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Monthly Archives: May 2011

  • Petite Buds And Grande Blossoms



    Would I have the knowledge of a flower
    That of knowing just what color I should be
    What shape to take and where and when to be these things
    As well as that
    How long to stay and when to change that form
    To draw my petals close as darkness falls
    And open myself to the suns seductive warmth
    And then to know
    Now is the time to shed that shape and color
    My naked center breathing soft until another spring.
    (Written by my mum)


    Flowers, flowers. The world is unimaginable without flowers.

    Such diversity of attitude........sometimes a little accent is all that is needed, and sometimes an abundance. Sometimes they are the co star, sometimes the star of the show.


    While less is more is my mantra in decorating, sometimes I love an explosion of flowers.......




    At The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell B & B, I had a couple of opportunities to layer flowers on top of flowers and then some.


    When flowers are used in their faded form, there is a wonderful sense of faded beauty.


    "You can't always get what you want" so said the Rolling Stones......

    This does apply so often in life.......

    I am so proud that in the world of Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture, we do all we can to break that rule. We have recently introduced a Bespoke Bedding and Drapery program, which is designed in such a way that "you can get what you want" So nice to be able to say yes, in the world of so many NO's........



    I have finally put the finishing touch touches on my latest book, Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Inspirations and Beautiful Spaces.... 12 plus extraordinary homes. Flowers of course played a big role throughout, so I suppose I could be forgiven for going over the top on my cover!!!!!

    I went to the flower market in downtown Los Angeles...... I did my best to control my need to buy just one more bunch....


    Couldn't decide on Peonies or Lilacs.....maybe both I thought.

    But then in the end..................


    View other beautiful floral inspirations at any of our three Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture Stores.

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