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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture

…and 5 MARCH MADNESS GIVEAWAYS

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I was so excited when I found out that Rachel Ashwell’s  was coming back.  Rachel Ashwell is such a pioneer. She is one of my favorite in my list of top 10 designers!  Yes,  I have a list of my top 10..it often rotates! Anywayyy

She now has a store in Santa Monica , London and New York.

I was lucky enough to get some  free time and was able to visit the store with my Sister Donna from Donatella Style. To my surprise the most gracious, lovely Susan Todoran, General Manager of stores was working in the new Rachel Ashwell  Shabby Chic Couture, Santa Monica. Susan is very talented, helpful and answers all my questions. The staff is so friendly!

No snootiness here..

I was enjoying some chatting time with Susan when I thought hey, since Rachel’s beautiful stores are limited at this point. I thought I would bring the new store to YOU! 

With Susan’s permission I snapped away..

Enjoy the eye candy!  Warning tons of photo’s! Inspiration! Inspiration!

and  when your done check out these giveaway’s..

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The friendly staff!

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MARCH MADNESS GIVEAWAYS!!

My husband loves March Madness..He use to play pro B-Ball (basketball:) in Australia for 2 years

So March is crazy around here. Perfect title..We hope to visit some day soon..he loved it, but that’s another post!

I have decided to do my first giveaway! Something that I thought was perfect for this post!

Something simple and easy for me

A copy of Rachel Ashwell’s new book..

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Simply leave a comment on this post and pass it on! Blog about it and let me know! Follow me!

Visit these 4 other Giveaways, leave a comment on their post, tell a friend..pass it on. Follow them!

First off my talented Italian friend Frederica from

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Second my generous and talented dear friend Maria from

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Together  Jennifer from The Old Painted Cottage and my other Italian friend Laurie from Bella Inspirations

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the creative and talented Shellagh  from

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Close date for my March Madness Giveaway is the 31st 12.p.m pacific standard time! I will announce a winner April 1st!

I hoped you enjoyed my little visit to the store and these fun giveaways..

Off to start my Spring Cleaning!!

Have a beautiful day!

~lulu

182 comments:

  1. Oh my Gosh, LOVE all the above pictures, LOVE Rachel YAHOO!!

    Thanks for the give away, please enter me too ♥

    Hugs

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  2. I LOVE the photos, so inspirational and merci beaucoup for the fabulous giveaway.

    Bon courage a toi,

    Leeann x

    ps I am just about to start my spring cleaning
    also :-)

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  3. oh my ...
    can't speak right now
    love love love
    everything
    toying with buying the book
    thank you for the tour
    I felt like
    I was there ...

    hope to win
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  4. Yes please! Your photos of the shop are stunning so I'm sure the book must be fantastic too! I'm a follower already!

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  5. What absolutely gorgeous photos Lulu, I LOVE them:) Thank you for being so thoughtful as to share the Rachel Ashwell store with us, you are such a sweetheart!! So much gorgeous inspiration, I could quite easily get lost in that beautiful store! Happy weekend to you ~ Tina xx

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  6. Beautiful inspiring photos, I am too far away from any of her stores, but noted down in case I ever visit London perhaps. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Lulu, What a wonderful store! I know you had a great time. Please enter me in your giveaway! I'm a follower, will blog about it now!

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  8. Oh, I wish I could spend a day in that store! I'm going to blog about your give-away today. I don't have her newest book yet and would love it own it!

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  9. Oh wow! Thank you so much for sharing these pictures. Those old doors are amazing. I would love to win her book, I have looked through it longingly at the book store a few times now, it is so beautiful. Have a great weekend!
    Janice

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  10. But what did you go home with? I don't know how you could resist anything, it all looks so pretty. Love the petticoat light! How fun is that?

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  11. If I was shopping today in that store, I would pick the painted blue pew, that pink armchair and the pink throw with crown. I really enjoyed that tour, thanks so much.

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  12. Your blog is beautiful. Love shabby chic decor. I am a following and going back to visit some more. Enjoy your day!

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  13. Wow, one picture is more beautiful than the next! I love all the whites...and that ruffled tablecloth is stunning. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  14. gorgeous pictures! i have never seen the inside of one of rachel's stores so this was a first for me...thank you! :) :)

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  15. Those pictures are fantastic, just makes me wish I could visit. What wonderful give away. Thank you for letting us take a peak at the store and wish for all of it.

