unexpected guests: rachel ashwell.
by victoria comment



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?
My ipod.




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?
a piano.



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?
Bruce Springsteen.


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.


32 responses to “unexpected guests: rachel ashwell.”

  1. Hi, just want to say a massive thanks to you and Rachel for this post it’s probably my favourite post this year on any blog!
    I love Rachels styling and home and have tons of inspiration from
    her for my designing and also life in general.
    Wishing you a beautiful holiday time, love kat xx

  2. What a soft and cozy space! I didn’t expect to see that leather sofa, but I am absolutely in love with it. The whole home inspires me to take greater care in selecting the things I bring into my own home, and to move somewhere sunnier and warmer.

  3. I love everything about this post. Oh, the barn and the loveliness inside! Really wonderful questions. It’s so fascinating getting a peek into the life of someone like Rachel.

  4. I’ve been a great fan of Rachell Ashwell for a long time. I have all of her books and love to see the pictures from her own homes. Thanks for the great interview.

  5. I was just flicking through her beautiful book yesterday, and nearly fell off my chair when I noticed she mentioned my blog here. I feel totally honoured as well as really glad to read and get inspired by this interview, thank you!

  6. Beautiful, beautiful images. I especially love her lovely dining table setup–just what I’m looking for. Now I have an image to show my husband what I’m talking about!

  7. her home is amazing!! i love it all – seems effortlessly homey and comforting. i have always loved Rachel’s Shabby Chic items however find them to be so overpriced. her store on Fillmore in SF closed as a result which was unfortunate.

    thanks so much for sharing this though!!

  8. Your photos are so inspirational. I’m crazy about working with slip covers. In my opinion they are easiest and most stylish way to change the look of a room. What would we do without Rachel Ashwell?

  9. I love your blog, and wow I am so impressed with this post…I have been following Rachel since day one- still LOVE shabby chic and have converted many of my friends in Jamaica to love it too. Thanks for the lovely write-up, we love Rachel even more!

  10. soy mexicana y vivo en sacramento ca solamente kiero decirle a Rachel k la admiro mucho y me.facina chabbychic

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