Book Blog Tour – Couture Prairie by Rachel Ashwell
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The promised 5 QUESTIONS for the author!
Decor-Art: Somewhere in your book you describe yourself as a “proper London girl” who wonders how her “connection to the culture, the people, and the land could be so deep”. How did you end up in the USA and what are the things that you love the most about this country?
Rachel: My heritage by my father is American, although he is an anglophile. The cliché of America being the land of opportunity has held true for me. The beauty of my British heritage is one of an overabundance of culture, creativity, and history. Creativity inspired by me from the seasons but there is something about the American way that stimulates bringing my creativity into the world.
Your perfect B&B is in Texas. What should one visit in order to be immersed in a true “Texas” experience?
A BBQ by one of the locals or dinner at Royer’s Café, a local musical event of some sad country songs, driving through the farmlands during April and seeing all the blue bonnets, and of course visiting the flea markets of Round Top, Texas.
What was the most exciting part of creating your amazing B&B and what were the chores you weren’t too keen on?
The exciting part of creating the B&B was seeing the vision manifest into a functioning business. This vision is being able to execute our mantra; beauty, comfort, function- for all to enjoy and to see our guests really connect to the values and the beauty of our property. The challenges are at the end of the day, the business model of the B&B is of a modest income and it is how to balance the budget with the experience that we want to offer.
What are your favorite vintage finds?
Vintage dinnerware in more of a hodge-podge design of colour. More so today than in the past are vintage silk flowers- I find these decoratively gift wise such a powerful and useful little accent.
Which of the little houses on the Prairie is the most popular and what is the best compliment your B&B has ever received?
I would say that still for a couple, the Cornflower Cottage is the most popular in part for its beautiful Jacuzzi and its romantic atmosphere. The best compliment was an entry in our guest book stating, “The Prairie must share the same zip code as heaven”.
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Thank you for joining us on this tour!
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