Monday, March 22, 2010

Soft, Luxurious Comforts







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 antiqueI 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 AroundWhere 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 )

24 comments:

  1. Oh what beautiful pictures, love them and yes a big collector of vintage/antique pieces.
    xxx

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  2. The light and the tones of color in these photos are magical.Sara, I love this post,just stunning,
    Have a wonderful new week,
    Cecilia

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  3. Sarah,
    Beautiful all these items on the images here!
    I am also a collector of antique pieces. Things I love not for wath they could be worth, but because I like them.
    xx
    Greet
    PS I love that mirror!!!

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  4. Oh I adore the feminine and vintage style of shabby chic! These are just beautiful pictures. Such a lovely post xx

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  5. Oh I admire the vintage and antique more than collect them...so beautiful are these soft colous, ruffles and lace...

    Vitania

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  6. Love this! The colours are all so soothing... and those chairs at the dining table? Gorgeous!

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  7. I looooooove these images... and the soft colors and textures!

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  8. The first photo has been one of my favorite shabby chic decor examples for a little while now. I can only imagine how gorgeous the home looks on the outside as well..

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  9. oh so beautiful images, Sarah! that dining table is simply dreamy. the bathroom is to die for. thanks for sharing! xo

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  10. Gorgeous images, I'm a fan of mixing vintage finds with modern pieces

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  11. Amanda - I think it might be a fav. of mine now, too :)

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  12. You always find the best photos...

    x

    Caroline

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  13. Love the soft color palette..It's so easy breezy...shabby chic..

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  14. I'm admittedly not a huge fan of the shabby chic aesthetic, but I do really love that the style has brought about a renewed interest in unique and vintage pieces, items with history -- a nice change away from the starkly modern that was dominating design prior to Rachel bursting onto the scene.

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  15. Very true, Averill! I am a mostly modern girl, but love a little softness thrown into the mix for interest and personality...

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  16. I love the beautiful dishes in the first and second photos. I am most attracted to lovely china and love to collect plates and bowls from thrift and antique stores.

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  17. First of all - welcome back girlie! You have been missed. (Love the white tunic dress you picked up).

    These images are gorgeous. Rachel really is a master when it comes to easy and lovely living. Nothing contrived - just a lot of heart. Wonderful.

    ox, Mon

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  18. These are beautiful picks. I've always loved Rachel Ashwell and as much as I love modern decor, I'm always drawn back to this sort of comfortable timeless style.

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  19. Grace - that's wonderful! I thought you were a collector as well.

    Mon - thanks!

    Mary Jo - her style is somehow irresistible, isn't it?

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  20. gorgeous! adore shabby chic and this could well be my new favourite post of yours -- the book is so lovely and the images you chose are wonderful

    hope you're having a wonderful week,
    xo

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  21. Thanks, Roséline! I hope you are having a wonderful week as well*

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  22. Very nice post! This blog is amazing, I am book marking it right now!

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