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  16. Beautiful post Lu! Gotta love it.
    Rory
    http://thegreentiquessolution.blogspot.com/

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  17. I loveee magazines and this looks so delightful.Thanks so much for offering this,Count me in please!~~becky

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  18. Oh Im a new follower as well!

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  19. Ooh love Rachel! I'd love a chance to win this book

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  20. Hi Lu! Thank you for sharing this amazing pictures!!! So much inspirations!!!! I DO love Rachel Ashwell, she is one of my favourite!! And I'ma a follower too! Your blog is gorgeous and I'm coming back again and again!!!
    Wishing you a sunny sunday!!!
    Hugs from Italy!

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  21. Just found your blog today and I love it :) The photos from the new store look beautiful! Wish I lived closer to where they are! I would love love love to win this book! :)

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  22. Oh and I am a new follower :)

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  23. Thanks so much for sharing...it's like a breath of fresh air :)
    Natalie

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  24. ok what would life be without Rachel Ashwell the Original Queen of Shabby Chicness???? so happy to hear she is back ...love the photos and the ruffled petticoat like table cloth...take care have a sunny day lu lu
    suzanne

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  25. Thanks for the tour...I love her style!

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  26. LOVE the pictures - what inspiration .
    Love Rachel!

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  27. I love the huge inspiration board in Rachel's store!!! I also love everything else! All those ruffles, the chippy pastel furniture pieces, the mercury glass and of course the fabulous chandeliers! Love your blog! I just became a follower!
    Michelle

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  28. When I saw all of the yummy pictures of Rachel's store and found out you loved her too, I just knew that you were someone I would follow anywhere! So -- new follower here! Would love, love, love to win this book!

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  29. OMGosh! I could move right in and live in that store! Thank you so much for the tour!! What an incredible giveaway too. I would love to enter. I had no idea Donna was your sister; she's such a sweetheart. I goofed up my old blog so I now have a new one with a new name, Cottage Palette, and Rachel's new colors fits me to a T! ♥

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  30. I'm also a follower of your beautiful blog. ♥

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  31. what a wonderful giveaway! gorgeous photos! i'll have to put it on my list of places when i get to ny! have a lovely weekend! susan

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  32. Wonderful photos, the turquoise church pew, the pink scarf with crown, it's all just beautiful! Thanks for taking us along,
    hugs,
    Debra

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  33. i am following your amazing blog now too!

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  34. I am so jealous! Your pictures make me want to take a trip and visit. I have always loved Rachel's style. Thanks for great photos. Happy weekend!

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  35. I just love it when you take me shopping with you!!! Seriously, it was as good as being there with all your gorgeous snaps. I am so glad Rachel is back!!!
    hugs

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  36. Love the pictures, love the book! Wish I lived closer to her store.

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  37. Dear Lu, thanks for this fantastic photo!
    I'm your italian new follower, my name is Michela,
    I'm sp glad to link you in my blog "Maison Charmante"
    Happy week end

    Michela

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  38. Oh, I'm jealous; I want a store like that in my town! I love her style.
    I follow you and subscribed via email.
    Thanks!
    mem4dr at gmail dot com

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  39. Gorgeous pics of the inside of Rachel's shop ~ I'd love to visit it in person. Thanks for your generous giveaway ♥

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  40. Super luscious eye candy! She is indeed the queen of shabby decor.
    Brenda

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  41. Gorgeous pictures- thanks for the "tour" for those of us who aren't close enough to go. I love Rachel Ashwell- would love to win the book.

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  42. Just blogged about your giveaway!:)
    http://lanaloustyle.blogspot.com/2010/03/more-march-giveaways.html

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  43. Drooling over those photos of Rachel's shop! Stunning to say the least! I would love a copy of her book! Thanks so much! Oh and Im a follower of your fantastic blog!

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  44. What a lovely shop ~ so glad she's back! I'm stopping over at Rie's suggestion at Home&Harmony.

    I'm now a follower as well!

    Jo

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  45. I don't how to say THANK YOU. In Italy we don't have any Rachel Ashwell, and I'm planning a visit to London next year so I can visit her shop down there. In the meanwhile I enjoyed this tour sooo much!!

