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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Rachel Ashwell's The Prairie in Round Top

I had the great pleasure of staying at Rachel Ashwell's "The Prairie" Bed & Breakfast in Round Top, TX last summer with my mom and sister. It was so wonderful and I took tons of pictures to capture the essence of the property to share with you and realized that I never actually posted about this gem! I promised a post earlier this month, so here it is. Better late than never, right?

I first wrote about Ashwell's Texas inn back in 2012 (you can check out that post here), and it has been by far my most read piece on the blog. Rachel Ashwell is the queen and originator of shabby chic, so it is no surprise that her Round Top property is gorgeous and on point with shabby decor. I am no photographer, and these photos don't come close to doing the property justice, but I hope you can get a taste for the beautiful decor in and the serene environment around the quaint farmstead.

First up - the main house, called "The Liliput Lodge":


The living room downstairs for all house guests to enjoy. 


We had the upstairs suite, which has two bedrooms, a shared bath for both rooms, and a great balcony with view of the lane.

This is the Bella Blue room. 



Here is the Pink Primrose room. 


Even the furniture on the balcony had that shabby charm that invites relaxation. The house has such a familiar feel and cozy comfort about it. 

View from the balcony. 

There are four other buildings on the property to rest your head. 

The Cornflower Cottage 


The Bluebonnet Barn

Gorgeous landscaping around all the buildings. 


The Faith Cottage



The Meadow Manor


Where the breakfast magic happens: The Rangers Lounge. This is where guests gather to enjoy a home-cooked breakfast with farmhouse tables and perfectly mismatched shabby linens. 


Resident kitty greets the guests. 

Outdoor gathering area. 


This is a gathering area for all guests to enjoy in the Rangers Lounge. 

This picture epitomizes Rachel Ashwell's uniquely shabby style. 



The dining room. 

Dishes and wrapped flatware. 




View from the back patio- what a way to enjoy breakfast! 





The other two buildings are the Pearl Barn and the Shabby Shack (the store which sells all of Rachel Ashwell's goods). 

The Pearl Barn holds lots of special events - what a great wedding venue!




Side of the store and the rusty old truck. 

My wonderful travel companions!

Thanks for taking a tour with me. I hope you get to see the property (and this sweet kitty) for yourself one day! 



Have a chic week,

~Sarah













Wednesday, August 5, 2015

#BarnSale2015

It wasn't even August when I got a package in the mail from Suzanne of Rusted Gingham - the materials for the 2015 Barn Sale had arrived! Talk about organized and efficient - that is Suzanne!

I am loving her Save the Date postcard with the new Rusted Gingham logo.


So mark your calendars - #Barnsale2015 is not to be missed. November 6 from 4pm - 8pm and November 7 from 9am-4pm at the JB Wells Showbarn in Gonzales, TX. This is where "Come and Take It" originated), so we sure hope you come and take lots back with you! 

Speaking of sales, please check out the SALE! collection at Barn Chic Boutique; some sale merchandise is marked down by more than half and, this week only, shipping is free with discount code SHIP4FREE. 

Have a chic rest of the week,

~Sarah
barnchicboutique.com 


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Junk HIPPY Rosenberg - Show recap

Junk HIPPY was this past Saturday in Rosenberg, TX and I was fortunate to be a part of the madness! Named one of the top 7 flea markets/barn sales by Country Living earlier this year, Kristen and her Junk HIPPY crew (family) brought the shoppers out of the woodwork! Or at least out of the Houston area...there were thousands of shoppers (I've heard 6,000) who braved the crowds, heat, and lines to get a glimpse at the junk. When I pulled in to the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds at 7:30am on Saturday morning to finish pricing and arranging my space, there were three dedicated shoppers who formed the start of the line awaiting the 9am opening. 9am came, and this is what the line had grown to:


The line was long outside but the flow of shoppers was manageable through our building for the first 30 minutes or so. And then it got crazy! It was awesome and a bit overwhelming to have a line in my booth, and my mom and I didn't stop wrapping up goods for several hours straight. 

I am so thankful for my Barn Chic crew (family) for all their help this weekend; there is no WAY I could have done it without them! My parents again drove down from IL to help, and Andrew came in Friday night; the four of us managed to load and unload a trailer full of junk twice, set up a booth, nearly sell out of the boutique clothing, and wrangle the living mannequin who was cutting his first tooth. Some of those tasks were easier than others...but I am happy to report that my little guy did just fine at his first show! 


Here are some before pictures of my space in building D:


















I am so glad I had a great show with my clothing, because I hardly sold any antiques! Which meant the trailer was as full going home as it was headed there and every heavy piece went back with me. But I will not complain because I had my BEST.SHOW.EVER. thanks to the junk warriors who endured the heat, lines, and crowded buildings. I sold out of my Grace & Lace clothing and accessories as well as most all of my BABY Barn Chic goods. I met some wonderful shoppers and I am thankful for all the Facebook love I've gotten from my new customers! 

Thanks to this lovely lady for everything she does, including designing and building this dressing room and packing a U-Haul with scientific precision.  


Thanks to my dad for the heavy lifting, dressing room assembly, and endless trips to the car to put away boxes. 

Here's my little model in his adorable Milkbarn Organics onesie:

Not pictured: my amazing husband who supports my small business dream and drove three hours on our 5th anniversary to enjoy a romantic dinner of pizza on the floor outside of the bathroom in our hotel room at the Rosenberg La Quinta while our son slept in the pack and play in the corner. 

Two big orders of new inventory placed today to replace the depleted stock! Can't wait to share the new finds soon!

Did you make it to Junk HIPPY? How was your experience? 

Have a chic week!

~Sarah



  

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