Rachel Ashwell Couture PrairieHello again lovely Monday people. I am pinching myself, so that’s how I know this is really happening. Rachel Ashwell and Cico Books are kicking off their blog book tour today and starting it here with me on Lobster and Swan! I am so excited to share with you my favourites from all the stunning pictures and pages in Rachel’s new book Couture Prairie and Flea Market Treasures, and I also got to do a little interview with Rachel, below!Rachel Ashwell Couture PrairieThis book really is bursting with beautiful shabby feminine amazingness from cover to cover. I have to keep picking it up and flicking through the pages every five minutes to look at all the lovely styling and images once more. My favourite space from the whole book is this image above on the left of the lounge of the Liliput Lodge, bright white with a hint of chintz, soft pinks and traditional patterned rugs, with the addition of beautiful light, and the right amount of calm, I think it is a perfect room.Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie With so much beauty to take in I just about managed to compose myself and think of a few things I would like to ask Rachel on my own and your behalf, here is what she had to say

1. It is such an amazing place, how did you cope with the overwhelming task of starting the renovations at The Prairie? The purpose of The Prairie was to give an experience of all the diverse aesthetics of my Shabby Chic® world. I compartmentalised the restoration process with allocating a specific style for each of the five structures and made my master ‘to-do’ list.

2. I have been dreaming for many years of opening a B&B, what special touches do you add to make people feel at home? Overall, I want the experience to be somewhere that I would like to and do stay at. One often doesn’t think of a B&B as luxury and through Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture® products; bedding and furnishings, we are able to bring an unexpected level of luxury and also find a balance of personal touches such as art, freshly cut flowers, and whimsical décor that feels curated rather than cluttered.

3. What are your favourite fresh flower combinations to decorate with? Pale pink garden roses, peonies, and pale purple lilacs.

4. Do you have any pets at The Prairie? Yes, we have Pearl the dog who is often adopted by many guests for their time at The Prairie and also Pearl the cat who is a bit more aloof.

5. Is there one space or room at The Prairie that pulls you in, and keeps you lingering there longer than the others? The Ranger’s Lounge because this is where all the action happens in a very peaceful manner. Rachel Ashwell Couture PrairieAbove is the kitchen of Meadow Manor and the dining space in Liliput Lodge. One of Rachel’s lovely mood boards and the prettiest pinkest vintage christmas decor you will ever see below. Rachel Ashwell Couture PrairieRachel Ashwell Couture Prairie

Couture Prairie by Rachel Ashwell is published by CICO Books and is available from www.rylandpeters.com. More from Rachel available at Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture.

  • Kat
    September 9, 2013

    Such a beautiful post J, really good questions you asked too.
    I didn’t think Rachel could do a better book than her last, but she seems somehow to have managed it! Wow I adore everything and can’t wait to get a copy myself. Fingers crossed I could win one but if not i will be ordering! Luv kat x

  • Gemma Rice
    September 9, 2013

    What a lovely little giveaway ☺ xxx

  • Gemma Rice
    September 9, 2013

    Following on Twitter ☺ xxx

  • Gemma Rice
    September 9, 2013

    Liked and shared on Facebook ☺ xxx

  • Helen G
    September 9, 2013

    This looks stunning! Keeping everything crossed! ♥

  • Louise
    September 9, 2013

    Congrats on being the first to preview the new book, it looks devine. So wanna get my hands on it ~ everything Rachel touches turns to beauty. Thanks for showing us some of the pages :) xx

  • Teresa
    September 9, 2013

    This book is going on my Christmas wish list! Dear Santa…x

  • Katie
    September 9, 2013

    Wow what a stunning book!! Thankyou for running this wonderful giveaway :) liked Cicobooks on facebook too xxx

  • Pamela Bates/Mercantile Muse
    September 10, 2013

    looks like a gorgeous book…wouldn’t expect anything less from Rachel.

  • Eliane
    September 10, 2013

    Thanks for sharing those lovely impressions. I cannot use my Twitter account living in rural Ireland with bad internet… anyway no need to win just sayin’ thanks.

  • lynn
    September 10, 2013

    oooh lucky you to get to ask the questions..I just love all of her beautiful finds they are so inspiring and just drop dead gorgeous.
    Thanks Jeska
    Lynn xx

  • The Tea Drinking English Rose
    September 10, 2013

    Oh wow! This is just dreamy!
    So inspiring!
    I have followed Cico books on Twitter.

    Lovely post as usual Jeska!


  • rose
    September 11, 2013

    this looks amazing jes ..love the lodge ..oh i want at least a shed to create my own space liing with three boys is not the way

  • Victoria
    September 11, 2013

    I could live in all those pictures – next best thing would be to own the book! x

  • Luca (Sesame and Lilly)
    September 11, 2013

    Gorgeous as always with her style and photos, im the same as Kat, I would love to win it darling but if not i think i will be purchasing!x

  • Maxine Stewart
    September 11, 2013

    What a beautiful & inspiring book. Would love to win it.

  • sarah
    September 12, 2013

    love love love rachel ashwell’s style, i am so pleased to see her back doing what she does so well.

  • Sarah-jane down the lane
    September 12, 2013

    Looks beautiful…fingers crossed…

  • Emily
    September 13, 2013

    Oh wow. So gorgeous and full of prettiness. Crossing my fingers tightly! xx

  • em
    September 16, 2013

    what stunning images. what i wouldn’t give for a space that looked like any of those pics. x

  • Vanessa
    September 16, 2013

    Thank you for posting about such a beautiful and considered book! Fingers and toes crossed it might be me who gets to swoon over these pages soon. xx

  • Lois Martin
    September 16, 2013

    Wow, that bathroom in the top right-hand pic is simply stunning! Now following on Twitter.

  • Suzanne Harulow
    September 16, 2013

    It looks stunning. I love her books

  • Josie Crafter
    September 16, 2013

    Hi lovely Jeska
    I think I may be too late, but would love to be included in the book giveaway!
    Oh my it looks the most wonderful place! All the wood, white, and washed out pastels … Looks like a place I’d love to visit. And it would be so hard to leave too!
    Happy days to you xxx

  • poppylulu
    September 17, 2013

    Love all of Rachel’s books and this one looks particularly gorgeous, just moved house so definitely on my list for inspiration! Lovely to discover your blog also.