08/10/2012 07:15 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Design Inspiration: London Olympic Games, Downton Abbey And Her British Heritage (PHOTOS)

There's so much wonderfulness coming out of London in recent times: the 2012 Olympic Games, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the most wonderful inspiring and Emmy-nominated Downton Abbey TV series. This show has provided a wealth of inspiration for designers everywhere. The British heritage and aesthetic is inspiring fashion and home decoration around the world, especially in the U.S.

My British heritage has certainly given me an awareness of history, roots, authenticity and an appreciation of detail. Much of my design work over the years circles back to something from
my home country that has inspired me.

Click through the slideshow below to see all of the various ways this is continuing into the world of design.

London Calling...