Sunday, January 8, 2012

Shabby Chic: Blues and Greens













Green & white Cabana Stripe pillows, stationery, decoupage cup, 
and the middle striped & sprigged sheets above are all Rachel Ashwell.
The top & bottom linens are vintage Laura Ashley.


What delights me the most is the way Rachel Ashwell honors the legacy of her wares.  You could pair something you bought yesterday with something you bought twenty years ago and it’ll blend seamlessly.
Here’s a shot from last spring of my Rachel’s Simply Shabby Chic Cabana Stripe throw pillows, bought at Target seven years prior for $15 each.  They’re wonderful for that crisp, fresh, summery look of a cottage on the sea. 

And, freshly laundered Simply Shabby Chic bedding folded and stacked away.  After five years the colors are fading and fibers thinning, so it feels really vintage and comfy.  They’re the real life sheets, unlike the purest white new linen I keep for guests.  It’s a pity I didn’t think to dig up her sachets when I shot this, I’m certain you would’ve liked to see them.

My newest acquisition is a $1 packet of sticky notes and flags from her Treasures collection from Michael’s.  I keep some flags on my nightstand (where they are so much more restful on the eyes than those neon ones from the office), in my wallet, my blog binder, and on my computer.

Thanks, Rachel!

Until next time, stay shabby!




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62 comments:

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I had no idea Rachael has stuff at Target! I love her stuff--and I get so delighted when I find something from her at Goodwill. You are so right--to me, everything she does is timeless and just gets better with age.

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Sandy,

I do adore the blues & greens here! Oh and you do Shabby Chic so well - I agree that her stuff is truly timeless! As always, your photos are beautiful & truly inspiring! Take care and enjoy your new week!


XO's,
Jessie

Posy and Co. said...

Sorry I missed the opportunity to comment on your previous post. I did tonight. Be well! Much love, Lisa

NanaDiana said...

Sandy- What a good post. I love her stuff too. I sleep on her ruffled white sheets and it is like a little bit of Heaven On Earth! I love her soft, sweet colors and, you are right, all her thiings just kind of blend together-- xo Diana

High Street Cottage said...

My Husband was looking at Rachel's book this morning, as he's been painting furniture for me, and I heard him say..." way ahead of her time, way ahead"
And so are you, Sandy, the little sofa I've loved for ages now, you amaze me, 'tis lovely. bisou

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I loved seeing your old folded sheets Sandy. I recently bought a lot of over 200 fabric samples on ebay from Rachels original SOHO store. I have them on display in my home office and loved her choices in fabrics. I am happy to see her brand live and doing well after all this time.

Ashley said...

Everything looks so refreshing....I adore the pillows and linens and I'm sure I will be at Michaels to pick up those very handy sticky notes...Wishing you a lovely week...Xo ~Ashley

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

So glad you are posting on more fun designs. I love those $1 stickie notes. I'm not familiar with Rachels designs, but like what I've seen here. Hope you are enjoying some wonderful weather, we have been blessed with above average temps etc and we are loving it. Best Wishes

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love that shade of green, Sandy. Beautiful photos, as always.

Jennelise said...

I have those sticky notes too! -And a couple of notebooks :) I use them to write blogging ideas and inspirations in. Beautiful photos!
Jennelise

Eileen @ Cottage Beach House said...

You are 100 % right about Rachel's stuff being timeless. I love her sheets. they always feel like the sheets are coming fresh off the clothesline. That crisp fresh feeling.And soft and cozy, Like falling into a cloud. I hope you will show us those sachets later. I always stop to see what Target has of her line when I can. I recently splurged on a big pink pillow of hers/ had a gift card so how could I resist?
Take Care, and please keep delighting us with your style!
Eileen

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love it all Sandy :)

Debbie said...

I've bought all my Shabby Chic pieces from Target. I love the sheets from Rachael's line..especially the white, ruffled ones. Of course all the pink items are favorites too.
You are right..mixing her older pieces with newer ones works so well.
Have a good week, Sandy.
xxxooo

Debbie said...

I've bought all my Shabby Chic pieces from Target. I love the sheets from Rachael's line..especially the white, ruffled ones. Of course all the pink items are favorites too.
You are right..mixing her older pieces with newer ones works so well.
Have a good week, Sandy.
xxxooo

MARY PERNULA said...

I have new bedding from Rachael and my bed feel like heaven, my hubby even loves it. Hugs Mary

DustyLu said...

I wanted to post on your last post but i wouldn't go through. I am sorry for your heavy heart. Keep strong and keep your faith. Don't ever give up. Your talents are wonderful and your so awesome. Big hugs lulu

weisser traum said...

morgen sandy
oh es sieht himmlisch shabby aus bei dir.
ja die produkte von rachael sind ein traum für jede shabby frau.
habe auch einiges von ihr.
wünsche dir eine schöne woche.
bleib shabby daniela

MARY PERNULA said...

Hope all is going well with you, and your plans to rebuild a new home. HUGS MARY

Passione Helena said...

