Shabby Chic

Growing up, I've always been fond of vintage ---- not only vintage clothes but as well as vintage furniture painted in pastel colors especially in pinks, milk paint finishes and white wash. The soft and feminine feel those furniture give me is just magical. I even said to myself, "One day, I'm gonna MAKE my own furniture similar to that." Yes, you read that right; I said MAKE instead of HAVE or BUY. I think that makes me very different from the people around me even as a kid. I reckon that's just how artists like me most of the time.

Anyway, it wasn't until I saw DIY Embellish this! back in 2003 (I'm not sure) when I was about 10 or 11  years old that I learned about Shabby Chic! Thanks to Ms. Dena Fishbein and Lifestyle Network and DIY Network, my queries were answered.

I was so in love with this show! I love Arts and Crafts ever since I was born so it wasn't a surprise for my parents if they caught me watching shows like this then do crafts after. The interior of the set of the show or in short, Ms. Dena's incredible house also caught my eye. Every week, I was looking forward to know what else her house has to offer but nobody really knows what lies behind closed doors (or what the camera doesn't show) so I became hungry for it. I even dreamed up until now that one day, I'll be given the opportunity to have a tour around her house.

So what is Shabby Chic? Shabby Chic is antiques without the price tag. It's "secondhand stylishness". It's finding furniture at flea markets and fixing it up by giving it a character. It's peeling paint, milk-paint finishes, rust or worm holes! Nicks and scratches don't matter for they are character. The underlying quality is what matters.

(photo from here)

Shabby Chic is an Interior Design style wherein the furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their age and signs of wear and tear or new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, minimalistic, and feminine feel is emphasized to differentiate it from regular vintage decor; hence the "chic" in the name.

(photo from here)

Shabby Chic items are often heavily painted through the years, with many layers showing through obviously time-worn areas. Read more here.

When we talk about Shabby Chic, you'll often hear cottons, linens, pie safes, jelly cupboards, sanding, staining, flea markets, flowers, vintage and chintz. It's because these terms revolve in the shabby chic world.

The fabrics tend to be cottons and linens.Whites and worn or bleached out pastels are favorite colors. Oftentimes, the fabric is stained with tea to give it the look of old fabric.

(visit Rachel Ashwell's gallery of details for more photos)

Pillows made of vintage barkcloth fabric, vintage linens, chenille bedspreads, vintage chandeliers, and anything with roses on it are popular decor items. It is a soft, relaxed, feminine romantic way of decorating that looks comfortable and inviting.

Shabby Chic style is very popular in the United States of America but it doesn't mean that you can't decorate your place in that style if you're in the opposite side of the world, the Philippines. With a little bit of creativity and research, you can definitely live in a relaxing shabby chic or cottage style house even if you're in the busy streets of Manila or Makati! =)

Click these awesome sites to learn more!

Also check-out Dena Fishbein's books and as well as Rachel Ashewell's. 
I don't have a copy of their books yet because I don't know if they're available in my country but I do hope I'll have a copy soon :)) They will be a big help in my career.

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  1. so feminine! i want a drawer like that!

    the STYLE Fringe BLOG

  2. The soft and feminine feel those furniture give me is just magical, ? me too love the vintage and shabby chic style. most of my home is kept in white love it tanks for the view

  3. I kind of love especially love aged woodwork. There's something magical about knowing that you've just put something your coffee down on something that has worn so many scratches and stains that gives it all the more character

  4. hi, I love your blog! This post is so nice. I love vintage so much!
    I follow you now via gfc/186 and bloglovin/18, follow back if you want:)

    xx chris

  5. I like such as furniture in the palace <3

  6. so pretty! AMAZING PICTURES..great post.XOXO Ewa

  7. Nice post!
    Love shabby chic style, so romantic!

  8. Awesome post! Love vintage! Thanks for stopping by my blog:) I'm following you now!


  9. I have ALWAYS loved vintage furniture!! I absolutely love vintage houses and designs!

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  10. This style is very cute! Amazing post!

  11. these photos are so cute :)

  12. Yes, I'm dancer ;)
    and I follow your blog! I'm waiting for revenge!!

  13. Very interesting article, ans gorgeous photos . Thanks for visiting me! Hope you have a great day.

  14. gorgeous pictures:) would you like to follow each other on GFC and bloglovin?? let me know:)


  15. ooh i love all the dressers!!! i love that theyre worn looking! so beautiful :)

  16. ahh i know what you mean! vintage will always be my favorite. I adore that kitchen- i want one just like that!
    would you like to follow each other?

  17. I follow u and I wait for your turn ;)
    Great blog ;)

  18. Nice post!

  19. ohhhhh I´m in love with the picures you found!! like the kitchen and the living room looks great, too!
    already pinned them :D

    1. @Nowak - aww thank you! I'm glad you like them :))

  20. so sweet photos..thank you so much for your comment xxx