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"Shabby Chic" by Rachel Ashwell, et. al.

"Shabby Chic" by Rachel Ashwell with Glynis Costin and photography by Art Streiber is a book that should be on every designer's or home decorator's bookshelf. This is a wonderfully written book with full colour photographs that complement this style of decor with a natural grace. With 197 pages broken into seven chapters "Shabby Chic" is an excellent and very visual introduction into the style of shabby chic decor.

"Shabby Chic" is full of simple examples and tips on how to get started in shabby chic. But by far our favourite chapter is on treasure hunting. The authors tell you how and what to look for at places like flea markets and swap meets. This chapter feels like a trip to the flea market as the author takes you along on her trip and describes what she can do with items that are typically found there. The pictures of the flea market itself are enough to get your creative juices going. Also, there are helpful tips on what to bring to make your shopping easier.

Another good topic of discussion is the one on forgotten spaces. Doorways, windows and other spaces are briefly discussed, which does start you thinking about your own forgotten spaces. Many other topics are covered, from fabrics to lighting, and from cleaning and repair to the chapter on flowers. Each one will give you ideas and something to think about.

"Shabby Chic" is definitely not a text book or "how-to" guide, but rather an inspirational introduction to this wonderful style.

The book covers many topics briefly, but the lack of overall depth does not take anything away from it. The easy flow of the book and the many colour photos keep your interest and get you excited about shabby chic.

If you are at all interested in the style of shabby chic or if you are looking to use this style for yourself, "Shabby Chic" should absolutely be your first place to start.