On our trip to Austin Texas, one of the places I really wanted to visit was Waco!! Not because of the horror that happened there in the 1990s with the Branch Davidians, but because of the people who brought that town back to life, Chip and Joanna Gains from the TV show “Fixer Upper!!” Click here to see about the show!! Their show is no longer being produced, Chip and Joanna are working on having their own network, similar to Oprah’s!!
Chip and Joanna have added a breakfast and lunch restaurant to the city of Waco, it’s conveniently right off the highway!! They named it “Magnolia Table” after Joanna’s love of magnolias…in fact, all her retail stores, magazine and their ranch are called “Magnolia.”The restaurant looks like many others, except this one took us almost a 2-hour wait to get in the door!! But they have a lovely place to wait, with heaters too…there is also a place to get coffee and snacks!! The staff couldn’t have been nicer in all the “Magnolia” properties!!One of the window boxes, which contain herbs, that they use in their dishes!! This is the wall right outside the restrooms…and the floor right under the wall…beautiful tile work!!Finally, we are in the restaurant…the food was very good, not sure worth a 2-hour wait, but it is was thrilling seeing it and Joanna’s mother was making the rounds!! Next stop was the Magnolia store, which was not near the restaurant, it was Joanna’s first store before they had even done the TV show!! This store is now all the discounted home decor merchandise from the new store..We then made our way to the Silo Area…if you watch the show you know that Chip bought 2 silos for Joanna to start this huge family shopping area. This is the bakery, right outside the Silos, people waiting in line to order pastries, which we did not do!These are the silos…there is a big expansive grass park area between the silos and the new Magnolia market, used by families to picnic, play and relax!! On another side of the park is this row of food trucks!!!There are beautiful flowers throughout the silos property. This is the garden shop area, which sells lots of accessories for gardens!!!And finally Magnolia Market, which was very lovely!!!
The inside of the market, so many decorations for homes and so beautifully displayed!!
Victor and I are great fans of Chip and Joanna’s “Fixer Upper” show, it was such a thrill to be able to see all that they have built and brought back to life in Waco!!
AND NOW A FIXER UPPER OF OUR OWN‼️ We bought a house in Virginia‼️
We bought this house to be close to Gina, Tom and the boys!! We got a good price for it because it’s a true fixer-upper and we love a challenge!! It’s right in the middle of a city, great for walking to restaurants and stores!! We won’t be moving there permanently, but a place to stay as we visit the kids often and it’s a great investment!!
Our son VJ and our grandsons Parker and Aaden on the front porch!!
I am looking forward to posting lots of before and after photos on my blog…But since we just purchased the house, I will be posting lots of bad to worse photos, which happens before the finished “after” photos!!
So here are a few bad to worse photos… The only good thing about our kitchen is the original sink…my idea is to plan the kitchen around that old kitchen sink…but first it’s going to be reglazed!!
I love this back staircase, it goes from the kitchen to the master bedroom, in the left photo you can see the wall with a window looking into the dining room, the photo on the right is the wall taken down, it will open up the kitchen to what will be the family room!!
You could say this photo is a before and after, and it is, but I will have a better “after” when I can decorate… The master bedroom, in which a closet was put in at the top of the staircase…you can see it in the left photo…on the right, Victor had taken it down and now you can see the top of the staircase!!
This is the color pallet that I have chosen and some of the things I have bought for the house!! A quilt and draperies for the guest bedroom, where we will be staying until the master suite is finished!! I love this color seafoam, I’ll use it as an accent through the whole house. The pitcher and plant pot I had and I bought the undershelf basket because it matched!! And the book will be the first book in the boy’s bookcase in their room…I’m looking forward to reading it to them!!
I think it’s important, as we age, to have a purpose in life, a passion!! Victor and I have always loved renovating our homes, this will be our 8th!! He loves the nitty-gritty of renovating and I love decorating, so we make a good team!!!
A hope for us and all of you are, that our passions, along with some gardening, travel, grandparenting, and our friendships, will keep us young at heart and strong in body as we gracefully enter our golden years💛