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The Shabby Chic Home Hardcover – 18 May 2000

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 203 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (18 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006039319X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060393199
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 21.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 538,797 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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"Another wonderfully photographic book from the founder of 'shabby chic' style." --Alexandra Zissu, US magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

Wide-plank floors, paned sash windows, an old brick fireplace, the charm of living with a home's small imperfections and making them a virtue. These are just some examples of what makes up a Shabby Chic home.

When Rachel Ashwell, founder of the Shabby Chic line, first saw her future home, she was put off by its dark exterior and gloomy interior. But when she took a closer look, she saw the charm beneath its surface. Excited by the challenge, she went to work on it.

With love, work, and a lot of white paint, Rachel transformed the house into her dream home, one that had all the hallmarks of a Shabby Chic home: a practical amount of space, a relaxed atmosphere, and a comfortable beauty.

Now, in The Shabby Chic Home, Rachel uses her home as an example to show you how to assess what needs to be replaced (in her case it was the tiles in the pool and the bathroom doorknobs), make small structural changes (she exchanged a glass window for a glass door), and keep costs down while adding personal Shabby Chic touches.

Using Rachel's detailed instructions, you'll learn how to find beauty in the nooks and crannies of your own house so that you, too, can have a comfortable, functional, and beautifully designed home.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was so much more than I expected. It is not simply an interior design text; it is a book that takes you to a relaxing, comfortable, appealing place. If you even vaguely like the shabby chic style you will adore this book. The author takes you through the changes she created in her small home, showing that we do not need to live in huge, elegant houses to have a home we desire. Curl up in front of the fire or sit on the patio to read this book. I loved it!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By chris on 18 Feb. 2004
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An excellent book, written in a friendly narrative manner and full of lovely pictures. Just like the best of the glossy magazines. Great for dipping into to improve your mood. If only I could aspire to such a house.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SecondCherry on 19 Aug. 2012
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A really inspirational book. I'd had trouble until now in identifying my taste, but this is pretty much bang on. Full of delightful pictures and a surprising number of tips (paint the inside of frosted glass to get it the colour you want, use flowers in unexpected places, created recesses for things like toilet roll holders if your bathroom is small, use beautiful bedding so the bed still looks good if it's unmade, paint utilitarian items such as stepladders an attractive colour if they are out on view). Unfortunately, Ashwell herself comes across as quite unpleasant and arrogant (I mean, who on earth changes their bathmat twice a DAY?). There's a lot of "I did this and I did that" but unlike Jocasta Innes, who clearly gets her own hands dirty, most of Ashwell's work is obviously done by an army of cheap Mexican workers. Nevertheless, well worth it for the lovely pictures and inspirational interior.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By meltropol on 25 April 2010
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i am a huge rachel ashwell fan, i bought all her books, there's an intimate delicacy in her taste, that makes the home feel fresh, lived and comfortable. to me it is a must have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. M. Aked on 7 Aug. 2009
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Rachel Ashwell was far ahead of her time when she took faded florals to America, this is a superb sourcebook for anyone who loves vintage style and wants to apply the look to their own home. I really hope that Ms Ashwell brings her designs back to England as looking through this book is very much like browsing through the best bits of interior magazines.
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By Amershama on 20 April 2014
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Again lovely pictures and good if you want ideas on what could be achieved but personally I was looking for more "how to do's" which this book didn't do for me. Still worth buying for something to aspire to
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By faye on 24 Feb. 2009
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i just loved this book love the pictures and lots of good ideas for when i move to france very good bye
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By Karen B on 2 July 2013
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What can I say...I'm a Rachel Ashwell fan! Yes ok...her books are very self indulgent...but for gorgeous photographs and great shabby chic ideas it can't be beaten.
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