RACHEL ASHWELL on CREATING an authentic space

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Such a thrill to interview Shabby Chic's Rachel Ashwell and have
the brain tickled and illuminated by such a soulful designer.

Get ready, gorgeous readers...
for a truly enlightening chapter
of the interview in which I asked
the creator of Shabby Chic for...

laurence
Rachel's blog

The impossible.
As in:

how to get a room's decor started.

Would you believe this lovely designer
humored me?!? She did!
Also keep your eyes peeled for a surprise just for you.

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MR: I truly "get" your beauty, comfort, and function philosophy.
But when many of us confront an empty room with white walls
WHY IS IT SUDDENLY A CONFOUNDING MYSTERY?!?
What trips us up?
Why do we have the tendency to complicate it?
 
RA: There is no quick answer to how to solve this mystery.

Different to clothes that we wear to express who we are
to the world, our home decor is our honest, private and authentic nest, and we can only feel at home, if it fits us.
This takes time and evolves.

A few helpful guidelines:

1.

Less is more.
Don't let clutter build, but don't exclude life.
Clutter is hard to live with, but its hard
to live with no evidence of
life either.


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Rachel's blog

2.

Knowing the purpose of a room usually guides
a perfect balance, as opposed to dressing a room
for show, or playing house.

Decide the function of the room.
What is needed for the function?
It's not about just filling up space.

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Rachel's blog

3.

Take a check list of things you already have.
Perhaps they need a redo...to be painted,
or stripped or reupholstered.

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Shabby Chic Inspirations
(Cico Books)

Sorry to interrupt, Rachel...
SURPRISE!
Three of my loyal readers and new followers
(US residents only for this one)
will win
a copy of Rachel's new book!
Partnering with Cico Books, and
WINNING is like sooooo within reach with up to 5 chances!

Shabby Chic Interiors - Giveaway
* GIVEAWAY CLOSED *
(Cico Books)
ends midnight (CS time) Oct. 31st
Three (3) of you will win a book
and you'll have up to five (5) chances to win
(you'll need to comment 5 times for 5 chances):

(1) Mandatory: Follow hello lovely inc. and "LIKE" Cico Books on Facebook,
then leave a comment here saying you did. U.S. residents only.

For additional entries:

(2) Leave an additional comment here with a message for Rachel.
Who knows? She may see your message!

(3) Leave an additional comment here about what you like best about shabby chic.

(4) Tweet the link to this giveaway and leave an additional comment here that you did.

(5) Post the link to the giveaway on Facebook
and leave an additional comment here that you did.

3 of you will win books!!!!
Back to Rachel's golden rules:

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Rachel's blog

4.

It is comforting in a room to have
heirlooms of past and future.

Have some anchor pieces and let
the layers happen over time.

If possible buy classic and quality
(fleamarkets are so helpful for this one).

painting
Rachel's blog

5.
Choose a theme, either of color or style.

I love eclectic but not jumble.

Mixing too many styles with too many
color palettes can be overwhelming.
Having a point of view helps define a room.

Emotional comfort and practical comfort
are of equal importance.

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Rachel's blog

6.

Whenever possible,
an abundance of fresh flowers
hides a lots of voids while the
search for treasures continue.



Just reading through Rachel's guidance
makes this blogger feel more empowered...
ya know? More equipped to take
the right steps toward creating an authentic nest.

brooches

Thanks for reading and following
this lovely journey.

A special thanks to Rachel Ashwell
for her expertise and lovely new book.

I cherish all of your comments
and how you add to the beauty.

I hope you win!


167 comments:

  1. I would love to win this book!!!
    Thank you so much for the generous giveaway!!
    Suzann ~xoxo~

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  2. I went over and "liked" Cico Books

    Suzann ~xoxo~

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  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Shabby Chic
    To me it is so romantic and sweet and so relaxing.
    Love to sit and admire Rachael's books!!!!

