Thursday, July 14, 2011

the prairie & a little ice cream

I apologize in advance for the disjointed post. I have had some weird computer/blogging issues and it has literally taken me over a week to get this post put together... so here goes nothin'...
Before we headed to The Prairie, we had to take a short detour to Brenham...home of Blue Bell ice cream.
No tour for us, just our $1 scoop of ice cream. Butter pecan. Mmmmm.
Is it weird that I want one of these to deliver kids ice cream in. Seriously, it would be the greatest job in the world...all of those smiling & sticky little faces?
After our quick stop, on to The Prairie we went.
This is Pearl. She kept us company at The Prairie. She was the sweetest thing.
These two wonderful folks are Lisa and Danny. Lisa was the sweetest thing. We felt like we knew her forever. She made us feel very welcome. What a sweetheart! Did I say she was sweet? Oh, good.
Big Danny was the first person we ran into at The Prairie. He's not quite what I expected. Big burly Danny at this Shabby Chic place. It works though. In fact, it was perfect. Big Danny in his tiny floral apron cooking some of the most amazing breakfasts that I have ever had.
This is what we saw when we first arrived. The main house is where you can kick up your feet on the most comfy couch ever, watch a little t.v., grab a cup of English tea, sit on the back porch and watch the sun set, and give Pearl a little love.
Now, onto our room...We stayed in the Cornflower Cottage. It was stunning. This is the chair that I plopped down into as soon as we walked in. The door to the right is where you walk in. That aqua door had me.
Just to the left of the chair was our bed. A bed fit for a princess. The linens are from Rachel's Shabby Chic couture line. They were soft and luxurious. Exactly what you would expect.
The lace covered lampshade on the chippy wood side tables...mercy...
The mix of rustic wood with the antique vanity and pale robin's egg blue lampshades on the sconces...
The bed with it's soft and shabby linens. Ahhhh. Perfect...
Even the coffee mugs were perfect. Perfectly simple. Linen covered hangers. The smallest details...
Book bound with the softest leather.The view outside of our window. This little "house" looked to be something of a greenhouse. All I could think about was how I wish I could pick it up and set it in our backyard for our little girl...well, really for me, but she could use it too. ;)
The dining room was full of little vignettes everywhere, but nothing looked forced. This giant wooden rosary was gorgeous. I was smitten...
Big Danny fed us the most delicious breakfasts. Sweet potato wedges, asparagus, scrambled eggs. Yummy. I didn't take a picture of our breakfast the second morning, but it was chicken enchiladas with grits & polenta (I was a firm moist cornbread type dish). It was equally as amazing. Apparently, Danny's breakfasts are pretty famous around town. We ran into a couple of locals that told us how lucky we were to be eating Big Danny's food. He is quite a mean cook. Even in his little floral apron.
We fell in love with the dining set. Sorry for the poor picture. It was breathtaking. The slipcovers were mixmatched, but perfect. Have I mentioned how perfect everything was? Oh, sorry ;)
This car was in front of a funky little shop next to Royer's Cafe (which had the best pie I have ever eaten...seriously, there is a reason it is world famous).
Royer's crazy & awesome decor. Definitley not going on Pinterest, but something unique and memorable and perfect.
This was one of the many old trucks that we saw while driving around Round Top. I really really love/want one.
It is such a charming tiny little town with the friendliest people. Everyone seems to know everyone.
If you ever get the chance to go, don't expect that there is a bustle of activity. It is a place to relax and unwind - as it should be. Go to the Stone Cellar and have one of the best pizzas you've ever had and listen to some live music.
We met both of the owners and they were so charming. Loved giving them our business (2 days in a row...totally worth it).
I had no idea, but Round Top is also home to one of the most gorgeous concert halls that I have ever seen.
Browse the art shops. Go check out the French Antiques on the road to Carmine (pronounced Car-meen, not Car-mine) & and be sure to stop by JW's and get the of the best you've ever had.
If you are lucky enough to stay at The Prairie, you will not be disappointed. The food is perfect, the rooms are perfect, the views are perfect, everything was, well, perfect. Be sure to give Pearl a good scratch and tell Big Danny and Lisa "hello" from us.
And take a nap in "my"chair...

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