This is my interior home style inspiration - my favourite three books this year. Cath Kidston, Tilda, and Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic.
Over the last few months I've followed Rachel's blog with increasing sadness for her. I have grieved the loss of her stores, one by one, hearing how desperately she had prayed to keep them all open...until today when she posted that all hopes of saving Shabby Chic have failed and every store will close.
Her life of 20 years will now change, yet I believe she will rise from the ashes, renewed and strong again in time - she has an eye for beauty that will not fade.
I am so grateful for the change her style made in me. The soft and feminine beauty of roses, of whites that soothe and calm and invite you to rest, of vintage china and petticoats and frocks, of the old made new with that subtle facelift of glass knob handles....so many simple and beautiful ideas that carried you away from the hustle and bustle of the 21st Century to a quieter, more gracious and appreciative time. I loved, and will continue to love the Shabby Chic style Rachel Ashwell made obvious to the world.
May God bless her and comfort her in this time of change, because her 'eye' has blessed me so very often.