    Suzann ~xoxo~

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  4. I follow your blog and I liked Cico books on fb

    llynnwalker1980@hotmail.com

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  5. Rachel, I have been following you for 11 years now, not in a stalker kind of way more like a great fan kind of way. I use to watch your show when I had my first house back in 2000 and wanted to do my whole house shabby chic but unfortanitly my husband didn't feel the same way lol.

    llynnwalker1980@hotmail.com

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  6. Great giveaway Michele! I just went over to facebook and "liked" cico books. You know I'm already a follwer too so two down!

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  7. Hi Rachel, I hope you read this because I purchased a pair of overstuffed chairs from your first store in NYC twenty years ago and still have them. The only thing I’ve changed, more slipcovers made, love them!

    (that’s three)

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  8. My favorite thing about shabby chic is how elegant it feels

    llynnwalker1980@hotmail.com

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  9. Hi,
    I've been a follower of yours for sometime thank you for visiting my post. Hopefully I'll win this book.
    Lisa

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  10. Been over to Cico book face book just to let them know I like the book.
    Lisa

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  11. I follow your blog! I just found you because of your preference for shabby chic style, which I love. I like Cico books on FB too!

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  12. i am already
    a loyal follower
    of hello lovely!

    alison

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  13. a word for rachael

    hmmm

    how about 'thank you'
    for bringing imperfections
    into style.

    alison

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  14. what i love most
    about the shabby chic style
    is

    white

    white

    white.

    alison

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  15. I love your blog, the pallete is lovely. I am your latest follower and would love to win a book. Thanks for sharing. Kathy

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  16. i love this post!! dreamy images and interesting interview. wish i could enter your competition.. : (
    x

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  18. Hi Rachel~I picked up your duvet cover from Target and gave my bedroom a pick me up! I will be posting on it this week~I love your style and your line at Target is wonderful~I also hope to visit The Prairie one day!

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  19. Follow and LOVE hello lovely and just "liked" Cico books on FB! Great giveaway idea! ( =

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  20. Hi Rachel! I have poured over your Shabby Shic books for years. Thank you for giving me hours of basking in your creativity. ( =

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  21. What a lovely post! Everything is just beautiful, especially the picture of the roses. Newest follower.
    Cindy

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  22. Love every page of Shabby Chic but if I have to choose a favorite part I would have to say that I have been most inspired by the palette collage pages!!! ( =

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  23. Just tweeted the link. ( =

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  24. I'm so lovin this interview with Rachel, and the questions you ask, really get to the heart of her style. I love the picture of her desk area, which is so unstructured, but so totally perfect and pretty and functional at the same time. And... i'm still madly in love with the paintings. It makes me want to try to paint something like that... totally inspired!

    Cindy

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  25. :(

    But anyway as long as I read up on the very brilliant designer. Mich, your questions were equally good. They are exactly what we think about. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  26. lovely giveaway. as a UK resident and an owner of the book already, it doesn't apply to me, so I wish everyone good luck for it!

    Love reading these interviews Michelle, it's a real treat :O)

    sadie x

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  27. Thank you for visiting my blog cottage-wishes. I am a new follower of yours and would love to be entered into this giveway!

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  28. Rachel,
    I have your other books and lurve the beautiful styling...My bedroom is shabby chic and I always feel so calm and beautiful in my room. My niece is a shabby chic little girl. My sister in law loves your style also, for a shower gift I bought a beautiful chandlier with tea cups dangling down and her little room was so sweet and chic. Thank you for all you do, you inspire me. Di@http://cottage-wishes.blogspot.com

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  29. I am also sharing your giveway on my blog cottage-wishes. Again thank you for your wonderful pictures. Di

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  30. Aw!!! Only in the U.S. you say? :)
    I love the part in this interview where Rachel states "Don't let clutter build, but don't exclude life.
    Clutter is hard to live with, but its hard
    to live with no evidence of
    life either." That struck a chord! It's words I live by.
    Amazing interview Michelle.
    Hugs Rosemary...x

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  31. P.S.S. I did like Cico Books on facebook!
    What I love about Shabby Chic...everything! Especially the soft colors, white, blue, rose...

