unexpected guests: rachel ashwell.
this week, we have a very special unexpected guest! i’m really excited to share a behind the scenes peek at the gorgeously stylish california home of designer rachel ashwell, of shabby chic. last week, rachel shared her generous book giveaway with us, shabby chic interiors: My Rooms, Treasures, and Trinkets, and now she’s sharing her private home.
you’ve most likely seen rachel’s brilliant couture home furnishings, accessories and fabrics for years, but it’s so nice to share a little bit about the personality behind the success story. rachel has a cozy, comfortable cottage in santa monica, a beautiful beach community in los angeles, which is actually where i was born. the streets are lined with palm trees and lush gardens, and the neighborhoods are charming. rachel’s home is comfortable and uncluttered and bears the signature style she made so famous, shabby chic. you can read more from rachel on her new blog, and find her store locations on the shabby chic website. thank you so much for sharing your private space with us, rachel!
rachel’s inspirational barn.
What is your idea of a perfect day at your home in Santa Monica?
Puttering in the garden, drinking tea, reading, watching a movie, and spending time with kids and friends, knitting and listening to music.
What don’t you leave home without?
What are some your favorite local shops, flea markets or sources for finding inventory for the stores?
Michael’s for fun arts and crafts, Santa Monica Flea Markets, and Downtown Los Angeles Fabric Stores.
What’s on your wish list?
What’s your favorite bargain find or product?
Rose Painting from original shabby chic book.
What souvenir did you bring back from your last trip?
Royalty china from England.
Who would you like to sit down to drinks with?
What is your biggest interior design nightmare?
People want things, too much, too fast, too perfect.
Who is your favorite artist?
Degas, I love ballet.
Where do you find inspiration?
Theatre, ballet, opera, and movies.
Do you collect anything?
Costumes, theatre masks, crowns, Royalty china.
What’s your favorite feature in your home?
My bed with its crisp white sheets.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
What is your most treasured belonging?
My “forever to keep drawer” filled with artwork and clothing from my children.
What is your greatest indulgence?
Watching ‘gone with the wind‘ two times in a row.
What is your idea of living hell?
Planes, I hate flying.
What are some of your favorites websites & blogs to visit?
Laurence amelie, my favorite French artist; house of bliss; gypsyville — good friends of mine from the texas flea market; and light locations.