Shabby Chic: Sumptuous Settings & Other Lovely Things

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Rachel Ashwell uses her signature style to make any event a special occasion.

This beautiful, accessible book proves that entertaining need not be expensive. Making every day into an elegant extravaganza is a matter of inspiration and imagination, and shopping is a great way to get inspired. Travel with her to unique locations like a Chinese grocery store, local antique mall, a flower market, or a flea market to search for the perfect accents that will give your event unexpected...

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Overview

Rachel Ashwell uses her signature style to make any event a special occasion.

This beautiful, accessible book proves that entertaining need not be expensive. Making every day into an elegant extravaganza is a matter of inspiration and imagination, and shopping is a great way to get inspired. Travel with her to unique locations like a Chinese grocery store, local antique mall, a flower market, or a flea market to search for the perfect accents that will give your event unexpected charm without breaking the bank. Use the treasures you find to jazz up average items – sometimes it's as easy as adding a little paint, ribbons, or flowers. Decorate the chairs, create a themed meal, or custom design menus and place cards. When it comes to setting a scene, Rachel is an expert and with her easy how–to advice, you can be too. She has practical ideas for any occasion – baby showers to weddings, birthday parties to bar mitzvahs, even old–fashioned family dinners.

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When British-born Rachel Ashwell launched her Shabby Chic concept in the '80s, she viewed it as a personal imperative, not an aesthetic revolution. "I needed," she confessed, "a versatile home that could handle children and a busy lifestyle." Notwithstanding its humble origins, Shabby Chic is today a worldwide design style phenomenon. This stylish gift book instructs readers on the fine art of constructing a party or special event on a shoestring. Ashwell's budget-minded plans include innovative ideas for decorating rooms, creating themed meals, and even designing menus and place-cards.
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Over the last decade, since opening a home furnishing store in Santa Monica, Calif., Ashwell (Shabby Chic; The Shabby Chic Home; etc.) has built an empire around a decorating style that involves equal parts flea-market salvaging, craft work and mix-and-matching from different ethnic cultures. In this uneven fourth book, she instructs readers on how to create striking settings for entertaining and special events. While there are some useful ideas here for anyone who wants to create a unique party on a budget-for example, hanging flower-adorned thrift-store hats on the backs of chairs or mixing vintage pieces of glassware with more ordinary tumblers for a funky effect-the usefulness of other do-it-yourself sections, such as a page devoted to instructions on how to make a traditional English maypole, may elude the average reader. Some might also be alienated by the celebrity sheen of other projects, which range from the makeover of a Pasadena, Calif., restaurant for Jennifer Lopez to a birthday party designed for Pamela Anderson's six-year-old son. Although this book is a bit more glitzy and produced than Ashwell's previous works, her old-fashioned yet fashionable style is appealing when she focuses on basic decorating tips. Newcomers to the shabby chic aesthetic might do better to seek out previous volumes in Ashwell's oeuvre, but confirmed fans will probably find something to enjoy in her ideas on how to transform a party space into something unusual and memorable. (Mar. 1) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060523930
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/23/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Ashwell was born in England and has spent the past eighteen years in Malibu, California. She created the Shabby Chic style in 1989 and is the founder of the Shabby Chic home furnishing stores, and the designer of a line of slipcovered furniture, bedding, and fabrics sold worldwide under the Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell label. She is also the author of the bestselling Shabby Chic and the forthcoming The Shabby Chic Home, and is the host of the E! Style Network's Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic On Style.

Wynn Miller is a Los Angeles–based photographer. His clients include Apple, Yamaha, Max Factor, Avia, Avery, GTE, and Shimano. When not photographing, he can be found longboarding around the world.

Cathy Mogull was born in New York and raised in Beverly Hills. She attended the International Center of Photography and the California Institute of the Arts. She lives in Malibu, California, with her three sons.

Deborah Greenfield was born in London like her sister, Rachel Ashwell. She studied art at the School of Visual Arts and Parson's School of Design in New York. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she divides her time between illustration, acting, and dance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    A Huge Disappointment

    I was so excited to get the 'new' shabby chic book. I ordered it on line, tracked it for a week and then waited till the moment was right to sit in my overstuffed white chair and dig in. Boy was I disappointed. The book was basically a tribute to the 'stars' who buy out Shabby chic because its in. Page after page of shots from J-Lo's restaurant to Pamela Andersons sons bday party. NOTHING chic about these people. Very sorry I bought the book...

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