of Fixer Upper, but after reading their book became even more inspired by their journey.  It’s always been a dream of mine to make my life’s work doing something I’m passionate about, and I love when I see people doing just that.

I was careful to plan our trip on a weekday, because I had heard how busy it was on weekends.  I’m glad I did, because it’s almost difficult to imagine it being busier than it already was!  All the staff there was fabulous, friendly and did a great job of keeping things moving without rushing you.

The setup of the Silos is really beautifully thought out.  While the shop is full of people, the open lawn and landscaped outdoor area give you plenty of space to relax and not feel rushed.  Covered tables, swings, and bean bag chairs provide lots of places just to soak up the experience.  Should you find that you can’t find a seat, I would suggest visiting the garden and finding a nice patch of grass to relax on!

Magnolia Lawn www.jilliandanielle.com

I also truly appreciated the fact that, while the store and the bakery are both filled with beautiful things, the Silos have been designed so that you can absorb the entire experience without spending a dime if you didn’t want to.  I love that they have made it accessible for all ages and all budgets.

We parked in the convenient and free Silos parking in the back of the complex.  A lot of people didn’t seem to know it was there as it is tucked around the corner.  Should this lot fill up, there are nearby churches that were offering parking for a fee.

We began our visit by simply strolling about the lawns and soaking up all the sights. The famous #MILESTOMAGNOLIA sign is right in front as you enter the main gate, and they have staff there to take your picture so your whole party can be in the photo!  That was a touch that I really appreciated.

MilesToMagnolia www.jilliandanielle.com

The charming little bakery sits to the right of the front gate, and the old grain building that now houses the Magnolia Market sits to the left.  As you walk between these two buildings, you will enter the open spaces that are filled with the green lawn, tables and swings, and lined with food trucks.  The charming rose garden and the small Magnolia Seed & Supply are tucked at the back corner.

Magnolia Bakery 3 www.jilliandanielle.com

Magnolia Jeep www.jilliandanielle.com

We made our way slowly through the store, taking in all the beautiful displays. Everything is layed out in that “Joanna Gaines” way, that gives such nice inspiration for how to use the items in your own home.  Because we were flying home, I knew I couldn’t go crazy and buy a lot of things… so I just chose a super cute Magnolia T-shirt, a coffee mug and tote bag to use at home, and a few gifts for family.  I really wanted to come home with that famous Magnolia wreath, but I knew it would never survive the flight without being damaged.  Maybe that will be a future online purchase!

Magnolia Market 2 www.jilliandanielle.com

Magnolia Market 3 www.jilliandanielle.com

Magnolia Market 4 www.jilliandanielle.com

Magnolia Paint www.jilliandanielle.com

By this time it was lunch and we were ready to hit the food trucks. I ate at the Cheddar Box, and while it was super yummy, it took over 30 minutes to get my food.  It’s understandable… I guess there’s only so fast you can go in a tiny food truck, but I was a bit hangry towards the end! 🙂  My husband made a better choice and ate at the hot dog truck.  He got his food right away and said it was the best hot dog of his life!  My recommendation would be to plan to have your lunch either before or after that noon lunch rush.

We journeyed next into the little Seed & Supply shop. This is a peaceful, quiet part of the property and while there weren’t really any seeds, there were a lot of cute knick-knacks and gardening tools.  The benches on the front porch and in the garden provide a perfect spot to rest awhile and people watch.

Magnolia Seed & Supply www.jilliandanielle.com

At this point we had been there for several hours and we were ready for a cupcake! But sadly, due to the long lines at the bakery and the bakery truck, we made the tough decision to move on without a Magnolia cupcake. We had a few other stops to make on our Fixer Upper tour, and we had a couple hours to drive back to our hotel.

Next we headed over to JoJo’s original shop on Bosque Boulevard. They still own the property, and while it is empty now, you can still see her original sign and the beautiful gates they installed at the back of the parking lot.

Magnolia on Bosque www.jilliandanielle.com

Magnolia on Bosque Sign www.jilliandanielle.com

The next stop on the tour was the workshop and store of Harp Design Co… the business run by Clint Harp, Joanna’s carpenter from the show. The shop still sets right next door to their house, which was a dramatic transformation that was featured in Season One of the show!

Harp Design Co www.jilliandanielle.com

After this we headed back to the hotel, having had a wonderful day. That night in our hotel, we happened to watch the episode of Fixer Upper where they remodel the bakery.  This was Nate’s first time seeing that episode, and after watching it we both began to feel like we missed out by not making time for a cupcake.

Sooooo…… on our last day in Texas we had some time to kill before heading to our 6:00 pm flight. You guessed it!  Back to Magnolia!  All I can say is I have the best husband in the world!

We stood in line at the quaint little bakery shop on a beautiful, sunny morning. We were greeted in line by staff that gave us order cards so we could decide what we wanted ahead of time.  The line actually moved really quickly!

Magolia Bakery 5 www.jilliandanielle.com

Magnolia Bakery 2 www.jilliandanielle.com

The staff at the door let a certain number of guests in at a time to keep the experience from being over crowded. This was so nice, as it allowed me to notice all the details of the charming little shop.

Magnolia Bakery 4 www.jilliandanielle.com

Magnolia Bakery 5 www.jilliandanielle.com

Magnolia Bakery www.jilliandanielle.com

We decided on the Lemon Lavendar cupcake and the Shiplap cupcake, and handed the girl at the counter our order card. Our cupcakes arrived at the end of the counter in an adorable Silos Baking Co. box (which of course I kept!), and we headed out to the sunny patio to enjoy our treats!

The cupcakes were works of art, and just as delicious as they looked! I even loved the frosting, and I typically am not a frosting person.  We shared them both, so we could have half of each, and finished every bite!

Magnolia Cupcake 4 www.jilliandanielle.com

Magnolia Cupcake 6 www.jilliandanielle.com

Magnolia Cupcake www.jilliandanielle.com

Magnolia Cupcake 2 www.jilliandanielle.com

Magnolia Cupcake 3 www.jilliandanielle.com

After another farewell tour around the market, we said good-bye to the Silos for good this time. While it may have been silly to drive all the way back for a cupcake, I am glad we returned and completed the whole experience!

Not only does the Magnolia Market and the property at the Silos feel like an extension of Chip and Joanna, but it was thoughtfully designed with every guest in mind. If you ever have the chance to visit I highly recommend it.  Even my husband enjoyed it.  It is about so much more than a store… it is about the Magnolia Experience!

Magnolia Silos www.jilliandanielle.com

 

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