Author(s): Rachel Ashwell
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.
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.