British Sensibilities and Shopping Shabby Chic


This shabby chic style fireplace and mantel display is so charming, I'd love to recreate this in my own home.

British sensibilities...

I enjoy the seemingly proper and traditional parts of culture that are ingrained by centuries old traditions. Spending time in both London and Paris on my recent trip reminded me just how different attitudes and cultures are between these two cities, although both are large and heavily populated...

Today I'm taking you to two great shops in London for a quick virtual tour...

This table centerpiece from Cabbage & Roses shop is the perfect shabby chic style for a home like mine.

The first of these shops is Cabbages & Roses...a beautiful source in Chelsea for home items, fabrics, wallpaper and clothing. It definitely has that English faded floral classic vibe. Quiet, softly muted and sensible...

The storefront of Cabbages & Roses, a beautiful shabby chic style boutique in Chelsea!

I love the vintage bicycle in the front of the shop with the name of the shop applied!

From Cabbages & Roses, their catalogue is a perfect collection of their shabby chic style - along with adorable blue and white stripped espadrille summer shoes.

Gorgeous is this catalog, and the jacket shown is reminiscent of something that Jackie Kennedy might have worn. Alongside are these great black and white striped espadrilles for summer...

Pink and white flowers brighten up the Cabbages & Roses showroom, along with shabby chic style clothing rack and the bright Chelsea sun.

Yes, I did make a couple of purchases and will share with you later...

Pink, white, and purple flowers brighten up the showroom at Cabbages & Roses - a beautiful shabby chic style shop that I fell in love with on a recent trip to London.

A collection of items for sale at Cabbages & Roses - an antique wooden mirror with elegant woodwork and detail; tin garden buckets with intricate roses, and a distressed wood cabinet that perfectly encapsulates the shabby chic style that Cabbages & Roses stands for.

The next shop to share is one that you'll most likely recognize...

A beautiful couch display at Shabby Chic Couture by Rachel Ashwell. Her shabby chic style is one of my favorites!

It's the shop of Shabby Chic Couture by Rachel Ashwell. I've been in to visit several of her shops and generally LOVE what she carries. You can read about the other store visits HERE and HERE...

This beautiful crystal chandelier from Shabby Chic Couture is so elegant! I'd love to add this to my shabby chic style home.

I always feel that I could take it all home with me, but of course "it all" would not fit in my suitcase...

White-washed wicker baskets and a blue crystal wall sconce from Shabby Chic Couture - my favorite shabby chic style boutique.

My aesthetic is so similar that in fact years before the sconce shown above was added to her Rachel's line I had purchased a small chandelier on a visit to France that looks almost identical...

Portraits from the Shabby Chic Couture store done in beautiful blue and pink pastels. The perfect addition to any shabby chic style home.

Portraits that are carried in the Shabby Chic stores and I believe on their website as well...

A beautiful shabby chic style tablescape with white china and linens and a distressed blue china cabinet - both from Shabby Chic Couture.

David and staff were very gracious and helped me pick out a few small things to take home, since the cabinets were a wee bit too large to bring on board:~)

Rachel Ashwell's shabby chic style book collection, displayed in a beautiful distressed wooden china cabinet painted a stunning mint green.

Light, pastel green and white linen display at Shabby Chic Couture. These linens are perfect for a shabby chic style home.

I hope that you enjoyed the tour. Look for more posts with travel photos and information coming your way soon. I'm always open to travel and seeking opportunities as well...


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