October 21, 2009

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Interiors Giveaway

Be sure to read down to the bottom of this post, we have a GIVEAWAY for you!

Hi friends near and far....today I have a little post about a very sweet lady that unless you are living under a rock someplace you are SURE to know of!

Excuse the quality of these photos, taken with an I~Phone. Rachel foofing up a table before speaking.

I went to a book signing that was held locally here at Books and Books in Coral Gables, which is a lovely spot that has several outlets and is a small business. I totally support small businesses and artists and hope that you do too!!!!

Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic is an icon that I have long admired, as many of you have. I am not the starstruck type, and went to hear her speak and had no preconceived notions as to what she would be like. She looks just like she does in her books and hasn't changed much in her appearance over the years, and amazingly will be turning 50 shortly. She came out in a familiar looking outfit of belted jeans, a pale pink button down shirt, vintage (I think) silver lurex type blazer, and very pointy high heels. No make up (as opposed to me, who at around the same age NEEDS it~lol) and little jewelry other than a tiny gold necklace. Turns out that the outfit she wore was the very same one that she wears on the cover of her latest book, Shabby Chic Interiors ~ My Rooms, Treasures and Trinkets.
A coffee table book that is yummy, as are her others....and abundant with exceptional photographs and personal stories. She did a Power Point presentation (which she admittedly was a bit uncomfortable with)...and spoke about the book, her business, her life and family and her homes.
If you have read her blog, then you may get the feel for her genuine demeanor, and it truly is genuine....despite her Los Angeles status amongst the stars. She is not affected I assure you, simple needs and wants and as a recent "empty nester" myself I can surely relate to many of her feelings. She has gone through some rough patches this past year in her business and life, but is emerging and taking the attitude that "everything happens for a reason" in her faith.
Myself and the lovely Rachel Ashwell

I was so happy to have some time to chat with her after the signing, quite a treat! I asked her about her future business plans and she said that at this point in her life she is happy to have some more simplicity. She wasn't ready to totally give up her hard earned brand after falling into bankruptcy, but has no plans to take it back to the level that was originally planned (by some bad advisors). She has her new Shabby Chic Couture shops now open in Los Angeles (same location) and in New York (new spot) and is getting ready to open a new shop in London. That's probably it (she said) and is excited to be filling the shops with one of a kind pieces mostly.....back to her roots. Of course there will still be the Simply Shabby Chic brand at Target that we all love for it's affordable and feminine design!

I have a gift for you from Rachel....an autographed copy
of her new book Shabby Chic Interiors, courtesy of Rachel. Just leave me a comment here at the blog and a name will be drawn randomly on the 31st.
That's it for today...

October 17, 2009

Lightning Sometimes Strikes Twice

It seems that lightning sometimes DOES strike twice, and I am so excited to share with you that my home has another magazine feature for the Holidays~this time in Romantic Homes Magazine! I have written several tutorials for Romantic Homes Magazine and have had products and designs featured over the years, and always enjoy working with them. I honestly did not know that this piece was actually going to be published, until I was called by the writer for the interview a few weeks back. This feature was styled and photographed (by me:-) in a different year then the Romantic Country Holiday Issue was.....so it's a bit different. 

I hope that you like it...

Good things are happening around here, and last week out of the blue I was contacted by a fashion editor to design something. I can't say much right now, but it has to do with some of my millinery designs. I was sooo excited and it's been sent for review. Maybe lighting will strike three times, who knows?

October 7, 2009

Christmas Items - This and That

I am working on the back end of the website at Shabbyfufu to open up the Holiday Shoppe tonight! There will be lots of pretty things listed....including "the houses" that you have been asking for:
and these:and some of these:Sweet younger daughter did move over to her South Beach studio apt and started back at school. We had a family celebration dinner this past Saturday night to toast her success at a lovely bistro close by. I don't have many photos, but I like this one of the two of us taken right before we went out.
Older daughter was here for a week from Tampa where she lives with her guy and these three lovely critters. I have to say that I am growing fond of gineau pigs....they are such truly sweet pets and all have their own personalities! Meet Fallon, Amaretto and Pebbles.....my fur "grandbabies"
Do you remember this?
It's now...tada~this!
This past Saturday I went to an Estate sale and found this French chair. Oh la la....dontcha love the faded bleu velvet and the barbola rose swags? It needs a paint job, so I think that I will redo it the same way that I did the wood on the sofa above. I layered several coats of paint until I had a chippy French grey that I was happy with and then waxed it up a bit. It will be more more challenging to paint the chair, since I am not changing the fabric...so hopefully I won't pull my hair out...