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  32. I don't have facebook so I can't "like" her and I also live in Canada. I get it.. I cannnot win.. boooo hooo. :-)

    No problem. Just want to let you know how I enjoyed this post. So beautiful and inspiring!


    Lots of love to you, M!!!


    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  33. Became a Follower~! And thank you for the lovely comment on my blog!

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  34. I have been a fan of Rachel since way back. I loved her show and already own a couple books (and a few sets of her sheets from her Target line). I love the clean white and pale colors...and the use of old fixtures. I adore using things of the past, and almost every piece in my home has a story or a memory attached to it. That's what I call home!

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  35. New follower here! Love your lovely blog! :O)

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  36. Great interview, how honored you must feel! Wonderful giveaway as well, thank you for the invite, and the lovely comment on my blog. hugs tami

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  37. Rachel, you have inspired me since your very first book. I don't have a lot of money to spend on furnishings for my home(parsonage). Your style has inspired me to love the shabby and time-worn and has caused me to realize having the "perfect" home that looks like a photo shoot is not my style. Comfortable and attractive and time-worn elegance for me. Thanks for everything. I love my home and my style thanks to your inspiration over the years!

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  38. Hello!
    I "followed" your blog and "liked" Cico Books! Can't wait to read more of your blogs!
    Thanks so much for teh give-a-way!

    Dolores

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  39. What I love best about Shabby Chic is appreciating the past beauty but re-styling for today. Soft and comfortable and artistic. Creams,soft pinks,a kiss of sparkle here and there....

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  40. PS,I added you to my blog love, don't wanna miss a thing, your blog is awesome.

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  41. LIKE Cico books & following Hello Lovely Inc.... toobabyblu@yahoo.com

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  42. I am trying to redecorate my living-room/bedroom with the Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic look. I have the white walls and a lovely faux fireplace..... have a special quilt from Target but I would like more and I love Rachel's books the are so helpful guidance in keeping me on the right track Shabby Chic style .. toobabyblu@yahoo.com or JeanneKopangZaks on Facebook ....

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  43. The lovely colors are so inviting and easy to live with the pastels that Rachel showcases in all her work that light splash of color is dramatic.... I want so much to capture that in my home and Rachel is so helpful .... toobabyblu@yahoo.com or JeanneKopangZaks on Facebook..... Will comment more lovelys

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  44. Thank you for your visit and the sweet comment @TheDedicatedHouse! It means the world! Thanks for letting me know about your blog and your great giveaway! Quite a treasure! Hope you have a grand Tuesday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  45. Love your blog! I think I could use some "Rachel" inspiration right now. Re-styling the kitchen and having a difficult time. I got to meet Rachel last year at the Remnants of the Past Vintage Show. She is warm and friendly, not to mention gorgeous!

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  46. Whoops, forgot to mention, I will be "following" you.

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  47. I'm following your blog and I "liked" Cico Books on Facebook. Great blog! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  48. I'm only 16 so the only room I get to decorate is my bedroom, but Rachel and the Shabby Chic style have always been a huge inspiration to me. Thanks Rachel. :)

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  49. What I like best about Shabby Chic is that it can be adapted to any room and to almost any style. And it's just so satisfying to all the senses... sight, smell (flowers, hello!), and, of course, feel. (Not really sound, but oh well!) Plus, I love shopping at thrift stores, resale shops, flea markets, garage sales, etc., so Shabby Chic is perfect for that. :D

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  50. Hi sweet M ~
    I'm not on Facebook
    yet {I know, what a
    geek} so will not
    qualify, but this is
    a wonderful giveaway!
    Rachel's words to decorate
    the way you really live
    truly resonated with
    me. I need to rethink
    several spaces. What
    do I love about RACHEL'S
    shabby chic {as opposed
    to knock off, over the top
    sorts}? Comfort. And
    the sense that one is
    coming home and could
    stay there, forever....
    xx Suzanne
    PS: I wanted to respond
    to your comment on P&H
    today, but your reply e-mail
    is "no-reply blogger." Love
    that you are so real. Have
    a lot more to say, but will
    save that for an e-mail : )

