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My First Trip To Magnolia Market
Waco, Texas

Kathy Leland Visits Magnolia Marketplace Waco Texas

My First Trip To Magnolia Market Was A Blast

Okay friends I admit it, I am completely obsessed and starry eyed with designer Joanna Gaines AND the whole concept of the Fixer Upper TV show, and the Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas. We happily decided to duck out of work a little early on a beautiful sunny afternoon and experience this place! Please allow about 2+ hours to do it right. There is so much to see and do. Wow, such a fun, refreshing adventure we had and totally worth the drive.

I was thrilled my husband accompanied me to Waco and visit the “Gaines Compound” better known as Magnolia Market. Seriously folks this is a destination you do NOT want to miss, even if you ever so slightly have an interest in decorating and or shopping. Realistically, what woman (or man) do you know that wouldn't want to partake in an adventure like this?

Along the drive down I-35 I suggested we stop in West, TX and grab a few world famous kolaches. I thought it might work as another little bribe technique I had up my sleeve hehe. Hey foodies, FYI there are approximately 8-10 unique food trucks to grab a bite on the Magnolia grounds and snag a picnic table and possibly make a new friend. I indulged in a fresh crepe that was delish and I think Gary had some sort of gourmet macaroni and cheese dish that he said was to die for!

Tip #1 shop first then you can use your receipt for an extra 10% off Monday-Thursday.

Waco is just 85 miles away from our home in Arlington, Texas. So the trip was just a little over an hour away. Now, I am wondering what took me so darn long to get there? Maybe the rumors of vast crowds on weekends where it takes about 1-2 hours just to enter a retail store, crazy right? WRONG…. this was like the Disney World of fun for me but, a lot cheaper and closer to home.

Gary and Kathy Leland Magnolia Market Trip
I was happy my husband Gary came along for the ride, such a good sport. After all, I did need someone to take photos for me and drive while I was on my smart phone getting all the inside scoop. We wanted to make the most of our afternoon. Yes, I am the planner organizer of the family and I never want to miss a thing and trust me we saw EVERYTHING. We went on a Wednesday afternoon, no crowds and best of all no waiting in lines to enter.

Another useful tip, clean bathrooms outside behind the market have way less lines and yes even that ever so popular, beautiful white subway tile she uses!

Gary has never, ever enjoyed shopping with me because he tells me it takes way too long and I have to touch everything, sad but true, yikes! But, I must say he was very interested in seeing what all the wild hoop-la was about. Plus it was super easy to find, only 2 turns off the interstate. Thank goodness no direction problems, we wouldn't want to get off on the wrong foot!

The first thing I noticed upon arriving was the parking situation. There was a guy charging $10 to park in his lot as we approached the Magnolia Market but we passed him by. Cha-ching $$ we scored a spot behind the building which was probably rare, guess just good timing, so be prepared and good luck.

I had Gary take lots of photos, which I thought I would share some with you in this post. By the way, everyone is snapping pics and taking selfies to post on FB to make their friends envy and there is a sign that actually encourages picture taking. Note to self, great marketing plan you two smart Baylor Bear graduates.

As time goes on, I will write more posts, tips, info, etc about my experiences there. So later I will have a little more inside scoop to share like the hottest selling products, Joanna's favorite jewelry and even that terrific smelling candle she brought to life. I have a method to my madness friends, got to lure you back, right?

I can now say that I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, and all of the staff were more than accommodating. We talked to the precious Baylor student who was the door greeter handing out these big, sturdy canvas shopping bags. She also gave us a wealth of information, even pointing out Joanna's mother who works there. Awww so sweet her Mom was there and indeed it seems to really be a family affair, so refreshing. Actually the service from the entire staff at Magnolia Market was fantastic.

Kathy Leland Inside Magnolia Market
Of course, I had to have one of those wildly popular Magnolia T-shirts, I tired to get the hubby to indulge in a manly #DEMODAY shirt but to no avail, oh well his loss. Boohoo…. I was hoping we could be twinkies. There is no dressing room (prob to speed it up) so I was trying them on over my clothes as a lady was helping and giving her opinion and pointing to an old silver antique mirror that was pretty clouded. I decided on the cutest,softest baseball style shirt that had three quarter length sleeves for about $28, not bad for the quality. They ran just a little large hmmm… maybe I have dropped a few lbs, wishful thinking!

I pulled out the ole trusty charge card and purchased other gift items including one Christmas gift, yes I am THAT person ha. I will detail more in an upcoming blog, ohhhh how I love to shop!

