Rachel Ashwell credits her rare book dealer dad for teaching her shabby chic savvy: "Following my father around the markets taught me how to make quick decisions about what was or was not worth buying." Since she launched Shabby Chic in 1989, she has implemented that wisdom, sharing her decorating ideas with bargain hunters and others searching for a personal touch in their living spaces. As in her previous books, Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Inspirations and Beautiful Spaces instructs by example, showing houses, houseboats, and shacks of all sizes and shapes whose owners have had innovative owners. A treasure box of ideas.
Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Inspirationsby Rachel Ashwell
In this book, Rachel shares her inspirations and her humor, celebrates the charm of the old and battered, and demonstrates time and again how interiors touched with Rachel’s magic transcend fashionable trends, extending a calming, personal welcome to all. In this new book, Rachel takes us to homes in the US—from a shabby shack on Malibu’s oceanfront to her new ranch on the wide, open spaces of Texas and to the wooded hills of the Catskills—and in the UK—from a houseboat and a city townhouse to a centuries-old manor house deep in the country, and Rachel’s own London apartment. All the houses, regardless of their size or location, embody Rachel’s ethos and share the same qualities: a respect for beautiful objects from the past, an extravagant sense of comfort, and an eye for the unexpected. All are inviting, artistic, soulful, inspired and inspiring, beautiful, gentle, considered and, in their own way, perfectly imperfect.
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Meet the Author
Rachel Ashwell founded the iconic brand known as Shabby Chic in 1989. Her vision and love of vintage style and flea-market finds have hit a chord with her customers who have found her comfortable, relaxed approach to design both reassuring and achievable. She has educated and inspired people through a series of books, including Rachel Ashwell: Shabby Chic Interiors, and through her television series, Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic On Style. The author is based in Los Angeles, USA.
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