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Our Trip to Waco

I don't think it will shock anyone to hear that I'm a big fan of Fixer Upper. So when my sister asked if we wanted to go to Waco & visit The Silos it was an easy YAS! Let me start this by saying we went full fan girl & we might get a restraining order any day now, but like they say, 'When in Waco...'

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We flew out of Atlanta into Dallas, about an hour and a half from Waco, on Southwest. Unfortunately, the flights out of Charleston were crazy expensive so we opted for the $99 flight especially since my entire family was going. When we arrived in Dallas we picked up the rental cars, scarfed down some lunch, then made the trip to Waco! TIP - Waco is super cute, but other than a few shops other than Magnolia Market there isn't much to do. So if I were you I would only plan for 2 nights in Waco max unless you plan on venturing out & finding some fun antique shops. 

You know you're getting close to Waco when you start seeing Chip & Joanna on the billboards. At this point try to contain your excitement & not run people off the road. Next sign that you're getting close is the number of people walking from off-site parking lots. TIP - There is a free gravel parking lot on the opposite side of the bakery. Try there first before paying to park. Next, you'll see the tent for Waco Tours, yes, it's a thing. Then, like a ship on the horizon the whole car will shout, "THERE THEY ARE!!" Not Chip & Jo sadly, but The Silos. Once again, resist the urge to run people over or just open your door & tuck & roll, just be patient! The Silos are like Disney World for women... it's magical, but there are people & lines everywhere. Every single person we met on staff could have not been nicer & more welcoming so take a deep breath & prepare for the crowds.

 
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When you walk on the grounds you really appreciate the amount of work that went into making The Silos what they are today. It was cold & rainy our first day there, but kids were still playing soccer on the lawn & the line for the bakery was still wrapped around the block. We were super lucky because my amazing bro-in-law stood in line for the bakery. TIP - If you're wondering if the cupcakes are worth the wait the answer is hands down yes! Cody is not a sweets guy, but loved the cupcakes! After tasting how amazing they were I promptly pre-ordered Jo's cookbook I was really excited that we had amazing weather for the rest of our trip because The Silos on a pretty day really come alive. Kids are everywhere playing, the gardens look gorgeous, all the food trucks are up & running, it was just a gorgeous place to spend the day. 

 
 

TIPS FOR SHOPPING - Before you go check out the online store to get an idea of what's going to be there especially if you're flying. The layout is great, but it's so gorgeous you might get overwhelmed plus there are a lot of other people wanting to look at everything as well. There are a few things that are offered only at the store (from what I could tell), but almost everything in the store is available online. Shipping on orders over $100 is free & don't worry there is a FedEx shop on location. 

The next day we woke up early & braced ourselves for the wait at Magnolia Table. Spoiler alert, when you pull up & see the neatly formed line & think, 'oh, that's not that bad'... that's just the line to put your name on the waitlist. Our wait time was an hour and a half & we happily sat in the misty fog & waited (told you we went full fan girl). Luckily, there is a pickup counter for coffee so you can get your caffeine fix to survive the wait. And of course, there is a cute little shopping area. Once again, if you are wondering if the food is worth the wait, hands down yes. Like I mentioned earlier, there isn't much to do in Waco so unless you've only got a few hours to see everything I think Magnolia Table is a definite go to. I don't have any photos of our breakfast because you are encouraged to place your phones in these cute little leather pouches at each table to make sure you truly spend time with each other!

 
 

If you're a fan of the show then the names Jimmy Don & Clint Harp should ring a bell. Both of these talented fellas have shops you can visit while in town. Clint is Jo's go to carpenter who builds all those gorgeous farmhouse tables. His shop is on the other side of downtown from The Silos, not too far at all, but I would still drive (Pictured Below). Sweet Jimmy Don is the guy behind all those meaningful metal quotes used in almost every episode. His place is much further out, about a 30 min drive, but the views are gorgeous! TIP - Just about everything Jimmy Don has for sale is available at Magnolia Market. You will most likely meet Jimmy Don while you're there, but if you don't have the time to make the drive it might be something you want to skip. No offense Sweet Jimmy Don! You were a pleasure to meet! 

 
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Another spot that's a drive to get to is the bed & breakfast, Magnolia House, that was featured on the show. If you're thinking about staying there know that this is not near The Silos, it's about 30 mins out as well.

 
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If I haven't convinced you that we well 110% fan girl on this trip get ready to be amazed & slightly worried about our sanity. We stayed at a house from the show. Yep, we rented a house from Season 3 & it was so fun to see Chip & Jo's handy work up close! 

 
 

When you've seen all of the Magnolia empire be sure to check out The Findery right down from The Silos! I adored this shop & wanted almost everything! If you're looking for a great place to eat try Moroso Wood Fired Pizzeria (right down the road from the original Magnolia) & Vitek's BBQ (Joanna designed this spot as well!)! We had an amazing time in Waco with the fam & I would truly recommend seeing all the hard work that has gone into all things Magnolia! 

 
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Weekend in Charleston

It's no secret I am smitten with Charleston. There is something about the lowcountry that makes my heart sing. The marsh sunsets, cobblestone streets, pastel color houses, the food, & of course the people... it's my happy place. With so many people headed to Charleston this weekend for SEWE I thought it was the perfect time to post my favorites spots in the lowcounty. Here are my go to weekend places in the Holy City!

WHERE TO STAY | I'm a huge fan of Air BnB. There is no better way to see a whole new side of a city than being with locals. Not only are there adorable hidden gems downtown Charleston, but you can also stay in the marina... on a boat! Here are a few of my favorites on Air BnB.

Y'all. Is this not the cutest  house boat ?! 

Y'all. Is this not the cutest house boat?! 

ADORE the beams in the ceiling in this one!

I could spend every morning in this sun room!

For the Champagne Dreams & Caviar Wishes travelers then check this bad boy out! 

Have you stayed in a Charleston Air B&B? I would love to see some of your favorites!

WHERE TO EAT | Charleston is a total foodie town so narrowing down where to eat was super difficult, but if you pick any of these you won't be disappointed!

Lewis Barbeque  The brisket & ribs are to die for!

Edmond's Oast If you love charcuterie this is the place for you!

Lowcountry Bistro This is our go to spot for brunch! Everything is made from scratch with local products! 

Poogan's Porch Amazing brunch spot! Try and sit on one of the porches if you can!

Juliet This is the perfect spot for a simple date night or a casual meet up with friends. The drinks are great & the meatballs are delicious! 

Tavern & Table My favorite spot if you want to eat with a view of the water.

Bowen's Island Wanting a local lowcountry vibe? No other place than Bowen's! Watch the sunset & shuck some oysters!

Callie's Hot Little Biscuits If you blink you'll miss this little spot, but don't worry because there is no way you'll miss the amazing smells! Perfect casual breakfast spot!

Lewis Barbeque   The brisket & ribs are to die for!  

WHERE TO DRINK | Charleston loves a good cocktail as much as they love a cold PBR. Here are my favorite spots to grab a drink!

The Belmont  My FAVORITE bar in Charleston! The atmosphere is so cozy & the Irish Coffee is awesome! Grab a seat at the bar to watch the masters at work or cuddle up on the benches with friends & enjoy the black & white movie playing.

The Belmont My FAVORITE bar in Charleston! The Laughing Countess (winter drink) is the best! Grab a seat at the bar to watch the masters at work or cuddle up on the benches with friends & enjoy the black & white movie playing.

The Gin Joint Order a Bartender's Choice If you can snag a seat at the bar do it because these mixologists are impressive to watch in this small space. 

The Living Room at the Dewberry is one of our favorite new spots! The decor is something you dream of & the drinks are amazing!

Edmond's Oast Try a Yes Way Rose or the PB&J beer... you read right it's weird & amazing all at once! Edmond's also just opened a brewery down the road from the restaurant that has anamazing vibe!

Red's Ice House The place to day drink & watch the sunset on warm days! Dogs are welcome & dolphins are always playing in Shem Creek.  

WHAT TO DO | Charleston always has something going on. From SEWE to Fashion Week from Fort Sumter to Middleton Place there is just so much to see while in town!

Fourteen & East Shameless plug! If you're in town swing by & see me!!

Holy Spokes The best way to get around downtown is hopping on a bike & taking in the scenery! With Holy Spokes you can rent a bike for the day or for an hour!

The Battery Want to see all the gorgeous colorful houses? Grab some coffee & head down to White Point Gardens. Then stroll along Meeting St. & Church St. You won't be disappointed! 

Middleton Place There are several plantations you can visit while in Charleston, but Middleton Place is by far my favorite!

Folly Beach The BEST beach in Charleston! Everyone has their favorite, but Folly has a more local, laid back vibe. Don't forget to take a trip out to Morris Island Lighthouse! 

The Old Village Head over to Mount Pleasant & walk through The Old Village & pick out your favorite house. Stop in at the Pitt Street Pharmacy for a shake then stroll down the old Pitt Street Bridge & watch the sunset!

Catamaran Ride Want to get out on the water? Hitch a ride on the Palmetto Breeze! See Charleston from the water & sip on some margaritas! Once you're back at the dock then grab dinner on Shem Creek!

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What are some of your favorite things to do in Charleston? I love hearing how others spend their time in town!

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Current Crushes

1 | Electric Space Heaters - Our house has lots of tree coverage which is great in the summer, but makes our house frigid in the winter. I’m obsessed with this one I found on Amazon! It works fabulously & looks adorable! 

