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Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting and Decorating Guide Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 1, 1998


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By now most readers even marginally interested in home decorating are familiar with the democratic principles of decorating elaborated in Rachel Ashwell's first book, Shabby Chic: namely, that well-made vintage furniture and home accessories can add a cozy grandeur to your home, even if the paint's a little thin or the fabric a bit faded. In her second book, Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting & Decorating Guide, Ashwell shares her processes, from a stall-by-stall description of a flea market trip to pictures of her design boards scattered with photos, fabric swatches, and paint chips. Ashwell doesn't skimp on details: she tells how to decide on a fair bargaining price at flea markets, how to clean old items without harming them, and (step by step) how one ugly glass-fronted cabinet topped with old linoleum and mismatched shelf paper became an attractive, roomy storage piece that houses her daughter's books, dolls, and bedding. This is a friendly, intimate book in which Ashwell shares pictures of her own home and those of her friends--some of whom live in roomy beach houses and some of whom live in 450-square-foot cottages, and all of whom use the main Shabby Chic concepts of comfort, function, and beauty in deciding which objects to share their space with. Fans of the original Shabby Chic will find this follow-up every bit as useful, attractive, and accessible. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Who is Rachel Ashwell--and why should we care? Not really a Martha Stewart clone, she is the owner and quasioriginator of a line of home furnishings that recalls the aesthetic sensibilities of genteel nobility, the kind of clean but slightly neglected homes and interiors associated with a decline in income. In an intensely personal narrative, she invites readers to flea markets, to examine the old and unusual, and to tour her home (and those of four others), and all photographic wanderings are accompanied by gentle, almost subconscious instructions. An oversize round table, whitewashed and with cutoff legs, becomes a comfortable coffee table in a seaside cottage. Carefully scrubbed and washed, old Christmas mercury ornaments shine like silver in garden settings. Even a stained linen cloth and a pink sari have new lives. Barbara Jacobs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: see notes for publisher info; 1st edition (July 1, 1998)
  • ISBN-10: 0060392088
  • ASIN: B000GG4GZI
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,083,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Julie Lovisa VINE VOICE on December 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
While some of the people who have read this book dislike Rachel Ashwell's chatty tone, I find it personal and very informative. I think that she has exquisite taste and is a genius at vintage decorating. This book will help you to ferret out the quality finds at a flea market or antique mall and put them into use by providing tips on what to look for and how to restore them to charming beauty. There are sections on collections, decorations, and vintage clothing, among others, and the book finishes with a look at some finished homes done in impeccable Shabby Chic style. The pictures are beautiful, the text is as if a friend were talking to you, and the whole package is entertaining and inspirational.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By bohobeachgirl on July 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
When I first heard of Rachel Ashwell, it was through VICTORIA magazine, when I read an article about this book. I fell in love with that "shabby chic" style and have been collecting ever since. What I love about this and her other books is that they are so beautiful, calm and serene. Rachel teaches us that old items, either in their found state or painted fresh white, are to be cherished as little pieces of history, and I can tell you that the old linens, silverware , china and furniture that I collect (and use!) are much better made than most of the new items available today. What I most love about her books is that she shows you how to create a calm and serene refuge at the end of each day. Buy this book, you won't regret spending the money. It's my very favorite book and I own a lot of them!!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alexendrena Bathemess on April 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I fell in love with "Shabby Chic" a couple of years ago when I visited her store in New York. While I found a lot of her things to be quite expensive, they did inspire me to be far more creative and open-minded. This book is a wonderful source of information from flea marketing to how to fix and clean your finds. Like Rachel, I grew up flea marketing with my parents, and now as an adult I am applying her philosophy to my marketing and decorating. I highly recommend this book, along with her others and if you are a real die hard, check out her show on the Style network. Thank you Rachel!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I really loved the photos and text in this book. I've just bought a new home and I think I can now tell everyone I decorate in "shabby chic" instead of just "old, handmedown, junk." The only problem is now at flea markets, garage sales, etc. everyone thinks junk is now "shabby chic" and the prices have zoomed up.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Who are those poor stuffy souls dissing our dear Rachel - I feel like we're on a first-name basis - and comparing her to, heaven forbid, Martha Stewart? But indeed, fans of the Queen of Coolness will want to steer far, far away from all things Ashwell. Only those with a penchant for gracious living, quiet style, and unfussed decorating will enjoy this and the other Shabby Chic books, which I turn to again and again, particularly before a trip to the local flea market.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This lovely book takes the reader on a delicious trip into flea markets and other sources of Shabby Chic style. Hoping to find more direction on how to achieve Ashwell's style in my own home, I was instead inspired to achieve my own look by using some of her decorating principles. But don't expect these principles to be outlined for you. The chatty and personal style of writing is more like reading her personal shopping journal. Overall I found this book more enjoyable than instructional, but there is quite a bit of useful information in it, especially for first-time flea market shoppers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "iloveprovence" on May 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed Ashwell's first decorating book, but this "guide" is among my favorite decorating books. I enjoy the wide range of homes she shows. The only drawback is that a few of the little homes seemed so nice and perfectly organized--and then the photographs were limited. If the pictures for these homes were more extensive, I believe I would have given this book 5 stars. I love the white, off white, and antique white walls. The rooms have a very pure look to them because of the wall color and a limited wall decoration, and yet there are delightful splashes of color in the prints. Ashwell's restrained, yet lovely approach to decorating is welcoming and relaxed. I like it a lot. I'm even starting to enjoy pink!
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41 of 54 people found the following review helpful By neworleansnative73 on June 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I like the shabby chic look, and I love looking at the photos in the book, and I would even buy the other books in the series. But like Martha Stewart, Rachel is trying to make this all about HER. ...where does one find flea markets of this caliber? Most flea markets around here (Kansas City) sell beanie babies, fake Tommy Hilfiger, and overpriced figurines. Flea markets are becoming increasinly expensive, as vendors who have no idea what they're selling put marked-up prices on their trash. Sorry, but I can't afford a trip to Paris to scavenge for furniture.
Buy the book for the photos and ideas, but don't expect to cheaply duplicate her look, and don't say I didn't warn you that you'd get sick of Rachel-this and Rachel-that.
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