Happy birthday, Rachel Ashwell

30 Oct

I knew I had yet to publish these photos for a reason! I mistakenly thought it was because I was too lazy to retrieve my memory card and upload all the pix.  But, really, all along I was waiting until Rachel’s birthday to share them with you. {That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!}

We owe Rachel a HUGE thank you, you know…for her inspiration not only in design, but as a successful business woman;  and for making it okay to surround ourselves with beautiful things, despite their imperfections. Whether or not your style meshes with hers, you can’t help but admire how she’s turned a style into a recognizable brand. AND, how shabby chic means something different to everyone. {Don’t believe me? Search for it on C-list. Then instantly forget what  you saw.}  I typically subscribe to the notion that once something is available in stores such as Target, the market is saturated. It’s time to move on to something new. But, no matter what the naysayers are spouting about shabby chic, it’s here to stay.

It is comfort.

It is beauty.

It is understated elegance.

It is in Round Top, Texas, at The Prairie.

Hope you enjoy these photos of Rachel Ashwell’s Texas digs:

Three flags over The Prairie

Home on the range

Shabby chic gets junkified

In the dining room

Mix-and-match chairs as seating in the dining room

Yet another dining room chair

A touch of shabby chic in the dining room

More fresh roses in the dining room

Structures on The Prairie:

Isn't she lovely?










Beautiful inside…













This was at first an eyesore to Rachel and prompted a "What have I done?!" moment. She now calls it the chandelier of acceptance, a symbol of making things work.






… and out





SO smart to have your staging ground and clearinghouse for your shops smack dab in the middle of antiques country!



Happy birthday, Rachel!





















































One Response to “Happy birthday, Rachel Ashwell”

  1. Tracy Smith October 30, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    Kristi, I’m so glad you waited! Your pictures were worth the wait. I’m quite impressed with your photography! So glad this was a meaningful visit. Thank you for letting the rest of us visit through your pictures. It is a beautiful place!

    See you Friday at the barn!

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