Friday, April 24, 2015

The Whiter Shade Of Pale

"I will always be on the whiter shade of pale."
~Rachel Ashwell

The Shabby Palette
soft pinks, grays, blues, and whites

"Old, worn, shabby patina... visual poetry." ~Rachel Ashwell

"White is a reflection of my basically shy personality."
~Rachel Ashwell

"I will forever live in white."
  ~Rachel Ashwell

There is no one that has inspired and influenced me more in creating my own home sanctuary than Rachel Ashwell.  Her new book The World Of Shabby Chic reminds me of just how sacred the beauty she gives is.  Upon opening the book it is as if a soft layer of her heart is gently opening and allowing us in.   I carefully turn each page and breathe in its delicate gift.   My heart flows with gratitude.  She is pure beauty.  Selah

thank you Rachel

Sea Tidings,

*Photos~ All photos are mine except the one of Rachel Ashwell's studio. 
Each photo has Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic treasures that I have collected over the years...
the book is sitting on an old Simply Shabby Chic white lace table runner, the white candle pillar stand is Rachel Ashwell and all bedding and toss pillows are Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic.

Friday, April 17, 2015

White Cottage Living

"There are as many shades of white as there are clouds in the sky." 
~Claire Whitcomb

"Let there be a cottage...a real cottage...a white cottage, embowered with flowering shrubs, so chosen as to unfold a succession of flowers upon the walls, and clustering round the windows through all the months of spring, summer, and autumn~ beginning, in fact, with May roses, and ending with jasmine..." ~Thomas De Quincey 

"The cottage... a charming and peaceful refuge nestled somewhere amid the rural countryside or along the shoreline of a vast blue ocean." ~Victoria Classics 

White Cottage Living is the way of life in my sea cottage.  Layers upon layers of all the shades of white...pure whites, naturals, creams, and greys. White provides us with calm, quiet, and simplicity all year long.  In the warm months it provides a crisp coolness.  In the cold months it provides peace.  Even the garden is in different shades of white.  As the Summer months draw near I will be sharing more of our white cottage living with views into the gardens, where many hours of the day are spent.  White sheets will be blowing in the warm breeze.  I love our Sea Cottage, I love cottage living.  

Sea Tidings,

PS. These photos are not Sea Cottage they are from Jeanne D Arc Living and are my inspiration. 
{a partial re-post}
*Photos~ JDL