Shabby Chic: Sumptuous Settings and Lovely Things

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9780060523930: Shabby Chic: Sumptuous Settings and Lovely Things

In this beautiful, practical decorating and entertaining guide, Rachel Ashworth reveals how to make any event a special occasion using her signature Shabby Chic style.

In this beautiful, accessible book, Rachel Ashwell, the founder of Shabby Chic, shows that sophisticated entertaining doesn’t have to be expensive. Transforming the every day into an elegant extravaganza is a matter of inspiration and imagination, and in Shabby Chic: Sumptuous Settings and Other Lovely Things she offers exciting ideas to help you create beautiful settings of your own. Travel with her to unique locations, including a Chinese grocery store, a local antique mall, a flower market, and flea markets, to search for the perfect accents that will give an event unexpected charm—without breaking the bank.

Rachel teaches you how to use inexpensive treasures to enhance ordinary objects—from adding a coat of paint or some ribbons or flowers to decorate chairs and tables, to creating a themed meal, to easily customizing menus and place cards. When it comes to setting a scene, Rachel is an expert, and in Shabby Chic: Sumptuous Settings and Other Lovely Things she offers easy how-to advice for making any occasion extraordinary, including baby showers, weddings, birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, and even old-fashioned family dinners.

Illustrated with 200 full-color photos throughout.

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Creating beautiful, sumptuous settings for any occasion!

Top designer Rachel Ashwell, founder of the Shabby Chic line, is known for her trademark style of transforming drab interiors into warm, inviting spaces. Simply by incorporating a few design elements and a splash of color, Rachel is able to make any environment, whether it's a home or a special event, beautiful and fun. In Shabby Chic: Sumptuous Settings and Other Lovely Things, Rachel proves that her style isn't simply about creating an attractive home but also about creating joyful and pleasant settings for those we love. In this beautiful volume, Rachel applies her distinct eye for style to six very different locations and celebrations, and offers helpful tips on how to host whimsical and unforgettable events.

Whether it is casual or formal, big or small, this beautiful book proves that entertaining need not be expensive. From flea markets to local antiques malls, Rachel reveals that the trick to making any event or space something elegant—without breaking the bank—is simply a matter of inspiration, imagination, and the discovery of a fabulous buy.

Inside, you'll find practical ideas for any occasion, baby showers to weddings, birthday parties to bar mitzvahs. When it comes to setting a scene, Rachel is an expert and with her easy how-to advice, you can be too.

Rachel Ashwell is the creator of the Shabby Chic style. In 1989, she founded the Shabby Chic home furnishing stores and then later, the Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture stores. She is the author of Shabby Chic, Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting and Decorating Guide, The Shabby Chic Home, and Shabby Chic: The Gift of Giving.

About the Author:

Rachel Ashwell was born in England and has spent the past eighteen years in Malibu, California. She created the Shabby Chic style in 1989 and is the founder of the Shabby Chic home furnishing stores, and the designer of a line of slipcovered furniture, bedding, and fabrics sold worldwide under the Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell label. She is also the author of the bestselling Shabby Chic and the forthcoming The Shabby Chic Home, and is the host of the E! Style Network's Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic On Style.

Wynn Miller is a Los Angeles–based photographer. His clients include Apple, Yamaha, Max Factor, Avia, Avery, GTE, and Shimano. When not photographing, he can be found longboarding around the world.

Cathy Mogull was born in New York and raised in Beverly Hills. She attended the International Center of Photography and the California Institute of the Arts. She lives in Malibu, California, with her three sons.

Deborah Greenfield was born in London like her sister, Rachel Ashwell. She studied art at the School of Visual Arts and Parson's School of Design in New York. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she divides her time between illustration, acting, and dance.

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