Sunday, January 5, 2014

PART ONE~~Visit to The Prairie~ The Shabby Couture!

Hi Friends
Hope you are enjoying the start
to the New Year.
Recently my guy and I visited
The Prairie by Rachel Aswell
located in Roundtop, Texas
We had a wonderful time
relaxing in the wide open spaces of our beloved Texas.

As we turned onto  the long
drive up to Liliput Lodge
the first of the 5 cottages on the 46 acre B&B,
we felt right at home.

Liliput Lodge
This beauty was booked
with guests
even as far back as our reservations were made the 1st of November.

Driving around to the left,
we made our way to
the Ranger Lounge to check in for our arrival.

Here are a few pics inside and out of the Ranger Lounge.

Decorated for Christmas and ready to greet guests.
Time to relax in the lounge area
or meet in the morning  for Breakfast.

Notice the white cowgirl hat on the tree top.

Through the curtains where you see the bar chairs, is the kitchen area.

The next few pics are the kitchen and dining areas
decorated with many of RA's fabrics and dishes.
Treasured collectibles of Texas and Shabby Couture.

This is just one of the tasty breakfasts that were prepared
for us each morning followed after,
fruit, tea bread, coffee or hot tea.
Served on Rachel's designer plates. So yummy!!

The next pics are
Cornflower Cottage, the one we stayed in.

True to the name,
is the cornflower blue doors at the entry.

This is the side porch
overlooking palm trees a rose garden,

and this gorgeous lemon tree in full fruit bloom.

Going inside we were greeted
with a cozy room
decorated by Rachel herself.
Using vintage, very distressed furnishings
in a bohemian style with Spanish flair,
this was a restful retreat.

The oval mirror was a robins egg blue
with vintage complimenting shade sconces
on each side also in the same blue.

Over the tub is a rustic and colorful wood ceiling
with chandelier.
Very romantic touch.

The door to the bathroom
is a distressed folding door with a vintage coke bottle opener for a door pull.
Very unique and fun!

In the room area
is a wet sink hutch for
serving coffee, water and stocked with cups,
glasses, napkins and coffee for brewing.
After our 4 and a half hour drive
we were ready
to relax and plan our next day.

The fluffy overstuffed bed was a welcome haven.
My guy said it swallowed me up when I rested on it. 
It was like sleeping in the clouds.

Beautiful Dream Catcher over the bed,
leads to sweet dreams and sold in The Shabby Chic Couture Store on the property.

Now you know I can't wait to shop in the store.
I'll be dreaming of shabby couture~~

Just outside the door my guy picked this gorgeous pink rose
and brought it inside for me.
I placed it in one of Rachel's pretty "The Prairie" glasses.
I knew she wouldn't mind as she loves all flowers too
and it gave the night stand such a pretty touch.

More to come in PART 2
pics of the other 4 cottages on the outside,
The Pearl Barn, a walk around the Prairie grounds
and of course the Shabby Chic Store!
I'll just take a peek outside as the sun goes down
saying good day to our journey here on
 The Prairie.

See you next time with much more!

Happy New Year
Celestina Marie


Valerie-Jael said...

This just looks soooooooooo beautiful - what a wonderful place to stay. Love all the furniture and fittings that have been put together and so artfully arranged and composed, just fantastic! lad you enjoyed your stay! Hugs, Valerie

Ingeborg van Zuiden said...

Hi Celeste!
Happy New Year to you! I hope the new year will bring you good health and nothing but happy things on your pathway! I can imagine you had such a good time there at the prairie. It's all looking so cozy and gorgeous and seclusive! I love that picture of you peeking through the window. Makes me think a bit of one of those old wild west cowboy movies lol. Only thing that's missing is that you wear a gorgeous Victorian dress and a lacy hat LOL. Enjoy today and happy creating!
Blessings and hugs,

Jan Hermann said...

