Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Interiors Giveaway

Be sure to read down to the bottom of this post, we have a GIVEAWAY for you!

Hi friends near and far....today I have a little post about a very sweet lady that unless you are living under a rock someplace you are SURE to know of!


Excuse the quality of these photos, taken with an I~Phone. Rachel foofing up a table before speaking.

I went to a book signing that was held locally here at Books and Books in Coral Gables, which is a lovely spot that has several outlets and is a small business. I totally support small businesses and artists and hope that you do too!!!!

Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic is an icon that I have long admired, as many of you have. I am not the starstruck type, and went to hear her speak and had no preconceived notions as to what she would be like. She looks just like she does in her books and hasn't changed much in her appearance over the years, and amazingly will be turning 50 shortly. She came out in a familiar looking outfit of belted jeans, a pale pink button down shirt, vintage (I think) silver lurex type blazer, and very pointy high heels. No make up (as opposed to me, who at around the same age NEEDS it~lol) and little jewelry other than a tiny gold necklace. Turns out that the outfit she wore was the very same one that she wears on the cover of her latest book, Shabby Chic Interiors ~ My Rooms, Treasures and Trinkets.
A coffee table book that is yummy, as are her others....and abundant with exceptional photographs and personal stories. She did a Power Point presentation (which she admittedly was a bit uncomfortable with)...and spoke about the book, her business, her life and family and her homes.
If you have read her blog, then you may get the feel for her genuine demeanor, and it truly is genuine....despite her Los Angeles status amongst the stars. She is not affected I assure you, simple needs and wants and as a recent "empty nester" myself I can surely relate to many of her feelings. She has gone through some rough patches this past year in her business and life, but is emerging and taking the attitude that "everything happens for a reason" in her faith.

Myself and the lovely Rachel

I was so happy to have some time to chat with her after the signing, quite a treat! I asked her about her future business plans and she said that at this point in her life she is happy to have some more simplicity. She wasn't ready to totally give up her hard earned brand after falling into bankruptcy, but has no plans to take it back to the level that was originally planned (by some bad advisors). She has her new Shabby Chic Couture shops now open in Los Angeles (same location) and in New York (new spot) and is getting ready to open a new shop in London. That's probably it (she said) and is excited to be filling the shops with one of a kind pieces mostly.....back to her roots. Of course there will still be the Simply Shabby Chic brand at Target that we all love for it's affordable and feminine design!

I have a gift for you from Rachel....an autographed copy
of her new book Shabby Chic Interiors! Just leave me a comment here at the blog and a name will be drawn randomly on the 31st (yes, Halloween!).

That's it for today~ love to all from me down here in Miami!
~xoxo~
Janet




68 comments:

  1. Love Rachel Ashwell and your blog!! This would be a great treat to win--thank you for the giveaway!

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  2. OH Janet!! You are so lucky to have met with Rachel and talked with her!! She is so cute, as are you!! I still dont have that book yet but want it so bad. Although, I would feel guilty as I just won a giveaway from you that I am still in shock of, lol!! Thank you for letting us know about Rachel and I am so happy to hear she is as genuine as she looks!
    Big Hugs,
    Amy

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  3. Oh Janet, how wonderful you got to meet Rachel Ashwell! You look beautiful in the photo with her! I do love her unique style and own many of the Target Rachel Ashwell pillows, shower curtains, placemats,vanity stools, etc... You too sweet lady fit all those descriptions you gave her as well... your style is unique "shabbyfufu" and I own many of yours as well, and continue to do so! If ever there was an open, honest, and sincere lady I do believe it is you sweet Janet...I so enjoy your articles in the wonderful magazines that have featured your home... I think you too should write a book for sure! Love to you, doggie kisses sweet Murphy!... Bisous... Julie Marie

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  4. Let's see if I'm lucky at your blog one more time...:-D! You are so right in supporting small businesses, especially now!

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  5. Oh how wonderful! Rachel is such an inspiration - I have all of her books.. would LOVE to have a signed copy of this one! How sweet of you to take us with you to her book signing and to give away something so special. Thank you Janet!!! Awesome post!

    Love,
    Kim

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  6. Oh my gosh, My house is decorated in the shabby chic style. So I NEED this book, lol. Please enter me in this awesome give away. Congrats on meeting Ms Ashwell.

