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August 2016

Remarkably You!

Part 2: “Mixing and Pairing” unique finds!

written by: Leah R.

Alright ladies and gents, time to put my money where my mouth is. How do you mix your statement pieces into your look without breaking that eternally empty piggy bank? Here’s my favorite thing to utilize in design: HEIRLOOMS. I hate seeing tons of nick-nacky things littered all over a shelf. What is the key to sprinkling in unique family pieces? Group them in odd numbers. Bring out those items that hold sentimental value! Why shouldn’t design tell a story? Exhibit I: My Dining Room – sans dining table (we’re saving up our money for a tree branch-base glass top table!)


Grouping things in odd numbers makes things visually interesting and keeps them from being static.


One of the first things you might notice is that most of my items aren’t purple. I accented with a bit of teal, but personally, I don’t like a ton of matchy matchy.  I’m huge on glass pieces, and I love the glamour they bring without being overly expensive. I’ve been gifted several of these pieces, so by adding a few more thrift store finds, I was able to group them all together.

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Texture is another huge decorative rule I stick too. The more texture, the more visually entertaining a grouping is. If you look closely, even the glass pairings have different textures next to each other.


Custom Woven shades (Magnolias) + sheep fur throw (gift) + funky pillow (Magnolias) = TEXTURE…. Also Wilhelmina the cat adds texture.


DIY hand-painted canvases I made to pull in the turquoise details in the room = $30.

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My DIY bar cart! Cart -$8.00 at the Norfolk Salvation Army. For a link on the whole DIY process click the photo or follow this link!


This is one of my favorite features of the room! The total cost for the bar cart was $21 (click pic for DIY process), Ice holder from a friend (found at a local auction), Metal Orb Sphere– clearance item from Magnolias, Coasters from Target!

I’m really excited as well that we’re selling genuine vintage pieces now at Magnolias! Tons of lovely beautiful glassware and unique vintage finds that we have currated!

Beautiful milk glass pieces! LOVE how contrasty the milk glass is against the dark background!

Beautiful milk glass pieces! LOVE how contrasty the milk glass is against the dark background!

Hopefully you can see that although I splurged on some items, the majority are either heirlooms, flea market finds, or from thrift stores. Yes! We DO have these kinds of things in the area! You just have to be persistent. Some of my favorite places in Norfolk include:

  • Salvation Army – very hit and miss, but I got very lucky with my bar cart.
  • VR Furniture (downtown) – tons of really good priced furniture + they have an awesome bar cart in there that someone NEEDS to go buy!
  • Garage Sales – Download the “Norfolk Area Connected” app on your phone > go to “What to Do” > “Garage Sales.” Here you’ll find a listing of ALL of Norfolk’s garage sales each weekend, where they’re at, and what they’ll be having! It’s an awesome feature that needs to be utilized more!
  • Pilger Flea Market (Country Market Days) – Go to their Facebook page for dates during the summer. Next one is SEPT. 3RD! This has been an AWESOME place to get some great finds and barter with vendors. (It’s where I got my painted wall horse that my fiancé hates! haha!)

There’s tons of resources in our area, ask around, explore, and remember that Facebook is the best way to get connected to local people selling antiques and re-stored furniture right out of their own homes! <—Shabby & Primitive Norfolk <—Backyard Loft <—Norfolk Area Treasure Road Trip <— Country Harvest Market Sep. 24th!


Part three: “DIY-ing” at Magnolias – to come next week!

Thanks! -Leah R

Remarkably You!

Part 1: “Statement” Pieces!

written by: Leah R.

Twenty-somethings! I’m talking to you! I understand where you are right now. You’re young, you’re on a budget… you don’t know until when. You’re full of ideas and possibilities when it comes to your style, you just need the capital to get you there. No, this isn’t a credit card advertisement… I promise.

One of the things I hear the most from people my age (25) is, “I LOVE your mom’s store, I just wish I could afford it!” My response: “I know, me TOO!” We work hard to bring in awesome and unique finds, but often that comes with a price. So how do you get the Magnolias’ look on your budget? The answer is – YOU DON’T! Ok, stay with me here. What i’m saying is that instead of focusing on the entire “Magnolias” look, we need to switch our way of thinking. This next 3 part series is about you, your budget, and your style.

Gone are the days of cookie cutter trends: traditional, contemporary, rustic, etc…. you get the point. Why does your style have to sit within a niche; why aren’t we changing our focus? Instead of buying multiple pieces and focusing on having a bunch of items, I want you to focus on individual pieces- or “statement pieces” as I like to call them. If you’re gonna splurge, splurge on ONE item. Make that item the focal point of your room, and build around it with awesome finds, unique pieces with stories, and diy decor! To really show you what I’m talking about, I’ve taken photos of my own home! I figured the best person to give you advice is someone on the same page!


My kitchen investment piece: Custom Framed Art.

I LOVE the way my custom framed piece turned out. It’s the first thing you see when you walk into the dining room area.  It started out as a summer project taking photos of produce from my garden, and then I later printed them on canvases. But, when I put them on the wall, there was no oomph. No WOW factor like I had pictured. My mom suggested getting them mounted, matted, and framed. This frame fit the room perfectly!


Custom Rustic/ Metallic Frame brings the unique one-of-a-kind items in the room together.

The second feature item in the room is the custom arrangement on the table. It really brought out the rustic feel I was going for, without going too western. Bonus: it even ties in some of the blue tones in the room!


Place Mats: DIY’d, White Bowls: Heirloom, Gold Glasses: Gift from a friend!



All of the other items in the room are either Target finds, heirlooms, or DIY adventures!  A little extra effort in saving money on the small things allowed me to expand my budget on my two focal pieces!

Below are some other awesome statement pieces you can find at our store for a budget-friendly price:

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Top Left Clockwise: Marble Piece: $58, Canvas $188, Gold Metal Piece $89, Floral $83, Feather Prints $59 ea.

Part two: “Mixing and Pairing” unique finds together – to come next week!

Thanks! -Leah R