Shabby Chic Redefined

In interior design there are trends that get over done, diluted and badly done, so they quickly become passé.  Shabby Chic is one of them.  It is a look that cannot be mass-produced.  It should be done heavy on the chic with a sprinkle of the shabby.  It takes the care and time of shopping at antique stores, thrift stores and garage sales.  Finding treasures where the dings, dents and chipped paint of use make the piece more beautiful.  Here are some photos of this look done well:

Picture 21I wish I could wake up to such an artfully rumpled bed. 



Picture 14What great dining chairs with wrinkled linen slipcovers, mixed with the antiqued mirrors and unfinished wood ceiling – perfection!



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Picture 103The simplicity of this window treatment is gorgeous.  It could be done with a wonderful weighty linen or something as simple as a painters dropcloth.


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Originally this look involved distressed white furniture and lots of small scale flowery prints.  I think the new shabby chic should be about taking everyday or found items and finding a way to elevate their value and elegance.

(Unfortunately I amassed these photos before I was writing a blog so I don’t have links to the original sources.  If you took or own these photos or know who did, let me know.  I would be happy to give credit.)


About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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2 Responses to Shabby Chic Redefined

  1. sara baldwin says:

    It’s always so much fun looking at other designer’s tear sheets–what they notice, admire, recommend. Thank you so much for sharing! Also, regarding your latest blog, I love Brown Jordan’s outdoor furniture as well.

  2. I just love these diluted shabby chic spaces! =-)

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