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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Couture Dreams & A Fabulous Giveaway

 Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture 

Rachel Ashwell Chic 423This is my favorite photo of a masquerade mask!!! 

I am honored and still in shock! 

A few weeks ago I got a call from Rachel Ashwell's  people. 

Yes, Rachel Ashwell’s  people called my people …LOL.

It is more like the incredibly kind and talented Susan,

called to let me know that Rachel has seen some of

my work (photography/styling) and would love to use me.

Whhaaattt???!

I can’t remember to much after that. 

Fast forward Wednesday to Friday, and  I am standing in front of Rachel Ashwell. I was a bit nervous,

who was I kidding, I was sweating bullets

and

couldn’t believe I was actually working with someone I have admired since 1989 .

Seriously, a dream come true for me.  My heart is grateful. 

Seeing her go to work and putting vignettes together was astonishing and so inspiring.

She is one of the most influential

interior designers of today. She is a pioneer, mother and a talent.

We have all tried to achieve the

shabby chic lifestyle at point in our lives.

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I can decorate in many different styles,

however, I have always returned back to the stunning

world of Shabby Chic Couture.

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Rachel Ashwell has reinvented herself time and time again! 

With stores in

London,

New York,

California,

and now the launch of her new website!!

Check out Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture!!!!!

With tons of photos and styling by yours truly.

Here are just a few.

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If you look at the Our Story page of the web site you might find my name next to

Amy Neusinger!

DOUBLE WHAAAAT???!

Amy is on my list of  photographer’s as number 1… Yes, I have lists! She is it for photography.

I am sure you have seen all of Rachel Ashwells books? Which where mostly photographed by Amy.

My two icons…what a blessing.

Her photography is stunning to say the least, even breathtaking.

Visit her website and you will see what I mean.

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Here is a sample of my work, the first

of many projects to come.

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I had to show this at a different angle, I just love it!

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Look at these gorgeous soft pink silk drapes.

They are used in her latest book

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Interiors, in the boudoir.

page 40 & 41

( photos in the book were not done by me.)

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I had fun shooting the bedding line.

I wanted to jump into each beautiful bed!

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So unbelievably gorgeous, soft, and perfect!

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Ahh …and then there was lighting…

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I want this chandy!

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Have you seen Rachel’s latest post?

Check out Rachel Ashwells Blog!!

In honor of

Rachel Ashwells Shabby Chic Couture’s  new website!

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture

is generously sponsoring an amazing giveaway!

One lucky reader will have his/her choice of one of these stunning books!

AUTOGRAPHED!!!

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Interiors,

My Rooms, Treasures and

Trinkets

or

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic

Sumptuous Settings & Other Lovely Things,

another best seller!

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Here are the rules:

7 easy steps

  1. We would be honored if you would all blog about this! I want Rachel Ashwell to see what an inspiration she is to all and how much she is adored.
  2. Add the giveaway to your sidebar. That will count as another entry.
  3. Follow me. Leave a comment. That will count as another entry.
  4. Follow Rachel Ashwells blog, if you haven’t already.  Leave a comment. That will count as another entry. Please note, Rachel  Ashwells blog does not have a following gadget on her sidebar, however, she does have a Follow icon at the top of her blog!
  5. Tell me what inspires you most about Rachel Ashwell!
  6. Stay Balanced, Inspired and full of Love!

Giveaway ends June 30th 12noon pacific standard time!

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I wanted to thank all my friends from around the world for

participating in the fun to spread the word!!!

Let the crazy fun begin!

Thank you again!

Have a beautiful day friends!

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379 comments:

  1. Yay!
    I'm SO proud of you, and I was SO thrilled to help out! This is just the beginning, Lu...hold on, because you're about to take off like a rocket!

    Big hugs!
    Anne

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  2. First of all, I am a faithful follower of your blog. I am not surprised at all that you were contacted to take pictures for Rachel. You have a great eye, and your photos always, always blow me away. I can only imagine how excited you were to be offered such an opportunity!!

    Thank you for offering such an amazing giveaway!

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  3. You can find a link on my sidebar at:

    http://martylou.blogspot.com

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  4. today you are the luckiest girl in the world. :)

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  5. I am following Rachel's Shabby Chic blog!

