Alert: I got a little chatty today…if you’re pressed for time you may want to read this when you have a few minutes. I apologize for an inconvenience this may cause. 🙂
According to Wikipedia the term Shabby Chic was coined by The World of Interiors magazine in the 1980s and became extremely popular in the US in the ’90s. But when I hear the term I immediately think of Rachel Ashwell.
When Rachel Ashwell first hit the market with her popular Shabby Chic look I was intrigued. I didn’t visit one of her stores until the late ‘90s but she opened her first store in 1989 and wrote her first book in 1996. It was a trend I didn’t embrace for my own home, but I truly admired and liked some of her fabrics, and saw more than a few beautifully furnished homes using that style of design. I viewed some of her recent work online and on her blog and I believe she’s stayed true to her original style but I noticed some upgrades on some of her furnishings, including some lovely antiques. As a huge fan of antique furniture, I really like that detail. (Source of images below: Rachel Ashwell ~ Shabby Chic)
For a few years when I would hear the term shabby chic and I thought tired and trendy. But I confess I’ve come full circle in my thinking about the look. While I still am not ready to convert, I certainly have an admiration for the style when I see it done well in blog land or in a shelter magazine.
I recently read a post on the topic by Kifus of Inspired Interiors. She featured images from a Swedish magazine by the name of Skonahem that was titled shabby chic. While I can’t read Swedish, the images were mostly wonderful and the rooms seemed inviting and country-cozy. (source of images below: Skonahem via Inspired Interiors)
Once I started looking online (which can devour hours of time in the blink of an eye) I found HGTV had done some extensive posts on the shabby chic look. There are some very pretty rooms when you follow the various links to English country/shabby chic and Beach/shabby chic. (Images below via: HGTV blog)
Another favorite blog site is Glenda of The Paper Mulberry. Her recent post titled, “Rustic White”, contained images of rustic textures, mostly white, “breezy” and relaxed rooms. I love the idea of a simple cottage with my favorite things and little else. It holds the appeal of less is more and an uncluttered life. (Source of images below: The Paper Mulberry)
I’m personally not ready for the dramatic change but its fun to view these beautiful rooms and dream a little dream about a cottage in the Cottswold’s with hubby, my dogs and bare essentials designed in this style. What do you think, too stark, too spare? Let’s talk.
By the way…I stumbled upon a new site that is so much fun to visit each new post Heather Bullard Lifestyle Blog Besides being a contributing Editor to County Living Magazine she has started her own on-line magazine called Souvenir Magazine. You will get some great ideas for decor, dining, and DIY projects, and much more!
Below are a few images from the most recent issue: