One of my favorite designers,
if not my favorite designer, is Rachel Ashwell.
She claims to not have invented Shabby Chic,
but can be accredited for
However, it can not really be called a trend.
Her book, Shabby Chic
was written in 1996
and remains a classic today.
"Shabby Chic goes far beyond the stereotype
of a few tea-stained florals and some cushy chairs.
Some have called this shabby yet elegant look
'a marriage between the laid-back, breezy ease
of Los Angeles beach life and the romantic
prettiness of English country life
at its most casual'."
The pink candlesticks and floral dresser box
atop the vanity mirror
have the "romantic prettiness"
that is described in Rachel's book.
The sheer curtains share the
practicality and faded splendor
of the shabby chic.
"To these qualities I would add that the style
suggests things that are inherited rather
than store-bought and handcrafted
rather than mass-produced."
I like to imagine that the candlesticks
and the dresser box were wedding gifts
from a grandmother,
an inheritance to share with the
I dream of a beach house
decorated with white and soft pastels and
loosely fitting fabrics draped across comfortable seating.
I imagine wide wood-paneled white walls
and sheer white panels
that blow with the ocean's wind.
I imagine ruffled pillows
and soft throws
for relaxing while enjoying
my favorite pastime, reading.
I imagine a large front porch
with a close view of one of
God's most beautiful creations
that remains and stands the test of time.
This is shabby chic living.
Hope you enjoyed a relaxing Monday.