Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Shabby Chic

Despite my love for clean sharp modern decor I have always had a real soft spot for Shabby Chic pieces.
"The term “shabby chic” was coined in the 1980s by interior designer Rachel Ashwell (who later founded the decor company by the same name), but the style takes its origins from British homes decorated from the 1900s to 1950s in an understatedly stylish way, combining an array of worn furniture and antique treasures that didn’t necessarily follow any unified theme. In the past decade, the style has become a defined trend as designers such as Martha Stewart and Debbie Travis have embraced the style and in 2004, Rachel Ashwell partnered with Target to create Simply Shabby Chic, a line of inexpensive furniture and accessories. Now, shabby chic has proven to be a style with stamina and a popular, inexpensive method of creating a harmonious effect out of a medley of mismatched items by painting them white. While the idea of reusing old furniture wasn’t born out of a “green” conscience, it’s now a popular decorating choice if you’re looking to create an eco-friendly home." HGTV
I am thinking of decorating our second bedroom with this "shabby chic" theme in mind, here is my inspiration right now:




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