Before Anthropoloigie’s homewares section, there was Shabby Chic, which was created by British designer Rachel Ashwell. I originally stumbled across the brand in the late 1990s. My mother, who regularly redecorates her house to this day, had a Shabby Chic book on her bookshelf. Given that these were pre-Pinterest days, design ideas came from books and magazines. I remember flipping through the book with much excitement, planning my future garden home, which would inevitably include an antique clawfoot tub and lots of floral prints.
I fell in love with what I would call the country home aesthetic, and it influences my choices today. I always feel drawn to pieces I could picture in some magical cabin somewhere, where everything is unnecessarily painted white and there are pink roses everywhere. No mattering how old I get, I can’t shake my love for things that scream Shabby Chic.
Since moving into my very own apartment, I realize my Shabby Chic inclinations come out here and there. For example, at the Goodwill I found a Shabby Chic for Target duvet floral duvet cover, which I use to cover my couch. Even the Target pieces are a bit out of my price point, never mind the items sold directly through the brand.
In the years since I fell in love with Shabby Chic, I’ve found ways to incorporate the basics of the brand into my design sensibility. However, I’ve been a bit surprised that it hasn’t come out in bigger ways. By and large my decorating style leans toward the typically feminine style while still falling somewhere in the middle. I’ll alway appreciate Rachel Ashwell for introducing me to the concept that design can transport people to a different world. I remember flipping through her books, planning out my own home that would be located in the woods somewhere, separate from everything else.