I had no idea that when I was writing about the new Shabby Chic Couture boutiques last week I would be meeting Rachel Ashwell in Coral Gables last night at Books and Books. What a coincidence! It was quite wonderful and pleasant to see such a turn out in Miami. I am still inspired this morning.
Rachel Ashwell was so lovely, personable and inspiring....
She shared highlights from her brand new and most beautiful book; She shared a bit of her personal story, inspirations, comforts and values. She brought cameos, pins and a few of her favorite tea stained fabrics. And spoke of authenticity and quality. Rachel was acquainted with the world of design by her parents. She spent her childhood antiquing in England with her mom, a doll restorer and her dad, an antique books dealer. I also spent childhood weekends antiquing with my parents who are American Antiques dealers. We shared a moment reflecting on a similar experience and a love for beautiful things.
I am inclined sometime today to revisit the heirlooms and collectibles most dear to me. Declutter my office a bit... And enjoy my renewed appreciation for the muted colors, florals, texture and beauty around me.