Good morning! I recently received a copy of Rachel Ashwell's Couture Prairie and Flea Market Treasures, and I think it's my very favorite of all of her books to date. I love how her style is still apparent, but her color palette has evolved to include deeper, more unusual shades. Plus she's embracing more rustic with the shabby. I love how she's humorously accepting Texas decor staples at The Prairie, like a large wagon wheel chandelier in the dining room of Liliput Lodge.
I love the opening line of the book flap because it sums-up the style depicted in the book:
"Think Marie Antoinette in jeans and a cowboy hat
-that is Rachel Ashwell's prairie style."
The book is basically about Rachel's purchase of a farm with many outbuildings near Round Top, Texas. Round Top is a sleepy little town in the Texas Hill Country that hosts a world-famous antiques fair twice annually. Rachel started visiting Round Top for the fair several years ago, and she fell in love with the area. She opened The Prairie B&B and a Rachel Ashwell Couture store at The Prairie. I enjoyed reading a little about the farm's history in the book.
Each chapter showcases the different buildings and outbuildings on the property. There are also chapters about events held at The Prairie and the Round Top Fair. The Resources page is a comprehensive list of fun places to see if you're ever in the Round Top area.
I would love to visit Round Top and stay at The Prairie. My favorite structure is the Faith Cottage, and I would love to sleep there a night or two!
Flowers waiting to be arranged for an event at The Prairie
Rustic floors and walls make the lace curtain even prettier in the Bluebonnet Barn.
Rachel is mixing deep teal, turquoise, deeper lilacs (almost a K&B purple for you folks from New Orleans) and dusty roses (think Meggie's Ashes of Roses dress in The Thorn Birds).
I love the brightness of the Blue Bedroom in Liliput Lodge.
I would love to shop here at The Prairie!
All gorgeous photography by Amy Neunsinger
I'm so inspired by this book, I'm putting together a pretty coffee table vignette this afternoon. I hope you'll stop by tomorrow and see what I create!
Until next time...