When a home is tastefully decorated, buyers will pay more. Creator of the Shabby Chic brand, Rachel Ashwell, sold her 1,783 sq ft Malibu cottage for $3.55 million. Her former home was a white on white showcase, full of interesting objects. Like many businesses hard hit these days, Shabby Chic filed for bankrupcy last year. I’ve been an admirer of Shabby Chic’s cornerstones– the beauty of imperfections, the allure of time-worn objects, and the appeal of simple practical living. Don’t we love worn jeans?