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Spring Installation

April 11, 2017

One of my favorite things about a fresh new season is watching the stores in town bring out their fresh and creative displays. When I lived in New York City in college, the smallest details—like the scent of a burning candle or fresh, seasonal flowers in the windows— marked the turning of winter to spring. When I first opened my shop, this was the thing I was most excited about. Now, even 14 years later, it’s still something I get so giddy about for the shop. This season, we combined changing up our displays with a few renovations! My goal for the Market is that you walk in and get inspiration for your own home, so what better way than to create the feeling of “home” in each area of the shop!

This front mantel is a beautiful celebration of spring at the market. Our amazing team made these hand cut, hand dyed florals made from coffee filters.

The biggest transformation we made was adding the kitchen area. First, we installed classic subway tile and black lower cabinets and concrete countertops. This gave a clean yet neutral foundation that will let each season’s displays really stand out. To add dimension and warmth, we finished out the walls with simple open shelving. This element will work great for changing out new kitchenware and accessories as our product selections change. To really make this feel like a real kitchen, we added a black shiplap vent hood and a farmhouse kitchen sink.

In the center of this silhouette, we added an island with marble countertops and lots of built in storage. To tie in some color and bring life to the space, we decided to hang a variety of fresh plants from the ceiling. I want people to feel at home, so I love the way this space turned out!

This space was inspired by my own office. The black accents create a modern look that feels clean and put together. I love that it ties in with the kitchen to create an easy flow from that space to this one. We added more open shelving to maximize the space and display product. Last, we rolled out a neutral rug and furniture from my line for a more cozy feel.

Our hanging clock wall display was one of my favorite new displays, because it catches your eye as soon as you walk in the door. I love oversized clocks, and we sell quite a few at the Market, so this was the perfect way to display them where they really stand out.

This display is so unique—making it one of my favorites. (Okay, you caught me, they’re all my favorites.) The florals bring in so many different pops of color and really make the shop feel like spring. We built this simple display with tin canisters and simple wood planks to hold all of our different stems. This installation works great because it allows the top of the stems to be seen at eye level. One of our employees designed the “Fresh Flower Market” mural above the display, making the whole thing even more special. Faux florals are the simplest and quickest way to add color to your home without the maintenance of fresh florals. I’m super picky about faux florals, so I’ve made sure to select my favorites for the market. They look so real – I can’t wait for you to see them!

Over the years I’ve found that jewelry is tricky to display, but with this new install, we really had fun thinking outside the box. Here, we decided to use an antique dining table and antique frames to highlight each different piece. I love how the shapes of each frame add interest to this wall. On the back wall, we added wallpaper from my line—this print is called “Noteworthy”—as an accent wall to hang our leather goods and bags.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your home, or just some fresh ideas for the new season, I hope the market can be that little push for you. With all of the changes, it’s time to start planning a trip to visit us here in Waco! Between our spring install, all of the new renovations, the fresh treats in the bakery, and the freshly sprouted spring flowers in the garden—this place will not disappoint.


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  • Annette Watkins
    7:49 pm, April 23, 2017
    I live in New Jersey also. All us New Jersey gals should hire a bus and just go. Fun reading all the loving messages. I wonder Jo, if you and chip realize how much love you have spread to so many. Thank you. hope to see you in Waco at the magnolia shop. Love to all. Bless you all.
  • Rita Yee
    12:06 am, April 22, 2017
    You are such an inspiration Joanna! Love your style. Everything looks so beautiful! I would love to get to Waco someday to visit Magnolia. I live in New Jersey. God Bless you!
  • Cheri Hurd
    8:54 pm, April 21, 2017
    Love the pink flowers. . .amazing that you used coffee filters! . . .Love everything about your style.
  • Dianne Martin
    11:12 am, April 21, 2017
    Happy Belated Birthday!!! I hope it was GREAT!!
  • kathy
    11:41 am, April 20, 2017
    YOWZA!! I would so love to be there with you, working on your team = we have soooo much in common! Love your show, love all the home redo's and love, love, love those subway tiles!
    Kisses & hugs & Peace to y'all, Kathy the Nurse in NJ
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