Found this article in the LA Times on Rachel Ashwell and her Shabby Beach House in Malibu and drooled at the photos. If you know me you know how much I love Rachel Ashwell and her decorating. Not only do I love what she does but I love her theory on decorating. Basically, it's that everything has beauty. Everything old has a story and that everything needs to not only be beautiful but has to be comfortable.
Very typical Shabby Chic dining table and roses...my heart be still!
Sectional Couch that is not only beautiful but totally comfortable.
She has shared how she decorated her Malibu home and that when she usually moves into a new home she changes out everything including staircases, flooring, windows, etc. This home in Malibu was different. She didn't change out everything. She left things and worked with what she had. Now I liked hearing that because she was basically saying that you can make things work. I don't know about you, but I've always had to decorate on a budget. I've had to wait, and very patiently I might add, to do certain things to my home. I've had to work with what I have. I love that she did that and she made it look beautiful, albeit it was a home on the beach, kinda hard to make it look bad.
Beautiful room with table and mismatched chairs, oh and that ocean view!!!
I hope you get the picture, that maybe we can't have it all at one time, but we can still make it a home we love. We can make things beautiful even when we can't have it all. Maybe we hate the couch we have or maybe we want so badly to change the flooring. Maybe we are just inbetween ideas and feel sorta stuck in our decor at the moment but we can still work with what we have. These pictures from this article prove my point and I hope they are an inspiration to you to create the home of your dreams even when we can't have it all.