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  51. Hi! I am following your blog and I liked Cico books on fb.
    ~Corinne

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  52. Hi Rachel,
    Shabby Chic has been apart of who I am for so long now, I can't even remember when I found you and your signature style. Which is a good thing. I have 3 boys who love the way I decorate our home. They love the china we use, the cloth napkins, crystal chandeliers, flowers and all the lovelies that makes shabby chic and you.
    ~Corinne

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  53. What I love best about Shabby Chic is the way that anyone with any budget can be comforted with Rachel's way of life, because it's really not just a decorating style, it's our way of life.
    ~Corinne

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  54. I've posted a link to your blog and giveaway just now on my facebook!
    ~Corinne

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  55. I've just tweeted the link for your giveaway!
    ~Corinne

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  56. I am a follower of your blog and love having it emailed to my mail box!
    Kathysue

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  57. I LIKED Cico books on facebook, Kathysue

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  58. I love reading about Rachels design process I have 2 of her books and I remember being fascinated by the process she went through in choosing her elements for her signature style that has become a classic in the design world. I would love to add another book to my design library, kathysue

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  59. I love the room in the second picture. I am a new follower

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  60. This is so great and thank you so much my beachy sista! I follow you and I liked Cico on facebook!
    xo

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  61. I heart shabby Chic because of the relaxed feel, things don't have to be perfect but yet they seem to blend so well, and it is just so darn pretty!! :)
    xoxo

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  62. What an awesome giveaway, Michele! Thanks for the chance to win a little Shabby Chic for this old farmhouse! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  63. I've been a happy follower of yours for a long time, Michele! And I LIKED Cico on FB!! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  64. When I bought my first house years ago, Rachel Ashwell moved in with me. Well.....not exactly, but I bought every one of her books as they were published because I was so head over heels with the Shabby Chic style. I poured over those books and incorporated as much of that lovely style as I could. As my style has morphed slightly over the years, Shabby Chic has continued to be a mainstay in my home decor. It is chic, warm, feminine, timeless, and a way of life. ♥

    xoxo laurie

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  65. Yea! I am a follower and I "Like"d Cieo Books on Facebook

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  66. Message for Rachel... I've been inspired to use a touch of PINK. Thank you for that.

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  67. I like Shabby chic for the relaxed casual but elegance of it. :)

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  68. I posted this to my Facebook wall :)

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  69. I'm a follower, and I liked cico books on facebook,

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  70. I like the perfectly imperfect look of shabby chic.

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  71. I've lived in our house for three years, and I am still afraid to commit a room to any design! I would love some direction and inspiration! I love shabby chic, just don't know how to pull it off! I liked Cico on facebook!
    Thanks!

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  72. I so love imperfect perfection and want it in my life as do I wish for a copy of Rachel's book ... I need her help and her book is just what the doctor ordered.... xx Jeanne Kopang Zaks via facebook or toobabyblu@yahoo.com

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  73. I love the shabby chic look but it is too feminine for my husband. Rachel, how do we take your shabby chic and make it more "male" friendly??

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  74. Great giveaway, I have been wanting to get my hands on it! I am a follower of your blog and Cico on facebook. :)

    Kari

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  75. My comment for Rachel is... Thank you for being so authentic over the years and for being very real about your struggles. I too am going through a difficult time in my life and I find it so inspring and encouraging when people keep it real. Especially you, whom I have admired since your very first book. All of my bedding is by you, and I love your products. I hope you continue to sell at Target, I just love the whole line. Thank you for your beauty and your integrity. <3

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  76. I love shabby chic because it is very approachable, and has an old fashioned charm and appeal but yet is modern at the same time. I also think it is inspiring yet cozy and comfortable at the same time. I love it, always have!

