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