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:
I wish I could wake up to such an artfully rumpled bed.
What great dining chairs with wrinkled linen slipcovers, mixed with the antiqued mirrors and unfinished wood ceiling – perfection!
The simplicity of this window treatment is gorgeous. It could be done with a wonderful weighty linen or something as simple as a painters dropcloth.
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.)