    I've started to collect Rachel's books but I started from the oldest ones, so to win this would be PERFECT!!

    Hugs from me.
    Zaira

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  46. ....And I'm a follower already. And have already left a message to these amazing girls...

    xx

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  47. Hi Lu!
    I've been following Donatella's blog, and now I've just joined yours as a follower and added your blog to my blogroll. You two sisters really know beauty!!!
    Lovely photographs, and it's so sweet of you to share Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic store with us - she is my favorite designer! :)
    Your giveaway gift is wonderful, and I'll be sure to pop over and visit all the links you've shared. Thank you, and I hope you have a beauty-filled weekend!
    Zuzu

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  48. I would love to be added to your giveaway! I am having one as well. I am giving away a Well Dressed Home book written by Annette Tatum. I would love add all of you to the hat. Thanks!

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  49. I have so much spring cleaning to do, not fun :(
    Thanks for sharing all the gorgeous pictures of the Santa Monica shop, I love Rachel Ashwell! No need to enter me in the giveaway, already have the book which is great. Goodluck to everyone!

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  50. I would LOVE to visit a Rachel Ashwell store. Thank you for the gorgeous pictures and inspiration.

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  51. Love, love, love! That's all I can say! :) I am actually going to be doing some spring cleaning today!

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  52. Beautiful post!!! I love Rachel Ashwell!! I would love a copy of her book. I have blogged about your giveaway and I am a new follower too!!
    Sweet bloggy hugs to ya!! Chris

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  53. Such a beautiful shop and thanks for sharing so many photo's...love!

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  54. Thank you! Thank you...for giving me a glimpse into one of her beautifully renewed shops. I have been praying that she opens one in Chicago again soon. I used to drive the 6 hours just to visit her store:) I miss it!
    I have the book.. my favorite from her, but I will post about your giveaway on my blog in hopes that a lucky reader will be blessed with it too!
    Thank you again for the photos.. they are beautiful!

    Melanie

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  55. Just discovered your blog via Dreamy Whites, I would love to be entered for the give away.
    Thank you, Sharon

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  56. Forgot to say that I became a follower, but not just for the lucky draw!

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  57. Hi, I really love your blog! And I also would like to be enterer for the give-away!
    Thanks, many hugs from Belgium, I.

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  58. I was just looking at that book at the store and I LOVE it....would love to win it!!!

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  59. I love the open and airy feel in the photos.

    I would love to win.

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  60. Such beautiful photos!I would love to own the book.

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  61. Very nice display, spring cleaning is abound for me. My friend will love to see this!

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  62. it is so nice to visit your beautiful blog, Lu, and I love the pics of Shabby Chic - I am encouraged to spring clean, as you said, and open up the house to the warm spring breezes!
    Blessings
    Laurie

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  63. I am also a new follower and I put you on my blog roll!

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  64. Do enjoy your gorgeous Giveaway. It's beyond awesome! Your visit to that heavenly shop must have been so so inspiring. I love the color palette.
    Have a wonderful weekend. xo

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  65. Love, Love, Love your giveaway....
    Loved scrolling through this inspirational post too,
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings,...

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  66. Of course I've been a "Follower" for quite some time!!!

    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  67. crossing my fingers and toes --- in high hopes over here. :)

    Cheers~
    e

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  68. also a follower...just call me a "toadie."

    Cheers~
    e

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  69. Hello!!!
    You are so sweet Lulu,
    I LOVE this book!! I left a comment on your sweet sister's blog as well. You guys are the best!!! Do you know how much I have dreamed of going to one of her stores. SERIOUSLY this is a real treat. I love it when she posts pictures on her blog of her store. NEVER have I been able to see her store like this before. Thank you for thinking of us!! I can look at these all day!! Did you get anything while you were there????? I love the doors behind the sofa. Thanks for putting me in dream mode!! I don't know if I will get anything done today!!!!!
    You are the BEST!
    Thank you for your friendship & I can't wait until you come on my blog as a guest!!
    Take Care,
    Maria

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  70. What gorgeous pictures a FAB FAB FAB giveaway ~ I have looked through this book a couple of times in the bookshop & I love it! Didnt know there was a shop in London ~ Have to find out where it is before my next trip:)

    I'm one of your followers as well!

