You guys haven't been over in ages
so come on in...and of course, I have
made a few changes!
You will know with certainty pod people
have snatched your pointe-shoed bloggy friend
should her rooms remain stagnant
for more than a season.
The studio with swing and piano.
Shabby Chic wool rug, table found curbside,
and the canvases always be a changin.
I love my new French apron and dishtowel from
Tina at The Enchanted Home...underneath
my daily breakfast (yogurt, berries, homemade
granola) it classes up the joint.
The formal dining room is still a headache.
Still soooo not sexy.
It doesn't feel like me, but it's not a
priority to re-style it right now so
I'm using the table as
an inspiration board with ideas
for collages to create.
Handmade lace, sheets, and clothing thrifted in Paris
mingle with antique French documents going
back to the 1500s.
You can see a little of the original LULU DK art
I bought at One King's Lane...yes yes yes, prints
are great, but have you lived with original art?
Say from my very own lil shop?
I'm tellin ya. You will be hooked.
Everybody who visits falls in love with these guys.
They are Sonny Angels from
one of the animal collections.
I spotted them in a highend Paris shop
window, and since they were for display only,
I couldn't wait to gettogoogling
and collect my own.
Will this cutout of me and my sis in the
depression-era goblet inspire a legion of
copycats to dress their china hutch
*shakes Magic 8 Ball*
"MY SOURCES SAY NO"
Teeny peek at a new etagere, but I still need
to style the shelves so this is all you get for
now cuz it's not photoworthy yet.
Step into the kitchen where I'm
only sharing a fuzzy peek at new counter stools
my husband brought home because he felt
the poor condition of those with which
we were making do
(since so many teens use this
kitchen, and there are a few things I
enjoy more than babysitting fabulous
vulnerable Belgian linen seats and wielding
my wooden spoon).
This is Ina Garten's apple crisp
I made in
individual ramekins for
super fun girlfriends this weekend,
but we're sharing.
This was us on my deck last time we frolicked.
What's beside my bed right now...
this fabulous teaser of a mini mag from heaven.
Still with me?
Want me to play us out with one
of my freshly written ballads
for the insane?
That will require a little more
prodding and a good Pinot,
How the heck are you, and would you
like your crisp a la mode?
Peace to you right where you are.
Peace to you right where you are.
cottage February 18, 2013
You may remember how thrilling it was
for this megafan to interview Rachel
when her last book was released,
and now I'm giddy again about
this fabulous new title coming in the fall:
Top 10 reasons Hello Lovely is over the moon?
Rachel's a legend.
The love affair with shabby chic goes
wayyyyyyyyy back for many of us...
like before my looks faded and there were newborn
babies at my feet and a lot of
folks thought me nuts for subscribing to such a
romantic design sense, for painting everything
under God's creation white, and for feeling
stoned high from fleamarket thrifting.
Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie: And Flea Market Treasures
Prairie girls rule.
The new book title tickles my
fancy since I dwell in the
heartland...in prairie land.
Shabby Chic titles deliver.
Have them all?
Get to gettin!
Ms. Ashwell honors the imperfect.
Here is a collection you'll see at
Shabby Chic Couture very soon
called 'bent not broken.'
Are we as rockstars of the perfectly imperfect
on planet michele not completely lovin
her guts for bent not broken?
Art by Laurence Amelie
Rachel was kind enough to be interviewed
by me in 2011, and if you missed
it, I highly recommend
taking a look since she opens
up her heart, and the
light streams out.
Shabby Chic is the original, baby.
If you have yet to discover the shop
Shabby Chic Couture, you are in
for yum overload...lovelies like
her linens and the inspiring banner
above are often copied but are all her.
What I adore personally about Shabby Chic is:
the collections are cozy and approachable.
Aesthetics, function, quality, and soul
work harmoniously, and a humility
of spirit ties them all together.
So rare in designland...
can't think of another brand
striking such a lovely chord.
check out Rachel's collaboration
with Tom's shoes happening today!
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FOR $5 OFF!
I ordered mine so count on forthcoming shots
of me frolicking in Rachel wedges...bless you,
Tom's and Rachel, for offering size 5!
It's a Texas Thing.
Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie: And Flea Market Treasures is inspired by
Rachel's move to The Prairie in Round Top, Texas.
Visiting this wonderland
is on my LIST OF MUST DOs,
and if you are prairie-bound,
please please take me with you.
Never been to Texas, yet editors there
(Austin!) love me, so this must change.
is Rachel's answer to:
where to gather
for the loveliest
weddings and events?
Where to experience a B&B immersed
in prairie couture and shabby goodness?
I'll share glimpses of Rachel's
prairie queendom in my next post
since I'm certain you'll be smitten.
Exceptionally chic photography.
It's a given.
We are bound to swoon with page after page
of gorgeous inspiring
design, furniture, accessories,
linens, and art...but you know
what else is likely to score?
Englightening text and content.
The beauty of the creator behind it all.
Malibu-Brit Beachbabe who
built something magical
and deeply relevant
steadfastly true to
Can't wait for Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie: And Flea Market Treasures!
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