Monday, 8 October 2012

What Is Shabby Chic?

What is Shabby Chic? So you've heard this phrase being used time and time again but your still unsure what it actually is, well let's try to explain.

Shabby Chic is actually quite a vague term used to describe a style of interior design or fashion accessories such as bags etc.

Shabby Chic products often look well used and have a vintage look about them. If you think about the 1930's - 1950's design you won't be far wrong.  Think pretty floral prints (particularly Rose prints and pastel colours.

Homeware is often enamel or metal painted in pretty shades, often with a hand painted look.

The Shabby Chic trend has grown rapidly over recent years in terms of both interior design and fashion. Whilst shrewd shoppers may find gorgeous shabby chic buys in charity shops, flea markets, jumble sales etc the high street is now oozing with gorgeous Shabby Chic products.  Leading the way is the Cath Kidston brand.  This popular brand turned over £69 million in 2011 compared to £12 million five years ago according to Retail-Week.

The Shabby Chic trend began here in Britain back in the 1980's the phrase was reportedly used by The World of Interiors Magazine. It typifies all that is tasteful, romantic and feminine about Britain, such as Garden Parties, Street Parties and Country homes.  Though right now Shabby Chic is also growing in popularity stateside.

If your still unsure to What is Shabby Chic then use the menu on the right hand side to browse around this site at some of the most gorgeous Shabby Chic Gifts from across the high street.

Other references:-

The Shabby Barn - What is Shabby Chic?

Ideal Moments - What is Shabby Chic?

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