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.

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:

Shabby Chic – Rachel Ashwell

“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

Shabby Chic – 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 – Rachel Ashwell

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)

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!

Shabby Chic – Rachel Ashwell

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.

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!

Shabby Chic – Rachel Ashwell

Lovely Home Decor!

White Slipcovered Sofa
White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Kubu Basket Set
French Country Kubu Basket Set
Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Round Farmhouse Table
French Country Settee
French Country Settee
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Milagro Heart
Upholstered Dining Chair
Upholstered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
30″ French Storage Basket
30″ French Storage Basket
Chevron White Quilt Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile (My Backsplash)
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile (My Backsplash)
French Wire Laundry Basket
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
French Country Lamp
French Country Wall Mirror
French Country Wall Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Distressed White Artichoke Lamp
Distressed White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
White Duvet & Bedding
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
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
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
Round Woven Placemat Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing

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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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Kubu Basket Set
Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
French Country Settee
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Upholstered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
30″ French Storage Basket
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile (My Backsplash)
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
French Country Wall Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Distressed White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing