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The Shabby Chic Home Hardcover – Mar 23 2000


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; 1 edition (March 23 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006039319X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060393199
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21.3 x 26.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 962 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #451,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Thibeault on July 16 2003
Format: Hardcover
Browsing the free pages shown on Amazon I thought I was going to get a book with lots of Photos of "shabby" style furniture and tips on how to get the look.Instead what I got was a book that reads like a 'day in the life of' story.I didnt want a biography.This book takes you along on the authors trips to assorted flea markets and whatnot and tells you what she bought and where she is going to use it.Not at all what I expected to get.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Smith on March 10 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was really excited about getting this book....I was hoping to get something that inspired me to find neat design solutions in the mundane and everday. You know...make something out of nothing.
Well, there WERE some good ideas like that in this book, but I felt that unless you were a HUGE fan of flowers and girly prints you wouldn't really find much of use in this book. Granted, it's probably a personal style conflict that made me return this book, but if you can find this book used and for a good price, go for it. Not worth the full price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14 2001
Format: Hardcover
I thought, "Oh good! A book showing Shabby Chic style used in homes and rooms." Instead, there are lots of close-up shots of objects and very few over-all shots of rooms that let me see how this style is applied to real homes and rooms. The book just doesn't have much content once you get into it. Tight little shots of doorknobs, flowers, and other stuff do not add up to a BOOK that's worth the money. The title does not explain the book. I'm sorry I bought this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liz Kaltenbronn on Jan. 18 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have never been so furious than when I started realizing what this book was really about : How to get an Unsuspecting Public to Pay for the Rennovation and Decoration of Your Newly Purchased Home".There were at least four pictures of Rachel's bedroom, three of her kitchen, and one page devoted to a glass (not even crystal) door knob. When your book has the word decorating in it, you tend to think you're going to get decorating ideas, not 30 personal photos of the author & her family (16 of which are the author herself!). As for the photography in this book, it's lovely, she really knows how to focus the camera on an open drawer w/plastic hair clips, and make it look decorated (fine if you have so much room in your vanity that you can devote one drawer to clips, and leave it open to boot!) There are less tha 20 pages of decorating related material in a book of 200 pages, and some pages are questionable. Not once do you see something shabby made to look Chic as the title implies. Lets face it, a french provincial antique giant armore painted w/blush paint and a cream wash can hardley be considered Shabby when it probably cost very close to this side of $1,000.00 used! Ashwell has reached the ranks of such peers as Truman Capote & Margaret Mitchell, if her name is remembered anywhere outside of California, she'll be known for one book and one book only, and even that comparison is a major stretch! Trust me, don't be one of the readers that assumes "she's done it again" because she mostcertainly has not. But perhaps you could use a book filled with expensive pictures the Ashwell's flower vase, the four items on the back of their comode and my favorite, the picture of THE LABORERS THAT WORKED ON HER HOUSE.It's no wonder Rachel's smiling a big grin on her face on the cover and I know why!DO NOT PAY FULL PRICE FOR THIS BOOK!
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Format: Hardcover
Except, mine will be on the Indiana or Illinois coast of Lake Michigan. I love Rachel Ashwell's frugal, classy style. She gives you a truck load of inspiration and understands empowering people to design, no matter if they are wealthy or shopping in ritzy alleys or at estate sales for goods. The results create sentimental elegance. If nothing else, you learn the power of white paint and good hard do it yourselfing. This book takes you there and Rachel does an excellent job of pulling you into her home. She leaves nothing out and the photographer deserves enormous credit. Buy it or check it out at the library today.
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By Xenia on July 6 2002
Format: Hardcover
I've owned this book now for two years and I keep referring to it over and over. I wish that Rachel Ashwell would come out with these types of books more often. This book continues to provide me with decorating inspiration. Also, I very much appreciate the fact that she doesn't go on and on for paragraphs at a time. Many other books on decorating have a tendency to become boring with too much wording. Rachel just gets to the point. Rachel's home is lovely and the pictures are fabulous. It's too bad that the Shabby Chic stores throughout the country do not follow her advice about home decor articles being inexpensive. I was utterly shocked and completely disappointed that the prices of things in the Shabby Chic stores are way through the roof, and unaffordable for anyone except the wealthy. It is a total contradiction of what Rachel Ashwell advocates in her books.
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By A Customer on June 12 2002
Format: Hardcover
I must admit I usually write only positive reviews as I buy books very carefully. This is unfortunately a wrong buy. I like the Shabby Chic style and since she's the person to get inspiration from on this style, I immediately bought this book without hesitation. I must say I wasn't inspired at all not even on one item and I am usually quite easily inspired by just reading a mag, browsing through ebay or simply walking around the market. The pics are big but on flowers?? I think I should've got the first book instead.
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