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  77. Really excellent interview my lovely (seriously, you've missed your calling here, I think a book is in order) and while shabby chic isn't really my thang, I can appreciate how pretty and feminine it is when it's done well!

    This isn't an entry for obvious reasons ;) but I hope you are having a FABULOUS week and GOOD LUCK to all the entrants!

    Mwah xxx

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  78. i follow you of course, my dear...loved this part 2 shabby chic post!

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  79. what i love most about shabby chic, is the authenticity of it...no cooker cutter Crate & Barrel, IKEA, etc. rooms and decor!

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  80. I have been following Rachel for years and can't wait for the new book! I liked Cico books and will Tweet and FB about this link shortly. So exciting!

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  81. I wasn't sure whether to leave a comment here as obviously this isn't an entry as I don't qualify, but just wanted to say I am completely enamoured by Rachel's style points and particularly LOVE the soft, floaty paintings in the images.

    Meera xx

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  82. Good Morning, just posted a link to my facebook page... I'm loving the Hello Lovely, inc., blog... Jeanne Kopang Zaks

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  83. What a gorgeous giveaway. Good Luck to all. Thanks so much for sharing this lovely post at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  84. Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for linking to Farmhouse Friday. Good luck to all the entries! ~LA

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  85. I've no cell phone (by choice) and can't do tweets, does that ruin my chances of winning Rachel's book? please say no. Otherwise, I am doing my living room A La Shabby Chic and am scanning every word of the Shabby Chic decorating tips :-) Jeanne Kopang Zaks - toobabyblu@yahoo.com

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  86. I'm a happy new follower of your lovely blog and would love to winner Rachel's book. Sorry, can't like on Facebook because I still haven't had time to join.

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  87. This is for Rachel...I loved your style right from the beginning. Your books are always an inspiration.

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  88. I am already your follower, and I "liked" Cico books on Facebook. I would love to win this book!!! Thanks for the opportunity to enter this cool giveaway!

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  89. I love the simple, no fuss, casual,elegant, and timeless look of shabby chic.

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  90. If Rachel reads this, I would say that her Shabby Chic spaces are a beautiful and timeless oasis.

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  91. Hello!
    I am soo excited for this giveaway! This book has been on my must have list before it was officially out! I am a follower of Hello Lovely and I liked Cico books on facebook!
    Thank you for the opportunity!
    Kristi
    kripley75@yahoo.com

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  92. Thanks for the invite to enter the giveaway! I am your newest follower and love your ideas! So much inspiration! I also liked Cisco Books on Facebook!

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  93. hi, there! great interview! thanks for the visit to my blog and the invite for this giveaway! of course, i'm already your follower but now i like cico books on fb...

    amy

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  95. I would love to sit and turn each and every page of Rachel's new Cico book, over and early morning cup of coffee, when the house is quietest, and I'm in my own little world.
    I follow and love your blog & liked Cico of FB ...
    of course, I hope I win this lovely book.

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  96. Rachel...
    You are truly an inspiration in both your talent and business. You really have put the romance into shabby chic, I fall in love again and again with your colors and how you make it all come together. I can't wait to see your new book...
    Ps...love your blog too.

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  97. What is not to love about Shabby Chic...
    It's home, comfort, history, romance, so many wonderful things to collect that don't look all the same,
    I love it's staying power...it really does say HOME.

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  98. I LOVE Rachel's style and ambiance & interior living is so soft and lovely easy to live in..... I have not achieved it yet actually my rooms are bare, less is more, right but mine isn't quite right. Need help. Hoping to find one of Rachel's books in Barnes and Noble so I can browse an learn. Love your STYLE... JEANNE KOPANG ZAKS on Facebook

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  99. Michele, this is a wonderful post.
    Rachel, I very much enjoyed what you had to share. All excellent advice. Love your style and truly miss your Shabby Chic store that was in the Domain. It was one of my favorite shopping destinations! I'd love to have a copy of your new book. Thanks for including me. ~ Sarah

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  100. Michelle, I'm following Hello Lovely Inc. I'm thrilled to find your beautiful blog. ~ Sarah

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  101. What do I like most about Shabby Chic?
    It's the casual elegance and timeless feel of this style that pulls me in. ~ Sarah

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  102. How Exciting ~ I Am a Follower...
    Cheryl

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  103. Posted on FB....
    now to think of the other steps ~
    Cheryl

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  104. To Rachel ~ I Love the Simple Beauty of things from Our Past, holding a place in Our Homes Today, Soft Sweet Colors, Mixed with Memories....

