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 and author
of Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic Inspirations for…
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.
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:
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
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.
Take a check list of things you already have.
Perhaps they need a redo…to be painted,
or stripped or reupholstered.
Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic Inspirations
Sorry to interrupt, Rachel…
Three of my loyal readers and new followers
(US residents only for this one)
a copy of Rachel’s new book!
* GIVEAWAY CLOSED *
Back to Rachel’s golden rules:
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).
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.
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.
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!
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Beautiful books by Rachel Ashwell:
Peace to you right where you are.