- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: CICO Books; First Printing edition (8 Oct. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906525749
- ISBN-13: 978-1906525743
- Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 2.5 x 24.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Interiors: My rooms, treasures and trinkets Hardcover – 8 Oct 2009
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About the Author
Rachel Ashwell is a self-made businesswoman who founded the iconic brand known as Shabby Chic in 1989 when, as a single mother of two young children, she looked to open a small shop where she could sell ‘pretty things’ without spending much time or distance away from her children. Rachel opened her first store on trendy Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, California and now has a brand that is known worldwide.
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The concept of "shabby chic" originated with Colefax and Fowler and the country house look; the aim was to make your nouveau-riche country pile look as if it had been lived in for generations. I thought this book would be like that. This is a much more self-conscious, "girlie" style and I note the author is based in Santa Monica, a long way from the shire counties or Yorkshire moors.
The author runs a design business, and at times this all reads a bit too much like an extended advert. I did get a bit fed up with the concentration on the author, which wasn't what I initially expected the book to be about. It was a bit like a magazine article between hard covers. I suppose the cover and list of contents make it very clear that this book is, to put it nicely, "quite autobiographical", and I should have known what to expect before I even opened it.
If you want a real shabby chic effect, take a look at the books by Michèle Lalande, they are filled with ideas and treatments and at roughly the same price on Amazon are a better investment.
The pictures are gorgeous and her homes are so beautiful! Rachel Ashwell always states how homes should be uncluttered and filled with things we really love, in her previous books I have doubted this as her home looked full to the brim with ruffles, and frills and to my mind quite cluttered! In this book, however this belief really shines through as her house is full of beautiful things set against a backdrop of clean lines and lots of white, my sort of shabby chic! Her design philosophy of beauty, comfort and functionality is obvious in her homes also, you can really see and understand why she has chosen the pieces she has, she must spend a long time editing! Her main home is stunning and I like her slight change in direction towards darker woods and more ethnic influences mixed with her classic colour palette and flowers. The frills and ruffles have been toned down and she has an amazing collection of vintage homewares. I found the book to be very inspiring and I have made changes to my home since reading the book. I have actually read the book twice and the only criticism I have is that there could be more text (I read the whole book in one evening)and more explanation concerning the layout of rooms. For eye candy purposes however, and for being an inspirational book that Im sure I will keep re-reading, it delivers 100%!
influenced by Rachels books. Rachel makes vintage style decorating and entertaining chic, and as I've discovered,everyone from tiny nieces to grandmas love tea parties. (pink&gold china a must!)
Rachels book are never more relevant as she shows us how classic timeless looks are all about reinventing what we already have. Not all of us have Rachels vision so it's great to be able to tap into her neverending reserve of elegant style.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely book with lovely photos - very romantic, light-filled, white-based interiors that I found inspirational. Really nice and I read it a lot.Published 3 months ago by SecondCherry
Lovely inspiration book with beautiful pictures of the decorated houses from the well known interior designer Rachel Ashwell. Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2014 by Monique van Dokkum