Wood, ceramic and rope. Soft, pastel colours, a lot of wood, love everywhere and a little bit of passion and curiosity for everything that is vintage. Shabby chic is a way of life and a beautiful home, where you can really feel every object, space and light, where everything has a meaning and is there to make you happy. Shabby chic is the style I love most.
The shabby chic interior style originated in Britain as a means for the upper middle class to replicate an aesthetic evident in grand country houses that have been in one family for generations. The shabby chic furniture in these elaborate houses was vintage because they were passed down from one generation to the next. Drapes were faded, and chaises distressed, which gave them an elitist air. Thus, the middle class sought distressed or patinated furniture and incorporated these items into their more modern interiors to create the shabby chic home decor we’ve grown to love.
Don’t let the word “shabby” fool you when adapting the principles of shabby chic style into a room. The look may be unstructured and lacking in formal rules, but this timeless aesthetic can add an effortless elegance to your home. With handicrafts, salvaged furniture and vintage textiles available not only in flea markets, but also in retail shops (often as reproductions), you don’t have to search high and low for the perfect piece. You might even have a diamond in the rough right under your nose – a down-and-out piece of furniture just waiting to be whitewashed and restored.
Old chairs, vintage-fine China plates, antique frames, chandeliers, linen napkins, beachy ambiance in the bedroom (using a lot of baby blue), flowers and stripes, white wood, candles and nice, chic textile are everything you need. Beside this it is very useful to check the many different inspirations you can find in the web. It is nice to take the shabby chic style also outside, to create amazing gardens and outside spaces, where you can seat and read all summer long. As I wrote before, shabby chic is a real way of living, so start with serving tea in vintage cups and giving a new life to almost everything that is old and “already seen”.
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