MODERN DAY SHABBY CHIC

 

Most everyone even the slightest bit interested in interior design and decorating has heard the term “Shabby Chic”.  And, it’s a look so appealing that even if you’re more the transitional or contemporary type you can’t help but appreciate the charm that’s inevitable in classic shabby chic. 

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If you like this look, but you’re not quite sure what it is that constitutes shabby chic, it is generally a style comprised of items that are old enough to have the appearance of wear and tear or are distressed to look that way.  (Thus the shabby…)  This is paired with crystal, lace, opulent chandeliers, candelabras, florals, slipcovered furniture and flowy, billowy fabrics.  (Thus the chic…)

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The colors in a shabby chic space are more often than not shades of white or neutrals, maybe some pastels.

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Notice all these elements in this space?

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This is an example of a sort of modern shabby chic.  Clean lines and less clutter, but the combination of a rustic table, simple flowers, the cream transitional chairs.  Not as much fluff and femininity, but shabby and chic nonetheless.

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Here you’ve got the old distressed table and chairs, the old hanging “hutch” all in white, the white table cloth, crystal candle holders, lavender flowers, etc…..All so shabby and, no doubt, all so chic.

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Creams and neutrals, white tables, chairs and lamps – neutral billowy window treatments and lots of slouchy, comfortable slip covers create this shabby chic space.  See a pattern here?

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Lots of white, slipcovered seating and touches of pale blue…..

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More white on white, slipcovered furniture, distressed cabinets……

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A more modern take on shabby chic with the zebra rug and glass top table, but lots of white with slip covered furniture…..

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And, distressed furniture, simple flowers, cool iron chandelier, the cherub (often seen in shabby chic décor) and a little touch of greenery. 

Sweet, charming, warm and inviting.

Happy Decorating!

Move Over Shabby Chic: Here’s “Hillbilly Hip”

 

Most everyone has heard the phrase “Shabby Chic” and can instantly conjure up an image of the style it denotes.  But, I propose there’s an even shabbier style one step beyond that……

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A bit rattier, tattier and yet still quite chic.  I call it “Hillbilly Hip”.

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Even in it’s extreme ratty tatty state it’s still cool….

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Once upon a time would you have ever consider an upholstered piece with a patch on it?  I guess if kids can be cool in tattered jeans – we can be cool in tattered upholstery…..right?

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The more chipped, the messier looking…..

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All the better!

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Don’t some of you out there have an old cherry wood desk you’re sick to death of?  Wouldn’t it be fun to do something like this to it?  Takes it from stuffy to hip in New York minute!  (Okay, well maybe a little longer process than that, but you get the picture!)

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Take a close look at what they’ve done with these pieces…

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All the drawers and doors framed out in some scrap piece of something different….and all mis-matched hardware.  I love this!

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A distressed mess….at it’s best!

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These pieces almost look as if they’ve been scraped to be painted….but, this is the finished product.

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So don’t be afraid to go one step further from Shabby Chic to downright “Hillbilly Hip” and create not only a unique character of your own, but lots of fun with no fuss stuff, too.

Happy Decorating!

Garage Sale Chic!

 

If you’re a fan of good old shabby chic and those fun “off the cuff” pieces that make a space interesting and spur conversation you might like the look of these pieces below.  Brand new, but made to look like that jewel of a find you may have stumbled across at a local garage sale each piece is full of fun, interest and character.

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I especially love this….

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And, this…

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And this cool piece….

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And, these fun pillows….

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And, well, these awesome baskets, too…

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Did I say a little “off the cuff”??

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A fun look at some shabby, oh so savvy “garage sale chic”.

Happy Decorating!

A Sneak Peak At Some Shabby Chic

 

For all the interest in a more modern, clean, stream lined look these days -  there are still those who love girlie clutter, lace, antiques, and floral fabrics.  Yes, ma’am…the oh-so-cozy, oh-so-savvy, oh-so-inviting look of shabby chic still rings true for many…..

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Like this feminine, cozy daybed.  Isn’t this so girlie, so inviting?

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Or this pair of floral chairs, this floral rug or these floral table covers.  Sweet and girlie!

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A cleaner look, but still shabby chic-ish with the whites, creams, the French cane chairs, etc.

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  Look at this stunning room!  The ultimate in shabby chic!

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Mmmmm…..so sweet, so feminine, so shabby chic!

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Sweet mirror.

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Shabby desk, floral chair, floral rug…..

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Great chandelier, awesome white bed with awesome white bedding.  Love this!

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Lots of great stuff!

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Need I say more!

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Ohhhhhh….emmmmmm….geeeeee.  Love, love, love this all white dining room with these fabulous chandeliers and hard wood floors!

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A pair of old shabby doors for a headboard, classic traditional chandelier, white bedding….how cool.

Mmmmmm…….does it get any more cozy and inviting than the “shabby chic” rooms in these pictures?  I think not!

Happy Decorating!

Tin Tiles: Ceilings That Wow And More

 

A great alternative to wow up your space is the use of tin tiles.  They have a unique look, a unique character and volumes of personality.  Take a look at some of these fabulous tiles below and the impact they have on the ceiling and the entire space:

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Love these integrated with the wood.

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See the personality they bring to a space?

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And what about putting them on a bar front like this:

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Here’s a glimpse at some individual tiles with their own unique character:

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I love the colors in this tile above.

 

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Imagine this in a Garden Room, or an Old World, Traditional or Victorian space. Isn’t it beautiful?

 

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These would be great in a shabby chic atmosphere.

 

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This would work well in a Neo-Classical, Old World or Traditional space.

 

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And for those of you who like color and aren’t afraid to use it there are colorful tiles to choose from, too.

Tiles would be fun to dress up a bedroom, dining room, kitchen, family room……any space that you want to make unique, unusual and special.

Happy Decorating!

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