Friday, October 07, 2011

Shabby Chic ~ Texas Style

Since my last post was a teaser post on Rachel Ashwell's new shop, I thought I'd tell you about being here.  I was one of 35 bloggers that was fortunate to sign up in time for the Fund Raiser Luncheon that Kelley of The Hidden List put together at The Prairie.  You might remember that last Spring myself and several friends toured the place and now seeing her new store there was just so exciting. 

When I learned that I was attending the luncheon, I couldn't wait to see her store.  She had the cutest house moved onto the property to turn into her Texas Shabby Chic Couture Store.  This place was just perfect as is her B&B.  Spending a day here left me speechless.  The spirit of it can't be described.  It's so peaceful and magical all rolled into one.

The store was just so pretty inside.  Kristi and I left in plenty of time to be able to see the store early before the luncheon started.  I enjoyed see the things she had for sale and buying her new book was a must.

The lunch was so good.  I wish I had taken a picture of it.  We had Shrimp BLT, grilled chicken on a bed of salad with cilantro ranch dressing, California Tea, and pie with ice cream all prepared by Royer's Restaurant.  Does it get any better than this. 

After the luncheon, Lisa and Kim explained what exactly Dwell With Dignity is all about.  When families have been down on their luck, they help them reestablish themselves by providing a new place to live, their essentials, like furniture and even a home cooked meal and pie.  Once they pass their requirements, they are allowed to keep all the things that were given to them.

Rachel also told how she came to own a Bed and Breakfast and what made her pick Round Top as her new home and now new shop.  I could listen to her talk all day.  She's always been such an inspirational person.

She then gave us a tour of the main house, Liliput Lodge, and explained how she had redone the place, Shabby Chic style of course.  Isn't it just gorgeous:

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The gardens are equally as pretty.  There were pretty flowers blooming and rose bushes were brought in and planted throughout the property.

I hope if you get the chance to visit The Prairie that you enjoy your time there.  It truly is a wonderful place to go.


  1. The pictures make it look very dreamy and I don't use that word often. I've been seeing several pictures in blog land of your booth at the show and it too was dreamy. Lots of people are saying very nice things about you and your stuff. I hate I miss it.

  2. I am so glad you were able to go...because you share!

  3. What a joy to get to experience all of her "shabbyness"!! I want to visit her B an B one day, and just maybe I will have the honor to get to meet her too!
    Happy Junkin....Cathy aka GGJ

  4. It does sounds like a really magical place!

  5. Hello Theresa, thank you for sharing your photos with us again. You have taken me on so many fun road trips! We are we going next? I can't wait to see! Thanks again, have a nice weekend. sandi

  6. Theresa,
    I saw her new book last night but alas I'm on vaca & it was too big to haul home. I'm ordering it on amazon tho, it is Amazing! Who'd guess that Ozzie Osborne has the coolest house in the world?! LOL how lucky for you to go, I'll bet she is pretty darn interesting.

  7. Hi Theresa,
    What a fabulous time you must have had! Her ranch looks just heavenly!
    Thanks so much for sharing your visit and photos!
    Have a lovely weekend.

  8. Rachel is truly an incredible person. Her talents are endless. And thanks for posting the pictures. I loved them!

    Take care, Sue

  9. Love your beautiful photos!

  10. Lucky you Theresa! It looks like you had a fabulous time. I just got Rachel's latest book and love those photos of her Prairie B&B.
    Glad to hear your Round Top show was a success, too.
    I love your photos!
    - Susan

  11. Oh... thanks for sharing this Magical place as well... I just received my pre-ordered new Book by Rachel & as always, her Styling and Imagery took my breath away! Lucky you getting to experience it all in person! I'm green with envy!!! *Winks*

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  12. Love the way you grouped your collections! Very nice and interesting!


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