14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas for Your Home

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture breathtaking placesetting with pale pink peonies, white dishes, and cloth napkins upon a peely vintage farm table. #shabbychic #farmhousestyle #tablescape

14 Inspiring Decorating Ideas for a Shabby Chic Dream Room

It would be impossible to engage in any discussion of shabby chic decorating without extensive discussion of its lovely queen and creative genius…Rachel Ashwell, whose beautiful new book MY FLORAL AFFAIR is a dreamy look at her creative work with florals and whimsical spaces. (If you use this link, you’ll see your copy will be autographed by Rachel!). It has been my pleasure to interview Rachel several times and discover her depth and soulfulness.

Rachel Ashwell’s story is maybe a simple story of rags to slipcovers to riches to mega-riches and back to riches. But’s it’s also about a winning formula that serves her well through life’s seasons: cozy + comfortable + vintage + pretty.

Ashwell worked as a stylist in Hollywood and then found herself a single mom who favored slipcovers to protect and enhance the furniture in her home. Here’s what she told Inc. about the slipcovers: “I had these simple slipcovers made for my couch, because I wanted something that my kids could climb on with sticky fingers and dirty feet and that I could put in the washing machine. My friends constantly asked, “Where did you get those?” And they asked about the flea-market furniture I scavenged at the Rose Bowl in L.A. I started thinking, Oh, maybe there is a need here.”

When folks around town noticed and wanted a similar, undone, unfussy white look for their homes, a shabby chic business was born. When famous folks wanted the shabby chic look for their homes, an empire bloomed. Along the way, Oprah endorsed her soft sheets and the planet followed (cha-ching!) and store openings popped up across North America. When the housing market crashed, so did the business, and store closings in January 2009 brought dark days. But Rachel Ashwell emerged from the ashes with new perspective and vision and even ventured into the B&B arena with The Prairie. She continues to evolve and win new admirers of a style to which she remains loyal, and I’m so grateful she keeps subtly refreshing and tenderly refining her signature lovely with those of us who see beauty in imperfection.

What follow are gorgeous photos of pretty shabby chic interior design moments and a sprinkling of home decor and furniture suggestions I hope you’ll enjoy exploring, pinning, and savoring. Affiliate links follow and when used for purchases, may earn me a small commission.

Image Credits: Amy Neunsinger, Shabby Chic

Rosabelle bedding in a lovely pink #shabbychic decorated bedroom – Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture #blushpink #romanticbedroom

Romantic & Feminine Shabby Chic Bedroom (via Rachel Ashwell) 14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

1. Rosebuds.

Rosebud Romantic Bedding

Rosebud Romantic Bedding 14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

Rosabelle bedding by Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture. #shabbychic #romanticdecor #femininebedroom

Rosabelle Linens – 14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

14 Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas to Inspire!

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interestng use of the tin on the ceiling! a possibility for wedding venue?

14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

2. Rustic Stools/Tables.

Fenwick Wooden Accent Stool #rusticstool #farmhousedecor

Rustic Wood Farmhouse Stool  14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

3. Soft Headboards.

White Tufted Headboard

Luxurious White Tufted Linen Headboard  14 Inspiring Decorating Ideas for a Shabby Chic Dream Room

Rosabelle Bedding Collection offers a vintage inspired look through a combination of soft pink flowers over an off-white linen background

Sumptuous Rosabelle Bedding….14 Inspiring Decorating Ideas for a Shabby Chic Dream Room

Patina Farm elegant yet rustic interior design in modern farmhouse - found on Hello Lovely Studio

French Country Chandelier in Patina Farm’s Master Bedroom Closet…14 Inspiring Decorating Ideas for a Shabby Chic Dream Room

4. Frenchy Chandeliers.

Mumaw 6-Light Candle-Style Chandelier

French Country Chandelier  14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

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All-White Decor in a Living Room (via Matchness Home Decor)…14 Inspiring Decorating Ideas for a Shabby Chic Dream Room

Shabby chic home decor -Amy Neunsinger Photography

14 Inspiring Decorating Ideas for a Shabby Chic Dream Room

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Shabby Chic White Living Room Sofa (via Indulgy)…14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

"Willow" round dining table in white with distressed accents by Shabby Chic from Rachel Ashwell.

Romantic & Charming Dining Area (via House of Fraser)…14 Inspiring Decorating Ideas for a Shabby Chic Dream Room

5. Painted Dining Tables.

Countryside Pedestal Table, Oak and Rubbed White

White Pedestal Oak Dining Table  14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

6. Vintage & Vintage Style Fabrics.

Wouldn’t this aqua toned fabric be amazing on dining chairs with the above table!?!

