Books: Rachel Ashwell’s Couture Prairie {10 things we like}

You may remember how thrilling it was

for this megafan to interview Rachel

when her last book was released,

and now I’m giddy again about

this fabulous new title coming in the fall:

Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie: And Flea Market Treasures

(Cico, 2013).

Top 10 reasons Hello Lovely is over the moon?

Rachel’s a legend.
The love affair with shabby chic goes
wayyyyyyyyy back for many of us…
like before my looks faded and there were newborn
babies at my feet and a lot of clueless less evolved
folks thought me nuts for subscribing to such a
romantic design sense, for painting everything
under God’s creation white, and for feeling
stoned high from fleamarket thrifting.

Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie: And Flea Market Treasures

Prairie girls rule.
The new book title tickles my
 fancy since I dwell in the
heartland…in prairie land.

Shabby Chic titles deliver.
Have them all?
Get to gettin!

Ms. Ashwell honors the imperfect.
Here is a collection you’ll see at
Shabby Chic Couture very soon
called ‘bent not broken.’

Are we as rockstars of the perfectly imperfect
on planet michele not completely lovin
her guts for bent not broken?

Art by Laurence Amelie



Rachel was kind enough to be interviewed

by me in 2011, and if you missed

it, I highly recommend

taking a look since she opens

up her heart, and the

light streams out.

Shabby Chic is the original, baby.
If you have yet to discover the shop
Shabby Chic Couture, you are in
for yum overload…lovelies like
her linens and the inspiring banner
above are often copied but are all her.

It’s personal.
What I adore personally about Shabby Chic is:
the collections are cozy and approachable.
Aesthetics, function, quality, and soul
work harmoniously, and a humility
of spirit ties them all together.

So rare in designland…
can’t think of another brand
striking such a lovely chord.

Speaking of soul sole,
check out Rachel’s collaboration
with Tom’s shoes happening today!

FOR $65+

I ordered mine so count on forthcoming shots
of me frolicking in Rachel wedges…bless you,
Tom’s and Rachel, for offering size 5!

It’s a Texas Thing.
Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie: And Flea Market Treasures is inspired by
Rachel’s move to The Prairie in Round Top, Texas.

Visiting this wonderland
is on my LIST OF MUST DOs,
and if you are prairie-bound,
please please take me with you.
Never been to Texas, yet editors there
(Austin!) love me, so this must change.

The Prairie
is Rachel’s answer to:
where to gather
for the loveliest
weddings and events?

Where to experience a B&B immersed
in prairie couture and shabby goodness?

I’ll share glimpses of Rachel’s
prairie queendom in my next post
since I’m certain you’ll be smitten.

Exceptionally chic photography.
It’s a given.
We are bound to swoon with page after page
of gorgeous inspiring
design, furniture, accessories,
linens, and art…but you know
what else is likely to score?

Englightening text and content.
Her words.
The beauty of the creator behind it all.
A treasure-seeking
Malibu-Brit Beachbabe who
built something magical
and deeply relevant
while remaining
steadfastly true to

Can’t wait for Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie: And Flea Market Treasures!

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  1. February 18, 2013 / 6:14 am

    I have loved her style since the beginning. I took a peek at her B&B – I bet it is amazing!!! Really looking forward to seeing her new book too 🙂

  2. February 18, 2013 / 7:17 am

    Rachel is great! I own her latest book and I enjoy it!

  3. February 18, 2013 / 7:26 am

    I am big fan of Rachel
    she can make anything and everything look so romantic and dreamy.

  4. February 18, 2013 / 11:31 am

    Love Rachel's style and even have a pair of chairs from one of her first stores in NYC that I will treasure forever.


  5. February 18, 2013 / 12:09 pm

    Oh yes, Love everything she does! Di

  6. February 18, 2013 / 12:19 pm

    So exciting…thanks for sharing. And I learned something–had no idea she collaborated with Toms shoes! How fun!


  7. February 18, 2013 / 1:42 pm

    mmmmm gorgeous stuff!

  8. February 18, 2013 / 3:40 pm

    I love her work. Everything is so pretty and cozy!
    Looking forward to the book.
    Happy Monday.

  9. February 18, 2013 / 7:06 pm

    yep. i'll get a link to those cute tom's shoes when it's available–the wedges look so 70s cool!


  10. February 18, 2013 / 7:35 pm

    So much gorgeousness all over her style… I can not wait to get my hands on the new book! I was doing Shabby Chic, before it even had a name… and yes, people thought i was nuts, So,… you can imagine how thrilled i was when i finally heard of Rachael, a like minded spirit – and that all the crazy raggedy chairs and lampshades etc.. actually had a fabulous name! Shabby Chic!


  11. February 18, 2013 / 8:12 pm

    I just adore Rachel! How lucky are you to have gotten to chat with her! She is so authentic, I think that is why we are all so drawn to her & I loved her thoughts on perfection in her interview, it really hit home:). Thank you for this bit of inspirtaion today, so beautiful! Jen

  12. February 18, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    Love this post, Michele! and those wedges are too cute…gotta get me some!

