I have been a lover of Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic style for a long time. When I finally met Rachel in her showroom at the High Point Market a few weeks ago, I totally understood why I loved her style so much. Rachel is a beautiful person, inside and out. Her aesthetic and heart is apparent in every single thing she creates, from the mushy cushy oh-I-so-don’t-want-to-get-up sofas to her new venture in the most precious doll house furniture – scaled down replicas of favorite people sized pieces. She’s warm and just lovely. Like a true artist, she has evolved and so has her style. Founded on vintage and still so beautifully romantic, it’s a more pared down, edited, modern look with the addition of clean-lined pieces.
Rachel’s Shabby Chic style developed from a humble place, her home. With lots of kid’s sticky fingers about the house, she wanted washable, yet chic slipcovers for her furniture. She also wanted to create a sofa that would be the most comfy sofa ever; one that would be of heirloom quality, with a classic 8-way tied hardwood frame, and plump, cushy down feather cushions. Twenty-six years later, the aesthetic and the quality are still important in her American made custom upholstery.
Stepping into her showroom, you’re transported into Rachel’s world. Soft, pretty, comfy and happy are the words that I would describe her beautiful lifestyle.
To see more of what Rachel’s all about, visit her beautiful website, www.ShabbyChic.com.