Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Visit to Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic Couture in NYC

Or, should I say a pilgrimage to the Queen of Shabby Chic’s store at
    117 Mercer Street in the SoHo district of New York City?!

Alas, New York traffic being what it is, coupled with the fact I thought I’d try to make it in on a Sunday afternoon while driving past New York from the Catskills to Long Island, I didn’t get there before they closed.   But, the lights were still on and I took pictures of what I could.

Alas, again, while I laud her for following her heart and designing from her heart, I don’t care for the new ‘bare & spare’ look she’s into.   To me, it isn’t ‘pretty’.   The dark leathers and bohemian fabrics, while nice, just don’t appeal to me.

This chandelier is new, and the wire frame is so simple I bet I could replicate it.   It’s about $100 in crystal prisms from Gallery 84, and I’ll bet it goes for $1,000 here in high-rent SoHo.   I couldn't see the tag.

Plain everyday plates on an interesting chippy silver table I think she calls a Lilliput, after her daughter.     Maybe I’ll make something chippy silver!

Signature French "Darcy" chair over $400 each once you add tax.

A cute shabby roses clock.

I will return here early some time and get a closer look, I promise!  Thanks for coming along.

Until next time, stay shabby!

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Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Swooning over that sofa. Thanks for the tour, looking forward to seeing your take on the chandelier, perhaps you give us all lessons?

Jackie said...

Thanks for sharing, I'm with you, likin' the ole look better!

Paula said...

Thanks for the tour! I love NYC and must get back there sometime soon!

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

I am with you..I prefer her style of the past but I guess from a retail stand must go with some of the current trends. I am a late bloomer and still totally into soft pinks,and pastels..mixed with some dark woods for contrast.

My Cottage Charm said...

I don't like the darker leathers and simple stuff she's putting out either. I prefer a lighter, softer look. I did like the chandelier though...more my style. I'm about to re-do my master bath pretty soon...all whites and creamy whites, with some soft pinks or powdery blues....still thinkin' on that one. I'll be blogging about it soon! Thanks for taking us window shopping in NY, it was a treat! :)

Mary said...

I like the old look better too and I bet you could replicate the chandelier. Too bad you couldn't get into the store, I know all about NY traffic, I live in Orange County and used to commute to the city. Mary

Norma said...

Oh that looks a bit disappointing :( When I saw your post title I thought - how lucky you are, but then when I saw the pics I thought "why bother?" I think it's not just a matter of a change of style but there just seems to a no creative 'heart beat' in this display. I'd rather spend 5 mins in your studio than 5 hours in this shop.

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Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

Oh I would do almost anything to see that store - last time I was in NY her store was closed down.
I want that Darcy chair but no way I will pay $400 - but have any idea for a similar look that I just might have to try.


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