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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Looks pretty good to me!
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!
Rachel Ashwell is my favorite I-want-to-bes:) I have this book and I love it!
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...
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!
i remember this one:) i own some of her books, but, not this one. happy weekend, kathy!
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!
The first two photos have gorgeous pieces in them.
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