Shabby Chic Decor Photos & Romantic Decor

Rachel Ashwell The World Of Shabby Chic: Beautiful Homes, My Story & Vision, Rizzoli New York, 2015

Shabby Chic Decor Photos & Romantic Decor Inspiration

When I consider the loveliest shabby chic decor inspiration, my thoughts immediately turn to Rachel Ashwell whose signature white slipcovered sofas, vintage style floral fabrics, and mostly pastel painted furniture mix with vintage treasures from the flea market and fresh flowers from the garden. I am a huge fan of Rachel Ashwell’s books, shops, and blog, and I was even lucky enough to interview her several times about her creative process and various projects including The Prairie.

Rachel has always favored the use of white in decor, and if you have ever wondered which white paint she most often turns to, then you’ll be happy to learn:

“There are so many great paints, but lately I have kept it simple. Glidden Paint, Bright White. This is the base white that tints are added to if other tones are desired, but I like the purity of the base. On walls I use eggshell for a slight sheen and then gloss on all trim.” ~Rachel Ashwell

For even more discussion about choosing the best white paint for your walls, do visit this story. (Affiliate links follow and won’t cost you extra, yet I’ll earn a small commission if you use them for purchases.)

Rachel’s latest book A Floral Affair (with photography by Amy Neunsinger) celebrates her passion for flowers, and just look at this beautifully imperfect cake (by Claire Ptak of Violet Cakes in East London) which appears in the book and which she recently shared on her blog:

Cake beautiful from Violet Cakes in London: fresh pink flowers atop an imperfectly lovely homemade cake by Clare Ptak. #Violetcakes #cakedecorating #pink

Violet Cakes/Photography by Amy Neunsinger & Annabella Daughtry

The new book:

Autographed - My Floral Affair: Whimsical Spaces and Beautiful Florals Book #rachelashwell #floralaffair

My Floral Affair by Rachel Ashwell: FIND HERE  Shabby Chic Decor & Inspiration

Let’s explore photos of shabby chic decor inspiration first from Rachel Ashwell and then from a few other lovely sources. Meet me at the finish line with any favorites or thoughts about what makes this style of decor so pleasing.

Shabby Chic Decor Photos & Romantic Decor:

Rachel Ashwell

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic living room sectional and blue pillows #shabbychic #sectional #sofa

Shabby Chic Decor Photos & Romantic Decor Inspiration (Rachel Ashwell)

Simple Sectional #shabbychic #sectional #sofa

Shabby Chic Section: FIND HERE  Shabby Chic Living Room Decor Inspiration

Sea Foam Damask Pillow #shabbychic #pillow #damask

Damask Pillow: FIND HERE  Shabby Chic Living Room Inspiration

Shabby chic bedroom with teal wall, wood bench, and Rosabelle Bedding Collection from Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell. #shabbychic #teal #bedroomdecor

Shabby Chic Bedroom Decor & Romantic Decor Inspiration (via Rachel Ashwell)

Rosabelle Bedding Collection #rosabelle #bedroomdecor

Rosabelle Bedding Collection (Shabby Chic): FIND HERE  Shabby Chic Decor & Inspiration

Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic store online has more than simply furniture, and I discovered these beautifully handmade in France, silk floral crowns by Tania Bourea to be highly inspiring:

Handmade Silk Floral Crowns - Small by Tania Bourea #shabbychic #floral #french

Silk Floral Crown (Handmade by Tania Bourea): FIND HERE  Shabby Chic & Romantic Decor Inspiration

Of course, I had to know more about the artist behind the artful pieces, and Tania Bourea has a blog called Grange de Charme (Charming Barn) with lovely photos of her property:

Shabby Chic Decor & Inspiration from Tania Bourea. #wisteria #shabbychic #stonecottage

Shabby Chic Inspiration (via Tania Bourea of Grange de Charme)

Isn’t her French Country house charming?

