Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weekend with Rachel Ashwell at The Prairie


This past weekend I was honored to be at
"How it all Began" workshop held at 
The Prairie in Round Top, Texas. 
I can sum up those few days in one word - WOW...


Although the workshop focused on Rachel's  newest book release, 
The World of Shabby Chic
we all gained insight of her journey far beyond any book pages.

I would like to share with you what I saw through my eyes...


Grace. Style. Beauty.


Nature. Color. Timeless


Elegance.Charm.Inviting


Talented.Soulful.Radiant


Details.Special.Comfort


Aqua.Whimsy.Quirky


Breezes.Country.Lace


Shiplap.White.Sparkle


Layers.Subtle.Gold


Farm.Faded.Relaxing


 Our choices for Saturday day afternoon were:
                         a) Shopping in Round Top
                         b) Photo shoot for Rachel's
    (That was a no brainer for me...)


A small group of us followed Rachel and Sarah around and tried our best to be flies on the wall.
(Not so easy for women who like to talk...)







Final photo of the bedding...
Rachel's attention to small details gave it the,
 "I want to live there," look.

We moved out to the "wash" line. This took awhile to get the best shot, but again, 
Rachel has a clever eye so it all pulls together.


My photo of what the final shot ended up as... Sarah will tweak hers to perfection.


Yes, even Rachel has a building full of her finds! 
These treasures are waiting to make their way to L.A.

                           
I was truly inspired by Rachel's journey.
 She is a beautiful person inside and out.


Thank you Rachel for a weekend that I will not forget!


Until we meet again!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Round Top Antique Week 2015



A few  faves that caught my attention during my visit to 


                     


                     



                          
Flea Market - Texas style!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mantel Dressing


 Mantel dressing is the quickest way to get a fresh feel to a room.
I change mine almost as often as I walk by...
I just can't seem to keep my hands off.  Re-decorating sure beats
dusting or vacuuming. Just move it all around instead.
Re-location is the key to staying away from boring.

I found these old books up in a closet and wondered why on earth I had tucked them away. 
Preservation maybe?
 I would so much rather enjoy them now instead of forgetting that I even had them. 

One can't go wrong with aqua bottles, tallow berry, chippy white and a sweet nest.


This will do until it is time to dust again...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A few faves around the house


 Roses
Flowers are easy to dry. When the flowers that your honey brought you start to bow their heads, just bundle the stems up with a rubber band and hang them in a dry, 
cool place like the garage.
(the rubber band stays tight as the stems shrink...)
Before you know it, you have a beautiful dried bouquet!

Good Bedding
Cozy linen sheets are a luxury I recently discovered.  
They are warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer.

 Early Seasonal Touches
 You know how your house always looks so bare after taking all of the 
Holiday decorations down?
My solution is bringing in a few early sprinkles of Spring. 
You just can't go wrong with an old ladder, washboard and lavender.

Nature
These are two of my favorite finds. 
I picked up the white coral while Island beach combing. 
The cactus skeleton was buried in the mud at my Dad's lake house at
 Ft. Phantom Lake near Abilene, TX.
Both had to be soaked in water and bleach, rinsed and
laid in the sun to get them clean.

Take time to enjoy the little things!