Inspired by Magnolias: Home, Beauty & Style

From a luxury skin cream to items for the home and wardrobe, celebrate the venerated summertime bloom with our editors' favorites.

The magnificent Southern magnolia is in full bloom right now, releasing its subtle but heady fragrance into the summer skies. While beautiful, the blooms once cut, are fragile and fleeting. To keep the magnolia always at hand, we gathered up some ideas from a luxury skin cream to items for the home and wardrobe. Capture a little magnolia magic for yourself or a friend.

8 Magnolia-Inspired Editors’ Favorites

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Skincare – Sapelo

Pamper yourself with the Savannah-based company’s luxury skincare products to rejuvenate and protect your skin. Its popular Rejuvenating cream includes magnolia extract (concentrated with five peptides, $240 for 1.7 oz).  

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scented candle

Candle – Lafco 

Release the scent of the Star Magnolia candle as you soak in the bath or lounge in the boudoir. These indulgent candles also make perfect gifts. ($42 for 6.5 oz and $65 for 15.5 oz)

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gold-toned earrings inspired by magnolia blooms

Earrings – Halsbrook

Add the beauty of magnolias to your everyday wardrobe with these charming earrings that pair with everything. (Kenneth Jay Lane satin gold magnolia flower clip-on earrings, $75)

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magnolia-motif votive

Votive – Replacements

Cast a warm glow to your interiors with this Lithophane Candle Votive bearing a magnolia-inspired design from Bernardaud. ($50)

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magnolia-inspired figurine

Vintage Décor – Chairish

Add the prettiness of the magnolia to your home office, a side table, or bookshelf with this ceramic, hand-painted vintage figurine with intricate detailing. (late 20th-century, $86)

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cocktail napkin with embroidered magnolia design

Embroidered Napkins – Á Bientôt 

Bring a little loveliness to your next gathering with these embroidered cocktail napkins, which can be personalized with your monogram. (Miss Magnolia 100% linen cocktail napkins, set of four, $88)

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magnolia-themed watercolors

Watercolors – Well + Wonder 

Adorn your walls year-round with magnolias captured in watercolor by Southern artist Amanda Norman.  (on archival paper, 15 x 11, $350 each)

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magnolia-inspired permanent botanicals, or faux flowers

Bloom Box – Weston Farms + New Growth

Never be without the fleeting bloom by incorporating meticulously crafted permanent magnolia blossoms into your arrangements. Erin Weston of Weston Farms collaborated with expert New Growth Designs to pair faux blooms with farm-fresh foliage. (Large Bloom Box, including one flower and two Weston Farms Magnolia 9″ bouquets, $105)

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More Magnolia Inspiration

magnolia, night garden

  • Favorite types and planting tips: Did you know that the magnolia family is so ancient that their flowers do not have true petals and sepals, but petal-like tepals? Garden expert Troy Rhone shares more about the beloved tree, including his favorite types and planting tips. Read more.
  • The night garden: Southern magnolias, gardenias, and jasmine perfume summer nights and glow gently under the moonlight. Atlanta gardener Danny Flanders extols the mystique of flowers that come into their own after sundown. Read more.
  • Adorning your home: While magnolia blossoms are fleeting, we still love to enjoy them inside albeit only for a little while. Pictured below, designer Cindy Smith gathers cuttings in a simple arrangement and designer Richard Keith Langham floats a single bloom in a bowl on a table decorated with ocean objects among a sea of blue.

magnolia flowers

Magnolia blossoms on a painted console reflect Charlotte, North Carolina designer Cindy Smith’s preference for unpretentious arrangements of seasonal flowers. (Photo by Laura Resen)

In his South Hampton home, Richard Keith Langham loves the Southern accent of a magnolia bloom floating in a bowl. (Photo by Michael Mundy)

Produced by Alice Welsh Doyle and Terri Robertson