For those of you who are not familiar (!), Shabby Chic is a laid-back take on traditional decorating. Rachel Ashwell’s signature style is known for its faded color palette, generous doses of white and creams, heavy use fabrics such as cotton, linen, and muslin, feminine details such as ruffles, and loosely-slipcovered sofas and chairs. Now, I don’t go “all in” for her design style, but she has had a major influence on my design choices over the last 2 decades. She really brought together a new look and philosophy about decorating that is amazing. Her previous books are beautiful and inspirational – I’ve read them all dozens of times.
Her new book, Shabby Chic Interiors–My Rooms, Treasures, and Trinkets, is said to be an eclectic book of quirky decorating inspiration. It falls into chapters according to location, beginning with Rachel’s breathtaking Los Angeles residence and continuing with a photographer’s minimalist mountain-top home in the Hollywood hills, a beautiful Malibu beach cottage, a bohemian hideout in southern California, and a peek at a number of celebrity homes. With rooms combining flea-market finds and objects of pure functionality–an elegant French mirror reflecting a painting, a bejeweled 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.
Here’s the good news! If you click on the Amazon link here, you can pre-order Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic Interiors for 34% off the list price. I’ve already heavily suggested to my husband that he would be wise to order it for my birthday :).
If you are interested in any of Rachel Ashwell’s books and DVDs, I have links to all the good ones on the left side of the screen.