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  6. What inspires me the most about Rachel... I love that she came up with this style all on her own and now it is one of the staple styles of decor. I love the softness it creates in a room. It's bright and cozy and imperfectly perfect.

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  7. Oh I'm SO excited for you, this is just too fabulous! You must be on cloud nine honey!

    Really love the photographs and yes the mask one is so gorgeous, I really love the light shot too.

    Really Wonderful...xoxo DJ

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  8. I could leave you a full page comment on how I'm SO not surprised that Rachel's "peeps" contacted your "peeps" and all that...but truly it all just comes down to this...that I'm not surprised at all dear! You are MY inspiration! I have just moved into our home and already I have 'borrowed' some of your ideas and used them in my own home. I absolutely adore your blog...and can't wait to check out the Shabby Chic books! Thanks heaps for the heads up! xoxo Kristen

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  9. Dear Lu, Congratulations again sweet girl! I am so very happy and excited for you:) Thank you again for asking me to help out, I am so thrilled. Your photography is just beautiful!! Have fun and enjoy the experience. Big happy hugs ~ Tina xx

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  10. Totally impressed - congratulations! Your styling is individual and impeccable~

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  11. Dear Lu,
    Congratulations! You will be amazing!
    :)

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing these fabulous images. You have really done a spectacular job!

    I am thrilled to be a new follower of your blog!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  13. I am following Rachel Ashwell's blog now too!

    Natasha.
    :)

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  14. Me again! I put something on my sidebar about this.

    This is so exciting...I remember watching her TV show years ago on cable here in Australia and being instantly in awe of her style.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  15. Beautiful! I blogged about this giveaway!

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  16. I just put a link to this wonderful giveaway on my sidebar on my blog.

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  17. I am a happy follower of your beautiful blog!

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  18. I am a follower of Rachel Ashwell's blog. I love it!

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  19. The colors in Rachel Ashwell things are what inspires me the most. they are so beautiful!!

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  20. COngratulations to you!! What an amazing opportunity!! Rachel is such a genuine inspiration to me. I love her simple style, with just enough elegance, and how she continuously is inspired by new things but yet retains her signature style that we love so much.

    Have a wonderful week! xoxo Heather

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  21. The cream always floats to the top, and you are the cream of the crop!!!
    You are a bid talent and an inspiration to me!

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  22. that's Big talent, not bid. heehee

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  23. I'm a follower. Congratulations

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  24. Lulu...just found your blog through Rubies place..and Im so glad I did...what an amazing blog...and what an amazing achievement...you must still be pinching yourself.
    So so happy for you and happy for me that I have now found two extra blogs that I know I will be visiting regularly. Of course..I am now a follower of both.
    I have entered this giveaway through Tina's blog..is that ok?
    And will post about this giveway..and add to my sidebar.

    Thanks so much for such a great opportunity
    Anna x

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  25. Lulu, how exciting for you. I have just come over from Tina(RubiesPlace). I am now a follower of your blog so count me in for the fabulous giveaway
    Alison

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  26. I am a follower of Rachels blog

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  27. Rachel inspires me with her creations using preloved reasures. her pieces have such a calming effect on the mind
    Alison

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  28. I visited Rachels Shabby Chic Couture Website and it makes me wish she would open up a store here in Victoria, Australia.
    Alison

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  29. Hi,
    I don't think I can do all those things but I would like to win the book :) Maybe this will count as one entry?
    ♥Danette

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  30. Congratulations!!!!!! That is so awesome! I am already a follower of your lovely blog! I just want to say YOU GO GIRL! your photography is beautiful! I love Rachael Ashwell! I have two of her books so adding to my collection would be oh, so wonderful :] I'm going right over to become a follower of her blog! I'll be back :] How fun!
    Elizabeth

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  31. I think I would have had a stroke if Rachel's people called me!!! How exciting for you! I'm already a follower of yours, and Rachel's. I've put it on my sidebar and I will post about it this week on my blog. I adore her, Simply adore her. No one comes close to her by means of incredible talent and impeccable taste. If I could live in all "chippy, white and pink" I would!
    Marcia

