Bulletin Board: Shabby Chic

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Okay, so ever since Rachel Ashwell was on the Style network awhile back, I have been in love with the 'Shabby Chic' style. If you don't know what 'Shabby Chic' is, it's pretty much everything that is feminine, rustic, and comfy all mixed into one charming style. Rachel made this style famous with the belief that style can be comfortable and lovely at the same time; that a room shouldn't be so precious that you can't enjoy it.

Most of you have probably figured out how I feel about furnishing a home and that is it must be comfortable - that's my #1 rule for decorating. I don't want to have to think when I'm in a room, I just want to be. I don't know if that makes any sense to you but when I come home from work, I don't want to think about anything except just to relax. And in order to do that, my furnishings need to be relaxing and cozy or else how am I to unwind?

Of course, the one room in our house that is no where NEAR being relaxing or cozy is our bedroom. How sad is that? But we've made some progress. We've decided on a color scheme and what mood we want to evoke upon entering the room. It must be RELAXING. And with that in mind, the shabby chic style is the perfect style to go with.

{Photo Credit: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn}

{Photo Credit: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn}

{Photo Credit: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn}

So soothing. It would be easy to fall asleep in this room.

{Photo Credit: Cottage Chic}

Who says Shabby Chic has to be all white?

{Photo Credit: Cottage Chic}

{Photo Credit: Layla Grace}

All white! How am I to keep it all clean?? Its all slipcovered so don't worry about it! That's another wonderful thing about shabby chic, easy cleaning.

{Photo Credit: The Bella Cottage}

{Photo Credit: Interior Furniture}

{Photo Credit: Wake Up Frankie}

{Photo Credit: Layla Grace}

Don't be afraid to interject different styles into the Shabby Chic style. What I particularly like about Shabby Chic is that you're able to mix and match pieces from different styles and it just works. It's a great base to start with since you really can't go wrong with comfort as the basis for a room.

Mix French Eclectic into it with a little bit of Traditional Country and it will look incredible. Or at least that's what I'm hoping since that's what I want to do to our bedroom!


  1. I'm a sucker for distressed white painted vintage furniture! I also love all the frilly/ornate details on the chandeliers...unfortunately NOT my husband's style. Can Shabby Chic combine with modern?

  2. Oh definitely! I would make sure to find pieces that still have a lived-in quality but have cleaner, simpler lines. Maybe not as curvy or sparkly but still have the overall comfort that you would find in shabby chic items. Or you could have one shabby chic statement piece (i.e. sofa) and have modern accessories, say graphic throw pillows, that bring the modern elements into the space. Mix and match! I am all about the eclectic style but make sure to have a common thread to tie it all together whether it's through color or pattern.

    Great question! It just got me thinking that I should do a post on this to provide some visual assistance.

  3. The photo credited "{Photo Credit: Interior Furniture}" is actually from cottonblue on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cottonblue/2390780477/in/set-72157604378940701/

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