Living in a fairytale is what Shabby Chic style is all about. Bright interiors decorated with class in soft, elegant colours, and objects that recall olden days and tell stories from the past.
One of the fundamental maxims of Shabby Chic is utilising furnishings with a taste of the antique. Often these are obsolete items of furniture that have been totally reinvented. The protagonists of the Shabby Chic scenario may include topless tables, pieces of wrought iron, pottery, lace and romantic flowers: an apparent simplicity made up of precious details.
The go-ahead is for mirrors, picture frames and candelabra, but also for flowers, and particularly for hydrangeas. Walls are dressed in pastel nuances, the most appropriate colours being white, grey, ivory, as well as lavender, mauve, turquoise, green and powder pink that transform the walls into a backdrop for the real protagonists: the furnishings.
Lighting is an integral part of Shabby Chic style, required to create an enchanted, almost dreamlike environment. The basic concept in Shabby Chic interiors is natural light reflecting from the pastel nuances and lending an atmosphere of calm and serenity.
Chic Provençal-style lamps, drop lights with wrought iron or wooden structures, embellished with crystals and romantic fabrics, all rigorously light-coloured, are a perfect match for scented ivory candles.
Rachel_Ashwell has turned the Shabby Chic style into a business. She is the pioneer of Shabby Chic style throughout the world: it all began when she was buying Provençal-style furniture for her home on second-hand and antiques street-markets, which she then modified by painting them white, to make them look more “used”.
Then, in 1989 at Santa Monica, she opened the first shop of her very famous Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture™ chain, henceforth the worldwide benchmark for lovers of Shabby Chic style.