I recently took a trip to Texas to not only visit family but to take some time to do a little design research and expand my knowledge on this year’s trends for home furnishing, fabrics and accessories.

My first stop on this design field trip was a mini road trip to Waco,TX. Luckily I had my adventurous brother along for the ride to make the  hour and a half trip south of Dallas more fun than it already was. As the scenery along the way wasn’t much to report on I knew getting down to this quaint college town to see the birth place of Magnolia Home was going to be worth the trip. If you have been following the popular show on HGTV called Fixer Upper, you know that couple Chip and Joanna Gaines have built a home designing empire in their home town. After their success on the show they bought and renovated an old Cotton Oil Company site which housed a large factory building and two huge silos with plenty of land to expand on many of their great ideas.

The original silos before the Magnolia renovation.

The original silos before the Magnolia renovation.

Chip and Joanna Gaines over seeing their biggest project yet.

Chip and Joanna Gaines over seeing their biggest project yet

As we pulled off the street and parked our car I got even more excited! I could see the big beautiful green lawn that I had seen on the show and fan blog sites. There was a small crowd at the entrance which is located just left of the new Bakery that wasn’t opened at the time. We were greeted with complimentary cupcakes that looked so beautiful! But the taste was out of this world. In fact I annoyed my brother the whole ride home as I couldn’t stop talking about my lemon lavender butter cream cupcake!  After I enjoyed my cupcake we entered into the store area where I browsed the familiar decor items Joanna uses on the show. There was definitely a lot to look at in the store and couldn’t help splurging on a few items for myselftexascollage

It was a hot day but we still took advantage of the huge lawn in the middle of the grounds. Kids were playing the many yard games and swinging on the bench seats. Food trucks lined the fence and offered lunch, drinks and treats. This was truly an amazing place and the mood just screamed family fun! As a mother of four, you know Joanna Gaines put much thought into this.

Fort WorthOn the way back from Waco, we took Uncle Manis and Aunt Sharon’s high recommendation to stop in the quaint town of Forth Worth. What a treat this was as the old stock yard town looked like it hadn’t changed a bit since the 1870’s. My brother and I loved seeing the old west styled shops and restaurants along the worn brick roads. They say Fort Worth is where the west starts and it certainly felt that way!! We tried on cowboy hats, sat on saddles at a bar and ate as much BBQ right off the grill as we possibly could. From lemon lavender cupcakes to texas style brisket, we had a fantastic first day in Texas!

Day two of Texas brought us to the Dallas World Trade Center for the Home and Gift show. I was so excited to see all the new trends for the fall season in home decor. I think its important in any profession to continually research your field of work and find the newest trends to please your clients. This was the perfect place to do just that as the many floors of the trade center were filled with show rooms of beautiful furniture, fabrics and home accents. The styling of showrooms show a change in design and moving towards a fresher cleaner look for homes. It was invigorating to be able to see, in person, all of the new design styles, feel the fabrics, and be around such fresh creativity!homeshowWe finished our trip to Texas with a day in Dallas. We went to a museum, visited design showrooms and toured some beautiful neighborhoods. I am so glad that I visited Texas and can share all of my new inspiration with you!  Trips like this remind me of how important it is to continue to feed our passions!