Thursday, August 21, 2008

Is Shabby Chic still chic?

Rachel Ashwell started Shabby Chic back in the 80s after years of scouring thrift and antique stores for furniture with beautiful lines and the patina of a good life. Shabby chic has now become a decorating style of its own; pastels, worn finishes, whites, and romance are all variables that pull the look together. Some say that shabby chic has lost it's appeal, but I'm on the fence about it. I absolutely love the photos, and I think I could never get out of one of those beds once I 've slept in one. But I also wonder if the furniture and accessories could be blended in with people's already existing decor, or if one goes Shabby chic, do they have to go all out? What are your thoughts?











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10 comments:

Dianne said...

I think "Shabby Chic" is the cousin of "Euro Trash"!!! Both are so inviting and will always be "in" to some degree.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Naw...I don't think you need to go all out. The basic elements are comfort. Come on, what is not amazing about cuddling up in a big ole' marshmallow of a bed or sofa?

I think even SHE is adapting the style as time moves on.

Once a "style" is sold in Target or Walmart or kmart it is pretty darn mainstream. That can be good, and bad.

It does seem like it HAS been going on for a LONG time. I remember it looking quite different from everything out there in the late 80's.

Ya gotta hand it to her...good business savy.

Jennifer said...

While Ashwell's pastel palette may be becoming dated, the larger theory of adding a touch of "shabby" texture to a very "chic" and modern space is still a fresh and effective technique. Admittedly, the Target line is scary but there are some really beautiful and versatile items in the Shabby Chic stores. Don't be afraid to go in there!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I think the real Shabby Chic will always be in style, because essentially it is about comfortable, personal style. However, through the years so many simply old and beat up things have been classified as "Shabby Chic" in order to make them seem more than they are, which has diluted the brand's reputation a bit.

Pigtown-Design said...

I agree with Pamela... ratty old things are now shabby chic. i recently saw a credenza that someone had sanded in the oddest places (places where there would not have been wear) and swore that it was shabby chic. it was really just shabby. there's a big difference!

Ann said...

Ahhh...shabby chic, it looks good, exudes comfort, and a bit romantic at times, who wouldn't want that every once in a while? I think the pieces just changes but the chicness is still there.

Ashley said...

Everyone brings up good points. I think people have been abusing the "shabby" factor in order to raise prices. The bottom line for me is that looking at the fluffy couches and beds just makes me happy, so a thumbs up!

Baby Cakes said...

I love the idea of Shabby chic, but as mentioned here, the palette is a bit cloying. But the a mixture of vintage/modern/trendy, just like in fashion with the mixture of vintage and au currant stuff, will never be out of style.

carol said...

I think its a look that can be updated, and you can add loads of your own personal style, and not worry to much about trends.
I love a mix of things old, new, and inbetween
cheers

Sue said...

Been almost 4 yrs. since 1st. post.
Is shabby still in. For those who love vintage, romantic, garden & country, it will never hurt to have a little shabby. It's the cherry on top.

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