Shabby Chic Hardcover – Jun 21 1996
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Ashwell, founder and owner of Shabby Chic, a home furnishings chain, shares her secrets on how to obtain the decorating look that suggests "the aura of old money, cushy comfort, and crafted indifference." She covers such topics as how to negotiate a flea market and incorporate the purchases for the home, the types of fabric best suited for this look, and how to use flowers to accessorize a room. Lots of color photographs depict the "shabby chic" look in casual, formal, and contemporary settings. This type of eclectic decorating continues to be popular, making this a wise purchase for most libraries.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
""Shabby Chic is as unpretentious as its author, including thoughts about what works and what doesn't, tips on how to shop at a flea market, inspirational photographic illustrations and plenty of encouragement.""Los Angeles Daily NewsSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Fact is the 7 Chapters are well written and well photographed. The topics of each Chapter are: Diverse Styles; Rooms; Hidden Treasures & Inspirations; Fabrics; Seating; Lights & Lighting; and Flowers. Have used the crisp and very neat fitting slipcover ideas she has on page 23 and 27 as well as the setting idea on page 27 where two same covered, sofa's are used in the viewing/screening room of a clients home.
Now... I am the only woman/female in this family. So with a husband, sons, male cats and dogs I love to save money as well as have furniture that men like and which looks good as well. Ms Ashwells book wins on all counts. Showing what works and what doesn't and why. She isn't just a woman who pays others to do what she says, she does it herself. The flea market piece and photos reminded me of the awesome Pasadena flea market that is so awesome!
It is also nice that she shows a variety of living styles from country garden homes, to zen simplicity, to more a seaside or Mediterranean mode. She offers wonderful information on choosing the right fabric for the piece of furniture and home environment. And information that even I did not know about picking paint. Appreciated the section on furniture restortaion and the photographs that remind me of my favorite haunts in SF and Oakland.
The book is one that you will actually pull off the shelf and read often. In my opinion it is worth the price.
Most recent customer reviews
The shabby, peeling paint trend is dead. None of my design clients want it anymore. This book is a relic of the past and should be allowed to die a dignified death. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2003 by Alix Leonard
I bought this book based on a customer review, and I'm sorry I did. What I want is comfortable elegance in my home, but what I got was the last century's take on country/cottage... Read morePublished on June 3 2003
Isn't it time that this fusty old book and trend were given a decent burial? The rooms are dated and busy, busy, busy.Published on May 28 2003 by J.B. Sloan
Simple, elegant style using vintage home furnishings & slipcovers. I love all of Rachel's Shabby Chic books. Read morePublished on May 21 2003
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