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  32. Ok back to say I'm a follower now of Rachael's blog!
    Elizabeth

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  33. Congratulations Lu! I am so thrilled for you! You are so talented and you take the most amazing photos! I am a follower of yours so please count me in! xx

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  34. I am a follower of Rachels blog too and I am so inpsired by her determination to succeed at what she strives for.
    xx

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  35. Hi Lu, I have posted your giveaway on my sidebar! I am so excited for you!!! xx

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  36. Back again to tell you what inspires me most about Rachael! Everything! I love the comfort and the mix of old, worn,chipped, pretty faded colors, elegance, simple,timeless,reusing items, flea market finds, and I could keep going! I love the fact that you can be on a very strict budget like myself and still have the elegance, the beauty and style when you decorate with her shabby chic style!
    love it!
    Elizabeth

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  37. Je suis son évolution depuis plus de 10 ans et c'est une merveille.

    Bravo à toi


    Amicalement,
    manon

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  38. Lu you're my myth now!!! I'm so proud of you and proud to know you....At last dreams can come true. Great job!!!

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  39. I was already a follower at your gorgeous inspiring blog :)

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  40. and am now also a follower of Rachel's blog. Thanks also for the tip how to follow when there is no follow gadget. I didn't know that!

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  41. congratulation, So happy and excited for you! Thanks to zaira i can discover your word too! Please count me in!

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  42. and posting this on my sidebar! Would love to have a book of her!

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  43. of course now I'm your follower and of Rachel

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  44. Dear Lu, it comes as no surprise that your talents have been discovered by greatness. Thank you again for asking me to help out. Let the fun begin!

    oxox
    Jennifer

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  45. SO exciting miss Lulu!!
    I have just posted and I think this is an amazing opportunity for you. Thanks for letting me in on the fun =0)
    Ness xx

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  46. Have just discovered your fabulous blog through Tina of Rubie's Place. What a great experience for you to work with such a talented designer!! Your photography is fabulous, I can see why you were asked to work on this project. Looking forward to more of your blog posts in the future now I've discovered DustyLu :)

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  47. wowwwwwwwwwwwww Lu that is so fantastique for you... man am I prouod of you ;) I wil read the whole post later on what to do to enter etc etc.

    Congratulations and wake up this is for real LOL ;)
    desiree

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  48. Congratulations Lu!! How wonderful for you!!! I can imagine the sweat..... you poor thing...I suffer that dreadful nervous effect too... but worth every drop it!! to work with Rachel Ashwell... WOW!!! Just fabulous and so are your photo's!!!
    I already follow your beautiful blog....
    Lou xx

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  49. I already follow Rachel's beautiful and inspiring blog too!
    Lou xx

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  50. Have added your gorgeous giveaway to my sidebar... will be back to let you know when I have done my blog post...:)
    Lou xx

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  51. Absolutely brilliant and well deserved. Congratulaions. No wonder your feet are still not on the ground.
    Good Luck, the world's your oyster now!!

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  52. HEY!!!!BUON GIORNO,,,IO SONO ELISA....UNA RAGAZZA ITALIANA....QUESTO BLOG E' BELLISSIMO...IO ADORO RACHEL E SONO ONORATA DI PARTECIPARE A QUESTO BLOG CANDY...INCROCIO LE DITA!!!!!!!!!!HAVE A NICE DAY!!!!

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  53. Your photos on the new look website look awesome Lu!! It must be soo exciting for you!! I sooooo hope Rachel has a visions for a store in Aus soon!!!
    Lou xx

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  54. How could I have missed knowing about you all this time! Well no more, the news about the giveaway has spread and now I have found you! I am so happy too, and will be one of your new subscribers (and for the heck of it I'll add my face to your followers gadget too).
    I am looking forward to seeing more of your work, anywhere!
    Congrats on getting the best job in the world.

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  55. Done! Added you to my Reader and myself to your Followers widget.

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  56. Blog super favoloso1!!...mi metto in coda con la speranza di avanzare velocemente verso il premio, Anna.

