The first thing I think of when asked to describe Shabby Chic is faded lace, time worn linen, faded quilts with muted shades of pink, blue, and green on a white background. It’s really okay if the lace is tattered, the quilt is frayed around the edges, and perhaps that tea cup set passed down from your grandmother has a chip on it. The beauty of Shabby Chic is the imperfections.
Shabby Chic is more of a way of living rather than a style of design. It’s calming and comfortable with a time worn softness.
Anything vintage pairs well with Shabby Chic. Distressed furniture is a good starting point, old or new, it works. Layering with quilts on a sofa or just a variety of floral pillows scattered here and there gives the shabby feel.
Need accessories? Try a vintage looking frame to hold your babies photo in. Put your childs first pair of baby shoes under a glass cloche for a conversation piece and the beginning of an heirloom collection. Wrap some old books with a ribon or lace to set on a table or put in a china closet.
So spend a quiet afternoon going through your family keepsakes and display your treasures for everyone to see.
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