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Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Guide to Treasure Hunting and Decorating [Hardcover]

Rachel Ashwell
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20 Feb 1999

It helps the healthiness both of body and soul to live among beautiful things.
—William Morris, 1882

Shabby Chic—the rich, practical, and time-worn style created by one of the world's top designers, Rachel Ashwell, mixes new and gently used items to create original, refined designs. In Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting & Decorating Guide, Rachel takes you on a tour of flea markets and secondhand shops to give you a behind-the-scenes look at her process for finding vintage treasures—materials, furniture, and decorations—so that you can design a Shabby Chic home.

As Rachel reveals, the Shabby Chic principles—comfort, function, and beauty—mixed with a dash of imagination and courage, and an understanding of how to spot a fabulous buy, will allow you to create a home that is beautiful, comfortable, and inviting. A place where children's dinners are served on mix-and-match antique plates at a table covered with lace from a renovated curtain set. A space where fresh flowers stand in antique jugs, complementing furniture covered in soft white denim.

This gorgeous volume will teach you how to recognize beauty in often overlooked places. The photographs and step-by-step guidance featured inside make it easy, fun, and affordable to create the kind of breathtaking, practical home you've always dreamed of.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (20 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060392088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060392086
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 26.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 474,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rachel Ashwell is a self-made businesswoman who founded the iconic brand known as Shabby Chic in 1989 when she opened a small shop in Santa Monica, California where she sold "pretty things" without spending much time or distance away from
her young children.

Her vision and love of vintage style and fleamarket 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--Shabby Chic, The Shabby Chic Home, Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Guide to Treasure Hunting and Decorating, and Shabby Chic: Sumptuous Settings--and through her television series "Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic On Style" (some episodes available on DVD).

Rachel Ashwell: Shabby Chic Interiors was published in 2009 by CICO Books to celebrate twenty years of Shabby Chic. This was followed in 2011 by Rachel Ashwell: Shabby Chic Inspirations and Beautiful Spaces. There are now Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture stores in Los Angeles, New York, Texas, and London.

In 2011 Rachel opened "The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell"--a bed and breakfast in Texas. Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie and Flea Market Treasures, published by CICO Books, is her most recent book.

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..".Rachel Ashwell [is] the founder of the Shabby Chic home-decor empire and the queen of secondhand stylishness...."Mary Daniels, Chicago Tribune"When she merged English country style with L.A. ease, Rachel Ashwell didn't realize she was unleashing a phenomenon."Hamish Bowles, "Vogue Style"If Martha Stewart's operation in New York has cornered the market on proper home decorating and style advice, Rachel Ashwell of Malibu is setting herself up as a funky West Coast counterpoint.... It's for those people who want a nice house, but who want to put not just their coffee cup, but also their feet, on the coffee table.... Ashwell has a penchance for breaking traditional design rules. Shabby chic favors slipcovered sofas, peeling paint and rusting patio furniture, a laid-back decorating style that works well in houses full of fabric and furniture from boomers' childhoods."Barbara De Witt, "Los Angeles Daily News"Shabby Chic [is] a down-home yet genteel style of decorating that blends European refinement with American practicality.... Rachel Ashwell describes her style in her beautifully-photographed, idea-filled new book, "Shabby Chic."Karen Tina Harrison, "New York Post"Decorator Rachel Ashwell's book is an instruction manual for decorating like a star, without a celebrity's budget. Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting & Decorating Guide is... filled with glossy pictures, how-to diagrams and tips for decorating and refinishing...."Rebecca Harris, "Westside Weekly"Judy Griffin, interior design chairwoman with the American College for the Applied Arts in Los Angeles, said the shabby chic look caught on quickly for two reasons: It appeals to people's yearning for the safety ofchildhood, and it provides an inexpensive way to redecorate.""Los Angeles Daily News"Little did Rachel Ashwell know in 1989 when she opened a small furniture shop named Shabby Chic on exclusive Montana Avenue that her "look..". would ignite one of the strongest furniture trends of the '90s."Helaine Olen, "Los Angeles Times"Let the foremeost authority on Shabby Chic aid in your attainment of that popular and practical style. "Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting and Decorating Guide leads you on a tour of flea markets, antique malls, and yard sales, describes how to discern trash from treasure, and even gives hints on restoration.... The best-selling "Shabby Chic more or less defined the style that in recent years has become widely imitated.... A terrific resource.""Palm Springs Life"You can... get the same laid-back style that celebrities like Madonna and Laura San Giacomo adore by following the advice of... guru Rachel Ashwell. "Shabby Chic: Treasure Hunting and Decorating Guide... will help elevate your look to star status.""Seventeen""Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic" is a treasure-hunter's dream guide...."Africa Ragland, "Palm Beach Post"Exquisitely photographed and richly detailed, this is the essential, step-by-step guide to finding the treasures of a lifetime....""Bay News --Bay News --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About 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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Mar 2001
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In this book, the author show's you how to repair numerous household items, find cheap accesories and make the barest room look simply excellent. The steps here make a shabby house look so so chic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book with lots of great pictures 26 Sep 2012
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I really enjoyed this book by Rachel Ashwell, which is about how to treasure hunt and what to do with your finds. It's full of great images, and gorgeous interiors, which have given me lots of ideas for my own home. Be aware, though, that the drawback is Ashwell herself, who simply cannot keep herself out of her books. Every one of them reads like an 'Aren't I marvellous?' vanity project, but you just have to ignore this and concentrate on extracting useful information. Many of the interiors shown would be impossible to achieve without an army of cleaners, restorers and decorators doing all the tough work (for more hands-on books, try Jocasta Innes, who knows how to get her hands dirty), but the Shabby Chic look itself is so delightful that I will keep on buying Ashwell books unti they run out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 12 April 2003
This book is informative and beautifully illustrated. It has useful information, and hints and tips, but I found I was more drawn to the picures rather than the text. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes perusing through magazines while drinking their coffee, as I think it is more suited being browsed rather than used as a 'bible' to Shabby Chic.
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