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  57. Congratulation again, Lu!! So happy and excited for you:) Thank you again for asking me to help out!!

    xo
    Anette:)

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  58. I am a follower of Rachael's blog.

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  59. I am inspired by the lovely light and textures in Rachael' work.

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  60. I have been to the Shabby chic couture website and am swooning.

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  61. I have added the giveaway to my sidebar.

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  62. Hi Lulu!
    First timer to your blog through 'rubiesplace' blog ... and how lovely is your kitchen!!!
    What I love about Rachel's shabby style is that when I first heard of her and found her book ... she had young ones!!! And shabby chic is sooooo kid friendly... there's no need to fuss and bother when there's children around, because slip covers can be whipped off the lounge and thrown in the wash... nothing is too precious it's never used and the whole look makes for a very relaxed lifestyle. How can you go wrong? :)
    I'm happy to become a follower of your blog... your photography is gorgeous!
    Have a lovely day and thanks for the opportunity to win one of these beautiful books.
    Night!

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  63. I'm following you, love and adore RA! She is the QUEEN of beautiful,old things!

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  64. Oh how delightful to be entered in such a lovely giveaway! I am always blown away by your amazing photography every time I visit your blog. I am already a follower of all three of your blogs and always enjoy my visits! I will gladly post this on my blog. Thank you for the inspiration and I too would love to own that chandie!!

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  65. Hello Again!
    Ok ... I think I need to tell you ...I'm following Rachel Ashwells blog :)

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  66. Yep...me again!
    I'm also following your blog :)

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  67. Hi Lulu
    I have worte about the giveaway on my blog:
    http://elisabethsborg.blogspot.com/

    And i want to congratulate you with your assigment. You are lucky:-)

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  68. WOW, Congratulations to you! I know you are excited and flying high! I am here via my dear friend Anne of Fiona and Twig! I would love to have a chance at either of these gorgeous books. Thanks for the entry and have a blessed day!

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  69. Hi Lulu!!!! You did it, girl!!! You realize a dream!!! I'm so happy this happened to you!!! I think you are still in 7th heaven for this, aren't you? And this giveaway is amazing!!!! Fingers crossed for me!!!!

    A big hug!
    Mara

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  70. I'm a follower...and off to do a post about this giveaway! What inspires me most about Rachel Ashwell?? She has allowed me see the beautiful and extraordinary in the 'ordinary'. What a gift she has given the world!!

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  71. I've posted about this fantastic giveaway on my sidebar!!

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  72. Hello Lu! I am a newer follower and found you thru Fiona and Twig:) I don't even know where to start!!! I don't want my post to turn into a short stort so I will blog about it and this giveaway:) I will say that I have been a HUGE fan of Rachel Ashwell for over 10 years:) It started when I ordered a quilt and white ribbed terry cloth comforter from her 10 years ago:) It was all over after that!!:) I would LOVE to win her new book, I haven't got it yet!!:)

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  73. I have been a follower of Rachels blog!!:)

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  74. I think the thing that inspires me the most of Rachel is the whole idea of Tattered Elegance! To take something old and chippy and make it look fabulous is just one of the things I love about shabby chic. The pure white backgrounds, the soft and natural fibers of her fabrics. The gorgeous chandeliers over an old beaten up farm house table....ok, I could really go on and on!! I really need to blog, hee hee!!:)

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  75. Hey Lulu, not entering as I have these lovely books, but I just wanted to say a very big congratulations! Incredibly exciting, amazing news! Enjoy this wonderful adventure..Rachaelxx

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  76. Congratulations Lulu!! This is certainly a dream come true!! I am so happy for you! You deserve it...your photos are always gorgeous and your style is a perfect fit for Rachel Ashwell.

    I used to travel to Chicago for work once a month, and I always made sure I had plenty of time to stop by her store and wander around. I was flying, so I couldn't buy much, but I always fit a little something in my carry-on!!

    Good luck with your new venture!

    xo

    Polly

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  77. After seeing your blog and your photography, I am not surprised that the Queen of Shabby herself picked you!!

    I am signing to follow your blog because it's so full of things I love and inspiration.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  78. Love your site and would love one of her books. She really does define decorating for me! Congratulations to you!

