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Rachel Ashwell, hoping shabby can be chic again

July 9, 2011 |  6:00 am

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Our latest home profile: Rachel Ashwell's "Shabby Shack" in Malibu

It's a different Rachel Ashwell for different times. The founder of the Shabby Chic empire lost her stores, her muse and her house during the recession. But now she's back, reviving her celebration of beautiful imperfection in her latest home, a rough-around-the-edges Malibu rental that she dubbed her Shabby Shack. Writer Barbara Thornburg pays a visit and finds a resilient designer whose new credo certainly resonates in tough times: Make do without settling.

ARTICLE: Rachel, reinvented

TIPS: Ashwell's flea market strategies

PHOTOS: Inside the easy, breezy Malibu house

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Photo, top: Rachel Ashwell arranges flowers at a table fashioned from reclaimed oak.

Photo, bottom: The house, including its saltillo tiles, may not be perfect. But it is filled with classic Ashwell moments -- not to mention breathtaking views.

Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

 

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