Valuable flea market finds...
A peeling, antioue vanity in muted sea green...
An elegant, cracked chandelier...
An enormous, slipcovered sofa with deep, cushions...
Comfort, the beauty of imperfections, the allure of time-worn
objects, and the appeal of simple practical living: these are the
cornerstones of what has come to be known as the Shabby Chic style.
Like the cozy familiarity of a well-worn pair of faded jeans, the
dilapidated elegance of an Italian viIla, or the worn grandeur of
faded velvets and mismatched floral china handed down from your
grandmother''s attic, the Shabby Chic style is a revived
appreciation for what is used, well-loved, and worn. It is a
respect for natural evolution and a regard for what is easy and
The hundreds of lavish photographs in this book invite you
inside the unique world of Shabby Chic. Rachel Ashwell, founder of
theShabby Chic home decor stores, for the first time provides her
invaluable and much-sought-after advice on how to re-create Shabby
Chic style in your own home. With engaging text and easy-to- follow
instructions, Rachel details the Shabby Chic basics in a way that
will put even the most apprehensive or novice decorators at ease.
From flowers to fabrics to lighting, Rachel illuminates all of the
elements essential to this unpretentious yet truly exquisite
A behind-the-scenes look at a flea market lets readers in on
Rachel''s personal secrets of how to cull hidden treasures from
flea market trash--an old trunk, its paint peeling around the
edges, can be given new life as a coffee table, while a chipped
white iron salvage piece becomes the perfect frame for a vintage
mirror. This book tells you not onlyhow to restore these pieces but
how to find the perfect place for them in your home. Gorgeous color
photographs and accompanying text reveal how this relaxed look
works with a variety of different styles, from Victorian to
Mediterranean to contemporary.