Shabby Chic Decor, Girlfriends & Palm Trees

Shabby Chic Decor, Girlfriends & Palm Trees go together for me like nubby linen, vintage china, and bleached oak, but if you require more convincing than that, keep reading, shabby chic mamas and daddy-o’s!

Shabby Chic Decor, Girlfriends & Palm Trees

A palm tree by Hello Lovely Studio.

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Today is National Girlfriends Day, and the kind folks over at RACHEL ASHWELL of SHABBY CHIC have reminded me of it as they celebrate by offering us 25% off orders today (August 1st) with the code GIRLFRIENDS25.

One of the things I deeply admire about the Shabby Chic brand is how Rachel Ashwell shares her life behind the scenes without glamorizing or schmoozing. She blogged just the other day about traveling to London and how life has not been all skittles and beer – READ IT HERE and perhaps send her some love.

Shabby Chic Decor Finds From Rachel Ashwell

There are oodles of lovely SHABBY CHIC finds designed by Rachel if you are a fan of romantic, feminine, soulful decor!

 

Shabby chic Rachel Ashwell hammock and pink throw. #shabbychic #rachelashwell #hammock #summerliving #palepink

Photo: Rachel Ashwell. Pink Waffle Knit Throw: FIND HERE.

Henri Nouwen quote by Hello Lovely Studio.

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Shabby Chic Living Room Finds from Rachel Ashwell

Shabby Chic Decor finds await you in this inspiring lineup of interior design inspiration. #shabbychic #interiordesignideas #decoratingideas #rachelashwell #hellolovelystudio

Boho inspiration and Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic. Sofa, Chair, Chandelier: FIND HERE.

Shabby Chic Decor finds await you in this inspiring lineup of interior design inspiration. #shabbychic #interiordesignideas #decoratingideas #rachelashwell #livingroom

Pale blue accents and Shabby Chic Rachel Ashwell Living Room Finds: FIND HERE.

Shabby Chic Decor finds await you in this inspiring lineup of interior design inspiration. #shabbychic #interiordesignideas #decoratingideas #rachelashwell #sectional #livingroom #slipcovered

White sectional inspiration and Shabby Chic Rachel Ashwell Living Room Finds: FIND HERE.

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Shabby Chic Dining Room Finds from Rachel Ashwell

Shabby Chic Decor finds await you in this inspiring lineup of interior design inspiration. #shabbychic #interiordesignideas #decoratingideas #rachelashwell #diningroom

Quiet dining room inspiration and Shabby Chic Decor from Rachel Ashwell finds: FIND HERE.

Shabby Chic Decor finds await you in this inspiring lineup of interior design inspiration. #shabbychic #interiordesignideas #decoratingideas #rachelashwell #diningroom

Quiet dining room inspiration and Shabby Chic Decor from Rachel Ashwell: FIND HERE.

Henri Nouwen quote about glory by Hello Lovely Studio.

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Rachel Ashwell Bedroom Decor Finds from Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic Decor finds await you in this inspiring lineup of interior design inspiration. #shabbychic #interiordesignideas #decoratingideas #rachelashwell #bedroom

Rachel Ashwell White Bedroom Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration and Lovely Finds: RIGHT HERE.

Shabby Chic Decor finds await you in this inspiring lineup of interior design inspiration. #shabbychic #interiordesignideas #decoratingideas #rachelashwell #bedroom

Shabby Chic Rachel Ashwell White Bedroom Decor Inspiration and Lovely Finds: RIGHT HERE.

Shabby Chic Decor finds await you in this inspiring lineup of interior design inspiration. #shabbychic #interiordesignideas #decoratingideas #rachelashwell #bedroom

Rachel Ashwell Teal and White Bedroom Shabby Chic Decor Inspiration and Lovely Finds: RIGHT HERE.

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Shabby Chic Decor Finds from Rachel Ashwell – Bathroom

Shabby Chic Decor finds await you in this inspiring lineup of interior design inspiration. #shabbychic #interiordesignideas #decoratingideas #rachelashwell #bathroomdecor #clawfoottub #vintagestyle

Bathroom Finds from Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic: FIND HERE.