Let’s visit more Rachel Ashwell lovely…

Shabby Chic Decor & Inspiration with white sofa, white pitcher, and white roses. #allwhitedecor #shabbychic #rachelashwell

Romantic Decor Inspiration & Shabby Chic Decor

Shabby Chic Decor & Inspiration - farmhouse dining table and French chairs in Malibu oceanfront beach house. #shabbychic #diningroom #beachhouse

Shabby Chic Dinning Room Inspiration (Rachel Ashwell)

Shabby Chic Decor & Inspiration - tablescape on white farmhouse table with floral vintage style napkins. #shabbychic #tablescape #romanticdecor

Dining Room Decor with Shabby Chic & Romantic Decor Inspiration (Rachel Ashwell)

Rosey Bouquet Teal Napkin

Floral Shabby Chic Napkin: FIND HERE  Shabby Chic Decor & Inspiration

Rachel Ashwell bless this house, o Lord we pray, Make it safe by night and day; Bless these walls, so firm and stout, Keeping want and trouble out. Bless the roof and chimney tall; Let thy peace lie over all; Bless this door, that it may be Ever wide to welcome Thee. #blessing #vintageprint #houseblessing

Shabby Chic Decor Photos & Romantic Decor Inspiration (via Rachel Ashwell)

 Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration in this pink romantic bedroom with floral wallpaper and vintage style. #shabbychic #bedroomdecor #rachelashwell #romanticdecor

Bedroom Decor with Shabby Chic & Romantic Decor Inspiration (via Rachel Ashwell)

Shabby Chic Romantic Decor Inspiration:

From Around the Web

A couple of shabby chic rooms that came across my Pinterest feed recently include this dining room with its gloriously painted blush pink door which pairs perfectly with blush hydrangeas…

Shabby chic dining room with blush flowers, French chandelier, and slipcovered chairs. #shabbychic #diningroom #hydrangea

Shabby Chic Dining Room & Romantic Decor Inspiration (Source: unknown)

…and a simple white on white bathroom that I am sure would get the Rachel Ashwell stamp of approval:

White bathroom with farmhouse style console sink, gold fixtures, and shiplap. #whitebathroom #shiplap #modernfarmhouse

Shabby Chic Decor & Inspiration (via Design Indulgence)

Greecian White 1" x 1" Marble Tile in White #hexagon #marble #mosaic #floortile

Grecian White Marble Hex Floor Tile: FIND HERE

Shabby Chic Inspiration from France:

Tania Bourea

Back to that beautiful French property belonging to artist Tania Bourea…

French farmhouse exterior with bench, boxwood, and lush greenery via Grange de Charme. #frenchfarmhouse #patio #garden #stonecottage

Romantic Decor Inspiration & Shabby Chic (via Tania Bourea of Grange de Charme)

French farmhouse exterior with rustic bench and climbing vines via Grange de Charme. #frenchfarmhouse #cottagestyle #garden

Garden Inspiration with Shabby Chic Style (via Tania Bourea of Grange de Charme)

Romantic bedroom decor in this shabby chic bedroom with feminine bedding with ruffles. #bedroomdecor #whitebedroom #shabbychic #romanticdecor

Romantic Bedroom Decor & Shabby Chic Inspiration (via Tania Bourea of Grange de Charme)

Shabby chic living room in beautiful French farmhouse with romantic decor via Grange de Charme. #shabbychic #livingroom #romanticdecor #frenchfarmhouse

Shabby Chic Decor Photos & Romantic Decor Inspiration (via Tania Bourea of Grange de Charme)

Shabby Chic Decor & Inspiration in this living room with white sectional and pink accents. #shabbychic #livingroom #sectional

Shabby Chic Living Room Decor & Inspiration (via Rachel Ashwell)

Montana Cabinet - Available in Snow & Shadow Finish

Shabby Chic Montana Cabinet: FIND HERE  Shabby Chic Decor & Inspiration

Shabby chic living room with floral upholstered vintage chairs, white denim sofa, and rustic white coffee table with bright pink flowers. #rachelashwell #shabbychic #livingroom #pink

Shabby Chic Living Room Decor & Inspiration (via Rachel Ashwell)

Union jack pillow in shabby chic room with pink roses. #shabbychic #unionjack #rachelashwell

Shabby Chic Decor Photos & Romantic Decor Inspiration (via Rachel Ashwell)

Shabby Chic white decor in craft room in French farmhouse (via Tania Bourea of Grange de Charme). #shabbychic #Frenchfarmhouse

Shabby Chic Decor & Inspiration (via Tania Bourea of Grange de Charme)

Lace Inset Napkin White #shabbychic #napkin

White Lace Shabby Chic Napkin: FIND HERE  Shabby Chic Decor Photos & Inspiration (via Tania Bourea of Grange de Charme)

White living room with shabby chic decor in French farmhouse (via Tania Bourea of Grange de Charme). #shabbychic #Frenchfarmhouse

Shabby Chic Decor & Inspiration (via Tania Bourea of Grange de Charme)

Violet Cakes is definitely having a pastry moment since it was just announced they were chosen to make Meghan and Harry’s wedding cake! Congratulations, Violet Cakes!

