Sumptuous Settings and Other Lovely Things
By Rachel Ashwell
(Harper Design, Hardcover, 9780060523930, 208pp.)
Publication Date: November 4, 2004
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Rachel Ashwell uses her signature style to make any event a special occasion.
This beautiful, accessible book proves that entertaining need not be expensive. Making every day into an elegant extravaganza is a matter of inspiration and imagination, and shopping is a great way to get inspired. Travel with her to unique locations like a Chinese grocery store, local antique mall, a flower market, or a flea market to search for the perfect accents that will give your event unexpected charm without breaking the bank. Use the treasures you find to jazz up average items – sometimes it's as easy as adding a little paint, ribbons, or flowers. Decorate the chairs, create a themed meal, or custom design menus and place cards. When it comes to setting a scene, Rachel is an expert and with her easy how–to advice, you can be too. She has practical ideas for any occasion – baby showers to weddings, birthday parties to bar mitzvahs, even old–fashioned family dinners.
Rachel Ashwell was born in England and later moved to Malibu, California. After creating the Shabby Chic style in 1989, she founded the Shabby Chic home furnishing stores and Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture. She is also the author of the bestselling Shabby Chic; Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting and Decorating Guide; Shabby Chic: The Gift of Giving; and Shabby Chic: Sumptuous Settings and Other Lovely Things.
Amy Neunsinger is a photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and advertising campaigns ranging from beauty to travel.
Deborah Greenfield, Rachel Ashwell's sister, was born in London. She studied art at the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design in New York. She is also a choreographer and an award-winning flamenco dancer.