My Own Shabby Chic lifestyle
Q: I want to create my own Shabby Chic lifestyle – where do I start?
A: Just about anywhere at any time. It’s often quite inexpensive because a lot of the things you will purchase along the way will be already used, possibly quite old, and usually cheaper because of it.
When you make the decision to create a new lifestyle, remember it’s not a race; it’s a journey to be savoured along the way, in fact it’s all about the journey. There is no finishing post – it’s a lifestyle change you’re looking for, not a race to completely reinvent yourself before next weekend, your birthday, Christmas, or whatever other date you may have set yourself.
The beautiful thing about creating a shabby chic lifestyle is that the journey is a lifetime one which actually becomes a part of the changes you make. So sloooow down. You don’t have to change everything in your home and wardrobe immediately, and chucking your job in unless you’ve come into an inheritance or won the lottery would be a bit foolish – you still need money to actually live. So look at it as lifestyle changes you plan to be making for the rest of your natural and take your time about how and where and when and what you are going to change or replace next.
Shabby chic is definitely a way of life and encompasses everything from your wardrobe, your décor and even the food you cook. I have a cook book I have owned for years and which is still my go-to recipe finder when I have one or more of my shabby chic friends around for a meal – yes, several of my friends are shabby chic disciples with a bit of French and Country chic thrown in as they all complement one another and flow seamlessly together. The book I’m talking about is still available on Amazon and is just so special.
Click here for Mr Pickwick’s Plentiful Portions 1980 by Brenda Marshall. Hardcover $45.00
If you want to carry the lifestyle through to every corner of your life this book is a definite must with recipes as cooked in Charles Dicken’s time and delightful extracts from his books introducing each recipe.
Making changes is about deciding that this is the way you want to live because straight clean immaculate lines don’t do it for you any more – if they ever did. This is fine for many but you are not one of them. Minimalism, where everything has its place with plenty of space around it, is not for you as are neither modern nor traditional styles. You actually enjoy a bit of clutter; you like your things around you, often old pieces of furniture with a story to tell, a bit of wear and tear that says, `I’ve been well-used, I’ve stood the test of time and now I’m yours. Do with me as you will – use me as a display piece for your lovely old lace, hang an old linen and lace nightie on me, pile some doilies on my shelves, show off those old pieces of china and adorn me with roses.’
Next week I will talk about bedrooms – no, not as in Fifty Shades, although we could probably go close to fifty shades of white, cream and pink.
Till then have a wonderfully shabby week.
I am a complete decor nut, and have a gallery of books on the subject but I’ve never been terribly good at creating my own style so I have always seen things I like and copied it – I also need recipes for cooking and patterns for knitting – in other words, I need guidance.
I came across this particular ebook while browsing in Amazon and it looked interesting – How to create a shabby chic lifestyle – so I thought, that’s me, and bought it. Over the last few weeks, due solely to this ebook, I have managed to at last create a style that suits my personality and I haven’t needed to copy someone else’s ideas to do it.
So while it gives lots of information, it does so in a way that has allowed me to develop my style, adding my own touches, and I absolutely love it. I think this author has found a way to present a concept without getting all technical or verbose about it and that suits me just fine. For anyone playing on the fringes of shabby chic – or someone like myself, who wants to own a style but doesn’t know how to begin – I highly recommend How to Create a Shabby Chic Lifestyle
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The Shabby Chic décor style that has quickly gained popularity since its emergence as a defined genre in the 1980s, has evolved for an increasing number of enthusiasts, into a complete lifestyle.
Currently it is a top international trend in home décor and fashion, supported by a huge revival in all things shabby, crafty, romantic, French, and vintage.
Over the past three decades, Shabby Chic has become a catch phrase that incorporates a whole new range of ideas about old and antique furniture items, vintage soft furnishings and clothing, old crockery and curios and creative art and finishings.
With thought, care, patience, and on a small budget, it is possible to revamp a fairly plain home into an English country cottage or French style maison and, for those keen to incorporate shabby chic into all areas of their lives, their gardens and wardrobe.
Does creating a shabby chic lifestyle simply mean taking greater care of and spending lots of money on your home and wardrobe?
Of course, you will always want to take care of your greatest asset and your personal presentation, but creating an authentic shabby chic lifestyle does not have to mean more work and more cost. The beauty of shabby chic is that it need not break the bank, it’s easy to maintain, and extremely versatile. It is also warm, inviting, cosy and practical, sweet, and gentle on the eye.
Shabby Chic reflects the simplicity, beauty, and charm of a bygone age, perhaps lost forever if not for us, its loyal and enthusiastic disciples.
There is true beauty and pleasure to be found in the restoration, or in some cases simply cleaning up, of an old piece of furniture to take up pride of place in just the right corner of your home.
When treasures of the past blend with pieces of today (yes, you can put the old and new together to create a successfully inspiring or romantic look) the designer’s personality can peep through. Some of the most enchanting room settings I have seen have been a total blend of old and new.
With a little practical imagination you can transform your home into a work of art – one you will love living in and that will capture the imagination of all who enter.
Whites, creams, and pastel shades are dominant in shabby chic and, combined with eclecticism, contrasting looks, eras, and styles such as casual and elegant; simple and ornate; tidy and crushed; traditional and modern, each individual’s interpretation of shabby chic will display their own unique style within the genre.
Shabby chic is often referred to as second-hand stylishness and it has become so globally popular that it is likely to continue through the 21st century and beyond!
Because we love the different looks that can be achieved with this genre, the absolute best thing about shabby chic is that there are no set rules. One person’s imagination might say, `I love the way this old painted lampstand with the chintzy shade looks beside my husband’s favourite brown leather chair. He won’t part with it so the shade is a way to make it blend in. I might even throw a couple of lace doilies on the arms.’
Another’s might say, `That leather chair has got to go. It’s spoiling the balance.’ (Hopefully hubby himself will get to stay).
What it boils down to is that the outcome is an individual’s choice; their creative imagination at play with what is pleasing to their eye.
By writing this book for you, I hope we can open a window that will tempt you to investigate how you might achieve a shabby chic lifestyle. If you find yourself sighing over whites and creams and laces and silks and roses and violets, this may be just the style for you and it can so easily become a large part of your life.
Just decide that it’s how you want your life to be and go from there.
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