Forever Changing Treasures

Seems to me that the wonderful thing about treasures are their values and beauty are forever changing.

I gave myself the treat to wander through my Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture™ store in New York, and just enjoy. Vintage pieces I had bought in the past. Some I clearly remembered. Some revealed details that had past me by previously.


While the initial search for treasures for my stores and my home is a sacred adventure, I never bore of the new qualities that are forever evolving. I don’t segregate this thought to just material treasures, but also people treasures and lesson treasures. As we spend more time discovering the many layers, there is always a new beauty to experience, seemingly never ending.


A beautiful Florentine table and purple porcelain flowers, visual symphony to my eyes.


The craft of balance and acceptance is a quality I am always striving for. Sometimes it is my aesthetic ability that teaches me how the unexpected opposites, balance each other, and bring out the best.


There are moments in our lives where accents of decadence finds a home. I like to welcome these in heirloom qualities, so they can be shared for many generations to come. Quality and classic needs to be part of a decadent recipe in my book.


When searching for treasures, often it is the patina that finds my attention. The most magnificent piece is without magic for me if the patina isn’t alive with texture.


These beauties were on a wallpaper trunk and porcelain umbrella stand in my store. Both are so beautiful and rare to the eye. Sometimes I question how I part with such treasures. For me discovering and acknowledging value and beauty, is often enough. Letting unique qualities pass thru my hands onto others is often enough for however long they last in my world.

And that is why it is always such a treat for me to go to a store, to experience one more time, the treasure I found, and perhaps discover another layer I didn’t see before.


See these and other treasures at any of our Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture stores.

29 thoughts on “Forever Changing Treasures

  1. Sizzle and Zoom

    Beautiful and inspiring post. Love the purple porcelain flowers. Made me wonder why you don’t have more vintage finds like that on your website. I am a big fan and have many of your items you have sold in the boutiques and have given gifts I bought at your boutiques in Newport Beach, Malibu and Santa Monica.

  2. Cindy

    I love the way you see the beauty in the worn, and frayed and tattered… it’s like they carry energy, and you pick up on it, and that’s so cool…


  3. Rhonda

    I don’t know how you part with any of your finds, Rachel. I’m swooning over all of these images. Seriously, I want that wedding hat so badly.

    Gorgeous post.

  4. Sue

    A great post Rachel. I love that things in this vintage business always changes. Some things that at one time were so hot, fade away to other things that take their place. I guess for me is that I love the change and falling in love with different things that in the past I may not have cared much about, if that makes sense!

    Take care, Sue

  5. sadie

    0h the pink ruffles and the purple chair. Just gorgeous.

    I love that you find such pleasure walking through YOUR shop! That’s exactly how it should be. No point in selling products you aren’t passionate about.

    By the way, I am sitting here with my tea in my new Rose regency mug from HOF. It’s my favourite mug of all time. Love it.

  6. Anonymous

    This summer while planting some more roses in my back yard I unearthed some old pieces of porcelain plates and cups as well as some beautiful clear cut glass. Along these I also found some pieces of purple porcelain “ruffles” just like the ones on the flowers you featured in this blog. I had no idea what they were until I saw yours. So thanks!…now I know. I just wonder why would someone bury them like that so long ago. They are my reward for working so hard on my yard this summer!

    Love ya’

  7. western serials

    Well, Beautiful and inspiring post, is this! The purple porcelain flowers are eye catching. Made me wonder why you don’t have more vintage finds like that on your website. I bought same boutiques in Newport Beach, Malibu and Santa Monica.

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