I enjoyed the beautiful images and the refined romantic fabrics.
Thanks for sharing.

Have a great week!

Dear greetings,
Helena

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Truly beautiful!

Greetings from Australia♥

LISA LIBELLE said...

Hi Sandy! The pillows are very nice. I like Rachel products so much and the green color is also very fresh and nice! I wish you a nice week. LISA LIBELLE

Rhonda said...

I love Rachel's line and now I need to visit Target!

Hope you are having a great beginning of this new year.

I adore these images of your shabby cottage.

Di said...

Much love to you! I just read your last post and give my prayers for peace and a great job for you. I am so sorry for your losses. Di@cottage-wishes

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

It's been quite some time since I've visited Target, and think it's about time I do so REALLY soon, lol :) I have a few of her things in my home, and LOVE each and every one! And I always love to see photos of your beautiful little cottage ~ it's simply breathtaking, and so much inspiration!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Evelyn said...

Love those pillows! That shade of green is beautiful. Your cottage must be so serene!

Evie

Cindi Shooltz said...

Love your cottage so much!!! It is so inspiring!!! Cindi Shooltz

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your cottage so much!!! It is so inspiring!!! Cindi Shooltz

ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! said...

OMG!*!*!
LoVe that hint of green Sandy!!!
Jeanine Burkhardt

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

HI DEAR SANDY THANK YOU FOR ALL THE BEAUTY THAT YOU HAVE GIVE TO MY LIFE ,WHEN I WAS AT MY WORST HAVING CANCER TREATMENTS""" SOME TIMES IS BETTER NOT TO SAID MUCH ABOUT THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN LIFE FOR NO REASON..MY HEART IS WITH YOU,I AM SENDING A BIG HUG TO YOU.TAKE CARE AND BE WELL....MUCH LOVE SANDRA FROM THE VERANDA HOUSE!!!

Vanessa Johanning said...

Oh my Gosh!! I am in such shock!!.
I feel soooo bad for you!!
What could any one do for you?? ( My sisters house burned to the ground on Christmas Morning)
I know this is devastating! You can Ask WHY one hundred times and not understand..but The one thing is You Are Still YOU... That which makes us stronger... You have a wonderful eye... A perfect sense of style... and that is what will help you start anew.. I hope the blogging community can gather round and hold your heart up, I dont know what else to say... But I would help in anyway I could... gods blessings ...xxoo ~Vanessa

Vanessa Johanning said...

Oh my Gosh!! I am in such shock!!.
I feel soooo bad for you!!
What could any one do for you?? ( My sisters house burned to the ground on Christmas Morning)
I know this is devastating! You can Ask WHY one hundred times and not understand..but The one thing is You Are Still YOU... That which makes us stronger... You have a wonderful eye... A perfect sense of style... and that is what will help you start anew.. I hope the blogging community can gather round and hold your heart up, I dont know what else to say... But I would help in anyway I could... gods blessings ...xxoo ~Vanessa

Bente said...

Lovely photos.

Bente

Norrfrids Eija said...

Hi Sandy, and thanks for your visit!
I haven´t forgot you, in fact I´m ready to send you a package any day now! I hope it will snow in NY soon, or you could visit northern Sweden, we now have lots of winter here!
Hugs, Eija

Shabby soul said...

Darling Sandy, your studio is even more dreamy (if it's possible) than ever!
I'm so sorry for what happened to your home and your life...
I wish you a new year full of health and serenity. And a new job!
Hugs from Italy
Silvia

LizlovesVintage said...

Yes, Love it :)
xxx Liz

Online Parenting Class said...

the room is so neat! i really like it

Katie said...

Good morning Sandy! I absolutely love anything that has blue/green and pink. Ok and white too! Those are my favorite colors :-) and I adore Rachel! Target is less than 10 minutes from my home~ very dangerous! XoXo

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

It's so nice to see your little cottage again!

Béa said...

J'aime ton blog et ton adorable cottage!!!
Best wishes for 2012....
Kissss...

LillyLavande said...

Just beautifull everything!!
Greetings from switzerland Judith

Curtains in My Tree said...

I have always bought her items at Target only place in my town that sells it

you always make things look so pretty

Curtains in My Tree said...

May I suggest you put up a pay pal account on your blog so us people who love reading you Shabby Streamside Studio blog can contribute money to help you out to recover you equipment and get another house started?

I am so sorry about your precious little dog , my heart hurts for her

I remember the first time I read your blog I was blowed away with the beauty of your little cottage while you was building it and buying items for it at yard sale


Janice

Cinderella Moments said...

Love love love! it's so romantic!
xoxo
Caroline

Zuzu said...

So pretty! I think she is the most amazing women and stylist ever! :)
Happy day to you, dear Sandy!
~ Zuzu

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Truly TImeless!
Found out about you from our mutual friend Fifi.
My daughter has Rachels pink sheets from Target in her bedroom. You should have seen how happy she was to have "pink sheets".
I am emailing you about advertising!
Fondly,

Fondly,
Angela
Parisienne Farmgirl
&
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365 ting said...

