Author of Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Inspirations
"I don't consider myself seasonal or a trend person, but I'm very big on a darker palette this fall, going from my typical palette—a lot of white everywhere—to teal, raspberry and a mink kind of brown." (See how these colors harmoniously mix in the picture [left] of Rachel's friend Sophie Muller's home in California.) "I'm very big on washable, vintage-looking velvet. Whether it's putting in some curtains or adding a slipcover, I find that there's just something about velvet that's really comforting."