Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I heart Rachel Ashwell.. (as if you didn't know!)

Back in November, I met the lovely Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic when she was on her book tour for Shabby Chic Interiors. The last year has thrown a lot at her and yet she has spun it around to be something even better than before!.. After Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic stores closed last year, months later, Rachel relaunched the brand Shabby Chic Couture in Santa Monica, New York and now London too. She is truly amazing.

Here are some images from the gorgeous book..

She is so inspiring in her laid back and serene style. There is something about lovely pale linens, squishy couches, sweet smelling candles, and beat up furniture that just says "flop down and enjoy"

Rachel shared her home with SFgirlbybay back in December. Lot's of lovely pictures here.. behind the scenes with Rachel Ashwell

Rachel's kitchen via SFgirlbybay

One question SFgirlbybay asked Rachel:

Q. What is your biggest interior design nightmare?
A. People want things, too much, too fast, too perfect.

I just love that!.. It's true. Less is more, slow down and see the lovely in the unmade bed!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Ikea stop...

Ikea is in the last 45 minute stretch home from my parents house, where we were for the kids winter break last week, so with Ikea fro yo promises, off we went.. We got rock star parking, speed shopped and left with a few fun bits and pieces...

cute cacti

little ceramic pots for the cute cacti

always a home for a basket that will make clutter look better

yummy sheepskin rugs for either side of our bed

and deep frames so I can do some Darcy Miller scrapboxing!

Friday, February 19, 2010

mirrored sconces

Have a lovely weekend. I'm working on a mood board for the living room!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


With a house of head colds, winter break, a snow day and a Valentine's Day been and gone... the days are flying! Don't you just LOVE this pillow? Nice addition to lounge I think.. from via maris nyc

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Home Office mood board

The office plan is bright white, glossy white where I can. Working with the built in desk that is already there, I am going to paint it glossy white and add the Safari zebra rug. I already have the Captain's desk lamp and artist's studio chair. The clipboards I will hang on one wall to hold receipts and invoices. Stockholm boxes are a very clean way of keeping organized. I've used them for years. They are nice and easy on the eye stacked and they can be holding all sorts or bits and pieces for different projects. The yellow indoor planter, hot pink lacquer stash box, Peony photograph, yellow stripe pillow and patterned Spring balls are all the fun little accents bringing bright yellow and hot pink in to the basic black and white palette.

Monday, February 8, 2010