Home & Garden
The Magnolia Journal

The Magnolia Journal Winter 2018

This magazine from TV couple Chip and Joanna Gaines focuses on seasonal ideas for life, garden, and home. Each quarterly issue identifies a thought-provoking virtue (gratitude, confidence, hospitality ...) and delivers stories that inspire readers to pursue it intentionally in their own lives. Regular features include personal essays by Chip and Jo, ideas for entertaining and family activities, recipes, gardening, decorating, and much more--all beautifully packaged with the signature Magnolia style.

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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
letter from the editor

November in Texas is its own kind of hallelujah. We made it. At last, nature repays us for enduring extended months of summerlike warmth. Temperatures finally begin to fall, and the trees start showing off, all of a sudden ablaze in red and brown and yellow and at least five shades of orange. With each dropping leaf and degree, the air seems bright with the knowledge that change is coming. This time of year it feels as though anticipation is everywhere. Maybe, like me, you’re excited about the cooler temperatures, already looking at the sky—thrilled at the smallest possibility of snow. Students across the country have surely started counting down the days until winter vacation. Perhaps you get to be with family over the holidays, and that time can’t come quickly…

1 min.
magnolia report

CHRISTMAS AT THE SILOS DECEMBER 7–8, 2018 ’Tis the season at the Silos! Come experience Magnolia’s own winter wonderland—including a visit from Santa! Daytime festivities will be free and open to the public. Find more details at magnolia.com/christmas. Jo’s Design Book Is Out! NOVEMBER 6, 2018 Joanna’s design book was just released, and we love hearing stories of how it has impacted the way you think about your home. In Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave, Jo walks you through how to create a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. Purchase an exclusive copy featuring a bonus chapter at magnolia.com/homebody. Silo District Marathon APRIL 28, 2019 It’s officially training season! Chip’s personal challenge to run his first marathon last year has sparked a Magnolia tradition. Join…

2 min.
the most wonderful day of the year

SETTING ASIDE A SINGLE, WHOLEHEARTED DAY TOGETHER CAN CREATE SPACE FOR MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME.The HOLIDAY MEMORIES WE REMINISCE ABOUT THE MOST ARE OFTEN A COLLECTION OF SIMPLE MOMENTS MADE MAGICAL BY MEANINGFUL TIME SPENT WITH THOSE WE LOVE. This season consider reserving a full, uninterrupted day at home to focus only on connecting with your family in a memorable way. The intentional time together is worth it, but there’s a good chance you’ll make lasting memories in the process, too. Plan the day as a family or make it a surprise for the little ones. Include beloved traditions or try something new. You needn’t make this day about pursuing perfection or outdoing last year’s experience. But choose activities you think your family will really enjoy. This kind of set-apart…

1 min.
pot pourri

Every winter we toss these ingredients into a pot, let them simmer on the stove, and sure enough the house smells amazing all day! —Jo Invite the distinctive scents of the holidays into your home with this stove-top potpourri. It is simple enough to throw together on an ordinary day to help celebrate the season and elevated enough to prepare especially for hosting a gathering. While it looks pretty enough to drink, resist the urge. This brew is for smelling, not sipping. make it yourself: INGREDIENTS 4 apples3 oranges5 cups water3 cinnamon sticks1 Tbsp. cloves OPTIONAL ADD - INS 2 pine sprigs1 thick ginger slice2 vanilla beans1 whole hazelnut1 lemon, cut into thick slices1 Tbsp. peppermint extract DIRECTIONS CUT apples and oranges into large chunks or thick slices. POUR water in a pot. Add apple and orange pieces, cinnamon sticks,…

2 min.
love your neighbor

I don’t typically set out place cards for dinners I host, but when many of the guests will be meeting for the first time, I like to include their names around the table. It’s an easy way to make sure everyone feels valued, and it helps ease any initial nerves about learning each other’s names. —Jo Gathering around an overflowing table is one of the most anticipated aspects of the holiday season. A meal with family, friends, or new acquaintances can be meaningful time together if we choose to let it. It provides an opportunity to slow down—to really hear and enjoy one another. It can also be a place where the simple act of welcoming people to come together, both new friends and old, can quietly communicate things of true…

4 min.
a considered approach to gifting

I love to spend time thinking about the people that I am choosing gifts for—what are some of my favorite things about them? What hobbies or subjects are they passionate about? Seeing the world from their vantage point for a few minutes helps me to dream about what kind of gift they might really enjoy and feel known and loved by receiving. There are so many ways to make a gift feel personal. We’re sharing some of our favorite items and ideas here. —Jo 01 | ENGRAVED PENDANT NECKLACE Calligraphed initials make this retro-inspired gold pendant beautiful and personal. $40+; linesandcurrent.com 02 | NEW YORK TIMES BIRTHDAY BOOK Deepen a loved one’s understanding of his or her life with the Ultimate Birthday Book. Like a personal time capsule, each book contains The New York Times…