Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic: Shabby Chic Treasures
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(Apr 15, 2008)
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Each DVD contain 3 episodes so if you buy all three DVDs you will own 9 episodes from the original series. There are many more episodes yet to be released, depending on how well these three initial DVDs sell they'll consider putting out more DVDs. So, if you are a fan of Rachel Ashwell and want to see more please buy all 3 DVDs. The more demand there is the more likely they'll release the rest of the series onto DVD. But if you can only buy one then get this one, it's the best of the three because it is on this DVD that she focuses on home furnishings.
Here is what you get on this DVD:
2- Flea Market
3- Affordable Elegance
In the HOUSE episode Rachel has just bought a home in LA for her parents to stay in whenever they visit from England. Simple renovations transform a 1940's home into the epitome of Shabby Chic...and she does it on a limited budget in only 5 weeks time.
In the FLEA MARKET episode you watch as Rachel and her partner Mark search a local antiques flea market for its treasures. She spots her signature colors (white, pink and green) and well-crafted furniture from days gone by. Rachel appreciates these depreciated pieces (a time worn cabinet from Iowa, a cupboard from the turn of the century, etc) for their history, whimsy, beauty and function. They take their finds back to the shop where Mark cleans them up with some quick & easy restoration work. The Shabby Chic principal is to accept imperfections rather than change them.Read more ›
shabby chic palette...I believe we can learn a great deal from
talented Rachel Ashwell.
In the first segment,Rachel sets about re-decorating a home for her parents to live in while staying in L.A.She also purchases the
home for them.
The house is a comfortable size and needs some upgrading.As Rachel
says,"It has good bones",referring to the walls,fireplace and general sructure.In a fifty year old kitchen,rather than rip it
apart and stick an island in the middle,she does some thinking first,considering her limited budget.
She removes an old vinyl yellow seating in a corner booth,places
a table and chairs next to a window and improves the view,little
by little.Keeping the original old fashioned functional tiles,she
paints them all white and pristine looking.She removes linoleum
and finds wood floors beneath to finish.Adding some modern small
appliances and voila,she is finished.
It is so much more fun on DVD because you actually grasp the house
size.She carefully goes through each room, painting mostly and
bringing in comfy chairs and couches with pillows.She finds little pieces of beauty that don't overwhelm a room.Even my
husband approved of the decorating.
The next segment is the flea market.This is how Rachel started out.She has a darling pink wire basket and tells you what to
bring(measuring tape,tablet,snack etc.)As she can judge the"good
bones" in a house,she can pick furniture from the Midwest and
structurely judge it.She seems to have an instinct on how she will use each piece.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely and wonderfully filled with pretty shabby ideas on house renovating. Beautiful and simple ways to transform a home into a comfortable place to live.Published on April 23, 2014 by Vanessa
It was good for that type of design. Shabby chic is on it's way out of style. I would not reccommend it if you plan on selling your house.Published on February 18, 2013 by Dori vaughan
I love Rachel Ashwell's design style and enjoyed watching her show back in 2001 when she was on Style. The shows are great and you can get some great design ideas. Read morePublished on August 8, 2009 by K. Smith