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  79. congratulations! this is so exciting! you take lovely pictures so it is no wonder they picked you. i'm following you!

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  80. i visited the lovely website and became a follower of Rachel's blog. so inspiring!

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  81. Im a new follower of yours.Lovely page.I am also a new follower to Rachels blog.Gorgeous things I love everything.

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  82. I would say the thing that inspires me most about ehr is her beautiful ideas and the end product is always so lovely.Im nrew to all of this and I am totally in love with all of her things.

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  83. Really I can spell believe me,LOL

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  84. I posted on my sidebar as well I just may do a blog about it as well,if I have time.Keeping my fingers crossed;)

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  85. I love your blog, Lu, and have been a faithful follower! I just can't congratulate you enough for this awesome opportunity! You, so, deserve it! I've blogged about it over here:
    http://www.RubysUpcycleDesigns.com

    What's so funny is I just did a big post on her last week and can't imagine that you were hard at work WITH her during that time!!! Amazing!
    Congrats,
    xoxo Beth

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  86. This is amazing, happy news! Congratulations, Lu!!!!!!!
    What inspires me most about Rachel Ashwell? Her beautiful, casual style! I've been following her for what seems like forever, totally in love with everything she does, and working to have my home have her shabby chic look. She is my absolute favorite designer! I am sooooo happy she is "back" and I am tickled pink for you to be able to work with her, Lu. Your photos are fabulous!!!

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  87. Oh, and I've been following both Rachel's and your blogs for some time now. Both rock!!!

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  88. Hi Lu,

    I posted a link on my blog!!

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  89. Hello Lu,
    I am new to your beautiful blog, and am now a follower. Congratulations to you! I love Rachel Ashwells relaxed style!

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  90. The Giveaway is also on my sidebar here:
    http://www.rubysupcycledesigns.com

    Congrats, again, xoxo Beth

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  91. I have both you and Rachels blog on my blog roll and follow both of you talented ladies! xoxo Beth

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  92. I love Rachels entire aesthetic and have from the start! I love the lo end pieces she pairs with high end lovelies! I love how she manages to add ribbons and pastels and keeps the mix together without the cringe factor. She totally rocks, in my book! xoxo Beth

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  93. Already a followr. How could you NOT be! You are FAB! GREAT giveway....great photos!

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  94. i have just found your blog through Rubies Place and I'm so glad i did ..love your blog and all your beautiful things you posts...your a huge inspiration ..congrats and i look forward to visiting you again XX

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  95. I love how she sees beauty in items that have memories. Something that is time worn means it's been loved for a time!

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  96. p.s i have just become a follower and so happy that i found Rachael Aswells through your blog too ....HUGE fan so thank you XXX

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  97. What a wonderful dream come true.

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  98. How exciting Lulu! You deserve it - you are so talented! You make bed linens looks luscious and inviting - now that is talent! Thrilled to become your newest follower.

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  99. Lulu, I have also become a fan of Rachel's blog - so glad to find it through you!

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  100. One more - sorry to be a pest...I just checked out Rachel's products on her website...love her mantra "Beauty, Comfort and Function"!! That is precisely what I love about her linens - they are beautiful, but feel wonderful and serve an important function!

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  101. I love love love your photos! I am a new follower : D I will be back often! I would be nothing less than honered if you would come visit me at my blog (possibly even enter my giveaway , thanks!!)

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  102. First visit!!! Wonderful blog,,you are very talented and how fun to be noticed by Rachel. I came over from Fiona and Twig.
    Have fun!
    Marcie

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  103. I am a follower of Rachels too!
    Marcie

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  104. The inspiration from Rachel is reusing, bringing the light back into the home, and not to overdo it.
    Marcie

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  105. "crazy fun"...i'm in! new follower here. :0)

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  106. Hi Lulu! Congratulations! You really must be very proud of yourself! Of course I know Rachel Ashwell, she'm my myth! And of course i'm one of your new followers!

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  107. Amazing photos!!!! Great job. Thank pink and gold chair is to die for.