 
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2 | Miracle Worker - This cold weather is about to kill my skin! I have very oily skin, but this winter has dried my skin out & the only thing saving it is Philosphy’s Miracle Worker! It lives up to it's name...

 
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3 | Subway Tile - I think most can agree with me on this one! Our landlords were so awesome when renovating our kitchen a few months ago & let me pick the backsplash... hello lover!

 
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4 | Taylor Swift - Two thing about me... I’m basic & I have the best big sister! For my 30th birthday she got me tickets to see Taylor Swift! To prepare I have her album on repeat… it’s the logical thing to do. I can't get Look What You Made Me Do out of my head!

 
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5 | Grit & Grace Oyster Bowls - These little beauties are our best seller in the store & I'm obsessed with them! I keep mine on my bedside table to hold my earrings & bobby pins I forget to take off before hopping into bed!

 
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Styling An Entry Table

One of the most common questions I get in the store is, "Do you have any tips for styling my entry table?" Entry tables can be a tricky one. They're the first thing you see when you come home. They need to look pretty, but also be functional. Here are my top tips for styling an entry table & check out what I put together at the store! PS Check out Miss Molly making her debut in the video at the bottom!  

1 | Focal Point - Picking a focal point to go above the table doesn't have to be difficult. I recommend a mirror (so you can check yourself out before leaving the house), a collage of photos to create simple lines, or one large piece of art work like a tapestry. 

 
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2 | Lighting - A lamp is a must for an entry table in my opinion. Of course, it allows light, but it creates a warm & welcoming look once the sun goes down. 

 
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3 | Catch All - Entry tables on a day to day basis get junky real quick. You throw down your keys, mail, purse, kick off your shoes so don't forget to add pieces that provide function by quickly hiding all your junk! When setting up this look I used a basket for shoes & this fun white lidded jar for keys! 

 
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4 | Balance - In this look I have 3 objects on the top right so I matched that by having 3 objects in the bottom left. I also added a tall lantern to be a similar height of the lamp. If one side of your table looks a little heavier or busier than the other switch some things around to help level everything out!

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5 | You do you! - I say this every time someone asks me about styling their home... "You do you!" It's your house! Incorporate things you love in your design & don't feel pressured to recreate someone else's house.  

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Favorite House Plants

If you've been in the store then you know by the look of my Fiddle Leaf Figs I do not have a green thumb. After several attempts to keep house plants alive I've narrowed down the list of my favorite ones that are easy to care for!

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1 | Snake Plant / Mother-In-Law's Tongue
These guys are my favorite! These things will survive for those who aren't even close to having a green thumb. They need little light & little water. Plus they just look cool! What more could you ask for?

2 | Airplants
Airplants are a gift to non-green thumbs from heaven! No need to repot or fertilize just sprits with water now & again! The best part is you can find the cutest containers to put them in! 

3 | Aloe
The key to aloe is not over watering it. Aloe will quickly let you know if it's not happy so keep it simple with this one. Put it in a nice sunny place & keep watering consistent. Of course it's not just for good looks, use the aloe for minor burns!

Want to work on your green thumb? Come learn more about flowers & how to style them for your home at our first Floral Workshop!

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5 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Cozy

One of my favorite comments on our house is that it feels cozy. Here's are my top 5 tips for making your home feel super cozy especially during these chilly days!

1 | Texture
Throw pillows & blankets are your best friend when it comes to adding texture to your home. They are also the easiest & more affordable way to completely change the look of a room. Keep your blankets displayed and/or easily accessible for guest to make themselves comfy hanging out. Cody hand makes these amazing blanket ladders we sell in the store! 
Window treatments are another easy way to add texture to a room. When picking a curtain make sure you hang the curtain rod well above the window & the panels are the correct size. Try pairing curtain panels with a natural blind to create more depth.

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2 | Lighting
Ditch the overhead lights & turn on the lamps! Be sure your bulbs are warm white to create an inviting environment rather than bulbs with a cooler temperature giving off a very sterile look. And of course, light a candle!

 
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3 | Add Some Green
There's something about adding a plant or two or three that can really bring a room together. Adding an organic shape into a space can break up all the straight lines in a room caused by furniture.

 
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4 | Tidy Up
Your place doesn't have to be spotless, but tidying up will help you relax. After dinner Cody & I always make sure the kitchen is cleaned, shoes are in the closet, & surfaces are clutter free before settling down for the evening.

 
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5 | Surround Yourself with Love
As cheesy as it sounds, surround yourself with your favorite things. At the end of the day your home should be your happy space. Don't let magazines, blogs, or pinterest tell you how your home needs to look. Pick designs & decor that make you happy. Fill the space with photos or loved ones & your favorite color. No house should look the same so don't compare yours to anyone else's! TIP - Use your travels as inspiration! I love buying a small piece from the places we've been to display in a room so that we can always remember that trip!

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