Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic

117 Mercer St.
New York, NY 10012
212-334-3500
Make your new stuff look old again is kind of Ashwell's unofficial mottoathe Britsh decorator's show on the Style Network is all about putting that coveted faux-worn finish on everything from flea-market rocking chairs to found cabinets. The Brit decorator got her start designing washable slipcovers for her likeminded friends with kids, then broke out with a store in Santa Monica. Now there's a virtual Shabby Chic empire, with a slew of books touting the Shabby Chic design aesthetic, and of course, a Laura Ashley-esque line of linens and home accessories in florals and creams. It can all get a bit too much like Holly Hobby threw up in your living room, but in small doses, we suppose it adds a country warmth to the place.

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