  13. February 18, 2013 / 8:51 pm

    Thanks for popping by my blog! I am a huge Rachel fan also – surely miss her tv show that I used to catch early a.m. while getting ready for work. Also, love those Tom's shoes. Jane

  14. February 18, 2013 / 10:14 pm

    I'm a Texas gal and LOVE Round Top! She is such a strong woman and I love how instead of giving up she just regrouped and went right back to doing what she loves.

  15. February 18, 2013 / 11:12 pm

    love it all~the shabby texan look the chic farmhouse spirit the total package of relaxed living with a feminine style thats not too frilly and so approachable. loved this post too Michele~

  16. February 18, 2013 / 11:50 pm

    thanks for visiting me today! i love your shabby chic style:) please tell me that it is you wearing those pointe shoes…i'm a former ballerina!!

  17. February 19, 2013 / 12:10 am

    I have a couple of her books:) ..didn't know another one was in the works! I've visited her Santa Monica store a few years ago and it was gorgeous. I've got to check out those TOMS! The wedges are darling and I need new ones because my sweet little Layla chewed the heel of existing pair.


  18. February 19, 2013 / 4:07 am

    What a fun post! I'd love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says …' Hope to see you there!

  19. February 19, 2013 / 5:42 am

    no luck finding the wedges online today, but will try tomorrow and let you everyone know.


  20. February 19, 2013 / 7:39 am

    Thank you for introducing me to this ! I like her work too.


  21. February 19, 2013 / 12:34 pm

    Hi sweetie,

    Your posts are always so pleasant to read and see. Never quit writing, my friend. You have the GIFT!

    Love to you!


    Luciane at

  22. February 19, 2013 / 2:42 pm

    Wow that first photo–in the barn is so gorgeous! So, sweet, delicate–the imagery is simply perfection–lovely day to you friend!

  23. February 19, 2013 / 3:44 pm

    What a great post – I loved this even though ti is not my usual style!

  24. February 19, 2013 / 7:08 pm

    Thank you for coming by Secrets and following. I'm going to enjoy exploring your place.
    I LOVE Rachel's books. I have enjoyed buying so much from her range at House of Fraser here in the Uk
    Your post was a pleasure to read. I can't wait for the new book! And the Toms!
    Love and shabby butterflies
    Kathryn x

  25. February 19, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    Thanks for this post Michele. I used to live in LA in the eighties and I remember visiting her shop in Santa Monica. I've always been drawn to her style. And what a wonderful career she's had! I'm headed over to read your interview with her.
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

  26. February 20, 2013 / 12:29 am

    Rachel's shabby chic style was the way I first ever styled my own home sooooo many years ago. Even though my tastes morphed and changed a bit over the years, I just recently returned to a full-bloomed shabby chic prairie style ~ and I can't tell you, Michele, how much I love it!!!! It's always lived in a corner of my heart, but when I was reintroduced to it this year, I now can't get enough of it. I've saved money to buy items from her online store, and wait breathlessly for her sales so I can buy more. 🙂 Thank you for featuring her today, my friend! I can hardly wait for her new book! ♥

    xoxo laurie

  27. February 20, 2013 / 1:25 am

    thinkin i may have to host a prairie couture party when the book hits! how fun would that be to celebrate all rachel style!?! you are all invited.


  28. February 20, 2013 / 3:32 am

    She's brilliant and inspiring in every way!! A prairie couture party sounds perfectly dreamy!
    This post made my day… as they always do!

    Best wishes beautiful Michele

  29. February 20, 2013 / 1:01 pm

    ahh the queen of shabby chic!

  30. February 22, 2013 / 3:47 am

    I know that The Prairie must be a wonderful new chapter in her life. I'm looking forward to the new book, so thank you, Michele, for giving us a peek at what's in store. just beautiful.

  31. February 22, 2013 / 6:47 pm

    I have always been such a big fan of Shabby Chic. Love the Tom's. How great are those wedges, and what a great company to pair with – love that they are helping others! I really enjoyed your post.

  32. February 23, 2013 / 2:25 pm

    I've been a fan
    since way back,
    and though my
    own aesthetic
    has become less
    floral and more
    tailored, I can still
    pick out ideas from
    any of her books
    that would work
    for me, today.

    Hope you get to
    visit RA's place in
    Texas, some day!

    xo Suzanne

  33. February 23, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    How simply inviting! So fun and relaxed with her ever present feminine it!!
    xo Karolyn

  34. February 24, 2013 / 5:33 pm

    makes me want to become a prairie cow girl on planet michelle…who knew!

    her path is fascinating and her current route equally delights. looking forward to more

  35. February 24, 2013 / 10:34 pm

    Such a legend….she started it all for me with painting everything white and not being perfect about it 🙂

  36. February 25, 2013 / 3:14 pm

    Can't tell you what a huge fan I am of Rachel Ashwell. In fact I am dying to buy a copy. I would.
    Next year, we are getting a bigger home and it has to be shabby chic.
    Thanks for sharing sweets

  37. February 28, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    AH!! Fabulous for sure! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  38. April 11, 2013 / 3:24 am

    Rachel Ashwell has been my mentor since she first began. This was a beautiful depiction of her talents. The photo's were wonderful and I enjoyed every single one. Can't wait for her new book to come out. It will be my favorite I think. Thank you for the wonderful posts. xoxo Susan

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