    Hugs fromn Marian

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  7. Who doesn't like Shabby Chic and Rachel?? How wonderful that you were able to meet her in person. I would love to be entered.

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  8. *LOVE her and THANK you Kindly* Her new book is G O R G E O U S and it would be an added delight to have her gifted signature on this "Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Interiors" Book. Appreciative me, diana

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  9. How nice that you got to meet her. I love her stuff. I have some of her bedding on my big country bed, its my favorite stuff. Would love to be entered into the drawing for this. :)

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  10. Janet...

    Thank you for the great write-up and photos about Ms.A. You both look wonderful. I turned the big 50 last December and truthfully I've never felt better about my life.

    Despite the slowdown in biz everywhere, I think that those of us who hold a deep passion for creating will carry on.

    Personally...I adore you both. Your drive, commitment and grace continue to inspire me.

    I'm blessed to "know of you" both.

    Love & Hugs,

    Rebecca @A Gathering Place

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  11. How fun that you can to spend time with Rachel - love her! Count me in for the draw. You're awesome. LindaSonia

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway! How fun to meet the originator of shabby chic. She sounds like a neat person and I hope it all works out for her.

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  13. Hi Janet! What a geat post. How fortunate for you to have met Rachel, I read her blog and yours all the time!!! Glad you have a nice time at her book signing!
    What a grand giveaway also! thank you for your post today!
    Hugs,
    Jackie from Tampa

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  14. Her style is so amazing! She created a whole new look that so many of us love. What fun it must have been to have met her. I've been following her blog and keeping up with the changes she's going through. Thank goodness she didn't throw in the towel and will still be keeping her fantastic "style" out there for all of us to share!

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  15. Hi Janet,
    Ooohhh I just LoVe Rachel, I too, have met her at book signings in Costa Mesa CA.. and Malibu !! I think she is gorgeous !! She wears her clothes the way she LoVes her home design .. simple, yet elegant .. LOVE HER !! I already have this book too .. I've blogged of it, and wanted to encourage ever "shabby lovin" girlie to pick one up !! I want to support her and see her to go on to bigger and better !! I soo believe it's because of her vision and ideas that all us girlie girls love what we do .. Way to go Rachel !! Thanks soo much for sharing with us Janet !! She ROCKS !!
    big hugs to you ~
    ~tea~xo

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  16. Oh you are so lucky - I so wish she could come to London!

    I would love to be entered into the give away please?

    Fleur
    xx

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  17. Love Rachel Ashwell and what an inspiration she has been to me!! I have been meaning to pick up this book, but haven't yet so hope I win.
    Happy day.
    xojanis

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  18. Hi Janet,
    What a lovely post you've written!
    Oh, how lucky to meet and chat with the Rachel Ashwell.
    Soo nice to hear she is a natural beauty with such talent as well.
    Thanks for sharing and please enter me into the giveaway.
    Hugs,
    Anna Rosa

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  19. Lucky lucky you!!!
    No plans for the Colonies for lovely Rachel so we live vicariously through you!!
    Irene x

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  20. How wonderful for you to meet her, you would have so much in common!
    She seems spiritual and calm, and it reflects in her work.
    Sue

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  21. Love it! How awesome to chat with Rachel. Thanks for sharing.
    Mandy

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  22. Only you, Miss Fufu could land a gig with the wonderful Rachel Ashwell! If I do not win this giveaway I will be purchasing this book anyway to add to my RA collection. Congrats and thanks for the inspiration.
    xoxo
    Trisha Evans
    www.avintagewhite.com
    www.avintagewhite.blogspot.com

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  23. What fun to meet Rachel Ashwell and to see her in action too! The book sounds great, will have to keep my eyes open for it!

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  24. Janet you both look gorgeous in that photo! What a lovely meeting to have. She is such an inspiring person and has touched so many lives with her gifts and that is a truly amazing giveaway. You are so generous! xx

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  25. Oh Janet,
    When I read your tweet, I almost lost it! I would have loved to be there to see the presentation. What a day! All my favs, Kim, Fifi and You having great things going on today. I really don't think I'll be able to sleep tonight (really), well this and all the caffeine. The photo of you and Rachel is great, you look so carefree and tan too from all that FL sunshine. Oh, I'm with you... need the makeup and am brand new to empty nesting. Gosh, I've written a book, which ties in greatly here :) Please toss my name in the hat too.

