Tag Archives: shabby chic

All That Authenticity May Be Getting Old – NYTimes.com

27 Oct
Unornamental aesthetic…

A deluge of vintage and artisanal products is now available online and through mass-market retailers. Has authenticity become just another fad?

Image: flickr/kitschydigitals

I like the approach:

As they began furnishing their new house from scratch, they found themselves choosing pieces with clean, modern lines that “could be a backdrop for whatever we were interested in at the moment,” Mr. Siegel said. In other words, he said, “not trying to express your personality and your total individuality with every single thing in your house.”

You must click over to this link rich article in the NYTimes, link below. I feel the same way after furnishing a home with vintage, I am inspired for clean, minimal, with pops of color per the season.

Enjoy this article by: EMILY WEINSTEIN

All That Authenticity May Be Getting Old – NYTimes.com

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The Abandoned Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs NY (Video)

25 Sep
PHOTO SOURCE: CardCow.com

I’m totally bonkers for anything abandoned! I will be posting some of my fav online pics and vids from incredible artists that transport you back in time. We start with the Hotel Adler in Sharon Springs, NY. For more INCREDIBLE pics you must click here and check out a bevy of cool pics and a post by Photographer Arnold Walter. Enjoy

VIDEO SOURCE: The Digital Mirage
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Event: Halloween in the Hills Oct. 13, 6-9pm West Lewis St. Shops, 92103

23 Sep

Join Le Bel Age Boutique, ‘With Love’-A Gift & Paperie, Salon Bella and Mission Hills Liquor & Deli for Halloween in the Hills Oct. 13,  6-9pm. Gregory Page is providing the musical entertainment. Come and be part of the gruesome gathering! Be sure to show your love and “like” their online pages, links are listed after the fab pics Jimmy @ ‘With Love’ snapped of their ghoulish accessories. Enjoy.

    SOURCE: With Love
    PHOTO SOUCE: With Love

    Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture: Home And Play On The Range

    21 Sep

    I love porch swings and dreamcatchers. Rachel Ashell offers both in a recent blog post about her Prairie property housing Shabby Chic Couture. Custom made bedding and hand made appointments. Take a moment and refuel with Rachel on her blog.

     

    Here is a link to Cedar Hill Ranch’s Blog posts with many interior and exterior shots of her B&B property, a must see. 

    Last but not least here are some helpful Flea Market strategies from the Rachel and the latimes.com.

    SOUCE: RACHEL ASHWELL,latimes.com
    PHOTO SOURCE: Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture Blog

    Forever Changing Treasures: Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic Couture Re-Blog

    12 Sep

    Seems to me that the wonderful thing about treasures are their values and beauty are forever changing.

    I gave myself the treat to wander through my Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture™ store in New York, and just enjoy. Vintage pieces I had bought in the past. Some I clearly remembered. Some revealed details that had past me by previously.

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    While the initial search for treasures for my stores and my home is a sacred adventure, I never bore of the new qualities that are forever evolving. I don’t segregate this thought to just material treasures, but also people treasures and lesson treasures. As we spend more time discovering the many layers, there is always a new beauty to experience, seemingly never ending.

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    A beautiful Florentine table and purple porcelain flowers, visual symphony to my eyes.

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    The craft of balance and acceptance is a quality I am always striving for. Sometimes it is my aesthetic ability that teaches me how the unexpected opposites, balance each other, and bring out the best.

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    There are moments in our lives where accents of decadence finds a home. I like to welcome these in heirloom qualities, so they can be shared for many generations to come. Quality and classic needs to be part of a decadent recipe in my book.

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    When searching for treasures, often it is the patina that finds my attention. The most magnificent piece is without magic for me if the patina isn’t alive with texture.

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    These beauties were on a wallpaper trunk and porcelain umbrella stand in my store. Both are so beautiful and rare to the eye. Sometimes I question how I part with such treasures. For me discovering and acknowledging value and beauty, is often enough. Letting unique qualities pass thru my hands onto others is often enough for however long they last in my world.

    And that is why it is always such a treat for me to go to a store, to experience one more time, the treasure I found, and perhaps discover another layer I didn’t see before.

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    See these and other treasures at any of our Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture stores.