Monday, 7 November 2011

Shabby Chic Inspired

Rachel Ashwell is the creative mind behind Shabby Chic.  When we hear the word "Shabby Chic" the pictures that come to mind are time worn furnishing, ruffles, romance, roses and soft pastel colours. "Shabby Chic" a widely used word to describe a distinct style. After talking to a friend recently I realised that not everyone knows the term "Shabby Chic"is the branding of Rachel Ashwell who founded Shabby Chic in 1989 on the philosophy of beauty, comfort and function.  Rachel's brand was built around comfort, the beauty of imperfections, the allure of time-worn objects and the appeal of simple practical living. Rachel's latest book launched in late September is a beautiful book called Shabby Chic Inspirations and Beautiful Spaces.  Rachel's book is full of gorgeous photos of homes depicting her style both in the USA and the UK. From houseboat to town house to a centuries old manor house and Rachel's own London apartment. The book is available through Amazon, a link can be found on my sidebar.

Rachel's Shabby Chic empire extends 4 brands with Shabby Chic Couture flagship stores in Los Angeles, New York and London. You can read more about her brands "here".  What I love about Rachel is that although she has gone on to bigger things from her early beginnings, there is still a "personal" feeling about the brand, her website and her devotion to Shabby Chic. Rachel also has an inspiring blog, you can peruse over when you have time.

Today I am sharing my Shabby Chic finds from around the world.

Rachel's latest book - below a peek inside

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Rachel Ashwell's Manoir Chandelier - US$1,595.00 This would have been perfect for my French/Mediterranean dining style post earlier this week.

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Rachel Ashwell's Carmine Cabinet - US$2,600

The products above are available from Laura Ashley.  The prices quoted are from their Australian online store.

Products from Layla Grace, their "one of a kind" page. These would work great as headboards, see my previous post on inspiring headboards and the shutters I used in my French Cottage bedroom makeover.

Shabby Chic with a touch of seaside - image from bhg - This is a great idea for your beach house bathroom or any bathroom for that matter.

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Romantic and truly... Shabby.. Chic - image from Country Homes

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Image via Shabby Chic Decor 

Couldn't resist these pj's, they are perfectly shabby Chic colours! - La Redoute 3 piece pyjama 28.41 Euro's 

Just so you can spend some more time in the shabby chic world, this gorgeous photo is from a shabby inspired blog, Shabby Chic Girls "Simply Me". There are some really beautiful vignettes on this delightful blog so I encourage you to visit. 

Hope you got some shabby chic inspiration
Lee x

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