Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Shabby Chic Love ~

Eighteen years ago on a trip to California and a tip from my sister's friend, I first stepped into a Shabby Chic store. As soon as I entered I felt like I was home, and fell instantly head~over~heels in love. It was like living in my dream, digging deep into my heart as I sat on the yummie down puffed couch and took in the soft colors, vintage fabrics, tattered flea market treasures, and gazed at the sparkly chandeliers. It too was an affirmation that following my heart and decorating sense was a very good idea ~ paint away and cover everything in creams and white!

at the Country Home event in NYC years ago

I've told the story before...when I left for college in Boston, and set up my first apartment I painted all my dark wood furniture white ~ it was perfect! It made me happy (and caused others to gasp!) I love that at the very same time Rachel Ashwell, living on the opposite coast was creating similar surroundings ~ and envisioned her dream. I've always felt a connection to her, and I'm so grateful to her for dreaming big, for keeping all that she loved at the center of what she does! My heart goes out to her, and I know Shabby Chic, her baby, will survive this tough time.

Keep Calm and Carry On

xo Heidi

P.S I'll be closing out the One world one Heart Giveaway at 5:00 P.M. EST today, so hurry over and enter if you haven't already! Best of luck!


villa extra said...

This heart is so beautiful....I just love it!!

KimberlyRyanDesigns said...

Rachel is a tough cookie, she will reinvent her business and come back stronger than ever. I cant wait, whatever she does is beautiful. Speaking of beautiful the heart is so lovely and charming...a little treasure :)

Cindy B said...

I love using buttons in decorating... and love this one as well. Lovely! I hope all businesses will revive again soon. cindy B

Alison Gibbs said...

Your button heart is gorgeous.
We all hope things go well for Rachel. I just wish she would open up a store here in Australia.

Gayle said...

Buttons make my heart beat fast!

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

Hey Heidi, just wanted to pop in & say Hi! xoxo, Joanna

Michelle Palmer said...

Sweet cards!
LOVE BUTTONS~ your blog is dear!

Debbykay said...

What a lovely heart! Vintage buttons are so much fun to use in many different ways! How will you be using your heart?

This is the first time visiting your blog, and I loved it! I am new to blogging and am having so much fun!

I will be back for a chat again~

Best wishes,

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