the PRaiRIE by RaCHeL AShWeLL…welcome to town.

March 17, 2011

rachel ashwell. the world-famous rachel ashwell. the trailblazin’, pioneering, globetrottin’ rachel ashwell. creator of shabby chic, shabby chic couture, and simply shabby chic for target stores. author of multiple design books, lover of all things chippy & tattered. rachel ashwell has embarked on yet another unpredictable adventure…

the prairie by rachel ashwell…in round top, texas. that’s right y’all…in round top, texas. read on for the full scoop…

we believe, although rachel is english and london is her home, that rachel is a true-blue texan at heart. she fell in love with texas the first time she came to the warrenton antiques show (read amie’s post here for more on that trip) …she’s religiously come twice a year. we’ve always thought she seems so at home in texas……her scuffed up, well-worn cowboy boots mosey through the fleamarket as she carefully selects the perfect items for her lovely stores across the world.

{rachel’s boots…in our tent last fall}

she has always stayed at the outpost…a bed and breakfast created by lenore and danny…who renovated and restored barely-standing structures to create what the outpost is today. so, when lenore decided it was time to hang up her hostess hat and move on to a new chapter in her life, rachel decided it was the perfect next chapter for her, her family, and her business. she purchased the property to create a destination for lovers of all things shabby chic.

and, after many gallons of white paint, lots of mushy furniture that begs you to plop down, and tons of crystal-embellished, mis-matched chandeliers…the transformation has begun.

{here, fabrics are strewn across a chippy-peely farm table…each one labeled with dimensions for curtains, seat covers, etc…}

{and here, signature rachel ashwell fabrics await their shabby destination}

{vintage prom dresses flank the newly painted parlor}

 we joined the rachel camp for a dinner party the other night…it was peaceful. and beautiful. and made us all hugely grateful for the road ahead…

{simple and perfect}

{those roasted sweet taters are soooo callin’ my name right about now:)}

{rachel helping prepare the chicken…delish!}

and here we all are with prairie pearl…the un-official prairie mascot and fetcher of sticks.

{mom, amie, rachel, prairie pearl, and me}

here’s to you, rachel! here’s to round top! here’s to junk! and friends! and here’s to the road ahead and the glittery dust billowing behind our trucks!

oh, and by the way…we received some really exciting news today about shabby and junk gypsy!

we’re both listed as ToP 10 design & decorating blogs! we’re soooo excited! CLiCK HERE for RaCHEL’s BLOG!

much love & tacos from us to you!!!!!


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  • Reply Jessi Reel March 17, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    One day, I will stay there! I was too slow to get reservations for this spring. Rachel has been a hero of mine for a loooong time-I think it’s so cool y’all are friends!

  • Reply Theresa-Garden Antqs Vintage March 18, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Oh my her place just shouts her signature style. It’s so beautiful, but yet I knew it would be. Can’t wait to see the completed place. And see you all really soon, T

  • Reply Courtney Taylor March 18, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Seriously – just when I thought your lives couldn’t be any cooler! 🙂 don’t forget us little ones that you knew WWWWAAAAYYYYY back when! 🙂 love and mucho tacos right back ‘atcha! xoxo-c

  • Reply bud the pieman!!! March 18, 2011 at 10:49 am

    as i i have been saying this week…. WELCOME ALL U SISTAS TO THE ROUND TOP ‘HOOD!!!! the party will always be on one of our three porches!!!
    bless, bud the pieman!!!

  • Reply cindy burch March 18, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Can’t wait to arrive…will be checking in at the Prairie on Sunday, March 27

  • Reply Lynette Smith March 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    All you girls are living the dream!!!! Sooooo happy for all your success….

  • Reply laura venosa dellaporta March 20, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I am so happy for Rachel with all she has been through…She continues to inspire us all with so much beauty & love…. my dream is to come vist one day & plop down on one of those sofas!
    Keep the glittery dust in your trails girls! xo Laura

  • Reply vintagesusie March 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Oh…this sounds like heaven, but then everything Texas sounds like heaven to me!! I’m headin your way sweet gypsy’s & can’t wait to be standing in your tent…hope your fan’s a blowin & you’re tee’s a flowin! 😉
    Hugs to y’all soon…
    Miss Susie

  • Reply Lyns March 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    this is the coolest! i love me some rachel ashwell and have been a fan for a while of the both of you peeps! you make junk look cool and that my dear, is a gift!

    p.s. I need to stop by and say “hi” in warrenton! Maybe the farmer will let me leave the farm for some shopping!

  • Reply tammye March 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Looking for a room for tomorrow night !!

  • Reply Becky April 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    So what does a day look like after you girls get home from Warrenton? All of you girls are such an inspirations. I sit here dreaming and reading and my guess is you are already “doing something” towards your next big event.

  • Reply gretchen nation June 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    so many of us out here in bloggy-land are dreaming of pulling on our cowboy boots to hit the road and stay here after shopping the over the rainbow Texas fleas….thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Courtney Fanning June 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I SWEAR this place must be Heaven on Earth… Rachel Ashwell has chic, timeless style… everything about The Prairie looks warm and inviting, and I can’t wait to make reservations! 🙂 Although, I’m afraid I may never want to leave… 🙂

  • Reply Rayonna November 6, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I am in love with your decorating style, and I not from the South I am from the North and for some reason most of the people here are a year behind in decorating styles. Could you help me to move them into the future. How did you start with you business? Thank you

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