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Reviews for Shabby Chic:

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May 17, 2012

I was a mom with little ones when this book came out, and it was a wonderful surprise. A designer who used loose slip covers and flea market furniture that hadn't been necessarily been refinished or otherwise spiffed up? I'm halfway there!

A very sensible style for people with young kids, assuming you're not lighting candles and wandering off or something similar. Slip covers are a lot easier to clean than furniture, and things getting dinged up a bit is not such a big deal. Some of her I was a mom with little ones when this book came out, and it was a wonderful surprise. A designer who used loose slip covers and flea market furniture that hadn't been necessarily been refinished or otherwise spiffed up? I'm halfway there!

A very sensible style for people with young kids, assuming you're not lighting candles and wandering off or something similar. Slip covers are a lot easier to clean than furniture, and things getting dinged up a bit is not such a big deal. Some of her subsequent books, I think Ashwell goes too far with the whole "don't bother to refinish/reupholster/spiff things up" idea, but if you're like me and tend to have some things in the process of being redone, this book has some good ideas on how to protect things you picked up but don't want to start yet, and how to decorate so the partially done things don't give the whole room an off-kilter look.

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Jan 16, 2014

much less compelling and inspirational than i'd hoped it'd be. sort of confirms my uncharitable assumption that shabby chic is kind of gross.

i thought that since i love tone-on-tone decoration with a huge emphasis on mixing of materials, patina, and function that i just might like a good chunk of shabby chic, even though i've always found the peeling-paint thing and yards of ruffles to be a repellent mixture of dirtiness and twee.

ashwell, originator of the design trend and coiner of the term much less compelling and inspirational than i'd hoped it'd be. sort of confirms my uncharitable assumption that shabby chic is kind of gross.

i thought that since i love tone-on-tone decoration with a huge emphasis on mixing of materials, patina, and function that i just might like a good chunk of shabby chic, even though i've always found the peeling-paint thing and yards of ruffles to be a repellent mixture of dirtiness and twee.

ashwell, originator of the design trend and coiner of the term shabby chic, begins the book by insisting that the design style is all about casual, romantic, no-fuss utility, which, on the surface, squared with my idea of a perfect home. but then she began leaning crystal-dripped chandeliers on the floor against easy chairs (NOT useful) and celebrating moldy, stained wicker furniture for the patina (not even sanitary), and i realized that the gulf between her aesthetic and mine was too wide to bridge.

even so, i finished the book. on the plus side, she offers a LOT of specifics on fabric weaves and prints, upholstering, thrifting, and antiquing. but the book was ultimately unhelpful to me, as i failed to find any pictures that inspired me, and a number even really squicked me out (i don't WANT to repurpose a coal scuttle as a bread box, even if it's been scrubbed with a wire brush, as (a) that sounds really gross and (b) the bread doesn't even FIT in the coal scuttle).

ashwell's brand of shabby chic is fussy, dingy, and ramschackle. pass. ...more
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Apr 18, 2019

This may be a truly great book for other people. This style interested me back in the 80s and 90s, but not 2019.
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Feb 14, 2015

I love Rachel Ashwell's writing technique, down to earth. She has a lot more flea markets at her disposal and antique stores but her advice and the way she puts it is very understanding and most of all doable. I don't believe this type of decorating will ever go out of style as some people have said - I like the lived in look and not the pompous look, where you're afraid to touch anything as you might get it dirty! Everyone loves my "shabby chic" at home and comment how "comfortable" and relaxed I love Rachel Ashwell's writing technique, down to earth. She has a lot more flea markets at her disposal and antique stores but her advice and the way she puts it is very understanding and most of all doable. I don't believe this type of decorating will ever go out of style as some people have said - I like the lived in look and not the pompous look, where you're afraid to touch anything as you might get it dirty! Everyone loves my "shabby chic" at home and comment how "comfortable" and relaxed they feel when they do come over. GREAT book with GREAT ideas. ...more
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Nov 03, 2012

It pains me to give this book 2 out of 5 stars, but her other books were so on-point that this one left a lot to be desired. There weren't a lot of photographs to go along with the captions--that was disappointing. There were a few tips and designs that blew me away, but the overall book was not what I expected. I don't think I would read this book again, and I most likely would not recommend it. Sorry, Rachel, I still love ya.
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May 13, 2014

Of all the books by Rachel Ashwell, this is by far the most informative and inspiring of them all. It really sparks the imagination, and gives a complete view of the Shabby Chic style. I would have loved it more if it included more illustrations, but that's just my opinion. It does include the most of all the other books. Also improved is the variety in the styling & locations made over.
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Nov 08, 2011

I found this book useful and inspiring. I've used some of the ideas in my own home, especially the way in which she uses white fabric to cover things. Together with the book on white home decor, it has proved useful in helping me decorate a bit of my home.
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Mar 01, 2012

Fresh ideas on utilitarian decor & what constitutes "art" and artistic value. I could not overlook, however, the plethora of misspelled words & grammtical errors. *3.5/5 stars*
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Apr 14, 2012

I think I just like the photography and the ideas it inspires....
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Jul 15, 2013

It was good. Nice pictures, and good ideas, but a bit overwhelming and I'm not sure I'm creative enough to enact many of the loose ideas.
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Apr 22, 2012

A friend once called my home "shabby chic". I did not take this as a compliment.
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Jan 30, 2016

Gorgeous photos! Great ideas! A book I look though over and over.
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Apr 29, 2010

Needs more pictures and an update but otherwise it is wonderful!
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Sep 09, 2015

an OK book. but my favorite thing was the stamps used on the paper plates, so simple and yet elegant.
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May 7, 2014

I bought this book at kinokuniya bookstore.. I really love this book..

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