Monday, March 22, 2010
Feminine and Luxurious.
Well-balanced qualities of beauty, comfort and function come together so perfectly in these rooms. Combined with a soft palette of pastels, it makes for such an inviting look, especially for Spring. I just adore the mismatched, sun-bleached linens, the abundance of little flowers, and sumptuous details. The most perfect Shabby Chic spaces. I have followed the style and work of Rachel Ashwell from the time I was about ten. I love her self-taught sense of ease, luxury, and comfort, her passion for authentic and vintage and her ability to create such a memorable look and feel. It wasn't until I walked into her California boutique, years ago, that I truly felt Shabby Chic. It is not a mere combination of items, but a feeling...
Over the years, I have sought out pieces that mean something to me. New, vintage or antique—I have acquired a collection of treasures and furnishings that truly speak to me; From petite, soft pink vintage gloves and candelabras, to sweetly printed antique teacups. I credit my Mum and Rachel Ashwell for opening my eyes as a child to a world of beauty, and an appreciation for the authentic, time-worn and imperfect. Are you also a collector of vintage/antique pieces?
*Also, today, I'm a guest on Walking Around—Where the Sidewalk Begins, going into more detail about collectibles. Be sure to stop by when you have a chance!
( photography by Amy Neunsinger / images scanned via this excellent book )