Rachel Ashwell's Santa Monica shop is a soft world. If the first impression is of beauty, the last is of all the gorgeous cotton and linen fabrics in the place. The first post on my visit to her shop can be found here, where I gave you a glimpse of the first of her three luscious shop spaces. This middle room is the cash wrap area, and where many of the custom fabrics are offered.
All the details of these simple rooms follow Rachel's design philosophy from head to toe. They are spacious, with wonderful features like the lovely tin tile ceilings and chandeliers. Throw in a charming architectural element or two, furnish with cushy seating, and chippy tables and chests, and you are almost there.
There is so much understated drama here. And a complete absence of the endless do-dads and mindless merchandise that can be so overwhelming. I felt utterly inspired to pare my decorating down to a few soothing and gorgeous essentials.
The fabric selection is out of this world!
No shortage of ruffles and pillows either.
The check out counter and accessories of this middle space make it the working center of the shop. I was delighted with the mix of vintage collections mixed in with the new stuff. Seeing an item you have already scored from a flea market gives you a pleasing sense of validation and reminds you of how accessible this style really is.
This is a vintage candelabra, for instance, and I have one with just two arms, minus the crystals, at home. Everything in this room is pure inspiration! And of course it's almost all available online too. . . .
Two down, and one more to go! My final post on Rachel Ashwell's exciting shop space finishes up the tour with beds, and more linen. Coming right up!
So glad you stopped by for a look!