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Valuable flea market finds . . .
A peeling, antique vanity in a muted sea green . . .
An elegant, cracked chandelier . . .
An enormous, slipcovered sofa with deep, plush cushions . . .
Comfort, the beauty of imperfections, the allure of time-worn objects, and the appeal of simple, practical living: these are the cornerstones of Shabby Chic style. Like the cozy familiarity of a well-worn pair of faded jeans, the dilapidated elegance of an Italian villa, or the worn grandeur of faded velvets and mismatched floral china handed down from your grandmother's attic, the Shabby Chic style is a revived appreciation for what is used, well-loved, and worn. It is a respect for natural evolution and a regard for what is easy and sensible.
The hundreds of lavish photographs in this book invite you inside the unique world of Shabby Chic. Rachel Ashwell, founder of the Shabby Chic home decor stores, provides her invaluable and much-sought-after advice on how to re-create Shabby Chic style in your own home. With engaging text and easy-to-follow instructions, Rachel details the Shabby Chic basics in a way that will put even the most apprehensive or novice decorators at ease. From flowers to fabrics to lighting, Rachel illuminates all of the elements essential to this unpretentious yet truly exquisite style.
A behind-the-scenes look at a flea market lets readers in on Rachel's personal secrets of how to cull hidden treasures from flea market trash—an old trunk, its paint peeling around the edges, can be given new life as a coffee table, while a chipped white iron salvage piece becomes the perfect frame for a vintage mirror. This book tells you not only how to restore these pieces but how to find the perfect place for them in your home. Gorgeous color photographs and accompanying text reveal how this relaxed look works with a variety of different styles, from Victorian to Mediterranean to contemporary.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Ashwell's photographs are excellent and the text is easy to understand and follow.
I highly recommend "Shabby Chic" and I look forward to Rachel Ashwell's new book that I heard will be coming out soon!
I really don't hate the book...... but I also really didn't get a heck of a lot of new ideas from it either.
Book provides inspiration and guidance into a style that I love to use in my business of decorative art which attracts many of my customers to a quicker decisionPublished 1 month ago by peanut
love Rachel's style ..
subtle yet fantastically amazing
this is another of my favorite books
just filled with pretties
a lovely book filled with many pretty... Read more
I like the book because I love anything from Rachael Ashwell. However, I was really looking for some beautiful pictures of her distressed decorating and this book doesn't have... Read morePublished 3 months ago by cupcake
Love Rachel Ashwell...thought the book would have more photos . Wasn't what I thought it would be....but still nice, so kept it.Published 5 months ago by AMC
Most of the ideas in this book can be done on the cheap. I mean really cheap. Like you can decorate your place to look amazing or vintage with little to no money. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anders Gilbreast
I had high hopes for this book being I love her stuff. But I wasn't that impressed with this book ill probally pass it on to my momPublished 5 months ago by R. Roth
Great service - my friend really enjoyed this book. She has started her home makeover based on the colors, etc in this addition. Enjoyed reading it myself.Published 8 months ago by Dellia H. Guyott
Not super inspirational decorating wise but pictures are nice an Rachel Ashwell is a pioneer of shabby chic! Worth the money.Published 9 months ago by Love Chihuahuas
Wonderful illustrations, and pictures. Very good style. Shabby yet elegant design. This chic has style. I also love country living as books on design. Check those out.Published 12 months ago by Southern lady