Beautiful cake with fresh pink flowers on table in shabby chic vignette. #shabbychic #cake #freshflowers #tea

Shabby Chic Decor Photos & Romantic Decor Inspiration (via Rachel Ashwell)

I hope you found pretty inspiration to PIN and to soothe your soul.

I am writing this in real time from Arizona where I am spending a few days with friends and family. We visited the Grand Canyon yesterday (breathtaking and humbling) and the day before that, Colorado charmed our pants off. Tomorrow’s wonder? I’ll let you know tomorrow!

Lovely Home Decor!

French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Cara White Sofa
Cara White Sofa
Galvanized Console Table
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
27″ Bar Stool
27″ Bar Stool
Rattan Side Table
Rattan Side Table
Beachy White Felicity Sofa
Beachy White Felicity Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Rattan Armchair
Aidan Gray Collier Lamp
Aidan Gray Collier Lamp
Light Grey Rattan Chair
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Country Altar Candlestick
French Country Altar Candlestick
French Tolix Style Metal Side Chair (Set of 2)
French Tolix Style Metal Side Chair (Set of 2)
Modern Farmhouse Wall Mirror
Modern Farmhouse Wall Mirror
Linen Curved Loveseat
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Reclaimed Elm Accent Stool
Reclaimed Elm Accent Stool
Rustic Ring 12-Light Chandelier
Rustic Ring 12-Light Chandelier
French Upholstered Gray Bench
French Upholstered Gray Bench
French Country Lantern Pendant
French Country Lantern Pendant
Jute ARea Rug
Jute ARea Rug
Old World 2-Light Sconce Pair
Old World 2-Light Sconce Pair
French Candle Style Chandelier
French Candle Style Chandelier
Swedish Writing Desk
Swedish Writing Desk
French Linen Sofa
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Accent Stool
Rustic Wood Accent Stool
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Linen Slope Arm Dining Chairs
Linen Slope Arm Dining Chairs
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Magnus Table Lamp
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
Tufted Headboard
Tufted Headboard
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
White Writing Desk
White Writing Desk
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Grey Accent Chest
Grey Accent Chest
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant
Mini Pendant
White Vase Set
White Vase Set
Apothecary Chest
Apothecary Chest
Grainsack Stripe Armchair
Grainsack Stripe Armchair
Santa Maria Sconce Set of 2
Santa Maria Sconce Set of 2
Fireclay Farm Sink
Fireclay Farm Sink
Striped Dress Form
Striped Dress Form
Elm rustic stool
Elm rustic stool
Matelasse Coverlet
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Grey Bistro Set
Grey Bistro Set
60″ Round Pedestal Dining Table
60″ Round Pedestal Dining Table
Scrubbed Look Wood Bench
Scrubbed Look Wood Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Round Marble Side Table
French Country Chandelier
French Country Chandelier
Teak Farmhouse Stool
Teak Farmhouse Stool

For you shabby chic fans, you will likely be a fan of this inspiring post and this one.

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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2 Comments

  1. Connie
    March 27, 2018 / 8:31 am

    Rachel Ashwell has THE most endearing style. For me the mix of a little shabby with a little fancy/sparkle hits all the high notes. She style is one I shan’t tire of easily. Thank you for the lovely lovely post today!

    I could be wrong, but I believe she inspired many of the DIYers today into the ‘shabby, distressed’ mode. However, if one looks closely at Rachel’s version of shabby, it isn’t nearly as distressed as many DIYers do. 😉 Yes, some of her pieces are quite distressed but often they’re distressed naturally and not quite to the point some do with ‘artificial distressing’.

    What makes her style so wonderful? She sees beauty in things ‘as they are’ which means just the right amount of distressing and of course those gorgeously soft linens with only hints of subdued color in the patterns and designs.

    Has Rachel inspired me? Why yes! 😉 I have a guest room with her linens on the bed, a soft-pink side table, little white dresser, a lovely barely -there pale turquoise paint on the walls called “Evening Mist”, and of course a lovely chandelier, all enhanced with some subtle pink flowers in a simple white ironstone vase and an old tea pot enhanced with a floral design (We use faux flowers until summer comes when real ones are used for guests). It’s a room our granddaughter delights in when they come to stay.

    • March 28, 2018 / 2:10 am

      Connie, you are spot on. Rachel has been doing her thang for so many years, and in my opinion she does not receive the credit she richly deserves. Your guest room sounds fabulous. Can I come? I can picture the pale turquoise in a room your granddaughter surely treasures. You have planted a seed in my heart…won’t it be wonderful to someday have a guest room designed for grandchildren!?! 🙂

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