What is shabby chic?
Shabby chic decor is easily recognized by the obvious appearance of aging on its major design components. Most shabby chic-ers shop at antique stores and flea markets, but it is not uncommon to buy fresh, new items and distress them to achieve the same antique appearance. Typically this design style has the feminine feel of a cottage; an antiquely, opulent cottage.
Skilled decorator Lillyan Baker invited us to take a tour of her profoundly shabby chic, downtown apartment. She describes her home design as the perfect blend of shabby past and chic present. “That’s what I wanted when I started decorating my house. It took several months and countless antique stores to discover a home for every piece of furniture and nic-nac within My Cottage,” Baker mused.
Some of the more profound components of her design are gifts from her extended family which add their own personal flair.
The 100-year-old cottage required vast prep work from Baker. ”My apartment has the original hardwood floors, crystal doorknobs, French doors and windows,” she commented.
Before her masterful touch of shabby chic design, the space was already yearning for the antique décor of its youth.
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