Oh how pretty - I'm so glad you enjoyed it. The breakfast looks yummy. It seems funny to see trees with leaves and lemons on them...when we're looking at a possible 8-12" of snow today! LOL! Hugs, Jan

Betty said...

I love it and it must have been a wonderful trip. I just adore that wood ceiling. I am hoping Hubby and I can find some time this year to go on a mini vacation.

Julie Marie said...

Oooh Celeste, I have been so anxiously awaiting this post!... what a dream come true for you!... The Prairie looks so beautiful and welcoming, I want to go there one day too!... love Cornflower Cottage where you stayed, and all of the gorgeous decor... also love love love the white cowgirl hat on the top of the Christmas tree!... how sweet of Larry to pick you the beautiful pink rose, and I know Rachel would not care, she would be happy he did!... you look stunning peeking out at the view... also LOVE your gorgeous silver ring!... so happy you had a nice time... can't wait to see all of your photos... much love, xoxo Julie Marie

1CardCreator said...

Wow, how beautiful it all is Celeste! I bet you had a wonderful, romantic and relaxing time there. Loved the dream catcher too! Thanks for sharing. ~Diane

lilybets said...

Beautiful photos, I do love the home decor warm and creative !

Roberta said...

Hi Celeste! Beautiful photos!!!!
Happy New Year!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing the pretty details of your little cabin on the prairie, Celestina!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

It looks like a wonderful place to spend a few days! The bed does look like it could swallow you up. The breakfast looks delicious too. Looking forward to the rest of your stay.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks like there was a lot to see and some wonderful inspiration, Celeste! I love the cottage you stayed in. The bed does look super comfy. Looking forward to seeing more!

Donna said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful trip at The Prairie,Celestina! It looks like an amazing place! I think I would have a hard time wanting to get out of that oh so cozy looking bed! And that tub looks incredible! I love all of the velvet Rachel has used on the property, and her rustic yet elegant decor. And the yummy looking breakfast! Such a pretty picture of you peering out the window!! Oh, and your guy is such a sweetheart and true romantic to pick a rose for you:) Can hardly wait to see more photos of your stay!!

Ginny said...

Great photos! Your room reminds me of the room my daughter and I stayed in when we went to Cancun.
Happy New Year1

Kathy said...

Oh, what a wonderfully unique place to stay. I can't wait to see part two.

Unknown said...

Celeste, you are sooo lucky!! I dream of going to The Prairie! Everything looks so beautiful! She does not forget a single detail! The bathroom is gorgeous a is that wood ceiling, my goodness, the details!! And I love that sink hutch, how cool is that? The bed looks sooo comfy, I want to take a nap in it right now. Like you said, it looks like a cloud! I am looking forward to your next post and of course I cant wait to see what you bought!!
I hope you and Larry had a wonderful Christmas and you have your best year yet in 2014!!
Love and miss you,

Kerri said...

Oh Celeste! What a unique place and a real treat to stay there!! Thank-you so much for sharing all the photos, I know the time it takes to download a ton of pictures. Looking forward to part 2.

Have a lovely week my friend!!!


Kerri said...

Oh Celeste! What a unique place and a real treat to stay there!! Thank-you so much for sharing all the photos, I know the time it takes to download a ton of pictures. Looking forward to part 2.

Have a lovely week my friend!!!


Bente said...

Oh, how beautiful. I can soooo understand that you had a great stay.

Hugs from here

Tina said...

Dear Celeste,

I'm so glad that you have a wonderful time. Happy new year

Dorthe said...

Oh, it must have been like in a dream, staying there, Celestina Marie.
I have a few of Rachel Aswell`s books, and know what beauty she creates in her home and other surroundings. This place is surely amazing- and what a beautiful room you had, the bathroom stunning.
Sending you hugs,

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I left a comment but I see that it didn't go through.
What a terrific place to go for a holiday. Everything looks so wonderful there.
Food looks yummy.....
Can hardly wait to see the rest of the B & B. Have a wonderful holiday.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Celestina Marie,

How very beautiful your holiday away must have been and I enjoyed seeing all your lovely photos.
What a dreamy place and the bed looks so very comfortable. The pink rose is a lovely touch beside the bed.
Thanks for showing us and look forward to your next post.
Sending hugs and best wishes

Patty Sumner said...

