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Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Inspirations Hardcover – September 30, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books (September 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907563598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907563591
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 10 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rachel Ashwell founded the iconic brand known as Shabby Chic in 1989. Her vision and love of vintage style and flea-market finds have hit a chord with her customers who have found her comfortable, relaxed approach to design both reassuring and achievable. She has educated and inspired people through a series of books, including Rachel Ashwell: Shabby Chic Interiors, and through her television series, Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic On Style.

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Rachel Ashwell founded the iconic brand known as Shabby Chic in 1989, opening Shabby Chic furniture and home décor stores, as well as Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture stores. Her vision and love of vintage style and flea-market finds have struck a chord with customers, who have found her comfortable, relaxed approach to design both reassuring and achievable. She has educated and inspired people through a series of books, including Shabby Chic, Shabby Chic Home, Shabby Chic: The Gift of Giving, Shabby Chic: Sumptuous Settings and Other Lovely Things, and Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting and Decorating Guide, as well as through her television series, Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic On Style, which was shown on E! and the Style Network.

Customer Reviews

Great coffee table book!
L. Kulczycki
I have been a long-time fan of the Shabby Chic design style that Rachel Ashwell brought into popularity in 1989.
SMK
Everything seems haphazard and not thought out.
Gayle Tweed

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mommy2Two on August 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Yes, it's still Rachel Ashwell and it's still Shabby Chic. I actually read most of the reviews here before going to preview the book. I've delayed my purchase but I will purchase the book eventually. Here is what I think has most hard-core Shabby Chic fans up in arms:

1. Amy Neunsinger, the photographer that illustrated all of Rachel's previous books, has only a small entry in this book and it's of Rachel's London Shabby Chic Couture store. Do not underestimate the power of her touch because it's her interpretation of those beautiful linen white walls and slipcovered furniture that made Rachel's books so delicious. Actually there were a number of photographers who contributed to each chapter of the book and the result is a curious sense of disconnect not only from previous books but also within this book itself. I also noted a new publisher as well.

2. The chapters are really short which gave me the impression this book was culled together a little too quickly. It's not the unfolding of a single vision as with Shabby Chic Home but jets from here to there, place to place. Rachel mentions her 'discombobulated life' which is is mirrored in this book and I wonder if it was intentional. Even if it was it makes for a read that isn't quite as luscious as previous works.

3. The first chapter of the book introduces The Prairie, her B&B in Texas, and this is probably what got those hard-core Shabby Chic folks upset. Some of the photos reminded me of the Texas Tumbleweed houses, a little too gritty Victorian for my taste. Walls here are not linen white or pale pastel but scrubbed and faded colors like turquoise, tan and gray. There is also a lot of stained wood instead of painted white. It's still Shabby Chic but it's definitely more shabby than chic.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Just Pretty Books on September 28, 2011
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I have been a fan of Rachel Ashwell and her shabby chic look for years. I own every book she has authored. This book is a huge disappointment in that she has veered even further away from her original look. Her new look is very confusing as if she wants to accomodate every other look out there, wrap it all up together and present it to us with a "tah-dah"!
A more appropriate title for her new look could be labeled "Bohemian Gypsy meets Wandering Peasant". I am so sorry. I wanted to love this book. I eagerly looked forward to its release. I love the front cover, but unfortunately the cover is much prettier than what's inside, with a few exceptions.
I did truly drool over the pictures of Sharon Osbourne's home. Maybe Sharon should put out the next decorating book instead? Sorry, Rachel. I still love you!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on October 5, 2011
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I LOVED Rachel's newest book!!!!!! I just received it on Monday and already, I have read it from cover to cover! I admire her way of constantly reinventing herself while still staying true to her foundation of beauty/comfort/and function. I respect Rachel's ability to find gratitude in life's most simple moments and to turn what already exists into thoughtful artwork. It was such a treat to see how the Shabby Chic style can find a place into the homes of so many different types of people all around the world. Really really enjoyed this book!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sweet tea, please on October 4, 2011
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It kills me to write a crappy review for Rachel Ashwell. While I thought "The Shabby Chic Home" was her best book, I still loved all her others (even "The Gift of Giving," which she curiously doesn't often mention in her list of previous books). But this one...no. The Shabby has been embraced while the Chic has been abandoned. Don't believe me? Have a look at Ashwell's latest endeavor in a bookstore or library before buying it. Her books are no longer worth buying sight unseen, I'm sad to say.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on January 12, 2012
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I've always LOVED Rachel Ashwell, her show when it was on the Style network, and the Shabby Chic book series. But unfortunately, her style has been moving away from the original aesthetic of pretty painted vintage furniture, white and pale colors, flowery and gently shabby decorating. Rachel seems to feel obligated to embrace something strangely different to keep growing as a designer. Rather than build on her signature look with fresh ideas that are appealing, she's slowly abandoning it and digressing into a rather dismal and dated vision. Lovely patina has been replaced with dirty and trashy. Pale and pretty is now dark and dreary: black walls and stairway, torn and ripped furniture more suited for the dump, ugly mismatched furnishings, deteriorating and messy rooms is hardly stepping "outside the box". It's neither artistic nor an expression of someone with a sharp eye, as one reviewer stated. Rather, much of it is overly pretentious: buckets of flowers with petals strewn about the floor, badly-staged rooms of hodgepodge junk trying to pass as pretty and tasteful. An example is the Prairie House, a small B&B she purchased in Texas. With the exception of one bedroom which embraces her original aesthetic, it was more rundown rustic than shabby chic inspiring. A fabulous chandelier, cushy white sofas, floral bedding, posies and some vintage furniture doesn't transform a dumpy farmhouse into charmingly sweet lodgings for guests. The depressing walls of old dark teal wallpaper, mounted deer head, mattress laying on a cement floor, and rusty cheap tin lathe ceilings isn't very romantic, cheery or hospitable either. Even less is the horrid adjoining bathroom and mismatched paint-scarred plank walls throughout. This is taking the shabby aesthetic too far.Read more ›
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