Tuesday, June 26, 2012

~ Pastels & Fleurs ~

Hi friends
I hope you all are doing wonderful! 
I took some photos today of pastels and fleurs around my home...

 Pastels and fleurs...
I took alot of photos...

Whenever I go antiquing I always look for antique millinery fleurs...
If they aren't the colour I love I just use rit dye and dye them...

So beautiful....I hope you enjoy the photos.....

A favourite lavender sewing box full of millinery...

Wilted and faded pink petals...
still so pretty to me...
 ~ Peace ~  

Fleur heart....
Two favourites....
Clam shell and fleurs...

 (this one hangs on the wall above my living room console)

Beautiful union jack throws made by my friend Sherry...
love the pastel colours and the little fleurs...
 (this one is the one we use as a throw)

I don't mind the wrinkles... so cozy..! ;)

Thanks so much Sherry <3

A simple vignette..
I'm always buying fresh fleurs....
I just love using "fleurs" instead of "flowers"! 

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

~ Vintage by Nina Giveaway winners!! ~

                                                              ( Vintage by Nina)

Thank you all for entering!! 
The two lucky winners can be found



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

~ Vintage by Nina Giveaway @Shabbyfrenchforme!! (Now Closed) ~

(all photos in this post are property of Nina Hartmann and Maria-Isabel Hansson)
  Vintage by Nina
Hi friends
I was so happy when my friends at Atelier de Campagne contacted me to do a giveaway for this beautiful new book by Nina Hartman. 

All I can say is WOW!! Such beauty.....such inspiration...such gorgeous photography. This is my new favourite design book.
The pastels..the patinas...the vignettes...all the whites!!!! Love love love....

The book VINTAGE BY NINA is a result of the close cooperation between 
Danish Nina Hartmann and the Swedish photographer Maria-Isabel Hansson. 
Their work is seen in international interior magazines through the entire world.

(all photos in this post are property of Nina Hartmann and Maria-Isabel Hansson)
Nina Hartmann is an interior stylist, writer and columnist. 
Over the past eight years she has run the vintage and antiques shop  which you can find online at 
 and with a showroom in Sweden.

 Her creativity, artistic talent and passion for interior designs and styling with vintage and antiques
 has made her one of the most famous stylists in Scandinavia.

Vintage by Nina in it's original Norwegian version 
is sold right now in the United States by
Atelier de Campagne
As well  you can now  pre-order your English version  which will be available in September  

Atelier de Campagne are Pre Ordering right now 
in order to get the book to you by mid September.

Those of you who may be interested in acquiring this book for resale should 
for details. Title your e-mail Wholesale VBN

If you would like to order your copy of Vintage by Nina right now to secure it's spot please email Trinidad at Atelier de Campagne: 

(all photos in this post are property of Nina Hartmann and Maria-Isabel Hansson)

**To be entered to win a copy of 
Vintage by Nina
here's all you have to do**

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 leave me a comment!  :)

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*I have two (2) copies to give away so I will announce two winners this week!
Good luck friends!!!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Beauty surrounds us...

Hi friends
As I was looking at my faded,wilting and drooping roses today I was amazed by their beauty...

Some may find the wilted and faded petals to be something to toss out...but I see something beautiful.
I hope you enjoy these photos I took this morning....




( for my dear friend Tausha )

Beauty surrounds us..

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Fleamarket finds....

Hi friends
I went to a fleamarket with my friend Pat today and we had such a great time.
Here are my finds.....

I felt a little silly buying ornaments in June..but that way I will have a great collection by the time Christmas is here...

I love the floral trivet and the little bits and bobs..
The millinery roses were on an ugly light brown hat so I removed them and rit dyed them a lavender colour..
I love them now..
I almost didn't buy the satin  bust but there is just something I love about it..I can embellish it with millinery or vintage pins etc..

My sweet friends Pat and Kathy...
they loved the shells I gave them..lol.
It's great to have friends that love fleamarkets as much as I do!! 

Overall it was a wonderful day with sweet friends and beautiful new finds..
Have a nice weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 7, 2012


~ Beauty ~
Hi friends
I recently posted this photo on my facebook....
This is a comment I received:
"I don't get this stuff. The flowers are turning brown. They're downright ugly. Why didn't you post the picture BEFORE they turned brown? "

This is what a few of my sweet and talented friends wrote:
"Rachel, one of the most beautiful things about a rose to me is the stages it goes through "all the stages it goes through" from the bud to flowering to the petals starting to drop it is a perfect flower to me with a perfect cycle. I want to thank you for sharing that downright brown thing.......I adore all of your pictures and the sentiment was awesome!"
"I think faded roses are beautiful."
"Rachel~ you are such a doll, I am also so very thankful that I have a blog friend who knows TRUE beauty when they see it. I believe in order to see beauty, it has to come from the INSIDE first. Some people like Bob, clearly don't see true beauty. ROck on shabby girls!
"Love what Sherry wrote about the stages of a rose. I had one person tell me the roses in one of my photos are already past, but in my eyes, and yours, there're beauty remains, in all stages of life."

"♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥"


the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).
a beautiful  person, especially a woman.
a beautiful  thing, as a work of art or a building.
Often, beauties. something that is beautiful  in nature or in some natural or artificial environment.
an individually pleasing or beautiful  quality; grace; charm: a vivid blue area that is the one real beauty of the painting.
Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder..
Thank you friends for your kind words..

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Thank you Romantic Homes Magazine...

Thank you so much Romantic Homes magazine and Rebecca Ittner for the beautiful feature you did on my previous home in this months issue.
It was surreal to see my images in the feature..Rebecca did such an amazing job too.
Thanks so much!! xo

Also thanks to all you who left me such nice words and comments on my facebook about the feature..you are all so sweet!! 

I took some photos around my new home this morning...

I'm seriously addicted to roses...lol..always buying them every time I'm out shopping...
 (xoxo Tausha)
A glimpse of my inspiation board...

My favourite rose colours....

I love repurposing drinking glasses and petie vintage pitchers/bottles as vases...

My favourite photo...

A glimpse of my desk...

Have a beautiful day everyone!!