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May 17, 2012I 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!
Jan 16, 2014much less compelling and inspirational than i'd hoped it'd be. sort of confirms my uncharitable assumption that shabby chic is kind of gross.
Apr 18, 2019This may be a truly great book for other people. This style interested me back in the 80s and 90s, but not 2019.
Feb 14, 2015I 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
Nov 03, 2012It 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.
May 13, 2014Of 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.
Nov 08, 2011I 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.
Mar 01, 2012Fresh 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*
Apr 14, 2012I think I just like the photography and the ideas it inspires....
Jul 15, 2013It 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.
Apr 22, 2012A friend once called my home "shabby chic". I did not take this as a compliment.
Jan 30, 2016Gorgeous photos! Great ideas! A book I look though over and over.
Apr 29, 2010Needs more pictures and an update but otherwise it is wonderful!
Sep 09, 2015an OK book. but my favorite thing was the stamps used on the paper plates, so simple and yet elegant.
May 7, 2014I bought this book at kinokuniya bookstore.. I really love this book..
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