Magnolia House – The New B&B by Fixer Upper

FixerUpper_BB_002Are you a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines?Artboard-2@2xIf you are, then you already love their special brand of grit and creativity, as they help families realize their dreams of owning a beautiful home – which was previously a “fixer upper”. If you don’t, then you should definitely check out their highly rated series or visit them in Waco, Texas (home of Baylor University, where my brother and sister-in-law went to school), where they have Magnolia Market at the Silos and are about to start taking reservations at Magnolia House.

Magnolia House, built in the 1800s, was one of the options given to a family for a potential “fixer upper”. When the family selected a different option, Joanna began thinking about renovating it for their own family as a get away and as a place where visitors could stay. I think there have been lots of pilgrimages to Magnolia Market and how fun would it be to enjoy a night experiencing the Gaines’ special sense of style and hospitality.

Take a look at the before and afters!kitchen1.5 kitchen-2 living-room-final-1 living-room-2 living-room-3 bathroom-1 bathroom-3 ds-queen- downstairs-twin-1 downstairs-twin-2 coffee-nook-1 upstairs-queen-1 exterior-1 exterior-2Keep an eye on the website, as they’ll begin taking the first reservations early this year!

Road trip to Waco, anyone?!

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images: The Magnolia Market, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Fixer Upper

Watson Kennedy – Fabulous Seattle Shop

One of the reasons I went to Seattle was to see my wonderful friend, Ted Kennedy Watson. Ted and I met at a blog conference years ago….and over time zones and shared interests became great friends!

Ted is a conniesseur of living a wonderful life. And, his shops, Watson Kennedy, reflect that in their displays, their smells, their music that plays at just the right level and his team’s desire to help you find the perfect gift or element to enhance your own day-to-day. 

I had not only become a friend, but a customer over the years and yearned to experience the physical aspects of the shops for myself. Boy, did they deliver. Come…let’s take a tour!

One fun note about all the Veuve Clicquot bottles that line the wall of his 1st Ave shop is that they are all from his 40th and 50th birthday celebrations. How fun is that?! Every time he looks at that wall he’s reminded of great friends and special memories.
Eye candy galore, right?! If you see something you like or need help with a gift, they are just amazing at wrapping and sending, so don’t hesitate if you don’t live in Seattle.
In fact….there should be a box arriving for me any day now!

The Pillow Bar – Sweetest Dreams

Who doesn’t love or desperately want a good night’s sleep? I know I do and in my search to improve my zzzzzzzzzzs, I stumbled upon The Pillow Bar, based in my hometown of Dallas.

Side sleeper? Back sleeper? They have the pillow for you. Actually, they MAKE the pillow just for YOU! Based upon your height and size and preferred sleep style, they will customize a pillow, include a lavender sachet (if you choose) and embroider a saying, name or initials on the pillow cover and send to you within 72 hours.

Filled with European Down and none of those pesky, pointy feathers you find in some “down pillows”, these pillows deliver! I know because I’ve been sleeping on mine!

These pillows are the things peaceful dreams are made of!! Here are some of the clever combinations that customers have ordered.

Sweet dreams!!!