January 18, 2012

Rachel Ashwell's The Prairie~ Part 1

Sometimes you just have to get out of the house.
I decided some Shabby Chic, served up Texas style, was in order.

Rachel Ashwell in Texas, you ask?
Yes, indeed.
She has created just what you'd expect from the Goddess of the Shab to the Chic.

A lot of you are aware of the "big to do" in Round Top twice a year.
Have you been?

It's a fun event with dealers from all over and all the places to stay during the madness are generally booked up way in advance.
This is not an antique show where you will find deals.  It's gotten very expensive over the years and I'm generally not in the mood to pay someone $8,000 for an armoire that was "found" in a quaint little barn somewhere. 
I give props to the genius to can pull that off, though.  Wanna come over?
I have a few things I'd like to show you. ;)

Anyway, back to The Prairie.

My first tip...do not trust that your GPS knows what it's talking about.
It doesn't have a clue.
Magoo was getting concerned that I had planned a little adventure in which he might be meeting up with a shovel and a nice stay at Six Feet Under.
Or that Michael Myers was going to appear out of thin air and chop us to bits, a la Halloween.
Ya think we saw too many scary movies in the 80's?

Not to worry. 
We arrived, albeit the long way.  Just before dark and in time for the gorgeous sunset.

We were met in The Lodge by Danny, who was busy cooking up some chili for the Chili Cook Off that took place last weekend.  
He gave us our info and sent us across the way to the little cottage.
He told us about a few places we might get dinner, as Royer's was still closed from the holidays.
Don't worry, they opened the next day.

Danny suggested a steak house in Carmine and a few Round Top establishments.
We also got proper exit/re-entry strategies.
Bad, bad, stupid GPS.

The Lodge

The little cottage was warm and welcoming.
See blue door.

And in true Rachel style, gorgeous, fabulous bedding.
The bed was heaven.
Blue linen headboard and white, delicious fluff.

Properly covered linen hangers in a green cabinet lined with wallpaper.

 A little painted and very peel-y nightstand.

Inside the shop... Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture.
Yes, purple velvet, Robin.
Like butta.

Check back this evening for more gorgeous pics of the property and the tour. 
 I've got to run off and take Magoo to get another MRI for knee # 2. 
He's such a spaz that he has to be sedated.  He can't be still to save his life.
Did someone say shovel? ; )

Until then,


  1. laughing at your GPS quandries. but the lodge looks neat!

  2. Looks like another great wenture! Can't wait to see the rest of the photos. By the way, I have a proper shovel over here ;-)

  3. Yeah...gotta love those GPS thingies. My daughter taught hers to talk with an Australian accent..and I kinda like that old boy...ride around just to hear him talk.

    It looks like you had a wonderful adventure. What a lucky girl! I can't want to see more.

    Did you want the shovel for head-conking or digging? just askin'...xo Diana

  4. Is that THE truck? It looks like the right body style...

  5. HAHA..I just love reading your blog!
    I have be to Round Top a few times. (wish I could have met up with ya) You are so right, some stuff is just priced crazy!
    Susie Harris and I are going to try and make it to Austin for the Country Living Fair.
    I can not wait to see the rest of your pictures, looks like a dreamy place to stay.

  6. OMG, I hate our GPS...always sends us to a non-location! I've learned to print out directions from Google Maps just in case!

    What a fun trip! Glad you left the shovels at home...

  7. Tina I want to go and visit there so bad!! You are one lucky gal. It looks dreamy. I am going to have to try and work on hubs some more since it is only a three hour drive! Cant what to see more pics and thanx for coming to party!

  8. Thank you for sharing this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday!

    I am happily following you and hope you will do the same.

  9. Looks just wonderful~ Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!


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