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  • Forever To Keep Friends

    A few weeks ago, we launched the Rachel Ashwell furniture collection and more recently I went with my team to The Prairie to shoot a few of the pieces, and there more than ever, each piece came to life. It is not an easy accomplishment to design a collection and even harder to get it produced. This collection has been a vision of mine forever, compiled of years of finding treasures, and curating a few chosen ones. Because they are mostly inspired by vintage finds, there were qualities and details that are hard to replicate today. But after much ado, the collection is now here.

    As we placed each piece in different parts of The Prairie, little personalities developed, and I would like you to meet them.

    SOMERSET

    My name is Somerset. I know I am simply beautiful, a perfect example of faded grandeur. I am a bedside table, a console and a cabinet. We don't all match exactly but we do complement each other. My carvings are inspired by vintage pieces from years gone by. I think Marie Antoinette would have welcomed me into her home. My patina is fresh white, even though I have worn light grey accents. So, as fancy as I am, I have my imperfections therefor I am not intimidating.  At my core, I am romantic, so chandeliers and floppy roses compliment me well. But I am so pretty I can sit quietly in a more modern setting and feel like I belong.

     

    BELLA

    My name is Bella. I am an unusual size but I was inspired by one of Rachel’s all-time favorite vintage finds, that she has found useful for many years. So, she wanted me to be the size that I am. I have some pretty little carvings down my tapered legs and subtle details all around my base. I may be understated but I can sit comfortably next to a bed or quietly in other living spaces that I fit in well.

     

    HEATHCLIFF

    My name is Heathcliff. One of Rachel’s favorite books of all time is Wuthering Heights. And I am a namesake to the main character. There is a dark and a light finish to me, that represents my character.  I am reliable and substantial, and whatever there is of me is meaningful. I have carefully considered hardware. My specialness is quiet but of deep value.

     

     

    ELLA

    My name is Ella, if I say so myself, I am the belle of the ball. Rachel has always loved chairs like me. Whether for a fancy dinner in an elegant room, or in a funky kitchen as an everyday chair. I have a special little skirt which makes me both pretty and functional.  My carvings are a classic timeworn elegance. You can place me anywhere and I won’t disappoint.

     

     

    MAYER

    My name is Ella. I may be so very simple, but what there is of me is quite lovely. I am based off one of Rachel’s all-time favorite chairs. I am sturdy, comfortable and good looking. My patina is fresh and clean, and I am quite adaptable to where I can live. A cozy beach cottage or a city townhouse, I will blend in well in my simple special way.

     

     

    CARMEL

    My name is Carmel. I am a coffee table, an end table and a console. There is nothing fancy about me but I am still a show stopper. My patina is bleached raw wood with a hue of white. I welcome easy family living. Feet on the table and organized clutter. I am strong but peaceful. An oversized comfy sofa, some flowers, books and me will make a house a home.

     

     

    SCOUT

    My name is Scout. I am a dining table. I have leaves so I can grow as needed, from medium to large. I have the most perfectly imperfect finish. I have the feeling of vintage, but I am not wonky or wobbly. I can be fancy or funky, plain or dressed up with frilly linens. I have been well designed with much thought on scale and function. I am very proud of myself.

     

    MADISION

    My name is Madison. I am a traditional farm table. I come in a couple of different finishes, raw light wood or a grey base with a darker wood top. Both are pretty great. There is something about me that is just right. I am so excited for all the meals and conversations that will take place on me. If only I could talk, I would say come and enjoy me, sit around me for ours, eating and talking. I plan to live forever.

     

     

    DELILAH

    My name is Delilah. I am the smallest of the group, but I am so pretty. A little hippy and boho perhaps, but you can take me anywhere. A bedroom, living room, bathroom, even a hallway. I am useful and my Truly Teal patina is a quiet, little, special moment.

     

    CELESTE

    My name is Celeste, a fancy French name which suits me well. I have the loveliest legs which will compliment romantic or simple linens. I can float in a room or take up little space in a corner. I am one of those things that don't come along so often, but when found, a total treasure. (Also shown is our Cluny Lace Bedding Collection Coverlet.)

     

     

    LLOYD

    My name is Lloyd. I will become a best friend. Whether as a settee or a chair. I am a perfect balance of humble and strong. With my solid driftwood frame and my oversized mushy cushions, I will support hours and hours of comfy living.

    This collection is my vision and a labor of love for all who helped bring it to life. To me there is a poetic grace to each piece that is meaningful in a home.

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  • Practical Beauties

    I always try to be super selective with the furniture and furnishings I bring into my home. I would rather go without something that doesn't feel quite right.  Especially because I seem to move around quite a bit, my furniture carries my memories often more than my home, and so I always strive to keep furniture forever.  So quality, and an aesthetic that is timeless, is important to me.

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    Over the years, I have furnished my home largely from the flea markets, and in doing so, I have honed my craft of understanding what qualities of a piece are most desirable and which qualify to be a forever piece.

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    It’s taken time, but I am excited to be introducing a curated collection of reproduced pieces, based on my personal, forever to keep collection.

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    This collection has been a labor of love, to achieve getting the carvings and the patina as authentic as possible along with making any functional requirements practical but subtle.

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    Over time, I will be adding to this collection, both in diversity of styles, romantic, modern and primitive, and in categories as I continue to add more pieces to this collection of beauties.

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  • Petals, Buds, Blooms & Bouquets.

    I pride myself in being a super disciplined person… except when it comes to flowers… Once I step foot in the Los Angeles flower market, I lose all sense of what is enough.  My heart skips a beat on every turn, as my eyes fall in love at first sight, over and over… And I over indulge, over and over.  I justify why I have to buy just one more bunch of beauties.

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    Once back home, I continue to appreciate and get crazy joy from every petal, bud and bloom.  My favorite roses are David Austin, a little bit more expensive than others, but they last forever and have the best pink palette.

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    Hyacinths don't last too long, but their fragrance is unmatched.  Hydrangeas often steal the show, due to their size and how long they hold their beauty, transitioning from fresh to dried.

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    I was curious about a hot pink plastic pot and asked the hydrangea flower vendor why and how?  He then explained that he had worked out the perfect formula to create a pale pink, with tones of blue (as opposed to salmon), by adding a few drops of pink dye to the pot filled with white hydrangeas. The dye would travel up the steams, causing a lovely pink hue… good to know.

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    So if ever you find yourself at the flower market, and see me peeking over bundles of blooms… know that once again, I just couldn't control myself, but am sooooo happy with my beauties.

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