How To Add Shabby Chic Touches To Your Home
I absolutely adore Rachel Ashwell, having only discovered her (really) last year. I knew of Rachel Ashwell and had known of her for a long time but I didn’t have any real vested interest because I hadn’t defined my own personal style. It took me a few years to realise I was a pastel loving princess but I realised that I don’t just love gelato style colours. I knew what I liked to look at but I couldn’t figure out how to recreate/emulate the shabby style or furniture looks. For example, I knew I liked worn, vintage backgrounds and I bought some boards and painted them but I wasn’t feeling it y’kno. I realised, it’s not all worn and shabby! So of course I ended up buying all of the Rachel Ashwell books over the course of one year (crazy lady?).
After reading through the books, I had a bajillion ideas! The first thing I did; I chose my favourite colours from Rachel Ashwell’s book and tried to see if I had any cushions or pretty soft furnishings about the house to try to incorporate them into my living room (where I spend lots of time).
I found these earrings at a local market and thought they would be absolutely gorgeous as a decorative feature. I just used the book sleeve as a backdrop and the tulle from the vintage dresses make the image so soft and beautiful.
I wanted to fill my home with lots of flowers, alas, there’s someone with an allergy in my home so I have to settle for faux!
I also noticed that vintage books have the most beautiful texture when you rip off the covers. I didn’t go crazy, I went for super cheap books that cost less than £1 and had damage to the covers. I love books and it would break my heart to damage them (unless it’s chick lit, then I rip that bad boy up no problem!)
Finding distressed decorative touches was pretty easy at the moment, and they’re all at a pretty good price, so I’m stocking up. Layering the decorative pieces and framing shabby fabrics has really added a touch of shabby into my home!
I do hope that you realised that my favourite Rachel Ashwell tips were written in bold in this post. I’m sure you did 🙂 I love mixing up textures, pastel shades and adding metallic. It’s spring time now and I’m so glad I’ve changed out my all white winter decor.
My favourite ideas from Rachel Ashwell:
Choose a colour palette
Use vintage jewelry to decorate
Fill your home with lots of flowers
Using vintage book spines to add texture to your decor
Distressed frames and barn stars can be layered