May 2018 (3), April 2018 (2), March 2018 (1), February 2018 (1), January 2018 (2), December 2017 (5), November 2017 (3), October 2017 (1), September 2017 (2), August 2017 (2), July 2017 (1), June 2017 (2), May 2017 (2), April 2017 (3), March 2017 (2), February 2017 (2), January 2017 (3), December 2016 (5), November 2016 (2), October 2016 (1), September 2016 (1), August 2016 (2), July 2016 (2), June 2016 (2), May 2016 (3), April 2016 (1), March 2016 (4), February 2016 (3), January 2016 (3), December 2015 (6), November 2015 (2), October 2015 (5), September 2015 (4), August 2015 (2), July 2015 (1), June 2015 (4), May 2015 (2), March 2015 (1), February 2015 (2), November 2014 (1), October 2014 (2), September 2014 (1), August 2014 (3), July 2014 (1), June 2014 (2), May 2014 (5), April 2014 (7), March 2014 (2), February 2014 (3), January 2014 (3), December 2013 (1), November 2013 (6), October 2013 (5), September 2013 (9), August 2013 (4), July 2013 (7), June 2013 (4), May 2013 (10), April 2013 (3), March 2013 (7), February 2013 (4), January 2013 (5), November 2012 (1), May 2012 (1), December 2011 (1)

    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


    Red Pixel Studios Website Development