Rachel Ashwell and Kelly Wearstler could not be more different in their personal and professional style.  Yet, each has influenced and expanded my thoughts on design, branding and business.  Long ago Shabby Chic taught me to better appreciate patina, embrace the less-than-perfect and put comfort first.  More recently the evolving style of  KWID reminds me to stay open to fresh looks and remember that the next thing you love may very well be something you thought you hated.  And both women offer case studies in turning your own aesthetic and philosophy into your own empire. (Love that!)  How about you?  What women inspire you in design and business--and why? 

Images via Hue by Kelly Wearstler and Shabby Chic: Sumptuous Settings & Other Lovely Things by Rachel Ashwell.

"Use the good china for breakfast."