For years I’ve drawn design inspiration from old world European mercantile style bakeries. To me, there is something nostalgic about a 100-year-old bakery. I love that from the cabinetry and white subway tile all the way down to the trim work and dark gray grout, every detail has served as a source of inspiration behind so many kitchens we’ve flipped over the years. It only seemed right that since we were finally opening up our own bakery, that we design it with the same old world European style.
I wanted this whole place to feel like you’d stepped back in time to a little bake shop in France. From the herringbone floors to the custom cabinetry made to look worn, it was all a part of the plan to make this place look and feel like you stepped back in time.
Objective: Create an open floor plan with plenty of space for bakery guests to line up. Design the main area with the European mercantile feel.
The exposed beams and ceilings paired together with exposed brick walls seemed like the perfect balance to the white subway tile backdrop and industrial air vents.
The simple black and white of these Letterfolk Boards is such a fun addition to the wall! They’re kind of like old sunday school felt letter boards. Our employees voted and “Cupcakes are muffins that believed in miracles” was the winning phrase!
I found these antique swinging doors and thought they were perfect for the bakery. Our friend and carpenter, Clint Harp, sanded them down and refinished them.
The chalkboard menu was actually hand-written by two magnolia employees.
Our friends at Anderson glass designed these glass display cases for us and we had these cabinets custom made to look antique.
We went with our old favorite, white subway tile, to keep the design clean and classic.
Objective: Keep this space easy for guests to access. Add interesting design details, like wallpaper, to give it a unique flare.
The bathroom was actually one of my favorite spaces to design in the bakery. I used this farm toile wallpaper and balanced out the pattern with classic subway tile bordering underneath. The patterned floor tile added a perfect fun element and the wooden shutters warmed up and balanced out the space.
Objective: Design a setting where guests can enjoy their treats with a great view of the Silos and the rest of the Magnolia grounds.
Since the bakery sits on the corner of Sixth and Webster Avenue, we created a patio on the left side of the building for guests to sit and enjoy.
We knew we’d want some sort of mural to go on the side of the building, so we had a local muralist paint this one on the side of Silo Baking Co. I love the way it turned out.
For the patio I decided to go with these brick pavers in a herringbone pattern to match the herringbone pattern on the floors inside the bakery.
I especially wanted this patio to have the same feeling as an open air Parisian cafe. Simple black tables and umbrellas, string lights and fresh plants give this spot that same nostalgic feel.
Q. What was most fun about having mom and dad reveal it to you?
A. Emmie: I liked the part where they made us close our eyes and they pulled open the signs.
Q. Who was better at revealing — mom or dad?
A. Duke: They both did a pretty a good job.
Q. What’s your favorite cupcake flavor?
A. Drake: Shiplap | Ella: Strawberry | Duke: The Classic, but anything chocolate! | Emmie: Peanut Butter Cup
Q. What do you think is prettiest design element about the bakery?
A. Ella: I liked the floors!
Q. Do you like to bake?
A. The girls: Yes, we like to bake cookies with our mom.
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