Rachel Ashwell, The world of shabby chic book review.


The world of shabby chic by Rachel Ashwell was the book I'd been patiently waiting for for what seemed like forever.... Having devoured all her others and with an uncontrollable thirst for patina and beautiful imperfections I did not put my copy down for quite some time.

What I loved about it.... Well it is brimming with gorgeousness on every page but for me it was more than just pictures.

Rachel's soul poured from this book as the journey from the little English girl who traveled with her parents and found an ingrained passion from her heart for the love of shabby chic.

The book tells an inspirational story of Rachel's life, growing up, having children, having a dream and never ever quitting. 

For me, it gives hope, hope that a single mother can dream big enough and pretty enough, and if.... you are prepared to work heart and soul, anything is possible.

The styling is homegrown authenticity, in fact I can't call it styling, that would be an insult, it's natural home making, throwing caution to the wind, discovering identities, and realising it's ok to be different,
It's Shabby Chic!

If you love pastels, old stuff and lots of white, and you're ready for a journey into the heart of all that is truly beautiful and unique, then this book will not disappoint. 

No coffee table should be seen without a copy!

                                                           Emma x


                                                              FADED ROSES.

There is no bloom more beautiful from bud to fallen petals than the rose.

My favourite roses are the pale pink and cream ones that have a hint of green to them. They look utterly gorgeous against the pale blue/grey of my walls.


I love to rearrange them throughout their faded beauty starting with a gorgeous vintage vase for maximum wow factor, and then when they start to fade I like to snip them short and display them in different bud vases and old bottles.


Lastly when their romantic heads start to flop I snip them off from the stem and strew them across tables and mantle pieces, or gather them onto a cake stand so I can continue to enjoy the faded beauty of them.


When they are dried out I like to thread them together with needle and cotton to make a pretty garland.


                                                    Have a happy Friday everyone.

                                                                        Emma x





Styling with flowers in the summer months is always such a treat!
So I thought I would celebrate the end of peony season by embracing these gorgeous huge blooms that are cheering up my living room on this very wet July day.

I had planned on styling outdoors again (maybe I will when it brightens up). 
But, I've just painted an old vintage chest which I've been meaning to do for ages and I love it!
It is the perfect spot for a jug of beautiful peonies!
I wanted to keep it simple and the little tea light adds a romantic touch.

A couple of my favourite books and up-cycled painted lamp completes the soft look.

Emma x

Styling the seasons is a fun and creative thing to do, and is hosted over on IG by Katy from Apartment Apothecary Blog and, Charlotte of Lotts and Lots Blog

Enter by using the #StylingTheSeasons hashtag and tagging Katy and Charlotte.





Oh how I love the month of June!

I have so enjoyed styling this season and joining in with fellow blogger stylists!

Styling the seasons is hosted be the lovely Charlotte of Lotts & Lots Blog, and
 Katy from Apartment Apothecary, and is a monthly style/cyber get together where anyone can join in by styling an area of their home and using the #stylingtheseasons tag!

My styling this month took me into my garden as June for me is the season to enjoy the outside and smell the roses!

I've styled a little area for a romantic evening where Mr C & I can sit and celebrate our wedding anniversary! 3 years... Go us!

Anyway, my rambling aside..... Please let it be all about the pic's!

Emma x

All fabrics and cushions available to order through my Shop 



The most beautiful bloom from delicate bud to faded charm- the rose.
I just adore them! And I've devoted the past ten years refining my collection which I'm thrilled to bits with! It's no secret that I am a huge fan of  +David Austin Roses and I just wanted to share some of my favourite snaps from this week, a couple are from our trip to Gardeners World Live where I always head straight to David Austin's stall to swoon over the little garden that they make each year.






                                             I hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

                                                                    Emma x




Focus on florals.

I was thrilled to bits to get an invite to the +Laura Ashley  Autumn/Winter press show earlier this week! I have been a massive Laura Ashley fan ever since I was little, and I first stepped into my aunts bedroom which had been decorated floor to ceiling in the sweet pea collection! No one surface had not been graced with gorgeous florals!

Anyway, moving on to part one of my press show posts... Focus on florals.

The sun finally made an appearance as I met up with fellow blogger  +tamsyn morgans  (she has the most amazing blog! check it out here).

Slightly nervous and very excited to be seeing the new collection, we arrived at 'The Music Rooms' in Mayfair to a swoon worthy scene!

There was so much gorgeousness in those rooms (I shall post more on each collection later) and there was no doubt to having stepped straight into the Laura Ashley catalogue!

I just wanted to share my favourites first! Florals! I'm so pleased to still see such a focus on their signature florals! And I am loving the new collection!

This cushion has gone straight to the top of my wish list!
The first thing i'm utterly thankful for are the beautiful watercolour florals in soft shades of pinks, lilacs and silvers.

I can't stand it when every change of the season things go too dark, and then we all end up wondering why we are so utterly depressed come the end of winter, when as if it isn't dark enough outside, we bring it indoors too. 
No no no, not this season!

When autumn and winter arrive bring the flowers indoors with gorgeous wallpapers, pretty fabrics and lovely cushions.
Layer lots of gorgeous dusky shades in silks, cottons and velvets.
For extra sparkle add beautiful glass vases, mirrors, and lovely candles.

Team large prints with subtle pastel shades for a relaxed look. 
I am really loving these two fabrics together!

I can't wait to show you more of the lovely new things!
The bakeware is awesome!

Emma x



As some of you know, Mr C and I are very keen bakers. The Mr is awesome at making bread, and I have been told that my bakes are truly scrumptious, so we've decided to see how far we can take doing the things we love, and we're applying for a stall at some farmers markets just to see if the above sentence is true.

Let me introduce you to the- Naked Cake Company.

I've been considering this idea for a while, as we have hosted pop-up teas in the garden of The Haven before, and I would like to do something a bit more!

As most of you know, I deal in vintage wares and design fabric, but my full time job is hairdressing, and my vintage salon is in the garden. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the job I have started to suffer with my back, and have to seriously consider giving it up.
I've been thinking of things that I can do to replace my long standing career, and I think I've found it! 

My cakes are made using eggs from my hens and edible flowers from my garden, plus I use and make my own flower syrups.

My flavours are different from the norm! Try my Rose and Earl Grey sponge or my Lavender and Orange Polenta cake.

I'm priding my cakes on having locally sourced ingredients, the flower comes from a mill down the road, and my garden fruits and flowers are used.

I'm also working on my cocktail cakes.
Flavours will include Mojito, Strawberry daiquiri, and G&T.

My cakes will come completely un-decorated (hence the name), but I can supply seasonal flowers (un-edible) to adorn it with should you wish.

Im working on a sparkly new web site, but to get a sneak peak you can follow us on Instagram

We really hope we get accepted onto the farmers market waiting list!
We hope to also sell Mr C's bread, sugar syrups and other interesting bakes.
Wish us luck.

Emma x

Trade orders will be most welcome.

*Please note the kitchen at The Haven has been awarded 4 stars by the food agency.
If you wish to make cakes at your home you must inform your local council.
You will also need to do a course in basic food hygiene.
If you are considering trading at a farmers market you will also need market traders insurance.