Shabby Chic Decor finds await you in this inspiring lineup of interior design inspiration. #shabbychic #interiordesignideas #decoratingideas #rachelashwell #turquoise #pastels

Shabby Chic pastels and bathroom finds from Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic: FIND HERE.

Shabby Chic Decor finds await you in this inspiring lineup of interior design inspiration. #shabbychic #interiordesignideas #decoratingideas #rachelashwell #whitebathroom

White bathroom room inspiration and Bathroom Finds from Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic: FIND HERE.

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Boho Pink Embroidered Bedding Collection. #shabbychicdecor #boho #pink #bedroomdecor

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Pink Embroidered Bedding: FIND HERE

Shabby Chic Decor Around My House

Shabby chic decor by Hello Lovely Studio. Pink pointe shoe or ballet slipper, wool pom poms, and candle. #shabbychic #hellolovelystudio #palepink #romanticdecor #pointeshoe #balletslipper #candlelight

A dead pointe shoe, handmade pom poms, and a complex Parisian scent.

Diptyque Figuier Candle. #diptyque #figuier #fig #candle #paris

Diptyque Figuier Candle: FIND HERE

Gratitude quote from Henri Nouwen by Hello Lovely Studio.

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French wire laundry basket with tissue poufs and fairy lights. Shabby chic decor by Hello Lovely Studio. #shabbychic #decorinspiration #hellolovelystudio #frenchbasket #fairylights

The French wire laundry basket was a gift from a friend, the tissue poufs were made by me.

Battery Operated Fairy Lights: FIND HERE

Neon pink roses turned inside out. #hellolovelystudio #roses #brightpink

These are not exotic flowers…for a season, I regularly turned faded roses inside out to reveal their lush, velvety cores.

Pale ballet slippers and fuxxy wool pom pom wreath by Hello Lovely Studio. #shabbychic #feminine #hellolovelystudio #balletslippers

Why, yes, that is a horseshoe hiding in the mix!

Romantic tablescape on a white farmhouse table by Hello Lovely Studio. Blush roses, white ironstone, candlelight, gold vintage Christmas ornaments, and fresh branches from the yard. #tablescape #shabbychic #feminie #palepink #blushpink #holidaytable #pinkandgold #organic #hellolovelystudio

A thrifty tablescape I created one Christmas with vintage Fireking plates, branches from the yard, and blush roses.

Antique German grainsack used as table runner in a serene dining room by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #grainsack #antique #galvanizedbucket #hydrangea #shabbychic #frenchcountry

German antique grainsack from A Beautiful Mess in Agoura Hills, CA.

Robin's egg blue background and vintage birds in a mixed media collage on vintage book cover created by Michele of Hello Lovely. #hellolovelystudio #collage #birds #vintage #mixedmedia #beatitudes #christianity #faith

Mixed media collage on a vintage book cover by me.

Farmhouse galvanized buckets and watering cans stacked in a corner with a vintage ladder and paper wreath by Hello Lovely Studio. #farmhousestyle #shabbychic #courtyard #garden #galvanized #wateringcan #buckets

Galvanized supplies in my courtyard plus a vintage paper wreath made by my sister, Lala.

Galvanized Metal Bucket

Galvanized Metal Bucket: FIND HERE.

Colorful Caribbean painted Windsor chairs surround a white pedestal table in a courtyard garden with Palo Verde tree. #hellolovelystudio #colorful #tablescape #gardenparty

Mother’s Day tablescape to celebrate my mama a few years ago in her backyard.

Holiday tablescape vignette by Hello Lovely Studio. Simple greenery, vintage gold bulb, and candlelight upon a vintage Fireking plate. #placesetting #tablescape #holidaydecor #natural #simpleChristmas #hellolovelystudio

Is it too early to get the holiday vibes flowing?

In honor of this day, I want to also take time to honor my girlfriends – the lovely and merciful travel companions with whom I am grateful to  journey on this path where we are daily broken into beautiful…even as we realize greater wholeness.

Magnificent palm tree in Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Arizona. #hellolovelystudio #palmtree

An incredible palm tree I visited in Arizona at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Here is a love letter of sorts to them written a few years back.

