Friday, October 16, 2009
"Shabby Chic Interiors" by Rachel Ashwell
Are there any Rachel Ashwell fans reading today? Yes, I thought so! And probably, like me, some of you have been eager to get a copy of her new book, "Shabby Chic Interiors - My Rooms, Treasures, and Trinkets." Larger in format than her previous books, this one is, happily, again photographed by Amy Neunsinger, the same talented photographer who helped us fall in love with Shabby Chic style in the earlier books.
I like Rachel Ashwell the person as well as Rachel Ashwell the style, and I must confess that one reason I will *always* love her is that she likes tea and the accoutrements of teatime. I predicted I would not get very far into this book before reading about "tea" or "teatime," and indeed I did not. While Rachel's style has evolved over time (and whose hasn't?), I'm happy she continues to find joy in taking tea as well as collecting teawares. Describing this scene she says, "This is a shady spot that I use a lot as it is close to the house and it's just perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea. I love having tea parties; I'm much better at teas than dinners." Yes!
I was delighted to find that one of the "celebrity" interiors featured in the book once belonged to none other than designer Betsey Johnson. (Some of you will recall Betsey Johnson's "Tea Party Bracelet" I wrote about earlier this year.) Turns out Rachel and Betsey have never met in person but are fans of each other's work. I can totally see that! And I can also see why Rachel has developed a fondness for collecting "Royalty china." Aren't these pieces lovely? Reading a new Rachel Ashwell book is such a treat, and although in a perfect world she would give us a monthly *magazine* I am quite content to visit the world of Shabby Chic in this lovely new book.