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    Shabby Chic

    By: Christy V. Temple

    The terms “shabby chic” have been around for a while but what does it really mean? Well, according to an online search I performed using Google here is a basic definition of the terminology. Shabby Chic is defined as “a style of interior decoration that uses furnishings that are or appear to be pleasantly old and slightly worn.” Also it can be defined as “denoting or relating to furniture or soft furnishings that have a pleasingly old and slightly worn appearance.”

    In any event, the terminology sometimes tends to go hand-in-hand with other terms like vintage, recycled, repurposed, antique, old, etc. All of the terms have become very popular in the last few years as many of us have decided it’s cool to hark back to yesteryear in terms of the way we dress, design the interiors of our houses, and the types of careers we tend to have. There seems to be a shift towards getting away from the rat race and going more for jobs that we are passionate about instead of just punching a time clock for the sake of argument.

    Personally, I have always had a fondness for this type of decoration juxtaposed together with a love of recycled/repurposed/salvaged/junk. Growing up as a child I used to be dragged to a lot of flea markets, yard sales, auctions, antique shops, and so on. Back then, I tended to be more interested in Barbie clothing and dollhouse miniatures. However, as I started to get older, I could appreciate more and more what my parents and relatives already understood all too well. The love of antiques can become addicting.

    I personally like to use the adage, “it’s the thrill of the hunt” that pulls me in every time. I usually like to fancy myself as someone who doesn’t get sucked in to things without thinking long and hard about it first. However, when it comes to antiquing I am an all-day sucker for searching through aisle after aisle of dark, musty corridors hoping to discover that elusive find that I have been waiting for all my life.

    Okay, so now that I have told you all about my deepest desires for junk and old vintage treasures mixed with a dash of shabby chic, here are a few books that we have here at the Daviess County Public Library that might just lure you in as well. I hope you enjoy!

    By the way, all of these books are by Rachel Ashwell, the one who really started and wrote about the “shabby chic” movement.

    (Photo courtesy of Google images)

    • Shabby Chic
    • Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting and Decorating Guide
    • Shabby Chic: The Gift of Giving
    • Shabby Chic: Sumptuous Settings and Other Lovely Things
    • Shabby Chic Interiors: My Rooms, Treasures, and Trinkets
    • The World of Shabby Chic: Beautiful Homes, My Story & Vision

     

     
     
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