Me and my little sisters in La Jolla.

Palm Trees

by Michele

“God sets the lonely in families.” ~Psalm 68:6

I am a lonely soul.

Yet I have been blessed with friendship.

College visit trip to San Diego State.

These beautiful souls are my secret source of strength…especially on days it is hard to breathe.

They are my hundredth wind.

These girlfriends showed up when I said my wedding vows. When I was fading fast from a rare infection settling in my small intestine or ready to give birth. They were near when anxiety and depression moved in and when my breasts, well, when they moved out.

At a Northwestern football game.

They are great listeners, these ladies. They hear my stories and truly get them. And the stories can be odd.

Red Rocks fun.

Take my dream last night.

I was Joan of Arc and reached for a golden sword to remove the stubble from my legs. With a quick gesture like a slashing fishmonger, I split the flesh wide open, just below my knee.

Camp friends gathered for a reunion.

In my dream, the blood spilled forth as I nonchalantly sighed, crap…I’ve done it again.

At my 50th birthday party.

My friends respond similarly to the dramas which swirl about us. We share our stories and somehow help each other recover laughter again.

My friends do not pity me.

They know that whether it is a genetic mutation diagnosis I share with Angelina Jolie or a nervous breakthrough, I am a fierce mama who will still burn up the dance floor.

Such friendship reminds me of the palm trees.

The palms flourish in sunshine; but they also bend and twist in hurricane winds, without breaking in two.

They are a balm when temperatures rise.

Protection when a sun-scorched world imposes.

Their beauty beckons all to slow down and BE HERE.

What a blessing that they teach me more about God’s love than I can say.

What joy, what comfort, their love brings to this, my lonely soul.

Life long friend and creator of an amazing spiritual formation program I completed.

Their love is the arms of a heavenly father, carrying me over vast stretches of rocky earth, rescuing me from an ocean deep.

“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters.” ~Psalm 18:16

I am a lonely soul.

But lonely souls can find rest.

I am my mother’s daughter. Each new day is a sort of quest to uncover beauty, God, and peace in my world…wherever I may be planted.

I am my sister’s sister. No matter how many hours are spent together, when it is time to part, there is still so much more to say.

Dancing, y’all.

I am my girlfriends’ girlfriend…ever grateful for the sweetness of every palm.

Peace to you right where you are.

michele

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10 Comments

  1. August 2, 2018 / 7:30 am

    Those are such joyful photos with your friends!
    Thanks for the shot of shabby chic, too. I always did like it and it has held up over time.

    • michele
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 8:12 am

      Those girls do radiate joy! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  2. Tracy
    August 2, 2018 / 9:24 am

    Lovely post and circle of friends! I remember that picture of you with the glass of wine and shabby shoes from years back. ? Weren’t the sold through Toms Shoes? Another thing in your post jingled a memory, your mention of “A Beautiful Mess.” It May not be the one your referring to, but I remember following a blog by that name, proprietor Ruth ?, and lived in Florida. I wonder whatever happened to her. Your burlap reminded me of something she would have sold. Anyway cheers to good friends, they are true gifts!! Enjoy your day Michelle.

    • michele
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 10:53 am

      Good memory! Yep. They are Tom’s and probably retired. I am going to put the link to A Beautiful Mess in that caption so there can be no confusion. It’s a beautiful shop in Agoura Hills, California, with Kimberly Fraser at the helm. There is also a wildly popular blog by the name which is written by two sisters. Thanks for playing along and for your loyal readership, friend. xox

  3. August 2, 2018 / 9:33 am

    Your words are magic, my friend! God bless you and your girlfriends!! And Shabby Chic just lives on, doesn’t it? It’s timeless. xoxo

    • michele
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 10:47 am

      Thanks for the blessing – I’m doubly blessed since it’s from your lovely heart. 🙂

    • michele
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 10:46 am

      So thankful for your readership. Have a wonderful week, friend. 🙂

  4. Karen H.
    August 2, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    You are an inspiration girlfriend! Peace be with you.

    • michele
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 10:44 pm

      just muddling through, friend. peace to you. 🙂

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