    One question I've always wanted to ask Rachel - what ever happened to Mark? Shayne always remembers Mark's name and I think in a way relates to his role in the Flea Market Way of Life!

    Thanks for sharing this, I just love take me along trips. Have a sweet night, Janet.
    xo~Tracie

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  26. .... and wouldn't it be the *perfect* book to read as the temperatures drop, the seasons change, and we spend more cuddle time on our couches? :)

    Michaele

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  27. How lucky are you to have met Rachel Ashwell. I purchased her newest book but when my mom saw it she was so excited and thought I bought it for her so of course I gave it to her, but she is enjoying and thats what makes me happy. Someday I will go back and buy another. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your blog and of course have it book marked. Keep up the nice work.
    Lorene Dixon I am using my sons computer my email address is Lddesign65@aol.com

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  28. I would LOVE to own a copy of Rachel's new book! I've been meaning to order a copy online because our bookstore doesn't have it (worthless, I know...LOL) ~ I have all the others and LOVE LOVE LOVE them! By the way, just got the December copy of Romantic Homes and thanks to you, have convinced my husband to have a white Christmas tree this year : ) Happy Wednesday!

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  29. Wow Janet, what a great post, so lovely to hear about the real Rachel Ashwell instead of all the hype. Would LOVE to go in the draw for the book as I havent got myself a copy as yet.
    Alicia :0)

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  30. I read about your blog in Blogging for Bliss--didn't know I get here just in time for a give-a-way! I would love to win a copy of Rachel Ashwell's new book.

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  31. Janet - Always love your blogs and this one was especially interesting because of your subject matter! I have Rachel's first book and would love to add this one to my collection! Thanks for offering this wonderful giveaway!

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  32. Wow! I'm so jealous. I'm glad she was a nice person. I always hate to hear when celebs I like turn out not to be.

    I would LOVE to win the book. Please enter me.

    Kristen Smith
    searchforgod@yahoo.com

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  33. Janet,
    what a fun read, thanks for sharing!

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  34. Hi Janet

    How exciting!

    Yes it's very impoprtant to support small businesses

    Rachel sounds lovely, I'm sure everything will work out well for her ~ probably one of those things, all though tough at the time, is for the better in the end

    Yes please enter me in the giveaway!!

    love from me over here in Australia

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  35. So nice to read and up close and personal post about Rachel A. Lovely pic of the both of you!
    xo Roberta

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  36. I love Rachel as well as you. I get inspired more by you, though, because I read you every day. Thanks for including me in the giveaway. You're a peach!

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  37. Janet...Great photo of you and Rachel. How exciting for you to meet her in person! I'm so glad that good things are now happening for her & would love to have the autographed copy of her new book. What a great giveaway! Also loved the 'Romantic Homes' article of your home decorated for Christmas.
    Sue xo

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  38. Hi

    Great post with Rachel - she sure influenced my home style and I love her designs.

    Would love to have a signed copy of her book - thanks for the chance -

    Marsha

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  39. OH MY GOSH! Janet you are the luckiest women in the world! I LOVE Rachel , she has totally inspired my life ! All i can say is oh my gosh!And I am giving away my Audrey hepburn bag if you like to join also!

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  40. Fabulous! I have all her books except the new one. When I was living in NJ and about to move I went to her Soho shop to spend a gift certificate and she was there! I was so awestruck I didn't know what to do. Alas, I did nothing and have always regretted that I didn't speak to her. xo, suzy

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  41. Janet...How great to meet Rachel!!! & to know she is down to heart like us! Thank you for taking us along!!! I would LOVE her book!
    Hugs..
    Deb:)

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  42. Hi Janet,

    How wonderful to meet Rachel!! You are two amazing, talented women!!!! Please do enter me in this giveaway! I so would love this book! Hope all is well.

    Hugs,
    Sandra

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  43. well lucky you! And thanks for such a great giveaway!

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  44. Love, love Rachel Ashwell and her designs. Please enter me in the giveaway! Jodi P. cherishedroses@hotmail.com

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  45. I have read your blog and rachel's too..My what talent..thanks Lisa

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  46. Thank you for sharing your meeting and chat with Rachel Ashwell. She is an ICON! Please enter me in your giveaway :-) Love this book {already have one} and would like to give it as a gift for someone very special who has encouraged me through the years.

