What Is Shabby Chic??

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This guide is for those of you see the words "shabby chic" popping up all over eBay and wonder what on earth it means?!

Shabby Chic, while it was a style and line of homewares created by designer Rachel Ashwell, it actually refers to the style of decorating.  It is an ironic term, as shabby isn't usually chic, but it works!  Think worn, distressed white furniture, elegant lamps, romantic flowers, chandeliers, slipcovered sofas, raggy cushions, fine china, and anything scrolly, pretty, elegant and homely!  Shabby chic also has a very cosy, cottage feel and has become an extremely popular style of decorating.  The dominant colour is white, also encorporating soft pinks, sage green and plenty of flowers.  It is certainly a decorating style that can be achieved on a budget, as most things can be second hand things which you fix up yourself. 


Decorating Tips:

*Stake out your local second hand op shop, charity store (salvos, st vinnies), recycling centre, or flea market for second hand furniture.  You can often find the most amazing bargains with alot of potential.  Furniture can then be sanded back, painted white & distressed.  The local classifieds are also fantastic

*Make your own quilts + cushions, that way you can choose the fabrics & style you want for a fraction of the price

*Purchase artificial flowers and place them in jugs, pitchers & old vases and arrange them around your home.  Romantic roses add instant elegance and it won't hurt your pocket!

*Decorate an empty corner with an old wicker chair and throw cushion.  If you cant find a white one you can always invest in spray paint!

*If you cant afford new couches, buying or making couch throws/slipcovers instead is a fantastic option

*Try to find a second hand buffet & hutch for no more than $100, and paint it white/cream.  A buffet & hutch looks absolutely stunning and is a great way of displaying your pretty tea sets and serving ware!  You can also use the cupboards at the bottom for storage

I absolutely fell in love with the Shabby Chic decorating style, I was just drawn in by the simplicity, elegance and the idea of using old pieces and making it all look chic!  The style was given the name Shabby Chic in the late 80's by Rachel Ashwell, it has become a huge hit and Im sure it will remain a popular decorating style for many years to come.


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