{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her

Color Outside the Lines: Couture Praire And Flea Market Treasures: Rachel Ashwell

{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her

shabby chic -- like the layered rug look

Rachel Ashwell

As a huge admirer of shabby chic and its
timeless and tranquil designs, I closely follow stylemaker and interior designer
Rachel Ashwell, who continues to inspire me
with the simplicity and honesty of the designs,
furniture, and textiles she dreams into being.

When I spoke with Rachel Ashwell about creativity a couple of years back, I had the chance to delve deeper into her creative process and passions.

Here are 6 nuggets of wisdom she shared:

  1. Try Looking in the Other Direction.
    We discussed her endorsement of
    “looking in the other direction” whether it be
    shopping at the fleamarket, stretching
    as an artist, or journeying for
    personal growth.

    It’s fascinating that Rachel is such a keen editor
    of lovely yet continues to stumble upon unlikely,
     yet consistent additions simply by
    gazing in the other direction.

2. Know thyself and the shabby chic trinity.
If you are a Shabby Chic® mama, then you must know Rachel’s mantra:
beauty, comfort, and function.
Other meaningful, relevant buzzwords?
heirloom
quality
faith
art
freedom
whimsy
substance
mindfulness
purpose.

3. Have a reverence for timelessness.
I asked Rachel whether she finds solace in
not having to re-invent each season.
After 28 years of Shabby Chic goodness,
her signature style largely remains the same.

Rachel spoke with passion about
“continuation, rather than reinvention”
and how she joyfully anticipates a whole
new generation of Shabby Chic®admirers
who will embrace and interpret
for themselves the non-fussy style of Shabby Chic®

In terms of the hallmarks of the brand, she says
25 years ago or tomorrow, they all fit seamlessly…
in my heart, I walk my talk.”


4. Just Say No to Mediocre.
“Keep away from mediocrity,” she reminds.
Nuff said.

5. Country interiors, music, and hospitality
bring comfort and inspiration.
Rachel’s Shabby Chic Couture® stores
have the same playlist of music pumping,
and I was curious as to the appeal of country music.

She explained she loves the poetry and storytelling
of the genre, just as she appreciates opera.

She favors nostalgic country artists such as
Johnny Cash, George Straight, and Patsy Kline,
and was fortunate enough to
attend a private concert by Willy Nelson.

She is inspired by “The tapestry of Texas living.”
and contrasts it with other places she calls home…
for example, the “wide open, easy living” of California
living where “the climate plays a key role” or
“the academic culture in the UK
which was a bit tragic; a bit dark.” 

Texas has stolen her heart with its colorful community,
spirit of gratitude, and its southern hospitality.

6. Spiritual maturity and sacred rhythms matter.
You can’t miss the spirit of humility
in Rachel’s creative endeavors and personal life,
and I wanted to know more about its roots.
As I suspected, her love of the ocean
and nature is in part linked to her faith.

She spoke about
“the methodical rhythm of the ocean”
and her belief “I am not alone.” 

In Cali, she can be found trekking 6 miles a day
along the beach, offering prayers of gratitude
“for music, for the land,…”.

Since I love Shabby Chic Couture’s line of aprons,
I asked what they meant to her.
“I have this thing about washing dishes.”
I love how Rachel elevates the sacredness
of this humble chore.
We chatted about how aprons are a nod to
the past and speak of an unhurried life,
a love of home, and unplugging.

7. With Loss, Comes New Perspective and Priorities.

“The prairie came at a time when I lost my mother and was experiencing hard times. Where was I going to end up? I felt this need to put a stake in the ground.” 

In essence, it was the prairie, a series of 7 or 8 structures
at first presenting as “kind of dark” which would save her.
At her new very un-Hollywood property,
“Emotionally, physically, and philosophically, the light was on me again…it was a soulful feeling.”

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Rachel Ashwell's Prairie | A Shabby Chic Paradise #theprairie #RachelAshwell

{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her

Clearly, The Prairie has nurtured Rachel well, as you will see in the following moments featuring her designs and interiors.

A beautiful spare shabby chic dining area with linen slipcovered dining chairs and a narrow farm table at The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell. #theprairie #shabbychic #RachelAshwell

{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her

The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell: Faith Cottage. #shabbychic #RachelAshwell #ThePrairie

{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her

A romantic and feminine #shabbychic style bedroom called meadow manor at the prairie by #rachelashwell

{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her

Rosebud Romantic Bedding

Rosebud Romantic Bedding  14 Inspiring Decorating Ideas for a Shabby Chic Dream Room

A humble white shabby chic farmhouse kitchen by rachel ashwell at her B&B #theprairie. #RachelAshwell #countrykitchen

{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her

A white sofa and floral pillow in front of a vintage fireplace mantel with over mirror at #ThePrairie by #RachelAshwell

{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her

Rachel is known for her ability to combine elegant elements such as the gilded florentine table and crystal light fixtures with rougher pieces such as the coffee table and armoire.

{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her

Fenwick Wooden Accent Stool #rusticstool #farmhousedecor

Rustic Wood Farmhouse Stool  14 Inspiring Decorating Ideas for a Shabby Chic Dream Room

Detail of beautiful aqua weathered wood in a laundry room at #ThePrairie by Rachel Ashwell. #shabbychic #weatheredwood

{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her

The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell I think this her new place in Round Top

{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her

Rachel Ashwell living room...love the color saturated walls with all the white....

22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her

rachel ashwell the prairie; note wallpaper and old sink ~~~ I have an old sink .like this~~~

22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her

 

Rachel Ashwell holding bouquets of flowers at flower market
Rachel Ashwell in her element…{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her
A white Shabby Chic kitchen with vintage furniture, beadboard, and open shelves
Rachel Ashwell – Shabby Chic…{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her
Rachel Ashwell's own home in California is outfitted in Shabby Chic decor. The table is simple and white. She found the folding chairs at a flea market and added soft cushions. Photo: Amy Neunsinger / © 2014 Amy Neunsinger
Rachel Ashwell – Shabby Chic…{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her
White Bella Table by Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic
Shabby Chic Bella Table…{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her
Shabby Chic Carmel collection of furniture
Shabby Chic Carmel Collection…{Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration} 22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her
White Scout table by Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic
Shabby Chic Scout Table…22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her
A living room designed by Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic
22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her
Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic on steps of Pearl Barn at The Prairie
At the Pearl Barn – The Prairie…22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her
sofa in a Shabby Chic store window
Front and center in a Shabby Chic store window…22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her

Shabby Chic furniture inside a store

vintage prom dress hanging in a Shabby Chic store

Pearl Barn interior at The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic
The Pearl Barn…22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her
Blue Bonnet interior at The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic
Blue Bonnet…22 Rachel Ashwell Moments & My Conversation With Her

Everything little thing she does is still magic,
and you can read my interviews with Rachel
to learn more about her process.

Have a favorite Shabby Chic moment from above?

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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4 Comments

  1. February 5, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Lovely post. If you have a chance to visit Rachael's Prairie B&B theprairiebyrachelashwell.com in Round Top, Texas it's a real treat. I find a connection between Shabby Chic and Swedish Hygge (which comes from a Norwegian word meaning "wellbeing") principles.

    • February 13, 2017 / 4:10 am

      it is on the list! xox

  2. March 6, 2017 / 4:33 am

    She's such an interesting woman, I remember living in Venice,, CA in the 80s and discovering her shabby chic style, she's always had such an incredible eye for beauty.

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