My love of interior design goes hand in hand with me discovering Shabby Chic Style back in my twenties. And although my personal style has evolved into something that is less fussy and frilly it is still fundamentally the basis of my personal design style.
Shabby chic style celebrates aged, worn and wrinkled, and makes it look elegant! It’s a great cottage look that’s inspired by the ease of beach life and the romance of the English countryside. These shabby chic beach cottage ideas are anything but shabby! Shabby Chic, the home furnishings label and retail chain, founded in 1989, by British born Rachel Ashwell is now recognised not only as a brand name, but as a decorating style. In one of her Shabby Chic Decorating Books Rachel says, “I didn’t invent this relaxed style. Europeans have long appreciated this approach to living.” Some take the shabby chic cottage look more to the country, with ruffles and roses, for me (of course) it has to be more about the beach, simple, spacious, with a little bit of shelliciousness. Or in other words, it has to be Shabby Beach Chic.
Shabby chic decor is mostly white, from walls to distressed furnishings to slip covered sofas, accentuated with soft pastels to keep it all airy and bright. If you need a color punch add a great piece of art or a colourful cushions like you see in the first room. Then all you have to do is fall into your comfy sofa, put your feet up and relax! Comfort, the beauty of imperfection, the allure of time-worn objects, and the appeal of simple, practical living are the cornerstones of what has come to be known as the Shabby Chic style.
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