I was a little sad that I did not see Chip or Joanna, but I was told crazy Chip pops in pretty often to crack a joke and keep the staff smiling. I think it is rare to see Joanna because of her rock star status, crowd control would probably be a must. They do have a security guard on duty, which I thought was a little strange, since they do not serve alcohol. But, it truly is a family friendly, feel good kind of place for all to enjoy the good clean living we all dream about.

They have a large green (astro turf) lawn with many fun games such as corn hole, balls, hula hoops etc and these big black and white stripe, comfy bean bag chairs to sit a spell. It had rained the day before so the big swings were roped off due to a little mud but, that did not stop me from posing for a quick pic. I can also see in the near future there will probably be plans for afternoon entertainment on the big, covered wooden stage. Plenty of family fun activities and food for the kids and Dad while Mom shops, flat out genius idea!!

I do believe there is no stopping the train, lots and lots of fresh new plans and ideas coming Magnolia way, thanks to creative Chip and Joanna Gaines!! We are excited to say we will be returning to Waco when the new bakery, seed store and others open soon. We will report back on our opinions/reviews for you, our faithful readers and hopefully subscribers.

Small hometown Waco has other stops in case you have more time than we did. You can drive around and see The Gaines farmhouse from the highway, Magnolia B&B, Harp Designs, Baylor University, Dr. Pepper Museum, Texas Ranger Museum and some gorgeous historic neighborhoods. I do hope some day you will be able to visit and experience first hand this wonder place. Thank you and as always it has been my pleasure to share through my blog.

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Wallpaper Tips
How To Buy Wallpaper

Lelands Wallpaper and Wallcoverings Arlington Texas

Wallpaper Tips: 5 Great Points on How To Buy Wallpaper

These how to buy wallpaper tips will make your wallpaper buying experience easier.

As you know, I have been in the wallpaper business for way more years than I can remember or admit.

I have helped and assisted many, many customer on selecting wallpaper for their home over the years. I have totally loved “nearly” every minute of this crazy decorating career.

Through my experience of operating, managing and owning a retail wallpaper store I have learned a few basic wallpaper tips that everyone needs to know before the big shopping day. Hopefully these 5 wallpaper tips will make your shopping go tons smoother.

1. Study and actually think about what you would like to accomplish with the new wallpaper in your home. Are you trying to lighten the room, maybe make it look bigger, or give it a possible theme? If you see a magazine picture, internet idea, TV (you can pause it, remember) or Pinterest, or totally any inspiration or vision in that head of yours. Go ahead dream big and bring it with you.

2. Bring a few color samples from your home, a small piece of carpet, tile, granite, pillow or anything that can be used to match the colors of your room, with your new wallpaper. If not, get out the trusty smart phone and shoot as many pictures as your heart desires.
Seriously the more the better, plus you will save lots of time if the store employee is good.

3. Measure the area on your walls that will be covered with wallpaper. This is not the room size, but like I said the areas on the wall you plan to cover. Good ole elementary math still works, Width x Length=Total Sq ft. This information will allow the store to calculate the quantity of single rolls needed to purchase. The store will allow for the pattern match also know as the repeat. Plus don't worry if the paper is pasted or not pasted, I recommend to always add a clear wallpaper adhesive to the back. Google wallpaper hanging for lots of direction.

Wallpaper is priced single and ONLY packaged in a double roll (bolt) everyone seems to get confused with this and honestly I agree but our industry set the standard over a 100 years ago and they are not changing. Most wallpaper has approximately 56 sq ft per double.

4. Make sure and get a sample to take home or check out the wallpaper book (just like the library). Many stores will offer a small free sample or allow you to purchase a bigger sample to take home. Trust me on this one, your lighting will be different than the showroom fluorescent lighting.

Go home and tape the sample to the wall, and live with it a day or two. Make sure you love it! View the taped sample in the morning, afternoon and evening light, as it does change. And do not ask for opinions of your neighbor or mother in law, everyone's tastes vary greatly. The reason there is such a huge selection? Yup, you guessed it “variety is the spice of life”.

5. Make sure you get an extra roll of wallpaper, please!! Especially if you are hanging the wallpaper yourself rather than using a professional hanger. This is a must, in case you mess up or your toddler decides to help you. You never want to have to go buy more after you start the project. If you go back, they may no longer have the same lot/run number you originally purchased, then you can be in a heck of a mess.

