What’s the primary room in every household where the whole family can sit back and relax? The trusted room that everyone after a long, hard day at work can simply unwind, put your feet up and grab a favourite book, watch a movie or simply socialise? That’s right, it’s the living area… or front-room, living-room, lounge whatever you choose to call it, it’s the space we all associate with tranquillity and comfort, a room that we can truly make our own. Nothing quite beats a tidy, organised and peaceful living... Read More
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
21st Century Drawing Rooms for Shabby Chic Homes The phrase “drawing room” dates back to the 18th century. After being well fed, ladies and gents would “withdraw” to an open and comfortable setting suitable for after-dinner socialising. It’s generally the part of the house where visitors may be entertained and generally the part of the house that is most furnished. The 18th century drawing rooms held the same pieces as you would find today in a French- inspired space. The classic, modern-day lounging area has some essential pieces that you... Read More
Lighting Up Your Space There are three basic types of lighting to choose from and this decision should not be taken…. lightly. The lighting in your room sets the mood and tone and may even determine the function of the space. Do you want the ambiance to be warm and comfortable? Or does it need to be bright and purposeful? A good lighting plan combines all three types of lighting to illuminate an area according to style and function. The first type of lighting is general lighting or otherwise known... Read More
Creating a Shabby Chic French Boudoir Shabby chic furniture and décor is known to be romantic with its combination of comfort and serenity. With touches of crown mouldings, natural finishes, expensive and fine furnishings, florals and light and airy colour palettes, recreating a bedroom in this design is simple to do, even on a budget. First, choose a colour scheme that suits your taste and the overall design of the space. A great colour scheme to begin with is one that emphasises pastels such as pink, yellow, blue,... Read More
When decorating your home in the French country style, it’s best if you to choose paint colours that will best represent this design and your own personal style.
Live small, decorate big. Keep small spaces light and bright. Break the mold with Shabby chic to create a style that has a lot to say about its environment.
Budget décor doesn’t have to be shabby. Create sophistication with a little money and a lot of creativity. Repurpose and recycle, that’s the shabby chic moto. Chic on a shabby budget Budget décor doesn’t have to be shabby. Create chic sophistication with a little money and a lot of creativity. Repurpose and recycle, that’s the shabby chic moto. In the early 1980’s rebellious designers rediscovered their ancestral estate homes. Much of the furniture was scruffy from years of neglect. These radical designers left the cobwebs, but set shabby center stage.... Read More