Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Shabby and Chic Life Style, Decor, What it Means

Hello, and Welcome to LilacsNDreams! 

Today I am going to cover a style that some of us know, love, and admire. Shabby and Chic, or as many know it simply as Shabby Chic. First of all, I would like to clarify that using some of the words of this nature can have legal issues with it too. I have seen some people get letters, notices, complain of being notified, and have had their sale listings removed because of using such words too. To clarify just a little bit of this I went to the official site for Rachel Ashwell http://www.shabbychic.com to see if I could read a little bit of their terms, and what it said. It showed there that the terms "shabby chic" "simply chic" and "Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture" are not to be used. I know, common words, see it all the time, and why can we not use them? Rachel Ashwell has them trademarked and/or registerd trademarks of SCB. So, they aren't just copy righted, but she went through legalities to have them trademarked too. 

When I see the term of shabby chic I think of like a story book princess dream, and being feminine too. I also think of white, chippy, and worn looking. The term comes from the 80s. Shabby Chic is a form of interior design where furniture, and the furnishings are either chosen for their age, for signs of wear and tear, or new items that are distressed to get the appearance of antique. At the same time it has a soft, and feminine feel that makes it different from regular vintage decor. 

The items are often heavily painted through the years with many layers showing through for that time-worn era. The style is intimidated with painting using a glaze, or by painting and rubbing, or sanding away the top coat to show the wood, or some of the base coating. 

Fabrics tend to be cottens, and linens. The linen is the popular one, and inspired by old French linens. Whites, worn, or bleached out pastels are favorite colors. The fabric will often be stained with tea to give a look of old fabric. Such as some papers are also stained to add with the decor of pictures, and table arrays through out the home. Using bleached, and faded terms will often be applied to the style.

Todays Shabby Chic style is vintage, and antique furniture. 

Popular decor items are pillows made of a vintage bark cloth fabric, using vintage linens, chenille bedspreads, vintage chandeliers, picture frames, wired baskets, and of course anything with roses on it. A soft, and a relaxed feminine romantic way to decorate with and that looks comfortable, and inviting. Sometimes also called, or referred to as Cottage Style. 

I also found that Shabby Chic is a general term which can be used to refer to a person who is stylish rather than fashionable.

Shabby Chic isn't simply elegant, or a decorating style . . . . It's an Attitude!

Some of this content noted is from the official Rachel Ashwell site at the beginning in regards to the terms, and use of the words. The rest of it mostly came from http://www.en-wikipedia.org/wiki/Shabby_Chic

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