Perhaps the thing I most associate with Rachel Ashwell is flowers.
Yes, the Shabby Chic aesthetic is all about flowers - whether they be made of fabric, painted on furniture, or the real thing.
Rachel and I are kindred spirits on this, as I adore flowers in all forms and always try to have some fresh ones about the house. My favorite way to display my pretty blooms is in vintage floral china.
And not just vases, but tea cups, mugs, pitchers, and creamers...almost any vessel will do.
My maternal grandmother loved vintage china - especially pieces adorned with roses - and I was lucky enough to inherit some of them. Over the years, I've added to my collection and I just love filling them with pretty, pink roses and clustering them all together on my mantel. :-)
Remember to meet me back here tomorrow, as I have a very special "Shabby" surprise for you! Can't wait to share...