My topic for this month’s appearance on my local Fox 8 was Shabby Chic Decorating Tips. Cottage Chic, Beach Cottage Chic, French Country and Gustavian (Swedish) are the most common forms of Shabby Chic. My personal favorite is French Country.
The definition Shabby chic (pronounced: “sheek”) is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor, often with an affected feel is emphasized to differentiate it from genuine period decor.
Shabby Chic is influenced by European design, especially French. Probably one reason Parisien Flea Markets are very popular with Americans. These vintage pieces can be a mix of styles. If you cannot travel to Paris or find or afford a vintage piece, there are several paint brands that will give new furniture and accessories that distressed or weathered look. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint http://www.anniesloanunfolded.com/products/chalk-paint has tutorials with step by step instructions. Farmhouse Paint, a French Style Furniture Coatings is a paint that I first saw at the April 2014 Furniture Market in High Point, NC https://www.facebook.com/pages/Farmhouse-Paint/389457877834290. Another one is Van Gogh Chalk Paint http://www.vangoghfurniturepaintology.com/ You can use just the paint or add distressing that will give your furniture piece an aged or weathered look. Most retail stores that sell these paints offer classes. There are many youtube videos that will walk through the steps to a beautiful aged Shabby Chic piece.
One of my favorite magazines, Verands, usually has at least Shabby Chic room in each publication. Beautiful walls!
I have included photos of the props I used for my Fox 8 Interview. Burlap definitely says relaxed decorating!
If you saw me on Fox 8 you know the origin of the wooden box. A sewing machine drawer! I love the carving and handle. This was my grandmothers It is lovely with tiny potted ferns or flowers How would you use it? I purchased the blue metal lantern at Hobby Lobby but you could make your own with a little chalk paint. Dry brush or sand off paint here and there for a vintage look. Neat how the new photo frame on a stand has a faux antique pin glued to the top. You get the idea? Replace furniture knobs with antique crystal or metal knobs.
Pink, sage green, pale blue and aqua are the most popular Shabby Chic palettes. Hydrangeas are probably the flower most often associated with Shabby Chic. You can grow hydrangeas and dry them. Do you see the French influence in the antique brass candlestick? My mother bought this one years ago in an antique shop. I wonder about its age. Statues and especially angels appear in Shabby Chic decor.
Vintage china, crystal and silver can be easily located in antique shops, flea markets, and as in my case, my mother-in-law’s china cabinet. Nell was very pleased her china and crystal would be seen on Fox 8. The lovely eyelet dollie is from my grandmother, Rosa.
Sweet magnetic message board from Ballards. Family message board or a “to do” board in a home office.
I love this grande distressed mirror from Ballards. I have the perfect spot in my home! Where would you use it?
Extend your Shabby Chic decor to your patio, deck or porch. Reminds me of my grandmother’s galvanized wash basin.
While we are outside, lets not forget wall decor. Aged metal fleur de lis on a vine trellised wall certainly says Shabby Chic!
Ballards is known for its Shabby Chic or French decor. ww.ballarddesigns.com
Ballard’s Florentina Collection of Italian influenced designs and finishes.
Slipcovers, antique silver, china and crystal, tapestries,wicker, sheers, and lace are few more item you might want to include in your Shabby Chic decor. It is budget friendly in that you can paint most furniture style to create that eclectic charm. Collections of antique plates, photo frames, lace or antique architectural pieces can be an interesting focal point. As with most all decorating styles, avoid a cluttered look.
Hope to see you at the Paris flea market!