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  71. today I have dent out my very first give away after 2 years of blogging , you might have seen Maria posting about it... not yo sure if you entered my give away as there were a 155 doing .. I think you have choosen a nice and like you say not to difficult give away for yourself ;) Well done.

    Now on Rachel aswell you might like to read the story of a friend of mine (actually we are a bit famuily also) She recently was in London to visit the store there and was happy to meet Rachel there and made a nice report just like yours.... http://grangedecharme.canalblog.com/archives/2010/03/04/17124077.html

    Enjoy ;)Desiree

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  72. Ohhh and let me know what you thought about it!

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  73. Oh, how I love Rachel Ashwell and the Shabby Chic look. The store is beautiful! Thank you for all the lovely pictures. I have my fingers and toes crossed that I will win this book! Oh, and I am soooo a follower. :-)

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  74. I am dying to get to the new york store! Love RA!!

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  75. Thanks so much for the tour of the store. So many beautiful things. I would love to win this book.

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  76. Love the pictures wish I had a shop like that to go visit.

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  77. Lulu,
    I haven't left yet!! I had to peek one more time! This post really has me dreaming!! I changed the placing of your giveaway. I think it is working!!!
    You're the best!
    Take Care,
    Maria

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  78. Such an inspirational book! So many wonderful ideas!

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  79. Oh, this has me wishing I still lived in California! Thanks for showing us around the store! :)

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  80. What gorgeous photos! I discovered your blog via your sister and am now a follower, YAY!
    Please count me in on your giveaway - it looks wonderful!

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  81. Oh Lulu.....I could live in that beautiful store!!! Thanks so much for the tour :) I love Rachel Ashwell!!
    Thank you for this fabulous giveaway...that is a book every girl should have in her home....full of inspiration.

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  82. What a beautiful store and wonderful giveaway! I can't wait to explore your blog more now that I've found it!

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  83. Photos are inspiring. I adore all that chippy pastel furniture. I have been a follower for a while.

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  84. Thank you for sharing those wonderful pictures. I so wish I could shop there.

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  85. Thank you so much for those gorgeous pics... just drooling here...:)Rachel's shop is already on my Must Do list when in New York.. absolutely looove Shabby Chic and have been dying to see her new book! Already follow... :) Thanks for the chance to win! Love also that you are an Aussie designer!
    Lou xx

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  86. Love your blog and I have my fingers crossed this is a fab giveaway.Thanks Marian

    mtzeenla@yahoo.com

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  87. i want this book SO bad! great pictures!

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  88. Such amazing photos! Great post! The new book looks fantastic.

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  89. Oh these photos. What beautiful things!! So much inspiration! Thanks for sharing!!

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  90. I'm in love with picture 170:) Thanks for sharing this beauty!!

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  91. These pictures were just incredible. Rachael is my favorite designer.

    LuLu♥

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  92. Vintage Rachel Ashwell! Would love to be able to visit but maybe it will come to Sydney eventually!
    I have all her other books they live beside my bed and I think I know them all of by heart! Thank you for the tour

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  93. i love love shabby chic and so glad she is back!

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  94. So glad you snapped photos for us...what a store! I've had her new book on my list but still haven't gotten my hands on a copy. I would love to win!!
    Thanks for offering this great giveaway.
    T

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  95. Lulu, I am so envious! How I wish I could wander through Rachel Ashwells store. Thank you for sharing the joy by offering the book as your first giveaway! Of course I would love to win it. xx

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  96. greetings!

    1) i am so happy to have found your gorgeous blog
    2) i am so happy you brought your camera along to RA's shop
    3) repeat 1 and 2!

    xo
    elyse

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  97. i am delighted to have the chance to win such a lovely book! thank you!

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  98. Lulu Simply Fab! I adore Miss R.Ashwell Always & Forever My Fav.

    I love those paintings on the wall.Thank you so much for sharing.

    No need to enter me in the Giveaway I already own the Book.

    ~Cheers Kim~

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  99. Hey Lulu girl! Thanks so much for linking to our burlap table runner giveaway. You are a sweetheart! Totally loved your pics of Rachel's store..those petticoat lamps are absolute yumm...

    oxox
    Jennifer

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  100. Thank you Lulu for the chance at the giveaway...I love Rachel and I love your blog!
    jane

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  101. Oh my, so much loveliness! I want to live in her store. Thank you for taking pictures to share with us!

