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Posted on What Defines Shabby Chic in Furniture?

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#1 posted 06-24-2013 12:35 PM

I’m inclined to disagree with the first response.

Firstly, Shabby Chic is actually a registered trademark. Rachel Ashwell did so quite a few years ago. It was a term which, in my opinion, she cashed in on. No shame in that, but shabby chic was around as a term longer than the now defunct company.

So really, its a broad term, and there aren’t really rules.

I happen to like the idea of years of life and wear showing in a furnishing, as well as the notion that an item which had fallen into disuse or out of fashion, gets new life.

My wife has always loved this style. She grew up in an historic neighborhood, and always loved the look and feel of old houses. She would paint our mantle for instance, three times and sand most of the three layers off, just to achieve the effect. I found it bizarre, but have come to love it.

Now I also admire fine joinery and beautifully finished hardwoods. I’ve got my work cut out for me creating a piece which pleases her sensibilities while doing the same for me.

I fully understand when a craftsman builds a fine piece of furniture, and the client wants it abused. It’s almost insulting. But, the client is king.

Me? I embrace the style, and when situations arise where a client desires elements of shabby chic in their build, I oblige with enthusiasm.

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