    Thank You
    Cheryl

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  105. Your site is lovely. Beautiful photos and inspiration for the eyes.

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  106. New follower, Michele ~ thanks for stopping by Decor & More and letting me know about this giveaway! Great interview... this book would be a wonderful addition to my design library.
    Enjoy your weekend!
    xo Heidi

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  107. Hi there! LOVELY blog post on Shabby Chic, I am already a follower, and I just "liked" Cico books on Facebook. Thanks for the chance to win her new book!

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  108. Hi Rachel! I just want to leave a message letting you know how inspirational and lovely you, the Shabby Chic look and your books are to me. I love each and every bit of it! Thankyou!!

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  109. What I love best about Shabby Chic? Giving new purpose and life to the past, and the calming effect it gives on my soul and in my home.

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  110. I have also shared this on my facebook page for another entry!
    http://www.facebook.com/RufflesnRaspberries

    Thanks again for the lovely posting on Shabby Chic, and for the opportunity to win her newest book!!
    Sherri

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  111. Michele,

    It has been wonderful reading your interviews x 3 with Rachel! You put it all together beautifully and your questions are always smart and interesting. You bring the best out of people.

    I would of course love to have one of Rachel's books, please put my name in the hat. I will be coming back with additional entries, once I have done my homework!

    Hugs, Mon

    P.S And yes, less is more and less is beautiful.

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  112. I really enjoy Shabby chic, and all the lovely decor and decorating ideas. What a great giveaway! I went to my facebk page and "liked" Cisco books. My friends will want to check that out. I am finished remodeling my bathrm. And next is the formal lv. rm. I get so many ideas from looking at your pictures. It would be easier if I could " cut & paste" some of my favorite decorating ideas just on my walls without doing the work (: Please enter me in your great giveaway. Thank you

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  113. Hi Michele! Thanks for inviting me over to learn about your giveaway. I would LOVE to win one of Rachel's new books. I am already a follower of your blog and I did go over to FB and "liked" the CICO book page.

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  114. I'm a follower! I liked CICO books on Facebook! Thanks for a chance.
    Sherry

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  115. Rachel has always been a top favorite of mine. Her style is authentic and uncomplicated and honest. That is what I love the most.
    Sherry

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  116. What I like best about Shabby Chic is that you can recycle and it is beautiful! I love her books with the tips on refurbishing things! Great tips.:)
    Sherry

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  117. I'm going to post the link on Facebook now! Thank you! Thank you!
    Sherry

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  118. I'm going to post the link on Facebook now! Thank you! Thank you!
    Sherry

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  119. Thank you for linking it with Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  120. Hi there, I follow you on fb and Vici books as well. Thanks for the great giveaway. One can never have enoughy books.

    Blessings,
    Shanna Olivia

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  121. What I like most about shabby chic is the ability to mix formal and casual leaving a person to feel completely cozy yet elegant at the same time. Then the mixing of styles is next on my list of likes also. I have a long list of why this style is the best one.....imo of course.

    Thanks again...crossing my fingers.

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  122. So lovely to see you on QVC today Rachel. jeanne kopang zaks on facebook

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  123. What a lovely book. (I'm a follower.)

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  124. What I like most about the shabby chic style is the sense of comfort and history. I also love the muted color palette and of course, vintage chandeliers!

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  125. Thanks for telling me about your give-away -- I'm following you now, and I'm liking Ciro books!

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  126. What would I say to Rachel? "Thanks!" She's been an inspiration to me ever since I got my hands on her first book!