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  108. LuLu you are rocking the Shabby Chic and design world! Your talent speaks for itself. I have been a follower of your blog.

    xo,
    olive

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  109. Rachel's blog was visited by me. I follow it now and I think the way she is thoughtful about every little detail is one aspect of her style that attracts my attention.

    olive

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  110. already a follower! Congrats!!

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  111. I'm inspired by everything Rachel does. I love that she has her own style. And I love that she likes to reuse old pieces and give them a new life.

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  112. just became a follower of Rachel's blog

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  113. Rachel is my super hero. Everything she does is Beautiful. I love her Girly look, florals next to soo much white next to old chippy furniture.......I think she invented that combination.

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  114. I'm a follower of you'r blog.....Which I will now read often.

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  115. Just did a post on my blog...
    http://futuredomesticgoddess.blogspot.com/2010/06/rachel-ashwell-giveaway.html

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  116. OMG I'm so happy and excited for you!!! You are so talented and deserve this! The pictures are gorgeous, Yay to you!!!!!
    XOXO big hugs!
    Kristin

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  117. Oh my, i said this on (The Old Paintage Cottage)blog, but my heart is pitter pattering with excitement, Im already an avid follower of O.P.Cottage, and love it, and already a loving follower of yours posting on both- and yes eye candy, i could eat it all up- SIde note- Love the pic of your mom on the sidebar- Just Love that!
    So off to Rachle blog in which im a follower of but will head over, cant wait to see the new collection-
    And Your pic-s are amazing.
    Karryann

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  118. I love that it was a way of life that I was already living and it just speaks to me!

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  119. this is just terrific! I am a follower! I have loved Rachel Ashwell for quite a long time - loved her shows, books and products! This is so much fun!
    Kathy

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  120. Yay Lu~ there isn't a more deserving person of this great recognition. Aside from your fab style and great eye for photography, you are a lovely person! SO happy for you.
    You know I'm already a follower of yours and I've been following Rachel's blog for awhile but will head over and leave a comment.
    Added to my side bar.
    Hugs~
    T

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  121. Yay to books - Ilove book on design and style and Rachel is always top on my list so thank you Lulu - this is a great post and I'll be telling everyone about it for sure! Jennifer jennsthreegraces

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  122. Lu,
    Oh my goodness this is the most incredible news!!! You must be so thrilled! What an amazing experience & it's just the beginning. Dreams do come true! Fabulous ~ I'm so happy for you!!!!
    xo,
    Shellagh

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  123. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am so excited for you, what an amazing experience too meet Rachel Ashwell and being able to photograph her gorgeous creations :)

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  124. Rachel Ashwell is inspiring to me because everything she takes, whether it be old or new ends up looking amazing. She can make any room or piece of furniture look so cozy and lived in just the way a home should feel!

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  125. I am a follower of Rachel's blog :)

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  126. Visited Rachel's new website last week and am gonna go check it out again to see your name!!!
    How exciting!

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  127. How great is that, Lulu?!!
    Congratulations!
    I would love a chance to win an autographed book by Rachel and already follow your blog ;) the best stipulation of entering is the rule of stay balanced, inspired and full of love ~ you go girl!
    ~Tracie

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  128. This is such exciting news for you! I am a follower of your blog!

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  129. A HUGE big congratulations to you!!! Rachell Ashwell is THE most inspiring person in home decor as far as I am concerned...can't wait to see this new venture!!!
    HAPPY, HAPPY DAY!!!!!!
    xojanis

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  130. Hi again Lu,
    Just wanted to let you know that I am already a follower of your blog and I have just done a post on my blog about Rachel's new website as well as your giveaway. The only book of hers that I don't yet have is the "treasure and trinket" one so sure hope I win it!
    Happy day!
    xojanis

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  131. That's so wonderful, I can't imagine how excited you must be!
    ☺ Celeste

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  132. oh my gosh!! awesome, so happy for you!! i would say a dream come true for sure, you must be on cloud nine!! big hugs, susan

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  133. Lulu~Your the Bomb! Simply Amazing, You Rocked it Girl.A Dream come true for sure.Enjoy!

    I am already a follower of your blog, as well as Ms. Ashwell.

    I have been waiting for this line to come out and I can't wait to check it out.

