Shabby Chic is a form of design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear, or new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique and aged item of furniture.
Shabby chic items are often heavily painted through the years, with many layers showing through the worn areas.
At Hearts and Home we take all different aged items and create the Shabby Chic look.
A little bit of history
The style started in Great Britain and evokes the type of decoration found in large country houses where there are worn and faded old chintz sofas and curtains, old paintwork and unassuming 'good' taste. The end result of shabby chic is to achieve an elegant overall effect, as opposed to the sentimentally cute Pop-Victorian. Recycling old furniture and fabrics is an important aspect of the look and was especially popular with modern Bohemians and artisans that made up a sidelined counter-culture movement during the 1980s when expensive quality decor became very fashionable with the upper middle classes. The original shabby chic interiors were usually considered in themselves works of art.