Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic

Rachel Ashwell's signature store is the textbook version of shabby chic. Since San Francisco is mostly a city of renters, Shabby Chic is a fantastic resource for slipcovered (no more moving scruffs!) sofas. While you'll probably associate most of the store's aesthetic with whitewashed woods and antiqued mirrored accessories, it does have a great selection of crystal chandeliers with a touch of color, goldleafed bathroom accessories, lamps with mercury glass or alabaster bases, and a lovely selection of bedding.

We also noticed that along with your typical home furnishings, Shabby Chic also has an impressive selection of unique and interesting wastebaskets. Our favorite was a white metal one with handpainted flowers on it. In additional to whimsical and pastel home wares, Shabby Chic offers colorful ceramics that we could see being a hit at any housewarming party. Shabby Chic has around a dozen stores spread across the states, so please visit the store's website to see where the nearest location is to you (and to get a hefty dose of shabby chicness in the site's gallery).

-Sally