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  47. Rachel Ashwell is superb!!! Can't believe you got to meet her. What an honor!!!
    Denise
    dandjsteve1@yahoo.com

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  48. That is so incredible that you we're actually able to take a picture with her. That just shows how down to earth she is. I just found out that she will be about 2hrs. away from me, so I am going!!! How does it work, does she have books there for you to purchase and she signs it? I don't have the book yet, so I'm wondering if I need to purchase one first and bring, or wait and buy there? Or maybe win one here!!!! Tee hee.

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  49. Hey Janet ~ what a treat for you to hear Rachel speak and to meet her. Very cool pic too! ~Stacy~

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  50. eeekkks!!!! you lucky duck!! would be dream to meet her!!!

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  51. This giveaway is the best! Rachel has made my condo look so much brighter and bigger with her white and pastel style that I adopted because of her. She gave me a new look away from my primitives. I'd be thrilled to win her signed book. A great giveaway from a great blog!

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  52. Oh I so love her and her style!! That must have been sooooo fabulous to meet her!! Wow you must of had a great time!! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!

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  53. Hi Janet, Oh how I envy you. What I'd give to meet Rachel Ashwell. I'd love to have her book to drool over....Yummy....With her book and your blog, I'd be a happy camper. Thanks for the wondeful giveaway.
    Tootles,
    Debbie

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  54. How exciting for you to meet Rachel Ashwell!!! You are so generous to share that with us through your contest. Would love to win her book!!!

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  55. How exciting for you to meet Rachel Ashwell!!! You are so generous to share that experience with one of us. I hope it will be me!!!

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  56. How exciting, a Rachel Ashwell book. And how nice you got to meet her. What a nice giveaway you're offering. Hope I win.....
    My Casa Bella

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  57. How exciting that you got to meet Rachel Ashwell!!! You are so generous to share that experience with us. I would really love to win that book!!!

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  58. Wow what a treat, I would have driven there if I had known! I've been wanting the book so I'll take a whirl at being the winner! Are you coming to Mount Dora on the 20th? Hope to se you again:) Hugs, Kim

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  59. Hi Janet! I have missed you and was so happy to see your comment on my blog tonight :):) You are always so sweet and your kind words mean the world to me!
    YES! We will be coming to Florida in March :) I told my husband I wanted to go to Miami and meet you! He said he would bring me there :) If you are going to be home that is, I know with it being the week of Easter, you probably have plans. But it would just be so wonderful to meet you in person!!!
    Thank you so much again Janet, you are such a sweet friend!!
    Hugs,
    Amy

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  60. Janet,
    How fun for you to meet Rachel Ashwell! I loved the pic of the two of you. It was nice to hear that she is back doing what she does best! I am also very happy to hear she's still going to have her things at Target. I'd LOVE to win the book. Hope you're doing well. Love and hugs, Victoria Lynn

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  61. I was just about to order this book but now I will wait a few days. :) She will be near me in late November. I might have to stop by and say hello! Thanks for the post and giveaway.
    -Nancy
    http://shab-n-chic.blogspot.com/

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  62. I so admire Rachel and all her beautiful creations. And I would love to have this book.

    Janet

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  63. Janet ~ I'm so happy that you had the lovely meeting with Rachel Ashwell. For your sake and I'm sure it was also a pleasure for her to meet you too - after all, you're no decorating slouch yourself!!

    I saw (and studied and devoured) both articles featuring your home in both magazines. How exciting for you and your husband.

    I signed up to follow you so that I don't miss a thing....

    Cynthia K. Beauty and Blessings

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  64. Hi Janet,

    How lucky you are meeting Rachel Ashwell. What a beautiful photo you have to cherish always.

    Pretty, pretty please enter me into your giveaway.

    Siobhan xo

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  65. What a great giveaway! Please enter me!

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  66. Thanks for having this giveaway. It's a great prize.

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  67. I just found your lovely blog!! I LOVE Rachel Ashwell! Please enter me in the drawing!

    Vicki

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  68. I have all of Rachel's books. She has been such an inspiration. I admire the fact that she is a single Mother and yet a very successful business artist. Even with rough times, it is better to have had the experience, some never have the courage and pleasure from it. BB

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