Shabby Chic Decor Photos & Romantic Decor

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:

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

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)

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

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!

I hope you found pretty inspiration 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!

Teak 3 Leg Stool
Teak 3 Leg Stool
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Wing Back Twin Platform Bed
Wing Back Twin Platform Bed
Louis Upholstered Bench
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Country Sofa
French Country Sofa
Pamela Arm Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Weathered Arm Chair
Weathered Arm Chair
Linen Footstool
Linen Footstool
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
Aged Terracotta Pots
Laluz French Country Chandelier
Laluz French Country Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Galvanized Console Table
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
30″ Bar Stool
30″ Bar Stool
Rattan Side Table
Rattan Side Table
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Rattan Armchair
Antiqued French Lamp
Antiqued French Lamp
Light Grey Rattan Chair
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Country Altar Candlestick
French Country Altar Candlestick
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Designer Favorite 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
Oak Accent Stool
Oak Accent Stool
Rustic Ring 12-Light Chandelier
Rustic Ring 12-Light Chandelier
French Upholstered Gray Bench
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Jute ARea Rug
Jute ARea Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
French Candle Style Chandelier
Swedish Writing Desk
Swedish Writing Desk
French Linen Sofa
French Linen Sofa
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
White Slipcovered Sofa
White Slipcovered Sofa
Tufted Headboard
Tufted Headboard
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Aged White Writing Desk
Aged 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 Light
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
White Vase Set
Apothecary Chest
Apothecary Chest
Grainsack Stripe Armchair
Grainsack Stripe Armchair
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
Rustic Rectangle Farm Table
Rustic Rectangle Farm Table
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.

    • michele
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      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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