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  127. Newest follower!!
    jamier76@gmail.com

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  128. I love shabby chic because of this style uses loved and worn items. I have been thrift store shopping and flea marketing before they were the cool thing to do. My house is filled with treasures that were once cherished and used by someone else.
    jamier76@gmail.com

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  129. Wonderful giveaway. I'm a follower.

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  130. I joined the site and liked Cico books on FB! This is a fantastic giveaway!

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  131. Huge fan of Rachel Ashwell and your blog! Just 'Liked' Cico books FB page!

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  132. I would love to sit down with Rachel and ask her how to still have a shabby chic look and have it not be too frilly or girly for the men in the house!

    I am so excited about her knew book! I would also love if I could get her to autograph my book if I were to win! :)

    Kristi Ripley
    kripley75@yahoo.com

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  133. What I love the most about Shabby Chic is the white and ruffles!!!! So pretty and romantic! And I do love the soft blue colors that Rachel uses!

    Kristi Ripley
    Kripley75@yahoo.com

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  134. I follow and like on FB.

    Thanks for the invite.

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  135. I am now a follower of your lovely blog and liked Cico Books on facebook.

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  136. My message to Rachel would be that I am so thankful that she created shabby chic style. What would we have done without her starting this wonderful movement?

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  137. What I like best about shabby chic style is the comfort factor. It's not about formality. It's about being comfortable and functional yet beautiful at the same time.

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  138. Dreamy ruffly white pillow cases & a matching downy soft comforter are what dreams are made of... Me & Shabby Chic = love at first sight! ♲ Jeanne Kopang Zaks @ Facebook

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  139. Hi Michele! I'm your newest follower and I liked CICO on FB. Thank you (and Rachel and CICO) for the opportunity to win this giveaway!

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  140. There are many reasons why I like the shabby chic style, but here are just a few: it honors the beauty in old, time-worn items; it's imperfect just like we are; it's comfortable and real. :)

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  141. A note to Rachel: The Prairie is jaw-droppingly gorgeous! You outdid yourself with that project. If I am ever able to make it to Round Top, a stay at The Prairie is a must-do!

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  142. Just tweeted about the giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/sundaysilence13

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  143. I love interior decoration, so I'd love to win this book as I don't have any decorating books in English, this one will be my first if I win...do not worry if I do, as I have an American address, lol!
    Have a wonderful weekend and thank you very much for such generous giveaway chance. FABBY

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  144. I forgot, I am a follower and I'll grab your button for my side bar too! Hugs, FABBY

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  145. I love Rachel, she's wonderful I see her on TV Cable here too and never miss her! Hope you see my message. Have a sweet weekend.
    FABBY

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  146. Following, Liked and Tweeted!
    I found your blog via Pinterest today.
    Glad I did. <3

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  147. Thanks for visiting my blog today! Wow, you have a delightful blog here! I'd love to win Rachel's book--I've been a Shabby Chic follower since the start! Happy Sunday! ~Heidi

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  148. I ♥ L O V E ♥ R A C H E L L A S H W E L L ' S
    ♲ S H A B B Y 〮C H I C ♲
    Jeanne Kopang Zaks @ FAcebook

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  149. Hello :) I'm so glad I "stumbled" upon your blog! I've signed on as your newest follower, and look forward to visiting again ~ and I would LOVE to enter your giveaway for a chance to win Rachel's new book! Thank you for the opportunity :)

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

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  150. I am your newest follower, and I love the lighting on all of your photos. Kathi

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  151. I follow your blog! I like Cico books on FB too!

    Thanks for a great blog.

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  152. What I best like about shabby chic is the relaxed state of things. Everything is sort of family friendly and if it is a bit beat up all the better. Love that look.

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  153. Love it! Especially that rug - gorgeous. Just found you via beach cottage - I will be back! Ros

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  154. Even though I missed the giveaway {silently sobbing}...I thoroughly enjoyed the interview. It helped me to not feel quite so overwhelmed with my decorating endeavors.

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