I'm very late to the Shabby Chic party. During its heyday in the 90s, Rachel Ashwell's style failed to move me. Looking at her rooms, I thought, "Where's the color? The pattern? The funk?". It just seemed so sedate and...well...girly. Not my taste at all.
Or so I thought.Fast forward to the present, and I'm seeing shabby chic sneak its way into my home. It started in the bedroom, where I was looking for the perfect wall color. I fell in love (unexpectedly) with Benjamin Moore's "Boudoir" - the perfect vintage pink. I wasn't even entertaining pink as an option; it looked beige on the card. But when I put it on my walls...magic. I loved it.
So, off went the earth toned bedspread and on went the white puffy comforter, lace at the windows, and white paint on the trim. Burgundy - the color I can't live without - had to stay. Fortunately, my burgundy velvet curtains and accessories fit in perfectly, and gave the room that shot of rich color that I need.
While the downstairs living area is still dressed in earth tones, I revel in my fresh new bedroom. Now my earthy bohemian side and my romantic girly side both have places to live.
Even Mikko gives it a thumbs up...
Rachell Ashwell's website.
What do you think? Yay or nay?