Oh my goodness Celestina Marie...what some wonderful eye candy.. I love, love, love this place...I cannot wait to see the other cottages... Oh what a dream to run an establishment like this... Such creativity and hospitality....Such a blessings for you to go! The Prairie is a visit I would love to make some day.... Hurry up... I want to see more.. Have a great Week and Blessings!

cynthia lee designs said...

Oh my...what a beautiful Bed & Breakfast. Oh...what an awesome place to stay!! I love Rachel Ashwell's decorating style. I have all of her books. Can't wait to see more from your visit there.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG I am loving this...I hope this is a 5 or 10 part series, I don't be able to get enough of it. Can you imagine how much fun she had decorating all of these cottages!! Oh this is so fun...MORE PLEASE


Unknown said...

Hi Celestina!
Happy New Year! It's been so long since I have visited you. So sorry about that. I think the days, months and years go by too fast. Hope you are doing great. Love every single photo of the Prairie. Looks so peaceful and beautiful there. Good for you! I hope to get away one day soon too. Too much to do all the time. By the way, I thought of you around Christmas. I put the cute snowman ornament you gave me a few years ago up on my tree. It's one of my favorite!
Wishing you love,great health, happiness and may all your dreams and wishes come true for 2014. Keep in touch.:)
Janet Bernasconi
Janet's Creative Cottage

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

I'm sooo Amazed !!! WOW !!! I want to go there. It is just magnificent. That bath tub is so far my fav. But its all so hard to choose from. The Christmas d├ęcor. is so beautiful. Yummy looking food. I am so happy you got to go away for awhile and get away from the cold. I'm looking forward to the next round of pics.
I am going to dream about staying here one day.
Love you,
From the Dreamer,
Marie Antoinette

Unknown said...

Hi Celestina!
Happy New Year too!
Wow, what a great place. Can't wait to see more.

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Happy New Year! I just loved your tour..........I have never heard of this wonderful place! Cant wait to see part 2!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Celestina, I loved seeing these photos. You look like you belong right there, peering out of that pretty lace curtain. I've heard that this place stays booked all of the time. Under the bathroom mirror, I saw the top of a Mexican tile that is like tiles I used in our powder room. It looks like it is just one of a variety of different tiles lined up, but it was fun to see that I had some like the one RA used! laurie

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, I'm in heaven. :) I LOVE the decor here, so simple, no clutter. The sink cabinet is gorgeous and that ceiling is amazing. The lemon tree almost made me cry. I dream of one since I love them so much, but must wait on it while in our transition. I don't think I would be able to leave that beautiful place. Love the pic of you looking through the lace curtains.
I hope you have more pictures. This was delightful.
Have a lovely day, friend.

NanaDiana said...

I don't know how I missed this post, Celestina Marie. It is just absolutely GORGEOUS! You lucky girl! I know you certainly deserved this wonderful getaway and I am happy that it is all you thought it would be. Now I have to go visit you in Part Two. xo Diana
ps- LOVE the picture of you peeking out the window.

JES said...

Oh, I love Rachel Ashwell's style and would love to visit here! But your pictures are a second best! :) Thank you for sharing!

TexWisGirl said...

an amazing amount of work put into this place! (and love and care and detailed touches)

Sandi Magle said...

Oh gosh, how much fun is that...thank you thank you thank you---I love all the ways they used materials so creatively---like that stripe ceiling and the cabinets...makes me really want to come to Texas!

grins and onward, Sandi

Roosterhead Designs said...

Lovely lovely lovely!! What a wonderful retreat! I am ready to read part 2 and 3 ...: ) Thanks for sharing~ Karen O

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..