The Dallas Market Center (DMC) has announced that Rachel Ashwell, founder of the iconic Shabby Chic brand, will headline the vintage experience during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, held June 24-30.

 
Ashwell will deliver a market-wide presentation on June 25 at noon in the World Trade Center Hall of Nations followed by a book signing in the Charles Ray showroom (WTC 9002). She will also participate in a Q&A session at 3 p.m. that same day in Market Hall.
 
Ashwell’s appearance supports one of the largest vintage collections of any market this summer, showcasing 100+ exhibitors from the antiques market in the Texas Hill Country. She will be joined by Paige and Smoot Hull, creators and owners of The Vintage Round Top, who will present A Modern Vintage Life on June 27 at noon in the World Trade Center Hall of Nations followed by a 3 p.m. Meet & Greet the same day in Market Hall.

 
A former movie set designer and stylist, Ashwell was inspired to develop her Shabby Chic brand after creating a home for her two young children that was as practical as it was beautiful. The first Shabby Chic store opened in 1989 on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, Calif. and introduced her iconic washable slipcovered furniture, bedding, and vintage flea market finds.

 
Ashwell went on to educate and inspire fans through a series of books and was featured in top national home and lifestyle publications. She appeared
on The Oprah Winfrey Show and hosted Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic TV show on the Style Network and E! for four years. In 2004, the brand partnered with Target to create the Simply Shabby Chic line of home furnishings and décor.

 
In 2011, Ashwell opened a bed and breakfast in the small central Texas town of Round Top. The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell consists of 7 houses on 46 acres that offer guests the opportunity to experience the lifestyle of Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture. A giveaway of a free stay at The Prairie will be awarded to one market attendee duringThursday’s Market Hall Q&A session.

  
The town of Round Top also hosts one of the world’s largest antique and vintage fairs twice a year.Since 2012, the Dallas Market Center has produced Round Top in Dallas, featuring more than 100 vintage wholesalers showcasing antiques or products with a story.
 
“Round Top has long been a destination and source of inspiration for my brand,” Ashwell states. “The option for buyers to take advantage of the exclusive Round Top experience among their other buying needs in Dallas is a unique opportunity. The resources available are unmatched and I can’t wait to speak in Dallas this June.”