Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Interiors

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This Fall marks the twentieth anniversary of the creation of Rachel Ashwell's iconic brand, Shabby Chic, and CICO Books is delighted to publish Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Interiors, the designer's first book in five years. After the personal and professional ups and downs of a career spanning two decades, Rachel finds herself entering a new chapter in her life and getting back to her roots and her earliest inspirations.

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Overview

This Fall marks the twentieth anniversary of the creation of Rachel Ashwell's iconic brand, Shabby Chic, and CICO Books is delighted to publish Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Interiors, the designer's first book in five years. After the personal and professional ups and downs of a career spanning two decades, Rachel finds herself entering a new chapter in her life and getting back to her roots and her earliest inspirations.

An exploration of the beauty of imperfection, Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Interiors truly epitomizes the Shabby Chic philosophy that has always been close to her heart. A deeply personal exploration not only of her growth as a designer but also as a person, Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Interiors conveys-through images and a thoughtful narrative-how her own life has impacted her designs. Brimming with photographs of the gently worn furnishings, comfy slip-covered couches, and vintage decorative elements that have long been the Shabby Chic trademark, this glorious volume also ventures into new territory for Rachel and for Shabby Chic as it reveals the evolution of her work.

From her stint in New York where loft-style living inspired her to open up the ground floor of her Malibu beach cottage to her fond memories of her own parents which gave her an appreciation for the beauty of well-loved objects, this book explores the influences on Rachel's style through an intimate and informative text accompanied by hundreds of photographs.

While white and delicate pastels continue to play an important role in her welcoming interiors, Rachel describes how her signature palette is now enriched with gold, purples, deep faded colors, and dark wood-an excitingdeparture from her earlier work. The rooms showcased in this book demonstrate her passion for the original paintwork and patina of spaces and objects, which beautifully complement her lifelong love for white in all its forms and textures.

Readers are taken on a tour of her "Home for all Reasons" where she shares with us the meaningful items she has collected, her affection for a cozy nook, and her abiding love of elegant, timeworn pieces that, because they allow us to create inviting, personal interiors of our own, have earned Rachel such a large and loyal following. Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Interiors also takes us into the tranquil almost chapel-like Hollywood home once lived in by Marilyn Monroe, the longtime New York City apartment of Betsey Johnson, and the homes of several of her own friends, all of which share the Shabby Chic aesthetic. While these homes are as diverse as the personalities of those who have lived in them, they share the qualities that epitomize Shabby Chic: serenity, comfort, and a lived-in look that is created by a harmonious, never restrictive blend of lovely and idiosyncratic decorative elements.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906525743
  • Publisher: CICO Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 757,227
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    Disappointing

    I am a huge fan of Rachel Ashwell and have all her Shabby Chic books. I am very disappointed with this one. The cover is beautiful but the inside contents failed to deliver, there was nothing that inspired or wowed me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

    Sadly Dissapointed

    Don't waste your money on this book. I have all of Rachel Ashwel's books, however, this one doesn't even begin to compare with her others. The Photography is not very appealing. In addition, the shabby furniture in the rooms look quite junky without the classic white paint she normally uses to spruce things up.. I don't know how this book could inspire anyone.

    The good news is that I still love all her other Shabby Chic books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2010

    Shabby Chic Interiors - beautiful and useful.

    I have bought several of Rachel Aswell's books, and this is her best. She and her photographer Amy Neunsinger have created a series of beautifully appointed and photographed rooms that inspire the reader. This is a great gift book for women and men.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

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    Never Enough Shabby Chic

    I bought Rachel's book the day it was released on the stands. I love her books - all of them. The photography is great (as usual), reading is very interesting, and the presentation and layout is delightful. As a shabby chic decorator, I have come to rely on Rachel's professional manner and use of the colors that are truly delightful to my eyes. That's it, another Shabby Chic book that is eye candy as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    Save your money!

    Like other reviewers, I have all the Ashwell books and have enjoyed them all immensely...until this one. It's drab, dark, uninspiring...nothing like her other stuff. Which is fine, the woman has a new aesthetic preference, so be it. But how about announcing that on the front of the book? "Rachel Ashwell's Completely New & Different Take on Shabby Chic Interiors" would be more like it. Very very disappointed in this book.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Highly Disappointing!

    I own every Rachel Ashwell book ever published and have enjoyed all of them, until now. I ordered this book based on my enjoyment of her past books and the pretty cover. But, the cover was the best part of the book, all of the rooms inside looked messy and incomplete. It looked like photos of unkept and unfinished rooms. Very disappointed. I will think long and hard before I buy another Rachel Ashwell decorating book.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    GORGEOUS

    I love Rachel Ashewell's Shabby Chic decorating books and this is one of the most beautiful! The photos are just wonderful and do truly inspire the reader. Rachel's ideas and the beautiful photography make this book a collectible keepsake book. My mother also loves her (probably even more that I do) and she actually bought two copies of this book because she loved it so much. She wants to keep them nice and have a back up copy. =)

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