It is also great to have an extra roll for unexpected repairs that may happen in the future, like a shower leak or a door knob hole. Most customers do not like to shell out the extra dollars to have a roll sitting in a closet but, you may never ever need it. BUT, if you ever do need it, you will thank me.

I hope these simple little wallpaper tips will help make it a little easier the next time you are in the decorating mood to update the wallpaper in your home. Our national wallpaper industry reported recently the average time to replace wallpaper is every 7 years, got the itch? I hope so and happy wallpaper hunting! As always, have a question, email me and I will do my best to help you, good luck.

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Ready To Buy Wallpaper That Looks Like Brick?

Gearz Auto Shop Red Brick Wallpaper Room

Brick Wallpaper What A Great Idea.

You may or may not know that my husband (Gary) and I have quite a few websites. I am not sure how many he has built for us, but I feel certain he has at least 20. Hmm…. lucky me he is a closet computer geek!

I thought that I would share one of my websites with everyone in this week's blog post.

Red Brick Wallpaper Room DesignThe website I decided to share with you is

I am sure you can guess what is found at website? Yes, wallpaper that looks like brick.

It is amazing how many satisfied customers have bought realistic looking brick wallpaper from this site. The wallpaper has a nice texture, color and depth to add that perfect style and dimension to an otherwise boring old painted wall.

I recently helped a sweet Mom select a wallpaper to surprise her teenage son with a bedroom accent wall she spray painted graffiti over it. Dang, what a cool Mom! By the way we can always help you calculate quantity of rolls needed but an average small bedroom wall commonly takes approximately 4 single rolls. She just spent slightly over $100. Of course they all vary in price so keep that in mind with your budget.

It has been fun to sell wallpaper to several local theaters that needed to create a brick wall on their stage. Ohhh so pretty! Lights, camera, action, yes I could get used to hanging with those stars!

I have also had a few furniture stores buy the brick wallpaper to use in their showroom displays and front windows. The designers tell me it completes the room setting and helps sell more furniture. Hey, that's a good thing, right?

Gearz Auto Shop Red Brick Wallpaper Room
Gearz Auto Shop used our top selling brick wallpaper.

One time even a movie production company purchased from me. I wondered what movie they were filming, but they would not say! Shhhh…. oh well, it was kind of cool anyway. You can bet I am keeping my eye out for it. has all kinds of wallpaper that looks like brick or stone. It is an awesome look, and really does look authentic. Most of these wallcoverings have a vinyl coating that is washable, durable, and long lasting just not as permanent as a hard brick stone haha!

Another common use of the versatile brick wallpaper has been used time and time again with business trade shows using it as a backdrop to display their products. It is a very sharp smart look that grabs the attention of convention attendees.

While writing this post I am looking at the site, and I am really amazed how many sizes and colors the brick and stone wallpaper come in. Our red brick with grey grout is our “top seller” and one of my favorites, plus a great price point. Such a terrific value to stretch your hard earned decorating dollar.

If you want to update the look of your home without a large bite to your budget, you may want to seriously consider putting up a wallpaper that has that brick faux look.

With the realistic look of these patterns, your friends will think you actually had a brick mason come in your home and install it on a wall without the headache and expense of traditional stone work. If you have a rustic, reclaimed or refurbished space you are decorating, do yourself a favor and check out this site, perfect.

brick wallpaperI have to mention one last use of the brick or stone wallpaper that is genius. Our photographers just rave about using it as a creative backdrop to their photo shoot. They love that it can be rolled up and easily stored when finished.

So, if you are in the market for creating an entirely new stylish look for your home, office or store please visit my website

I promise, you will be impressed with the new beautiful focal point you can create on your wall in your new construction or fixer upper, while keeping the cost quite affordable

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Need help finding that perfect wallpaper? Let my research department make it easy for you. Just call us at 817-226-7890 and let us know what you are looking for. We are here to help.

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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Made My Day

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Logo Cover

Have you ever heard of the The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in the historic town of Williamsburg, Virginia?

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation LogoI have to tell you that I was not familiar with this great non-profit organization until I received a surprise package in the mail a few weeks ago. I have been in business since 1981 and this is the very first time this has happened.

So, not long ago, I created a video review on a wallpaper book by York Wallcoverings called Williamsburg Vol II Trend Meets Tradition. It offers a beautiful fresh take on 18th-century design based on the craftsmanship and creativity of that era of masters. You can see that review HERE.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Special Gift PlatesTo my surprise the staff at the Williamsburg Foundation enjoyed my review so much they found me and sent me a very thoughtful thank you gift. It consisted of a lovely design from their archives called, “Tobacco Leaf” paper plates and napkins from their gift store. I am definitely saving them for a special occasion.