Damask Fabric

Damask Fabric  14 Inspiring Decorating Ideas for a Shabby Chic Dream Room

7. Crackly Paint.

Peel Blue Painted Accent Table

Peely Blue Painted Accent Table  14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

8. Romantic Mirrors.

Venetial style Cut Glass Etched Mirror

Venetian style Cut Glass Etched Mirror  14 Inspiring Decorating Ideas for a Shabby Chic Dream Room

Before we continue on with our shabby chic blissful journey, treat yourself to this peaceful gorgeous video showcasing some of Rachel Ashwell’s Simply Shabby Chic creations and a gorgeous uplifting song by Kakou:

9. White Everything.

White Dishware

White Dishware 14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

Rachel Ashwell custom shabby chic & vintage style furniture, bedding, lighting, home decor & washable slipcovers. FREE shipping on orders above $250! #ad #Custom

Ella dining chair with Madison Table (via Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture) 14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

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Ella Slipcover for Dining Chair 14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

10. Slipcovered Chairs.

Cane Back Romantic Shabby Dining Chair #linenslipcover #Frenchchair #diningchair

Slipcover for Dining Chair  14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

Rachel Ashwell dining room

A beautiful shabby chic dining room…14 Inspiring Decorating Ideas for a Shabby Chic Dream Room

11. Farmhouse Tables.

Reclaimed Pine Farmhouse Table #farmtable #harvesttable #farmhousestyle

Reclaimed Pine Farmhouse Table   14 Inspiring Decorating Ideas for a Shabby Chic Dream Room

12. Cloth Napkins.

Lace Napkin

Lace Napkin  14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

Moroccan Style Glasses

Moroccan Style Glasses  14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

13. Pretty Pastels.

Were you aware Shabby Chic has a line of chalk and clay paints?

Chalk Paints by Rachel Ashwell

Chalk Paints by Rachel Ashwell…14 Inspiring Decorating Ideas for a Shabby Chic Dream Room

14. Fresh Flowers.

White Cylinder Vase

White Cylinder Vase  14 Inspiring Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas & Beautiful Photos of Shabby Chic Dreamy Interiors

Don’t forget about Rachel Ashwell’s new book MY FLORAL AFFAIR with photography by Amy Neunsinger...you can snag an autographed copy!

I would love to hear your opinions about shabby chic style…are you influenced by Rachel’s: books, way with white, fleamarket style, and  approach to timeless design as I am?

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

 

 

 

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10 Comments

    • March 2, 2018 / 2:43 pm

      I do too, and RA has stayed the course with her love of white! 🙂

  1. Lisa D.
    March 2, 2018 / 10:17 am

    Good morning Michelle,

    I fell madly in love with Rachel’s Shabby Chic style since I stumbled across her store in San Francisco way back in the ’80’s, I believe. I finally met her about 10 years ago at a store event in Mill Valley, CA. I brought all of my Shabby Chic books with me – every one of them! She couldn’t have been kinder or more charming. She very sweetly signed all of them. Thank you for this homage to Rachel.

    • March 2, 2018 / 2:42 pm

      Thanks for sharing this, Lisa–how fun that you brought all those books! I hope she keeps authoring books–I have them all as well! 🙂

  2. Mary
    March 3, 2018 / 9:10 am

    Have always loved her style and creative spirit. Saw one of her stores in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida many years ago and didn’t want to leave. So soothing to just wander through and mentally place the pieces in my home . Living with hubby and sons, I have always imagined that I had a backyard cottage, just for me, decorated in Shabby Chic with all white furniture. This little thought has never left my bucket list. Oh, and on the paint color post which I read too late…try BM Nimbus. Very pretty gray/blue. Have mixed it with China White in a 2/3 to 1/3 ratio. Even prettier. Thanks Michele. I daily look forward to your post.

    • March 3, 2018 / 1:34 pm

      Oh, Mary, we are kindred spirits…I too daydream about a backyard cottage or guest house or studio exclusively decked in feminine, romantic, Rachel Ashwell-approved style. Maybe there’s a connection with being a mom to sons only? Another fan of BM Nimbus–I would love to mix up your lovely paint cocktail. Wonderful to hear from you, and I appreciate you adding to the beauty here. 🙂

    • March 3, 2018 / 1:32 pm

      Yes! So timelessly classic! 🙂

  3. Rhonda
    March 29, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    My first book of Rachel’s was Shabby Chic Home. I was an instant fan and loved her personal home photos. The outdoor space and the interior rooms she created called my name! I still refer back to that book and I think it was purchased almost 20 years ago! I’ve never used pink in a room, but enjoy seeing how she does.

    • March 30, 2018 / 12:32 am

      I haven’t been able to use pink the way Rachel does either – I too remember when her first book came out, and I knew I had found a kindred spirit! Thanks for adding to the beauty, Rhonda – so happy to have you here! 🙂 How cool that you and I were in Colorado at the same time!

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