Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: CICO Books (September 12, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1 x 11.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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I know this book is a soft sell for Rachel Ashwell's The Prairie in Round Top, Texas, but I am glad it is. I have been wanting to see more photos, besides those on her website and in a previous book. The sumptuous scenes not only draw one into to this gentle, humbly genteel world, but they also give me many ideas for my own desert/prairie home. As a shabby little cowgirl, this book inspires me to stay true to expressing my love of the faded and rusty, spare and clean, worn and well-loved - in creamy whites, grays, and dusty pastels. It helps to balance my mucky boots, calloused hands, hay-strewn hair, and sun-kissed skin, while staying true to my own aesthetic. This is an ecologically sustainable design style that honors and recycles the beautiful, experienced object, and gracefully counters the disposable society.
As we all recognize, Rachel's shabby chic look has evolved through the years from "sweet" to a little more "rough and rustic". (As have most of us) I was disappointed in her last book, which I felt was a conglomeration of every style out there. She has found herself again and settled down into her recognizable personal style in this book. It is a very effective mix of her signature soft look while at the same time accommodating the roughness of the Texas prairie. This book has the confident Rachel Ashwell look and style we have come to expect. I gave this review a 4 rather than a 5 because several of the pictures were so obviously "staged" rather than simply capturing life as it is naturally on "The Prairie".
I guess, although I am (was?) a Rachel Ashwell fan, I am not the die-fan of the same ilk of the previous reviewers. Basically this book is a promotional hard-bound brochure for her new B&B in Texas. What a concept - get people to spend $25.00 - $35.00 for your B & B advertising! Nothing new or original in terms of decorating ideas. This is the first of her books that comes off almost as a narcissist as well - continually commenting on her signature style over and over: blah, blah, blah. Also annoying, she consistently waxes so lyrically about her ranch hand "Danny" that I somewhat suspect this as a romance (hers, that is) story of the same genre as Mary Emmerling's "Romantic Country." A waste of my money.
Love the different buildings and rooms. I was a little disappointed. I wish there wasn't so much wasted pages, like a full page spread of just Rachel and her dog. Nothing personal, I just would rather see more ideas, rooms, not more pictures of Rachel. Good book.
I love the shabby chic look and once again Rachel Ashwell has provided a beautiful book full of her ideas and pictures of her work. Lots of photos of her new B & B in Texas. Fun to look at and dream. Hopefully will make it out there one day, stay at the B & B and go to the Flea Market in Round Top, Texas.
I wasn't to pleased with the last Book Rachel Ahwell came out with but this one has got to me my very Favorite.If you love shabby country style I would say this is for you.It's very Prairie Rustic and reminds me a lot of the 1940's romantic simple look.
What I love so much about this book is that it showcases Rachel's signature stamp of dusty pastels, worn finishes and charming floral prints so beautifully while affirming that this decor preference is truly design within reach. One doesn't have to scrimp and save and long, one needs only visit a flea market or keep their eyes open for curbside treasures and voila, Shabby Chic decor can be yours.
The cover photo is my favorite picture in the entire book. The book is "okay". I was expecting to find a lot of decorating inspiration but I instead found myself skipping through the pages a little bored with what I was seeing. The photographs are lovely but I was looking for more specific home decor ideas and inspiration vs. photos of collectible images or flea market finds. If the flea market finds were accompanied by fabulous ideas for how to display the items or incorporate them into home decor I think I would've liked that better. It's still a beautiful book - I did LOVE the size of it. Beautiful but a bit boring.
Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie: and flea market treasures Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Inspirations Found, Free, and Flea: Creating Collections from Vintage Treasures Flea Market Fidos: The Dish on Dog Junk and Canine Collectibles Wholesale Sources: With more than 200 Product Sources for your eBay, , Flea Market and E-Commerce store. From Flea Market to Fabulous Edible Plants for Prairie Gardens: The Best Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs (Prairie Gardener) A Prairie Home Companion: 3rd Annual Final Performance (Prairie Home Companion) Her Prairie Viking (Prairie Brides Book Four) Couture and Consensus: Fashion and Politics in Postcolonial Argentina (Cultural Studies of the Americas) Fine Jewelry Couture: Contemporary Heirlooms Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-Year-Old Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year (Excelsior Editions) Rachel's Irish Family Food: 120 classic recipes from my home to yours Somebody Else's Husband, Again: Rachel's Story Rachel's Song Chefs in the Market Cookbook: Fresh Tastes and Flavours from Granville Island Public Market (Cooking (Raincoast)) Literary Market Place 2015: The Directory of the American Book Publishing Industry with Industry Indexes (Literary Market Place (Lmp)) Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: An Insider's Look at the World of Flea Markets, Antiques, and Collecting A Flea in Her Rear (or Ants in Her Pants) and Other Vintage French Farces (Tour de Farce) My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours