Thursday, August 7, 2014

Design Book Library ~ Rachel Ashwell

While Rachel Ashwell didn’t invent Shabby Chic, you can’t help but associate her name with it.  I think the book in today’s post was where I first saw white slipcovers and started to wonder if it was actually possible to have them.


Quite frankly, this is not one of my most favorite books.  I didn’t “ooh” and “ahh” over the pictures as I have done with some.  I think it would depend on just how much you like Rachel Ashwell to purchase this book.  Take it out of the library, yes.  Purchase it ~ eh, I wouldn’t buy it again.


I’ve shared some of the pictures that I do actually like from this book, but this is only a small sampling.  These pictures depict some of the favored aspects of Shabby Chic decorating.  Creams, whites and ivories, with a little lace and a romantic look thrown in.






White slipcovers and bedding.




As well as some of the little details.





In case you were wondering (since I mentioned it in the last design book library post), next week I think I will start to share some books that I will offer up, giveaway style.  So if you are interested in adding some books to your own design library, be sure to come back then.



Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

I've been in love with her style for years... and follow her blog, Pinterest, and shop website. A fav.
Have a lovely one, Kathy!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I think she had a huge influence on design...I have her books, too...and still love reading them. I used to love watching her tv show.

Blondie's Journal said...

I think I have all of RA's books. I liked her style many years ago, mainly when she used florals and pastels. The sort of messy, unkempt look wasn't my style so I have incorporated a bits and pieces from her books but for the most part, have a sort of casual cottage style here.

This is really sweet of you to start having giveaways. I'm up for it!

Jane xx

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Kathy, I have this book too and feel the same about the contents.
I think I have every book from RA's collection and while I don't design my home completely this way, I like to incorporate some of the style into my own flair.
Your giveaway plans sound great.

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Kathy,
I love her style so much and love the neutrals and slipcover style. I cannot wait to see what books you will have for your give away. Love to collect decor books. This will be a fun giveaway.

Hope you got your Somerset Homes Magazine. I know Abby and Sara told me they sent it out over a week ago. Hope you got it.

Okio B Designs said...

Looks pretty good to me!


Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Kathy, I love this book too. I love Rachel's style! I do try to incorporate a little into our home. The photos you shared are so pretty! Your giveaway sounds like such a fun idea!

White Lace and Promises said...

Rachel Ashwell is my favorite I-want-to-bes:) I have this book and I love it!

Createology said...

I like your advice to check the library first before purchasing a book. How many times could I have spent my money smarter?! I like Shabby Chic but do not live with it. Mr. C prefers more traditional and I am fine with that. Creative Bliss...

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

I've taken out so many design books from the library over the past few years! Including some by Rachel Ashwell. When I get on a kick for these books I come home with a bag so heavy I can hardly lift it!
xo Kathleen

lynn said...

i remember this one:) i own some of her books, but, not this one. happy weekend, kathy!

Ivy and Elephants said...

I enjoy many of the aspects of Shabby Chic design, I see her shifting away from her original style. I like to mix it up with a variety of tastes that are pleasing to me. A book giveaway sounds like a real treat!

Pyrex Passion said...

The first two photos have gorgeous pieces in them.

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