Sunday, August 21, 2011

Thank You HGTV.COM & A Shabby Chic Couture Giveaway & A 12 week Trainer!!!


Lots to go over today, I hope you don’t mind

me sharing more images than usual.

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Kayla Kitts of HGTV.COM contacted us a few weeks ago

and asked if we would shoot our living room and dinning

room and share some tips on decorating with Shabby Chic Couture

finds. You can find the article here, here and here. I also copied it below.

This was  a fun project and I enjoyed working with Janis from Shabby she is a sweet

friend and extremely talented. Thank you for letting us do this.

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Rustic Comfort

When creating a shabby chic look, it's easy to get carried away with accessories, decor and fabrics galore. According to interior designer Lulu Tapp, less is more when it comes to bulky furniture and accessories, especially in a shabby chic design. "Allow for movement throughout the room when adding sofas, chairs and other large pieces of furniture; you should emulate a comfortable feeling throughout the space," she says. And one of her top pieces of advice: Avoid clutter at all costs. Design and photography by Lulu Tapp of DustyLu Interiors. Room accessories and decor from Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture

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Antique Wares

When you're not hosting parties or entertaining, use antique tarnished silverware to add decorative detail to your "display-only" table settings. Wrap and tie a handkerchief around a bundle of silverware to give your table even more shabby chic-ness. Design and photography by Lulu Tapp of DustyLu Interiors. Room accessories and decor from Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture

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Gold Trim

Known for its charm yet casual grace, shabby chic designs can also emit an air of elegance. Soft floral patterns in pastels are a common detail in shabby chic dishware. These stunning porcelain pieces also feature a simple yet refined double gold trim around the edges of each dish. Design and photography by Lulu Tapp of DustyLu Interiors

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Simple Hosting

One of the most important things to remember when hosting a party or get-together is to make sure your guests feel at ease with their surroundings. "When setting a table for your guests, make it look relaxed and not stuffy, ensuring your guests feel comfortable," interior designer Lulu Tapp says. In this luxurious dining room, a ruffled and wrinkled tablecloth immediately emits a casual feel, while simple table settings are less intimidating and more inviting. Design and photography by Lulu Tapp of DustyLu Interiors. Room accessories and decor from Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture

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I love these plates from Shabby Chic Couture

You can find all these items on their website or at any one of the

Shabby Chic Couture locations.

This is a close-up of the ruffles on the table linens.

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These vintage candlesticks are from a church in London.

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Always love fresh flowers!

All the table wares and linens available at

 Shabby Chic Couture.

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I found this religious statue at a flea market months ago,

it’s rather large and I absolutely love the patina.

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 I purchased are these  wood rosaries from Shabby Chic Couture.

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 Love these pillow with RASC initials on them, they are

the perfect shade of grey!

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I re-arranged my furniture in the living room thanks to my gorgeous

friend Kym!!! 

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All the accessories and pillows are available at

Shabby Chic Couture.

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Another favorite of mine are these votives.

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Follow Shabby Chic Facebook page!!!

In celebration of our Treasures by Shabby Chic® quilting fabrics launch we are giving away a one-of-kind quilt made with our new fabrics! To enter, click on the Sweepstakes tab on the left side of our Facebook page. Two runners up will receive a signed copy of Rachel's Shabby Chic Interiors book.

Also don’t forget to follow us on Facebook too!!

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I start my 12 week trainer tomorrow!!!

I will also share more recipes on

eating clean and

my progress.

Have a wonderful week!



  1. every detail perfect in every way ...

    missn' you, dustylu

  2. Fabulous post! Your gorgeous interiors are simply divine. The shabby and chipped religious statue fits in perfectly too.

  3. First - congratulations on the article and second - wow! I loved looking at all of the photos! There can never be too many of yours. They are all so beautiful. I just want to step inside the photos.

  4. Fantastic article congratulations. The rooms and tips are gorgeous and who could ever tire of looking at so much beauty.

  5. This look is so comfortable to me. I have been searching for a statue of Mary just like the one you recently found with that lovely chipped patina. You are lucky to have found her.

  6. oh goodness girl! This could not be more inspiring!! I want to say that you totally rock but worried that sounds weird. :) But you do! :)

  7. Beautiful post, Lu. I like the article. I'm happy for all of your successes. You are so talented and wonderful.
    Love, Les

  8. Stunning! Everything looks so beautiful, the ruffled table cloth....simlpy gorgeous!
    Congrats and have a great time in your 12week training!

  9. WOW LULU! I am so impressed! More and more I am becoming aware that I walk among magnificent artists, designers, photographers... You are so inspiring! My respects!


  10. Amazing Lu!! I am so inspired! Just beautiful.....xo

  11. So beautiful and congrat's on HGTV, you deserve everything wonderful that comes your way!

  12. Good luck with your training.

    I am excitedly waiting for my SC Petticoat Pillow. I was so happy to see RA is now available online.

  13. What a gorgeous room! Congratulations!!

  14. So it's true.... good things DO happen to good people!

  15. Beautiful. Love the Blessed Mother statue.

  16. So Beautiful !! Next on my list The Rosary , i just love it ! so beautiful

  17. Oh I feel so inspired by this post...every detail just makes me sigh....so beautiful!!!! xo

  18. Your blog is beautiful and I am thrilled to have found you through beautiful Dianne at Yonks.
    I am your new follower, stop and say hi someday

  19. Oh what beauty captivated in these lovely photos!

  20. Everything is perfect. All of your photographs are over the top! Beautiful home.

  21. HI,
    I just saw an image of yours on pinterest which lead me to your site. I thought I was looking at a photo from my favorite mag. Jeanne D'Arc Living, but it is your beautiful home. It must be wonderful to know both Fifi and Rachel Ashwell. I have loved their style for many years. I am a new follower of your blog, it is exactly the style I love.

  22. Achei linda as fotos e inspiradoras... Venha conhecer o Brasil...

  23. I think I've died and gone to heaven. Beautiful images and congratulations on the HGTV!!