Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Some great inspiration: Victorian Shabby Chic

Way too long ago a reader asked me for suggestions to create a "Victorian Shabby Chic" style. I'm ashamed that I'm just getting to it now - but better late than never?

Here's what she writes:
"...we are just starting major renovations on an old Victorian house (built in 1891). One of my challenges is that I don't want the house to be overly Victorian. We are retaining as many of the historical elements as we can (trim, doors, wood floors, etc.) but are making a lot of changes to make the house more suitable for today (adding bathrooms, making a master suite, etc.). The style I am going for is "shabby chic country Victorian", which is I think is a totally made up term that my friend and I came up with. I was wondering if you have any thoughts or images that may fit this "style".

Well, here are a few pics I pulled from my collection that I thought might just fit the bill...


via Vogue Living

The stool with the aged patina adds a "shabby" element to keep the space from being too "perfect" Victorian.

Gotta love the floor!
Two images above via Lonny Mag

via House to Home

via Boligtorvet

Here' another example of a "shabby" piece of furniture that will keep a space from looking too fluffy. I really like the look of a filing cabinet or locker mixed in with victorian furnishings.
via House Doctor

Mixing and matching throws and pillows on your seating will make the space cozier and "shabbier"

A modern chandelier like the one above is Victorian in shape, but the color and finish keeps the fixture from being too chintzy.

Victorian homes often feature gorgeous original wood architectural elements. If the wood is dark, a great way to brighten the space is to add a mirror with a bit of edge, like the one above

Use contrasting colors (like white chairs and a black table), to keep the space awake
four images above via Domino



via Country Living

via Living Etc



Do you have any tips for a "victorian shabby chic" look?

4 comments:

diane@onlinefabricstore said...

You gave her some great ideas and I also posted about this topic that can be found here http://www.onlinefabricstore.net/blog/home-decor-shabby-chic-is-baaack/ Hope she enjoys

Penny@ "WDWS Design Trends" said...

Perfect! This is exactly what I would consider not too over done. Just the way I would want my home to look:)

Debbie Hewitt said...

I decorate the same way, and also call it country victorian shabby and chic (Ashwell's buckling down on anyone calling anything 'shabby chic,' claiming she coined the phrase and has it trademarked, ugh)..I had a victorian home for awhile and decorated it this way...my new home isn't quite as old, but I tend to lean toward the same decorating style. I've posted pics on one of my blogs, Lavender Cove, at http://lavendercoves.blogspot.com/2010/09/some-of-vignettes-in-my-home.html

Maggie said...

Thanks so much for the response and inspiration! This is Maggie, the author of the "shabby chic country Victorian" email. It has been a CRAZY 8+ months of renovation and decoration but we are getting there (cheneyhome.wordpress.com - an update is long overdue but you can see what we've been up to).

Anyways, as always, love the photos and ideas!

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