Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Texas Antique Week Tour #1: The Prairie B&B by Rachel Ashwell



Texas Antique Week Tour #1: The Prairie B&B by Rachel Ashwell

It recently occurred to me that I never posted about our birthday trip to Round Top Texas where we stayed at The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell. 

With Texas Antique Week upon us, there is no better time than the present! 

Do you know that Rachel Ashwell has a B&B in Round Top? 

Yes, that Rachel Ashwell.

The Rachel Ashwell who put the Shabby in Shabby Chic.

Rachel Ashwell started the Shabby Chic lifestyle revolution in 1989 –beaded chandeliers, comfy vintage style and slipcovered living. Rachel has a roster of celebrity clients including: Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Pamela Anderson and Madonna. Her sheets were even featured as one Oprah’s favorite things, and even her own line at Target. After the hard-hitting recession, her beloved company filed bankruptcy, and Rachel quickly pulled herself up by her bootstraps.

She re-grouped and re-launched with Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture Stores in Santa Monica, New York, London  & Round Top Texas, an online store: www.rachelashwellshabbychiccouture.com, her 7th book: Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Inspiration’s and Beautiful Spaces and her signature Bed & Breakfast, The Prairie in Round Top Texas.

Round Top, with a population of 90, may seem like an odd choice for such a famous designer to launch a B & B! That is unless you’ve been to Round Top – cozy, quirky, stylish – a true mecca for treasure hunter’s nation wide.

Upon arrival at The Prairie we met our restored [Meadow] Manor house from the 1800’s – complete with a wrap-around porch, overstuffed white slipcovered sofas, luxe pink velvet, creamy whispy linen, vintage crystal chandeliers, antique chairs, a blue claw foot bathtub and oodles of vintage details – not to mention modern amenities with Flat screen TV’s and Molton Brown toiletries. 

Today a peak inside our accommodations at The Prairie . . .

The distressed to impress, Meadow Manor:









I wanted to take this gem of a chandelier home:





I dubbed this The SASHA chair during our stay”
















Not too Shabby, eh?!




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