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Shabby Chic
Sumptuous Settings and Other Lovely Things

By Rachel Ashwell

“Creating a beautiful celebration is something that I really love to do, whether it’s a child’s birthday party or a charity gala. Whether the event is casual or formal, my goal is to treat my guests to a fabulous time in a sumptuous setting - a lovely environment that sets them at ease and brings out the joy in the occasion.” -- Rachel Ashwell

     From “bountiful baby showers” with birds' eggs, parasols, vintage-looking hats, china tea cups and a glittery sign to Jennifer Lopez’s restaurant designed in a vibrant, vintage Cuban style, to a birthday of blue and turquoise at Pamela Anderson’s home, to a Bar Mitzvah for two with a Quinceanera (Hispanic coming-of-age) theme. Ashwell’s shabby chic entertaining is a hit. As decorating and entertaining trends come and go, shabby chic remains the formidable style. Whether it’s from the various jobs Ashwell’s shares or in her final collected thoughts with even more advice, readers will walk away with a multitude of ideas for entertaining and/or just plain decorating. All you need are tables, chairs, china and Shabby Chic: Sumptuous Settings and Other Lovely Things.

The Book

Regan Books / HarperCollins
December 1, 2004
Nonfiction / Entertaining
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The Reviewer

Brenda Weeaks
Reviewed 2005
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