Once upon a time I was completely immersed in the world of Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic — even before I knew that it was called “shabby chic”. I only got to know Rachel Ashwell in the mid-early
90’s 2000’s when I was on complete bed rest during my pregnancy with Sophia. I watched her show on the Lifestyle Network all day.
My love for old things goes back to when I was a starving student in university. I lived in an old Victorian house in downtown Toronto. It was the house of my women’s fraternity, ok fine, sorority. There, I learned the beauty and practicality of rescuing old furniture – often just left on the curb by neighbours. My mom was also a yard sale hobbyist. A lot of our weekends were spent driving to small old towns in Ontario. There she’d find really cool items with good bones. And when we were wee little things in the 70’s she’d take us to the Swap Meet in San Francisco (which I hated but don’t tell her that).
Fast forward to my second life in the Philippines. I move into an old home with lots of old things collected by my late mother-in-law. For the most part, the house had gotten very shabby not enough chic. It took a lot of editing, some help from Ito Kish and my splash of red paint on the door to change our mindset and appreciate the charm of living in an old house.
My 2008 renovation of bedrooms. Here’s what I did for the kids. All the furniture was new except for the 1930’s aparador which we had painted white. I find it too glossy now so I will have to re-do the surface. The beds and side table are from a now defunct exporter. This also started my first brand collaboration – these sheets were made for the DAPHNE® brand.
Who knew I’d eventually get a chance to have my own furniture line? It was just a wild dream in the deepest part of my head. And it happened a couple of years ago. Here’s Stella road testing one of our big benches from my previous collection. I can’t really say the line was greatly influenced by Shabby Chic. By this time I had moved on. The whole world was doing this look already. There’s Martha, Kelly, Cath, Nate and many more. But the seeds were planted early.
So how happy am I to welcome Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture fine home furnishings as my site partner?! I don’t know what’s happening. Last weekend it was Kelly Wearstler. Now it’s Rachel Ashwell. What a thrill!
Do check out her site. Lots of inspiration there! And good deals too. If you live in the U.S., the site makes ordering and deliveries very easy. If you’re overseas, you may have to find another way to get your goods shipped. Try a third-party shipper if you’re based in the Philippines.
Here are some gorgeous pieces that stood out to me. Hundreds more in the site. All photos copyright protected by Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture®.
Shabby Chic Couture for Baby. Everything is so lovely here!
Portobello Chair and a Half. OMG. I need this!
White Petticoat Pillow. So lovely.
Vintage Tiaras. Every princess must have.
If you want to buy Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic books in the Philippines, you can do so at the National Book Store site.