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A Fixer Upper Waco Crawl

If you’re a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper and find yourself in the Dallas area, this self-guided day trip out to Waco should go on your bucket list ASAP!  We decided to visit our Texas best friends on a whim last month and our agenda included all of three items: food, fellowship and Waco.  As if Chip and Jo couldn’t be any more loveable and magnetic, they’ve created a community space in the tiny, college town of Waco that draws thousands of both tourists and locals daily.

We first stopped at the Magnolia Market at the Silos-a family friendly space enabling visitors to shop, eat and play. Food trucks, home décor and garden shops, and an outdoor lawn area where you’ll find cornhole boards and footballs to toss are all strategically curated around the famous silos. The newly opened Magnolia Flour Bakery is right around the corner serving up freshly baked desserts.  Employees state the line is usually wrapping around the building, so a random Monday afternoon is the best time to avoid the masses.  We spent a couple of hours wandering the grounds over smoothies and strawberries & cream cupcakes.



After a quick lunch stop, we made our way over to Harp Design Co.  You can often find the owner, Clint crafting specially designed furniture for Jo and her remodels. Clint and his wife own the home directly next to his shop/store that was featured and ‘fixed up’ on an episode.   As of September 1st-Clint announced on Instagram that fans will be able to rent the Fixer Upper house and also pay to take classes from him.  You’ll be transforming table legs into candlesticks like a pro in no time!


clint's home

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I haven’t reached Jo-status when it comes to creating rustic décor out of vintage finds from the antique store-but #lifegoals.  Next, we headed over to one of many antique/vintage stores in Waco in hopes we might catch a glimpse of Jo and her film crew picking out a unique piece for a client. No signs of the crew, but plenty of treasures waiting to be brought back to life at The Junky Monkey.  I’m spending our entire next visit junking-this mini treasure hunt gave me all the feels!


Finally, our last stop before heading out of town-Common Groundsa locally owned coffee shop directly next to the University of Baylor campus.  My favorite episode of Fixer Upper features the young, married and hipster coffee shop owners and their darling little 1,200 square foot Fixer Upper home.  Common Grounds would definitely be my hang spot if I lived in Waco-a vintage and chill old house with an outdoor back patio for live music and cozy nights.  Their Cowboy Iced Coffee prepared with secret sauce was ah-ma-zing!

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common grounds

relaxing on the mix-matched patio at Common Grounds before the trek home

And with that, our 100 degree Texas style Fixer Upper Waco crawl is complete! The cherry on top would have been a visit out to the Magnolia Bed and Breakfast (Chip and Jo’s Fixer Upper home), but I’ll save that for out next visit! 🙂

Special thanks to Brad and Kim for hosting us and for an amazing extended weekend in your gorgeous new home 🙂


  1. Deanna gomez says

    We just crossed the California state line from our Waco vacation! I just saw this! You are spot on! We visited the same places except the Junky Monkey.

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