Thursday, November 3, 2011

Shabby Chic Inspirations

"If one is inspired by the works of others, it is not to say
that our visions are not original and from our own souls;
but absorbing other artists' stories and expressions adds
dimensions to our creativity...The beauty of art is that we
all see different aspects that inspire us, so inspiration and
design keep going and going; we inspire and we are inspired."
                                                ~Rachel Ashwell
                                                    'Shabby Chic Inspirations
                                                       and Beautiful Spaces'

    I finally got my copy of Rachel Ashwell's new book Shabby Chic Inspirations and Beautiful Spaces - it came out in stores much later here in Canada and I was beginning to think that I would have to order it! I was so excited when I opened it and took my first look at the gorgeous photos and vignettes inside. I hadn't realized that there would be so many different homes displayed with so many unique and yet classically shabby chic styles. I loved it and immediately experienced a little shabby chic inspiration of my own. After so many posts leading up to Halloween in darker moody colors I had a wonderful time taking these photos inspired by Rachel's beautiful book and returning to softer shades. If you haven't already perused through its pages this is definitely a book worth running out to the store for - I have captured a few of my favorite pages in the pictures and have created vignettes inspired by those found in the book as well as my own take on shabby romance. I hope you enjoy looking through them and will remember to look for inspiration wherever life takes you! P.S. I have also included a little drawing I did inspired (since that is the word of the day) by an old sketch by one of my favorite artists.

                                          Photos taken by Jennelise

                              Drawing by Jennelise


  1. I cannot wait to get my hands on that book! :)
    GORGEOUS styling, Jennelise...
    You sketch is beautiful..I love the dreamy mood of it!!

    Peace and love,
    - Irina

  2. Oh my gosh....GORGEOUS photography and your Artwork is so divine - I love it! You have a Beautiful blog! Thank you for visiting me today! xoxo

  3. Such pretty things!! Love her book~


  4. Jennelise, gorgeous photos - they look like they are straight off the pages of Shabby Chic. We both obviously have a thing about pink! Thanks for adding me to your blog roll. Your followers is down so I will op back another time to sign up.

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  6. OMG! What gorgeous photos! Sometimes I couldn't tell where the book pages ended and your photos began. Simply beautiful!
    You are amazing.

  7. You have a beautiful blog. Your pics are gorgeous. I am following you now, so I won't miss any of your future postings. Have a wonderful week ahead...Heidi

  8. Thankyou so much everyone and to those of you who visited for the first time and became followers! I am so happy that you enjoyed the photos! I had a WONDERFUL time taking them and gathering inspiration from Rachel's fantastic book! Have a great week!

  9. What an absolute wonderful post ! Your pictures are lovely, so beautiful.
    I wanted to buy Rachel's book but then I went to Amazon to view people's comments and it was only bad reviews :( From what I read here it doesn't look so bad after all. I think I'm going to buy it anyway. Bye bye, and have a nice week.

  10. Oh the romance of this post! The shabby-chic style has never really appealed to me, but this is just lovely!

  11. Shabby Chic wasn't my favorite either for quite awhile until I took what pieces I saw and made them a bit more romantic as you say! :) I like the idea of faded grandeur or the well-loved treasures that we put in our homes. Not everything has to be new and perfect. Thanks for commenting!

  12. Hi there! Absolutely love your stuff! Can you tell me where I can purchase the frames from your blog..the one with the rose in the frame?