Monday, October 17, 2011

Not Too Shabby

I have been a long-time fan of Rachel Ashwell and her Shabby Chic world. I must have purchased my first book of hers in the early '90s and have not looked back since. To my delight and that of countless other fans, she has just released her seventh tome, Shabby Chic Inspirations and Beautiful Spaces, which I pre-ordered and received in the mail a few days ago. As I expected, it's filled with inspirational eye candy - this time with a slightly smokier colour palette and more raw edge than in the past. It's encouraging to see that even the most steadfast artists evolve over time, while still remaining true to their authenticity.

Here are just a few pages scattered throughout this illustrious coffee table-sized volume. The above photo, in true Ashwell style, is of her own bedroom at a temporary apartment she rented in Notting Hill. Below is none other than Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne's dining room! To die for!

A beautiful mess.

I love the timeworn details of this tattered armchair and cracked mug.

And in my true form, I had to jump up immediately and add a few more shabby touches to my own home. Here is the loveliest lavender silk blouse I have ever seen, which I got at a thrift store last week for a song.

Paper honeycomb bells and vintage millinery flowers grace the corners of a cabinet and mirror.

This floral porcelain looks like icing on a cake to me!

And now for some new jewelry designs I created this week, coming this evening to my Etsy shoppe. Several new pairs of earrings...

These feature vintage rhinestone findings, brilliant labradorite briolettes and sterling silver medals.

Paris souvenir bracelet links are repurposed with creamy pearls and elegant drops of pave-set rhinestones.

And I think Rachel Ashwell herself might approve of these pink and light green enamel floral findings, complemented by vintage rhinestone disco balls, flourite and sterling silver medals.

These sweet earrings, with vintage souvenir bracelet links, pink tourmaline, and silver and rosary chains, remind me of my recent 'holiday in paris'.

Finally, today I am introducing the first piece in my new 'pret a porter' collection. This will be an affordably-priced line of jewelry that will feature simpler designs and occasionally reproduction elements. I want to offer something for everyone! :)

Despite its friendly price tag, this 'royal crown' necklace is fit for a queen!

Thank you, Rachel Ashwell, for providing so many of us with your continued inspiration. I'll leave you, dear readers, with these parting words, which I wish for all of you...


  1. You have been busy and with beautiful results !!
    Enjoy your evening.