The Fabric Maverick asks... Am I Shabby Chic or just shabby???
What is Shabby Chic? According to various sources I have read, it's a comfortable, casual decorating style. Okay, so far, that sounds like me. The elements of the Shabby Chic style are:
1. Dreamy, soft floral fabrics. Large roses especially seem to predominate this style.
2. Vintage fabrics
3. Shiny silver accessories
4. Painted furniture, well worn furniture
5. Pastel colors
6. Iron curtain rods
8. Mixing patterns such as stripes, florals, plaids etc. The trick is to use the same background color such as ivory or white to make mixing patterns work.
In other words, if all of your furniture matches, you like bold, primary colors and ruffles make you cringe, you are not shabby chic.
Well, my furniture is well worn; I do like comfortable, soft furnishings. I like mixing patterns. Of course, my daughter does not always like what I mix. I keep any ruffles contained in the bedroom. My colors tend to be in the medium range. The one thing about shabby chic is that it does not have one style. Maybe I have just created American Shabby Chic.
I will say that after looking at the Shabby Chic collection we have, I feel some compulsion to make bed linens so I am providing a link to directions on making your own sheets. I never thought I would want to make sheets.
What style are you? Let me know.