Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Interiors : My Rooms, Treasures and Trinkets, Paperback Book

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Interiors : My Rooms, Treasures and Trinkets Paperback

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Romantic florals reclining against pure white linen, ruffles of muslin skirting a bed base against bleached floorboards, the deep comfort of a simple nest of fluffy towels...

This is Rachel Ashwell's signature style that for the past 20 years has been a major influence in our modern lives.

Shabby Chic Interiors - My Rooms, Treasures and Trinkets, an eclectic book of quirky inspiration, falls into chapters according to location, and begins with Rachel's breathtaking Los Angeles residence.

Next, we wander into a photographer's minimalist mountain-top home in the Hollywood hills before heading to the coast and a beautiful Malibu beach cottage.

A truly bohemian hideout in southern California is next on the journey, followed by a peek at celebrity homes, including the house that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe.

With rooms combining flea-market finds and objects of pure functionality - an elegant French mirror reflecting a painting, a bejewelled metallic candle holder sitting by a cluster of willow-patterned china, a single faded velvet pillow lounging under the twinkle of a vintage chandelier - this book celebrates all that is wonderfully Shabby Chic.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, 250 col photographs
  • Publisher: Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd
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  • Category: Interior design, decor & style guides
  • ISBN: 9781908170804

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Shabby Chic Interiors by Rachel Ashwell-I found Ashwell's book, one of many on this subject, to be charming. The photography, encompassing her favorite pieces, is simply beautiful. It is, in fact, the simplicity of the items that makes the photography so enchanting. Her style is unadorned, the furniture she selects for her own home and the homes of her clients is usually untouched, remaining lovingly used, retaining its scratches, bumps and dents. The fabrics used throughout the house can be cloths not doing what they were originally intended for, curtains become tablecloths, clothing is cut up for napkins, doilies are used to decorate a table setting for a dinner party. I particularly enjoy Ashwell's vision of how a kitchen should function. She deplores clutter and so prefers open shelving rather than cabinets. She stores next to nothing in plain sight and very little out of sight. I admire her ability to survive with so little and want to emulate it. As far as decorating my home, I want to change my color scheme from the earthy palette of deep orange,rust and brick red and the jewel tones in my bedroom and office to the softer shades of cream,dusty pink, washed out turquoise and green and distressed red and blue. I will also try to include some big comfy furniture, second-hand probably, since my dogs tend to appropriate everything eventually, anyway. This is a great primer for someone wanting to change their current decorating theme, or interested in building on what they have created in their home already. Even for somebody simply interested in browsing through a book filled with beautiful photography, this book has it all. Highly recommended.