Beautiful Busy

{images from The Shabby Chic Home}
Today I am loving these images from the Shabby Chic Home book by Rachel Ashwell.  I think if my dishwasher were full of beauties like the above, unloading would be rather enjoyable.  
The second image is from a nightstand in Rachel’s guest house.  Although the cup looks like something my grandma might have owned and I would easily overlook, I’m actually quite fond of it and wanting one of my own.  Its gorgeous in a grouping like above and a great reminder of a truth I have come to know. 
This week is a busy one for me – Garage Sale – and that’s all I’ll say about that.  So if my posts are neither here or there you now know why.


  • vicki archer
    Commented on September 9th, 2008 at 3:07am

    My dishwasher sure doesn’t look like that! Such beautiful images, I can’t wait to have a look at her book.

    Good luck with the garage sale.

  • vicki archer
    Commented on September 9th, 2008 at 3:10am

    Thank you so much for putting, My French Life in your book list. xv

  • drey
    Commented on September 9th, 2008 at 6:08pm

    i’ve been poring over that book for the past month, just gaining heaps of inspiration from miss ashwell too!

    i like the fact that while she loves those china in her dishwasher, she doesn’t let them become too precious (aren’t you not supposed to put anything gilded in the dishwasher??) :)

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on September 9th, 2008 at 9:01pm

    Thanks, Vicki! Oh, I love your book! My mom bought it as a present for me after I returned from Paris. When I get itchy for France I sit down with a cup of tea and dream away!

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on September 9th, 2008 at 9:07pm

    Drey- I know I think, I could just keep studying the same picture over and over. Well, that is what I thought too, about the dishwasher. I definitely know they can’t go in the microwave. I’ve tried that before and sparks went flying!!!!!

    Does anyone know if it is bad to put china in the dishwasher?

  • The Lil Bee
    Commented on September 9th, 2008 at 11:23pm

    Those photos are the epitome of my dream home. Have fun with the garage sale!!

  • SimplyGrove
    Commented on September 9th, 2008 at 11:27pm

    Ooooh, garage sale!!! Gotta love them:) Hope you are having a great week!

  • A-M
    Commented on September 10th, 2008 at 5:11am

    I have loved RA’s Shabby Chic for as long as I can remember. Who would have thought a dishwasher picture could be so pretty! A-M xx

  • pve design
    Commented on September 10th, 2008 at 4:21pm

    Nostalgia, fond memories of my neighbor serving me tea on similar china. Certainly elevates doing the dirty dishes!

    Commented on September 10th, 2008 at 9:09pm

    Such a lovely dishwasher! Mine usually does not look this good. My mother has a 'special'set of gilded china & I can hardly remember it being used because you have to wash by hand. The gilding will wear off in a dishwasher but I love the fact that RA is not too precious about her china & get the impression from reading one of her earlier books that she puts hers in the dishwasher.

    Good luck with the garage sale!!!
    Amanda x

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