Such an honor to interview Rachel Ashwell and ask about
her current inspirations.
Hello Lovely: What three things are inspiring you at the moment?
RA: My life has always been my biggest inspiration. From toddlers with sticky fingers, to empty nests.
- My latest life inspiration is a B and B I recently bought, refurbished and reopened under the name The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell just outside of Austin Texas.
46 acres of open space with six lovely vintage structures, each having their own character and giving me an opportunity to express a different view of my aesthetic.
Additionally, the nature of country living, many new designs for Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture, from prints to products inspired by the timelessness of Praire living.
2. Also inspired by my own need to avoid anything mediocre
in my design world.
I am my own judge of perfectly imperfect, and the only criteria of introducing a new product into my stores, is if it is magical. ‘Nothing’ is so much better than blah.
3. On a more parallel line of inspiration I am very inspired by the world of
M a r i e A n t o i n e t t e from an aesthetic sense.
I am blending the palette, the decadence and abundance of the fabrics and finishes and layering into a more humble execution (like our oppulent Petticoat bedding and
tablecloth collection–a direct inspiration for the abundance of cascading frills–but
toned down with smokey colors and somewhat rumpled fabrics).
Hello Lovely: Ahhhh. So thankful Rachel shared with us so graciously. Feeling beyond inspired by the way she weaves meaning and depth through so many chic projects and designs. (And since I AM a stream of consciousness girl, I will admit here and now the brain is swimming,
the heart racing with thoughts of petticoats and the prairie, CAKE, vintage prom dresses, seeing the words ‘couture’ and ‘saviour’ sandwiched, tutus leaping from canvas, and this idea:
let’s make our dreams come true.
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Peace to you right where you are.
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