Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic

by Rachel Ashwell
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Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell

Valuable flea market finds...
A peeling, antioue vanity in muted sea green...
An elegant, cracked chandelier...
An enormous, slipcovered sofa with deep, cushions...

Comfort, the beauty of imperfections, the allure of time-worn objects, and the appeal of simple practical living: these are the cornerstones of what has come to be known as the Shabby Chic style. Like the cozy familiarity of a well-worn pair of faded jeans, the dilapidated elegance of an Italian viIla, or the worn grandeur of faded velvets and mismatched floral china handed down from your grandmother's attic, the Shabby Chic style is a revived appreciation for what is used, well-loved, and worn. It is a respect for natural evolution and a regard for what is easy and sensible.

The hundreds of lavish photographs in this book invite you inside the unique world of Shabby Chic. Rachel Ashwell, founder of theShabby Chic home decor stores, for the first time provides her invaluable and much-sought-after advice on how to re-create Shabby Chic style in your own home. With engaging text and easy-to- follow instructions, Rachel details the Shabby Chic basics in a way that will put even the most apprehensive or novice decorators at ease. From flowers to fabrics to lighting, Rachel illuminates all of the elements essential to this unpretentious yet truly exquisite style.

A behind-the-scenes look at a flea market lets readers in on Rachel's personal secrets of how to cull hidden treasures from flea market trash--an old trunk, its paint peeling around the edges, can be given new life as a coffee table, while a chipped white iron salvage piece becomes the perfect frame for a vintage mirror. This book tells you not only how to restore these pieces but how to find the perfect place for them in your home. Gorgeous color photographs and accompanying text reveal how this relaxed look works with a variety of different styles, from Victorian to Mediterranean to contemporary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062191502
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/21/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 499,398
File size: 62 MB
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About the Author

Rachel Ashwell is the creator of the Shabby Chic style. In 1989, she founded the Shabby Chic home furnishing stores and then later, the Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture stores. She is the author of Shabby Chic, Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting and Decorating Guide, The Shabby Chic Home, and Shabby Chic: The Gift of Giving.

Amy NeuNsinger is a photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and advertising campaigns ranging from beauty to travel.

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Shabby Chic 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A few years back I bought this book with the idea that I needed to learn more about 'Shabby Chic', to fulfill the needs of my clients. I quickly fell in love with the her unique style. In this book one will find every basic element of Shabby Chic interior decorating. This book is a must for anyone who wants a cuddlely cosy, read a book on a rainy day, comfort in there home. She shows one how to turn the shabby finds of flea markets, estate sales and yard sales into amazingly chic home decor. If you can only buy one Rachel Ashwell book, this is the one to buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the design of Shabby Chic, but I hate all the writing. I feel there is more writing then there are beautiful photos. For me, design is all about seeing it, not reading it. This one is actually my least favorite out of all of Rachel's books. Nonetheless, the photos that are in there are gorgeous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic style: faded floral chintz, crystal chandeliers, garden furniture indoors, chippy frames and statuary, candles, mirrors, pastel and sea glass palettes. If that's your cup of tea, start pouring!
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