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Rachel Ashwell details the flowering of Shabby Chic style in new book
Rachel Ashwell details the flowering of Shabby Chic style in new book

A battered painted dresser; an overstuffed sofa covered in faded, flowered fabric; a chipped vase filled with nearly-gone cabbage roses; a light fixture draped in ropes of rock crystal. These design elements are a few of the lasting legacies of Shabby Chic, the home décor empire founded in the late '80s by British transplant Rachel Ashwell. In her latest book, “The World of Shabby Chic” (Rizzoli, $45), the design doyenne looks back on her humble start in both life and business and shows how to mix tattered elegance with easy comfort. Ashwell called from the Prairie, her B&B in the flea market capital of Texas, Round Top, to give us a rundown of her...

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