    ~Cheers Kim

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  134. Gonna follow you AND her!!!! Would jump for joy!!! But hey....I'm number 146;)
    Gonna give it a try!!!!:)
    Greetings
    Lynda

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  135. I love both your blog and Rachel's! Such beautiful pictures to dream over. :) I am following you both and I will most definately spread the word on my blog. What I really love about Rachel Ashwell's style is that she makes it seem so casual and effortless without looking junky. Her colours and floral ideas make me want to incorporate that in to my own home.

    http://thefrugaldollhouseaddict.blogspot.com/

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  136. Congrats! What a dream come true. I loved all of your pix and appreciate your sharing them with the rest of us!

    Cathy

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  137. Wow congratulations on working with Rachel Ashwell!! That is awesome!! I love your photos too so I can see why she contacted you!!
    Would love to enter the giveaway as I don't have her latest book yet. Thanks so much!!
    Blessings~

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  138. That is seriously amazing, congrats!! I found you through Tina's blog, how lovely to have stopped by :)

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  139. I am a follower too!! Love your site!!
    Blessings~

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  140. Hi I am a follower and would love to win...

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  141. I added your giveaway to my blog sidebar as well!
    xoxo

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  142. Hi! I just found you via The Old Painted Cottage. http://theoldpaintedcottage.blogspot.com/

    What a lovely blog. i am looking forward to new inspiration as I follow you:)

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  143. Love Rachael and her design style! She is one of the most inspiring women for me and I have lists too!

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  144. Congrats to you!! I have loved Rachel for as well as I have known about her. I have been a subscriber to her blog since she started writing. Love her and so very happy for you!!

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  145. How wonderful for you to have this opportunity with such lovely and inspirational publications! Viewing your site has been a beautiful and fresh treat for my day!

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  146. Lu.... What a wonderful opportunity.I would have had a heart attack! lol But I think she is lucky to have you on her team ;0). I already follow her and have you and her on my side bar.I will post about it today. This is sooo exciting.

    I admire Rachael, because she has expanded and grew her business, but no mater what kept to her original vision and passion for everything beautiful and tattered Also she has pioneered the way for shops like mine.
    Thanks for the chance, and congrats!
    Jenny
    www.citycottagestore.com

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  147. Hi I came over from Fiona & Twig...how fun to read your perspective of being asked to photograph! I loved it! I would have been nervous too!!! Your photos are truly beautiful! You did awesome!

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  148. Wow and double wow! Such an honor for you and your photos look so wonderful!

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  149. Congratulations Dusty Lu!! What an honor!!
    I will be your new follower and have been of Rachel's blog!! EXCITING!! Doing the Happy dance!
    xox Evelyn

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  150. Hi Lulu, blogger was down and I couldn't get my post out until just now, Thank you so much for including me!
    I'm a follower of both blogs and I have it posted on my sidebar!
    Congrats dear Lu, can't wait to see what you'll be up to next!!
    love,
    Debra

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  151. Thanks for offering up this book. I am going to visit Rachel's blog.

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  152. Bonjour Lu,
    Félicitations! What an incredible thrill and holor to be hand-picked by such a talented lady. But then again, your work does speak for itself. I'm a follower. I'll head over the Rachel's blog now and follow.
    Good week to you,
    Mimi

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  153. What a glorious giveaway. I'm now following you, will add this to my sidebar and blog about it. Rachel is a great example of how to continue in the business even through the ups and downs, have always loved her style.

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  154. Just became a public follower, though I drop in from time to time anyway. Love Rachel Ashwell and Shabby Chic.

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  155. Just became a follower of Rachel Ashwell. She inspires me by showing us how to use beautiful things in our house and not be so matchy matchy. And I mean use. Her plump sofas sometimes have the "print" where someone was sitting. And that's ok!

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  156. Hi there,
    I'm Jennifer's friend!
    I love your styling as well. I see it all the time in Agoura!
    Love it!!
    Congrats!
    Rosemary

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  157. Hi Lulu, i discover you from Fiona blog, I just love this give away....please count me!!!
    Hugs Annamaria

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  158. I have posted this give away on my sidebar!!!
    Hugs Annamaria

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  159. I would love one of these books! She inspires me with her use of so much white. It looks so fresh and inviting!

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  160. Now I can say I know someone famous (you!) who knows someone famous (Rachel!). You so deserved this time to shine! I'm a follower, my dear, forever!

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  161. I also follow Rachel's blog AND I left her a comment!

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  162. what an honor I've had putting together the post for you and Rachel Ashwell!

    I pray blessing upon blessing on you and your sweet family....

    And of course, I'd love to win!!!

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  163. Her inspiration that spread to me? Her shabby whites of course!

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  164. Rachel's website has made me drool all over the keyboard! I visited and made a wish list!

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  165. I'm off to spread the word on my sidebar! Wow! That was alot of comments from me. Can you tell I would really, really like to win one of her books?

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  166. I'm so excited to find your blog! I don't have a blog but I'm getting so inspired to try it.
    Thank you,
    Jeannie
    juanakmcd@aol.com

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  167. Hi Lu what a wonderful giveaway, i just love this amazing lady, i have been a huge fan from the start of shabby chic, but please don't count me in the draw i already have all of Rachel's beautiful well worn books, i read and reread them all. I hope whoever wins this lovely prize enjoys it as much as i have. Love your blog, Amanda

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  168. I am SO excited for you!!! You deserve every last drop of this amazing blessing! Good luck with this fabulous adventure... xoxo

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  169. I, too have loved Rachel Ashwell's style since the late 80's. And I too keep coming back to her style, it is an enduring, gorgeous, liveable style. I am now one of your followers and I will be back often. I love your blog, too!!!
    Hugs, Cindy S

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  170. Found you through the gorgeous Anne at Fiona and Twig! I have loved R.A.'s style for years and what a lovely experience for you to work with her! Many many congratulations! xx Suzanne

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  171. Hello, How exciting for you!! What a dream job; but not exactly a "job" to do this right :) I've signed on as a follower of your blog and would love a chance to win one of her wonderful books!

    Warmest, Brenda

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  172. L, I just did the post on your exciting news. Hope you like it!

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  173. Wow great giveaway I saw it over at Brenda
    Cozy Little House. I am now a follower of yours
    Thanks
    Maggie

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  174. Now I am a follower on Ms Ashwell site. Love to win her book
    Maggie

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  175. Congrats Lu! I love following your blogs and RA's!!!

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  176. I'm now a follower of your site and Ms. Ashwell's. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of Rachel's books.

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  177. Hi Lu!
    Congratulations!! I am so excited for you!!!
    I LOVE Rachel Ashwell. I think what inspires me most about her style is the simplicity of it. None of it is too fussy, yet it's all so BEAUTIFUL! It's casual and easy to live with, and the colors she uses are to die for!!
    I wish you the very best of luck, Lu!
    Hugs ~ Jo

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  178. Hi Lu,

    I've just come across from Tina's blog and have become a follower. I'm already a follower of Rachel Ashwell's blog. Congratulations on the wonderful work you are doing. That is soooo exciting!
    I'll look forward to following your site, i'm so glad Tina told us about you.
    Jxx

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  179. Congratulations on your exciting news. I am a follower of you and also Rachels blog. You do wonderful work.
    Ginger

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  180. I stumbled over your blog through Ness of Marley & Lockyer writing about this amazing comp. I grew up with Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic and she was one of the first interior designers to inspire me. I love your work too! Your lighting and framing is amazing! Can't wait to keep following you...

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  181. Well that is just beyond exciting. Congrats to you and hopefully many more opportunities to come your way:)

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  182. Hi, I love your blog, I came over to you via Zaira. I have posted a peice about Rachel Ashwell on my blog today and linked to your lovely blog and fab giveaway.

    x

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  183. Congrats to you! Already a follower of Shabby Chic!

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  184. I have placed a button on my sidebar to tell others about this fabulous giveaway!
    Kathy

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  185. Hey babydoll! Just put a fab button up on my sidebar made by yours truly! Feel free to grab it if you want to use it here. :-)

    Anne

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  186. Congratulations Lu! How wonderful! I am of course a happy follower! :)

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  187. I am now following Rachel Ashwell's blog!

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