Shabby Chic - the rich, inviting, practical, time-worn style created by one of America's top designers, Rachel Ashwell, is a style of living that reflects the grace and simplicity of another time. With invaluable treasure hunting advice and tips for essential materials, furniture, objects, and decorations, you can live a life of simple, but rich, beauty.
With her practiced eye Rachel takes you on a tour of flea markets, antique malls, and a variety of secondhand sales - estate, tag, yard, church, garage - to demonstrate how, with a little taste, imagination, work, and ingenuity, you can turn trinkets from the past into treasures for today. Learn how you too can spot a fabulous buy, repair and alter it, and by following Rachel's guideline words - comfort, function, and beauty - develop your own distinctive, original look that is down-to-earth yet truly exquisite.
Lavishly illustrated with lovely and informative photographs and drawings, this book shows you how to have the home you've always dreamed of, a place where children's dinners are served on mix-and-match antique plates at a table covered with lace from a renovated curtain set with unironed linen napkins. A space where fresh flowers stand in antique jugs, complementing comfortable furniture covered in crisp white denim that is enhanced with each laundering.
With her trademark warmth and charm Rachel teaches you how to recognise and appreciate beauty in unlikely and often over-looked places, as well as how to define and refine your individual taste.