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Posted on What Defines Shabby Chic in Furniture?

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#1 posted 06-24-2013 07:21 PM

I guess that is why there are so many different styles of furnishings. What may be hip and eclectic to some is prententious junk to another. That is why we are called individuals. While some may favor early American syle, others lean toward modern or contemporary or somewhere in between like G & G or Stickley. The guys that build early American reproduction pieces fascinate me. I am in awe of their talent. But David Marks’ more modern work knocks me out too. I am not very fond of the knotty alder being used today in a lot of higher end homes. To me it looks like cast off barn wood. But it IS a really big deal…I guess. Taking a perfectly fine piece of wood, and intentionally beating the s**t out of it with chains, nails, hammers etc to “distress” it to me is pretty lame. I guess since I grew up with beat up, distressed ( just from age and wear) stuff, I don’t want to have any more of that stuff around than I can afford to replace. I had a decorating “style” like that when I was in college, like as in an orange vinyl settee in my living room, or a scrounged couch that someone set by the curb for a junk or otherwise pick-up. Only then it was just “funky” with no prententions of an actual style of “shabby chic” A great subject for discussion though. If you like it, put it in your house. If you don’t, then pass.

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