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  • Round Top, Texas: Antique Week

    I've spent the last few weeks here at the Prairie, combing through the fields of Round Top for vintage treasures.  As most of you know, when I was a child in London, my mum had a booth selling antique dolls at a vintage market.  By the time I was 12 years old, I had a booth of my own. Needless to say, flea marketing is in my blood and feels second nature to me--it's now one of the most hands on, creative aspects of my job.

    Some of this trips vintage finds:

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    Every vintage piece in my Shabby Chic world is hand picked by me, in an effort to bring a little magic to the shops. When shopping, I tend to stick to my pastel palette...favoring distressed light pinks and powder blues. Our goal this week was to fill a shipping container of treasures to send back to our warehouse in LA, where each piece will be lovingly restored. After restoration, the finished pieces are distributed to my Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture shops-- they are available for purchase there or online.

    Beau filling our container with pieces to be sent back to the warehouse:

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    And the best place to unwind after a long day of treasure hunting...the veranda at the Prairie:

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    While it can be a little tricky to get rooms at the Prairie during antique week, our b+b is truly a piece of Shabby heaven all year round. If you find yourself visiting us in Round Top, here are some of our favorite spots around town.

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  • Target: My Simply Shabby Chic™ Easter Basket

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    Easter is one of my favorite holidays due to my love of chocolate and the pastel palette. Recently, I went to my local Target store to create my quintessential Simply Shabby Chic™ Easter Basket.  I was spoiled for choice, so much inspiration.

    My process for shopping is the same as when I go to the flea market...I do one quick round of all the isles to get an overview of options and ideas. On my second and third round, I hone in and little by little my vision comes together.

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    Here is a step by step to creating my Simply Shabby Chic™ Easter Basket. All elements were found at my local Target store (except for a few little vintage accents):

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     All in all, when the basket was complete I was super pleased. It was affordable and except for the chocolates, everything would have a pretty life well after easter...and it was really quite lovely.

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    For a chance to win my Easter Basket, click here: http://woobox.com/ee9w3b

    (Email address required to enter, winner selected at random.  Contest ends Sunday evening, March 29th 2015. Please note, winning basket will have a couple of adjustments-- Personal vintage items excluded. )

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  • My Famous Roast Potatoes

    Even though I cooked most nights when my children were growing up, my cooking skills were/are pretty limited.  I think they would tell you shepherd's pie, spaghetti bolognaise and chicken salad wrap (often followed by apple pie) was their steady diet.

    My go-to meal for guests at the house is an english roast dinner and my simple roast potatoes are always well received.  As I am often asked for my recipe, I thought it might be fun to share with you.

    All you will need is 1 potato per person, olive oil + flour

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