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Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Inspirations Hardcover – September 30, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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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Great buy on this wonderful book! Love the author's explanation of each room and achieving the shabby chic look that is so comforting and popular this season. Great photography!Published 3 days ago by Felicia V
I love browsing through all of Rachel Ashwell's books. The books are addictive. Sometimes I feel a little guilty for all the time I spend enjoying the photos in her books.Published 6 days ago by Janet k wilson
My take is that the title of the book gives the clue: Inspirations – it's a special thing to be treated to the kinds of sources that inspire designers and artists. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Penny Dredful
Not exactly what I was thinking it would be, but it does have some cool stuff.Published 15 months ago by connie hellings