Even though it was not necessary to send me anything, I was pleasantly surprised by their sweet note and act of kindness! Wow, they certainly make this world of ours a better place and yours truly smile!

After receiving the package, I was curious and decided to look them up to find more about them. The acclaimed Williamsburg “brand” from York Wallcoverings has partnered with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation staff to inspire, consult, and advise on these 18th century designs that eventually became wallpaper for home decor. I found their website at

I was so impressed with them I decided to follow them on Facebook, which was very interesting I might add. Williamsburg products supports the preservation and education programs of the non-profit Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which runs a living history museum that brings to life the ending ideals of the American Revolution.

Williamsburg Wallpaper Book CoverI have now reviewed another Williamsburg wallpaper book, the title of the book is Williamsburg by York. It was their first release.

Take a look at the review of Williamsburg HERE.

I think you will agree that both of these wallpaper books are a beautiful collection of historic wallcoverings with the best American craftsmanship and style. The wall coverings are proudly manufactured right here in the good old USA.

I am certain you will also agree that the Williamsburg Foundation is doing a fantastic job of preserving the history of our great country since the Revolutionary War.

Let me take advantage of this opportunity to say thanks to everyone at the Wiliamsburg Foundation for what you are doing for our wallpaper industry and our country. I am hopeful to travel soon to your great city for a vacation.

You made my day πŸ™‚

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Joanna Gaines Loves Wallpaper
The Fixer Upper TV Show

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“Chicken House” On Fixer Upper Loves Wallpaper, Starring Chip And Joanna Gaines

Have you heard of the HGTV Fixer Upper decorating show that stars Chip and Joanna Gaines? I have to admit, I am hooked after watching a few shows. Of course I enjoy any shows that feature decorating since I am in that business but I particularly enjoy the sweet wholesome family life of the hosts, Chip and Joanna, combined with refurbishing old homes in Waco, Texas.

I was pleasantly surprised while watching last night's episode “Chicken House” when Joanna recommended to the new homeowner to use wallpaper. While in her Magnolia office making plans for the home Joanna said, β€œIn the living area the thing I am most excited about is the accent wall. I would love to do some wallpaper there.” Joanna Gaines Loves Wallpaper on Fixer Upper

I jumped for joy with the recommendation of using wallpaper!! I have watched several episodes of Fixer Upper and this is the first time I heard wallpaper mentioned, much less actually recommended. I have been telling everyone wallcoverings are back and I guess Joanna knows it too. Yea, so excited, wallpaper will make such a great stylish impact on the decor of her homes.

I watched Chip install the wallpaper and thought he did a really great job. Chip seems to make any job look fun and easy with a bigger than life personality! The wallpaper they chose was a beautiful modern black and white tulip design with great style.

Simple Space 2 Wallpaper Book CoverWhen I arrived at the office this morning I was determined to find the actual wallpaper installed. I searched through our library of wallpaper books and finally found it! I was actually giddy with excitement. The wallpaper pattern is called the Block Print Tulip, in black and white, and it is from the Simple Space 2 wallpaper book by Brewster Wallcoverings. You can find a review I gave on this book HERE, and even purchase the wallpaper from my site if you would like to.

The most exciting part was when the new homeowner walked in to her new fixer upper home for the first time and the first thing out of her mouth was,” I love the wallpaper!” I am not sure if she said it twice or three times how much she loved the wallpaper! But, it was music to my ears! As the owner of Lelands Wallpaper which is about an hour down the highway from where the show is filmed, I love it anytime wallpaper gets exposure on TV.

As I said earlier I have enjoyed watching episodes of Fixer Upper, if you are not watching you might want to tune in on HGTV or set that DVR so not to miss a thing. I think you will be pleasantly entertained and pick up a bunch of decorating tips. I hope this will inspire you to begin fixing up your home, and maybe even find a wallpaper to help transform a wall or two in your home.

UPDATE 10/9/16

I recently interviewed Meg Pitner from York Wallcoverings about the soon to be released Wallpaper Book from Joanna Gaines.

You can find the interview on my blog HERE.

In this interview Meg answers my questions about the Joannas NEW Magnolia Home wallpaper book, what it was like to work with Joanna Gaines, and more.

Yes, there is a shiplap wallpaper, and even the new skinnylap too!

You can see the samples from Joannas New w allpaper book as I get them at

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