What is “Shabby Chic”?

According to Wikipedia, Shabby chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. A  soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor, often with an affected feel is emphasized to differentiate it from genuine period decor.  HGTV tells us that delicate lace and fabric florals are easy ways to create a shabby chic decor. Creators of this look often look for pieces that can be altered or reused in creative ways as shown in this video.


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