About 10 years ago a friend asked me if I thought the “Shabby Chic” decorating style or “Vintage Cottage Style” would last. “Would shabby chic still be around in 10 years?” she asked. My answer was of course, Yes!
What we may call cottage, shabby, vintage, farmhouse, french country or some variation thereof will always be a popular way to decorate. The rules are flexible or non-existent, the styles are fun and livable, super comfortable and an affordable way to furnish one’s home. Vintage pieces have a story and a history and everyone loves a good story. Cottage, shabby decor feels natural and never fussy, it’s the perfect venue for the diy gal to pursue her passion to paint and refurbish old pieces, and these styles are always family friendly. In the last 10 years the vintage shabby chic style has not only become more popular but it has grown to now include “farmhouse ” and “prairie style”
My mentor Marian Parsons aka “Miss Mustard Seed” does “Farmhouse” right in this picture. Notice the chippy white and time-worn natural wood, blue striped ticking and white ironstone. You can find the whole post HERE I especially love the small bench as I have one very similar from my mom which she used to use to set the clothes basket on while she hung clothes on the line. Although each of the styles mentioned above have vintage furniture, natural elements, and time-worn goodness in common there are slight differences as their name variations imply.
Rachel Ashwell, the founder of the “Shabby Chic Line” trademarked in 1989, [wow 20 plus years] is still writing books, selling furniture and designing beautiful classic floral fabrics, while at the same time restoring a generous bed in breakfast in Texas called none other than “The Prairie.”
Ever since I saw my first gorgeous picture of this lavish retreat I have wanted to stay at this romantic B&B in Texas, and since my son announced last week that he is moving his family to Texas, I think it just might happen. Who would have thought? I would not have, that’s for sure.
Becca [my daughter and business partner] and I went to the NY Gift Show last month to get some spring inspiration for the shop. While there, we couldn’t pass by our favorite Book Seller, Ryland and Peters. Guess what we discovered? Rachel Ashwell, the founder of Shabby Chic has a new book ” titled, “Rachel Ashwell Couture Prairie”. It’s a gorgeous coffee table book with beautiful full-page picture layouts sure to leave you drooling, but inspired with decorating ideas for your own home.
We now carry several books from Ryland and Peters. The titles are all Vintage Decorating, Handcrafts or Gardening related and always 10% off Suggested Retail! We’ve stocked a few of these beautiful books for spring so come in and take a peak.
So if you’re decorating your own home or redoing a single room, don’t be afraid to buy that old piece of furniture or paint that antique, make it your own, live with it and enjoy it. Shabby, cottage, country, garden-style, farmhouse or prairie what ever your choose it will include gently used and time-worn pieces perfect for making a house a home, and sure to never going out of style!
Enjoy the journey