“White denim is the most practical fabric in the world,” Ashwell says. “Especially if you have children. I mean, if you can’t wash it, why bother?”
The designer’s appreciation of chipped, worn decor owes much to a childhood spent wandering north London’s famous Camden Passage flea market.
Ashwell’s favorite items to repurpose include potting benches, metal garden chairs and anything made of wood.
An overstuffed sofa covered in lilac velvet makes a statement against white walls.
“It’s really about the romance and femininity of flowers that’s important,” Ashwell says.
Ashwell made it stylish to set a table with mismatched dishes and silverware.
The exclamation point to a classic Shabby Chic room is shimmering crystal chandelier, the older the better.
The essence of Shabby Chic is romance.
Rachel Ashwell, the creator of the Shabby Chic brand and line of stores.
“Rachel Ashwell: The World of Shabby Chic,” Rizzoli, $45.