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  102. I would LOVE to win! Thanks for the chance!
    Rita

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  103. Wonderful Photos! You are so lucky to be able to visit Rachel's store, Thanks for the tour! I would love to win this giveaway! Her books are awesome!!...I am a follower of your lovely blog!

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  104. Great photos. I could live in that shop and be a very happy girl. Looking forward to seeing more of your blog.

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  105. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

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  106. So in Love with all of the Beautiful photos, thank you so much for sharing them... To win this giveaway would make me so happy!!!!!!



    Michelle Torres
    cingulwasme@aol.com

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  107. I am a Follower of your Blog, so happy I found you!!!!


    Michelle Torres
    cingulwasme@aol.com

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  108. Love your posts... Lu, You have such an eye for beauty and a sweetness comes from both you and your sister that is palpable.
    xo

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  109. Love the give-away, love the pictures, love your blog! County me in!

    Grace & Blessings!

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  110. I haven't visited your blog before, but love it! Excited about the give-away also.

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  111. I am also a follower now! YAY!!!

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  112. Have posted a link to your gorgeous giveaway on my blog too!
    Lou xx

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  113. if the shop is that beautiful then the book must be too! i would love the chance to win it. have added your blog to my favourites bar and will definitely become a follower too!

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  114. Thank you for all the lovely inspiration of Rachel Ashwell's new store-fabulous!!

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  115. Hey, Lu! Just found your blog and I LOVE it!! After reading your bio I think you and I have a lot in common.

    I actually just checked out the book at the library yesterday and have been oohing and ahhing over every page.

    Have a great day and cross your fingers I win the book!

    -heather

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  116. And now I'm officially a follower :)

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  117. I love all the photos, Thank you! Kim
    racefankellen@verizon.net

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  118. Hi, I love Rachel and so glad she has a new book out!! Someone will be a lucky winner!! The photos are beautiful.

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  119. Hi Lu, thanks for sharing! I always visit Rachel's website. Too bad we don't have any close to us...I loved the pictures and everything else.
    Have a lovely week,
    Li

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  120. Hi Lu, what a beautiful post!!! I am so happy to find your wonderful blog. I am following as well. Truly blessed to live in So Cal so that I can visit this new store.

    Warm wishes
    Kate @ Salvage Dior

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  121. I loved looking at the pictures. I wish we had one of her stores in Portland!! I recently borrowed all of my mom's Shabby Schic books and can't wait to look throught them.

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  122. These are gorgeous pics. Thanks for sharing them! Thanks for the giveaway as well.

    I have been trying to find a chandelier like yours on Rachel Ashwell's website...to no avail. :-( Am still hoping to find one very similar!

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  123. I just found your blog and LOVE it! Thanks for sharing all the pics too!

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  124. love the photos - makes me want to get up and start painting my walls!
    being a March baby, I was born with my own kind of March madness...

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  125. I am a new follower and also posted about Dreamy Whites' giveaway. Would love the Shabby Chic book, I've given as a gift but don't own it myself! http://rebeccawarddesign.blogspot.com/2010/03/dreamy-whites-giveaway.html

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  126. Fabulous! Thanks so much for taking us with you to see all the gorgeous Rachelness. She is the Queen.:) xo Lidy

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  127. I follow you and Rachel Ashwell...so glad she's back! Thanks so much for the generous giveaways!

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  128. Your pictures are amazing of her store!!! LOVE THEM! And oh my goodness what an amazing give-a-way!

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  129. And have written a post about your fab giveaway and coverage of Rachel's sumptuous shop on my blog too!
    Hope you are having a lovely day!
    Lou xx
    www.prettyposiesandpapertrails.blogspot.com

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  130. Lovely photos, I actually picked up the book while I was in the bookstore the other day, but it was closing and I didn't get to read it or buy it. I sure would love to have it to add to my library. I'm already a follower.

    Take Care, Carrie

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  131. Thanks for the pretty peeks! Gorgeous pics.

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  132. I would love to win that book ! The pictures are gorgeous.

    Kristen Smith
    searchforgod@yahoo.com

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  133. The store looks like great fun!
    Jana

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  134. Wow these images are really inspirational. Thanks for all these giveaways! Amazing stuff.

