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new blog 11/08/2016
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Shabby Chic Furniture for Any Room – Chest of Drawers

Get back from a long day’s work, throw your bag in under the coat rack – there’s a bunch of stuff in your pockets, what are you going to do with it? Dump it in the top drawer of the chest of drawers you keep in the hallway for just this need. A quick deposit of stuff you’ll get to sorting later, like those batteries that need to be taken to the office for recycling. The other reason you keep a chest of drawers in the hall is because it... Read More

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Sophia: The Ultimate Shabby Chic Collection

If you love the look of shabby chic furniture, you’ll love the Sophia Collection. It provides the perfect foundation for a total room makeover. Elements in this collection have strong but clean lines. The heavy frames are offset by classic brushed steel in the drawer pulls and other fixtures. Let’s start with the dressing table. We are constantly being told we need to adopt mindfulness practices or meditation or some such other thing that is bound to take up time in a busy day. It’s a noble goal, so what... Read More

De-Stress with Houseplants

Some house decorations can feel like unnecessary clutter. Houseplants are a great, functional way of decorating empty corners. Well-placed greenery can brighten a space and purify air leaving you feeling more relaxed and restful. Spending time in nature can reduce stress levels and anxiety, but being out of doors isn’t always an option when the weather is cold and rainy. So, we’ve compiled a short list of five houseplants that we think will help you de-stress and purify the air in your home.   English Ivy is considered one of the... Read More

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5 Shabby Chic Headboards You Have to Have

When decorating your bedroom in shabby chic style, the headboard may just be the most important piece you choose. Every piece, together, makes up the entire space but this item is often the focal point, so you’ll want to get it just right. You can then continue to build upon the design to achieve an eclectic but cohesive vibe. With the right headboard and a few other great pieces of furniture, you can continue to gather and add elements to the room, perhaps even over the course of many years.... Read More

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Important Elements of Shabby Chic Design

Shabby chic isn’t always frills and lace. It’s a combination of comfort and the charms of eclectic imperfection. The shabby chic design has become one of the most popular styles with its weathered woods, pastel shades and ivory white furniture. In most spaces that display shabby chic styles, we’ll see soft pastels such as pinks, whites, greyish blues and florals. These tones will immediately transform your space from drab to chic. Your large pieces of furniture should include weathered pieces, cast iron or antique-style chandeliers, stools and lamps, and other... Read More

Your Very Own Shabby Chic She-Shed

  Just as men can have their own “Man Cave”, women have created their equivalent with the “she-shed”. The she-shed is designed to give the woman of the house a place of her own, and there are many stunning examples of how a little imagination (and no little conviction) can help create a wonderful new garden feature. You might use it as a summer retreat, where you can get lost in a good book, or perhaps as a greenhouse for growing fruits and flowers all year round. Shabby chic she-sheds... Read More

The Essentials of Lighting and Colour

So you fell in love with that dramatic, velvety teal your friends had on an accent wall, but when you used a similarly dramatic shade in your own shabby chic furniture-inspired living room, the place felt like a cave. We’ve recently discussed the difference between ambient, task, and detail lighting, but the colour of your lighting is just as important as its purpose. Lighting can profoundly affect how colour is perceived, so if you’re in the process of selecting paint, don’t neglect to test its appearance with a variety of... Read More

The Case For Customising

Bespoke and Shabby Chic Furniture A vision for the look of your home can be accompanied by the frustration of trying to find exactly the right furniture. The more particular the need – storage for a tiny hallway or an awkward corner – the greater the potential dilemmas. It could be time to consider a piece or two of bespoke furniture. Here are a few common problems that made-to-order pieces can solve. Working with Heirlooms As much as we love them, common family heirlooms such as armoires or sideboards can... Read More

Organising Small Spaces with Shabby Chic Furniture

Organising Small Spaces with Shabby Chic Furniture Unless you have your own personal Mary Poppins making the tidying-up seem fun, odds are you have at least a few things littering your living space. In a small house or apartment, though, the clutter can seem to take over. Here are some tips on beautifully organising within a few square metres. When looking to rearrange a room, consider where your functional space is and where it should be. Hooks are great, but if they’re in the middle of a wall that could... Read More