The Queen of Shabby Chic invites us into the renovation of her home. Ashwell's initial assessment of the house was "dark, spooky, witchy," and she passed on it. Unable to get the house out of her mind, she returned for another look. What she saw was its great "bones," its wide-planked floors, and all its potential, so rather than gutting the place, she went to work on it. The result is an airy and open home, a testament to her Shabby Chic style.
Ashwell (Shabby Chic and Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting & Decorating Guide) shows how she transformed her own Malibu home, a 1920s natural-wood dwelling built by a Swedish boatbuilder, into a reflection of the "Shabby Chic" style that she has popularized with her home furnishings and fabric lines. Taking a house with "good bones," she dramatically changed the look of the house with simple adjustments, such as using lots of white paint. (To those who protested her painting the natural wood, she replied, "Oh, well.") Given the continuing tendency to gut or tear down older homes, her recommendations are refreshing. A good purchase for public libraries. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\