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Creating Home with a Purpose

My sweet husband sent me on a getaway trip so I could literally get away and get inspired and refreshed. As I sat this morning and hugged my kiddos goodbye I was reminded that they really are the very things that inspire me. Their lives and their laughter are my world and they push me to find beauty in things that I typically wouldn’t find on my own.

When I first got into decorating my kids were very young. I desired to make spaces pretty but did not consider the practical. Even in my own home, I would say ninety five percent of my home was decorated and planned from a design standpoint but not with children and family in mind. Even though the house was built in the 1920’s and was in a nice historic neighborhood, it never truly felt like home to me. I realized I had created a place that didn’t consider the needs of my family and I had created more of a museum of untouchables rather than a home to be lived in. We sold that house and we were on a mission to find another house to renovate and Chip was set on a house I honestly couldn’t stand. It was built in the 80’s and had zero character. I remember at the beginning, Chip and I were standing out in the front yard- he was trying to make an offer on this foreclosed house and I was waving my hands at him telling him I wanted nothing to do with this house.

When we closed on the house I was still bent on having nothing to do with this home. I told Chip we were going to flip it and move on. We took our kids over there and that’s when the light bulb came on for me. The kids loved it there, they would play hide and go seek in the sea of built-ins and they slipped and slid all the way down the dark and narrow hall from the 80s. It’s at that moment I realized that home was meant to be a place where your family could truly live and be- even if the house was the ugliest one on the block. For me since I loved design, the trick was creating an atmosphere that was pretty and practical so it truly felt like home for all of us. When we were finished with the renovation, this house had my heart. I loved it and felt like it was perfect for our family- it’s amazing what can happen to a place when you realize what its purpose is for.

If this blog accomplishes one thing, my hope is that you feel inspired to be intentional with your home. No comparing. No complaining. No self-criticizing. Instead, may you take the space you have and do your best with it. Look at the world around you and find out what inspires you- use these very things to be the inspiration for your home and watch your rooms come alive.

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Product Spotlight: Joanna’s Signature Candle

I’m excited to finally have my own candle line! The new candles are available online in my shop and will be sold for purchase in my store when it opens in May. They are my favorite scent: linen. Perfect for spring. The candles have a single woodwick and look perfect on a desk or side table.

I will be releasing new scents next fall, so stay tuned! To purchase online, click here.

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The Simplicity of Gardening

Gardening has become one of my favorite pastimes. Five years ago I would have never thought I would be into it because it seemed too intimidating. I finally realized gardening is actually very simple. You put a seed in the ground, water it, and watch it grow. The best part is when you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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 I have a vegetable garden with tomatoes, greens, peppers, and other tasty veggies. The garden is a peaceful place for me; it helps me get my mind off the stressors of the day. I also have a little greenhouse with herbs and flowers to pick from; it makes me happy every time I walk in to this space. There really is truth to the saying “stop and smell the roses”. Plants are therapeutic and good for the soul. If you want to get into gardening, start small- you could do a single raised bed in your backyard or even just a simple herb garden on your window sill.

Garden-post-2What are things in your life that bring you joy? Position yourself to get a daily dose of it, whether it is running, reading, or any other thing that helps you relax and enjoy the moment. 

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Product Spotlight: Magnolia T-shirts

Today we posted some new T-shirts available in our shop, Magnolia Market! What’s fun about these shirts is that they were inspired by my very own goats at the farm.

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We were so excited to hire a local artist to create some new graphics for us and couldn’t help but print them. The shirts are American Apparel track shirts and come in two colors, Tri-Oatmeal and Tri-Athletic Grey. All four designs can be found here.

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Hope you like them as much as we do!