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  135. Love this! Shabby chic is my fave!

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  136. Hi Lulu, I'm not entering as I have that lovely book. Just saying hi and thanks for taking us inside Rachel's store. I've loved her since I used to watch her program. She was just mesmerising - her talent and gentle manner were lovely. If you make it to Australia, you must drop in for a cup of tea! Rachaelxx

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  137. Totally mad for this giveaway! Rachel's program is so totally dreamy ♥♥♥! Thanks so much!
    Thanks for the chance! :)

    http://calej.blogspot.com

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  138. I love Rachel. Please enter me in the give away. Thanks!

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  139. Oh how I miss the shabby chic store that used be 10 minutes from my work, I would go there at lunch and just walk around and day dream, I love her style!! These photos are fabulous!! What an awesome giveaway as well!!

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  140. Gorgeous store. I think I'll move in and never go home again! I would love a copy of Rachael's new book. I love the style but my house is so far from it.

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  141. I love the pictures... got several new ideas. Thanks... would love to be enetered for the book.

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  142. Found your blog through Between You and Me ... I have a bid on an old pine cabinet ... would love to have the book to gather ideas on how to refresh it! The photo's on my blog ... as well as a link to your blog.
    Thanks for a bit of freshness in a Spring that is still holding on tight to winter!

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  143. Hey Lulu,
    Came back for another look, I need to get back to work, I just had to tell you Monica, who I see just signed up as a follower, is my sister!!! She is expecting number 9
    Have a great day!
    Your friend,
    maria

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  144. Wow, that's some great eye candy! Please enter me. I'm a follower of your gorgeous blog now.

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  145. Oh my goodness, someone come and clean up my keyboard, I've drooled all over it! So many wonderful pictures!!
    XOXO
    Kristin

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  146. what a gorgeous post!! how inspiring!
    i was so excited to see that the Santa Monica store re-opened...i've even been to the new Soho location.
    now you need to come visit my shop in Studio City (we have a grand re-opening in a few days).
    xoxo alison

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  147. wow! thanks for all the beautiful pictures! i love her style! that is probably the only way i will be able to see inside since i live in florida! thanks for the chance!

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  148. oh! i am a follower too! and enjoying it!

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  149. Loved the pictures, have been a long time fan of shabby chic, makes me happy :]

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  150. What a terrific idea for March Madness.

    How did I get here? I have been a follower on My Sweet Savannah for some time now - I Love It!, and from there I went to Dreamy Whites - How Beautiful!, and then I followed the gorgeous photos to get here - Amazing! I can honestly say I am now a follower to all three, and I plan on drooling my way to the other Blogs, which I can link to from here.

    Thank you for sharing these comforting and inspiring ideas and photos.

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  151. I just became a follower (how could I not when you just wowed me with all those pretty pictures?) and I love your blog. I will definitely go post about it on my site. Thanks!

    If you get a chance, come check me out sometime.

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  152. That was simply divine!! I {heart} Rachel Ashwell and her delicious style!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Kelly

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  153. Beautiful pictures, beautiful store! Would love that book and all it has to show me. Thanks for the chance. Blessings.

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  154. Thanks for the beautiful tour. I am a first time visitor to your blog and will be a regular, as I am about to become a follower.

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  155. I'm so glad Rachel Ashwell made it back. She is who helped me discover my style years ago.
    Love the pictures!

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  156. What a lovely blog you have! I am now a follower and would love to enter your drawing for Rachel Ashwells book. I have all her books except this one. I need it!! LOL
    Blessings~

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  157. Lovely post...I've loved Rachel's style since I found her first book years ago at the library. I was a new mom and poured over it for hours. You captured her style beautifully in these pictures....
    Julie

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  158. I am a follower and would love to win this book! The first time I saw it, I immediately knew that it had to be on my wish list. I love Rachel's style!
    Thank you,
    CassandraLiz

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  159. Happy Hump Day......Loved viewing all the pics and I too am a big fan of Rachel's style! Looking forward to seeing your more often....
    Thanks,
    Sandi

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  160. omg it is just too beautiful to be true! i am not walking in that store ever cause i would have a heart attack!

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  161. ES TODO MUY HERMOSO, FELICITACIONES

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