Thanks for your comment! So fabulous to find wonderful blogs all over the world. I like your style and will take a further look...

Best Birgitte : )

Stine said...

Oh Sandy! Just read your previous blog post. I am so sorry. I had no idea!

Take care. I am sending warm thoughts overseas!

Varme klemmer,
Stine <3

Serendipity said...

Hi Sandy,

I admire your strength, creativity and passion.

The post is beautiful and I just LOVE that soft green...reminds me of spring on a snowy Illinois morning.

Thank-you for finding your voice again... and for sharing it!

xo,

Kimberly

Burlap Luxe said...

Love all things soulfully beautiful over here.

Your beauty in creating inspires all who visit taking with them peace and calm when they leave.
xx
Dore

Susan said...

I'm a new follower of yiur blog. I'm catching up with older posts now. I'm so sorry about what you've got going on with yiur life right now. {{{hugs}}}

Vicki said...

I love how you changed the look of the studio in a nanosecond, from the pinks or white-on-white to the cool, refreshing green. It's almost got a tropical feel to it but I guess that's what the cabana stripe is maybe meant to suggest. I have those very pillows, somewhere in storage and you've inspired me to find them. I treasure everything I ever bought at Target of Rachel's Simply Shabby Chic line...over, for me, the past eight or so (ten?) years. I'd make myself insane by rushing from Target to Target in my county, trying to round up everything before it was gone, whenever she'd put out a new theme. I was always a day too late! I'd swear the retail workers at Target were getting first dibs as they unpacked, and not leaving anything for the customers! Some of her stuff in the stores were never available online. I'd get frustrated! Anyway, not being able to ever afford her regular Shabby Chic offerings, I was grateful for the Target ones.

I like how you display the stacks of linens; it's a way to feast the eyes every day rather than them being shut up in a closet. You're just reminding me again about how I want to be living...like, I'd prefer to rip off all my kitchen cupboards and have open shelving. When we love our things, we want to see them!

I admire that you are literally rising out of the ashes to carry on and keep up the blog. Think about why you first started the blog and the enjoyment of sharing; renew your pleasure in it and distract your mind for a little while. Your fans love your new posts! Isn't it coincidental that Rachel herself has had a couple of rocky years, yet she's evolved in new ways, bought The Prairie, etc. I get a lot from her blog, too. I like her words of wisdom. Come to think of it, the two of you have some similarities, which I say totally as a compliment!

Elyse said...

i would like to travel back in a time machine to make more shabby chic purchases from target. dare i say that i wasn't yet smitten with that style at the time (15 years ago)? so beautiful.

always a pleasure to peek at your studio.

i hope that your new year is off to a bright beginning!

xo
elyse

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Sandy I am thinking, praying, and carrying you in my heart. When I posted about your tiny Shabby studio back in June of 2010 it was the most viewed post! It remains that today!!! So I re-posted it today. I too collect R.A Shabby Chic linens and home decor. I have piles of it around the cottage and love the look of the layers of florals. I remember these pillows. I will never get rid of my collection because one day you know it will be vintage and/or saught after. I'm so thankful you still have your studio. ox

stefanie said...

lovin' the dollar isle at Micheal's!!!!
havn't been visiting, so busy, but I was reading and catching up!!! you have the best spirit!!! and I am keeping you in my prayers!!!

Pandora`s Box said...

You are the queen of shabby chic *bows down* :) I absolutely love your style.You are an inspiration.Here is a post I just did on my lil blog on you if you are interested.Have a lovely day.

http://pandorasssbox.blogspot.com/2012/01/victorian-cottage-in-woods.html

Jean T said...

Sandy, I am so sorry for your losses. I love your blog and I so hope and pray things will get better for you. Big hugs, Jean

Nina i Paradiset said...

So nice of you to make a comment in my blog. Thanks a lot.

I'm so sad reading about your house, and husband.
I hope this year will bring a new spring for you.
I always says that everything will be alright for kind girls!

Med vennlig hilsen Nina

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

You have such a unique style. This is quite a magical place ... but your true "art" lives inside. Everything is just beautiful and artfully staged with such elegance at every corner.
Truly magical...

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

You have such a unique style. This is quite a magical place ... but your true "art" lives inside. Everything is just beautiful and artfully staged with such elegance at every corner.
Truly magical...

Bridget said...

The first picture is absolutly fantastic, a sort of fairy tale to live in.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Sandy,

I had discovered your beautiful site last summer but lost contact with you. Through the grapevine, I heard of your loss. I have no words to say other than I KNOW you will take the ashes of your loss to heights unimaginable for YOURSELF and your readers. Writing about it is the beginning of a journey of healing and a new life. I am very sorry to hear of this. Anita

Katherines Corner said...

Target, really?! How wonderful. Smooches and hugs and wishes for a beautiful weekend xo

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