What IS Shabby Chic?

Let’s talk about where this whole idea comes from. That’s a really good place to start!

The term “shabby chic” seems to have originated in the 1980’s. Wikipedia says it was first used by The World of Interiors  magazine, and spread from there.


Shabby Chic Cupboard


Shabby Chic Wedding Centerpieces

When I started my last post on shabby chic wedding ideas, I had no idea what kind of obsession I was stepping into. But oh.my. There are so many beautiful ideas for everything shabby chic you could possibly want for a wedding.Table centerpieces are one area where the bride and/or wedding planner’s creative eyes particularly get to shine. And the options for shabby chic wedding centerpieces are truly endless.

Shabby Chic Weddings- Floral is the Name of The Game

The Shabby chic design has a strong emphasis on floral elements. If you’re looking for a pure, simple feel,  a pastel rose or peonies in a glass vase on each table would do the trick!

Floral Wedding Centerpieces

Shabby Chic Wedding Ideas – “I Do” Design

Shabby Chic Wedding Ideas: The Design of My Dreams

Ahhh, wedded bliss.

The hubby and I are going to a lovely October wedding in two weeks. The invitations were low-key, feisty and fun, and got me dreaming about weddings in general…which of course got me thinking….

What would a Shabby Chic Wedding look like?

Our own wedding was, in a way, a shabby chic wedding without even meaning to be. We made it work on an extremely tight budget, in the middle of January, and we were just so in love, we made anything work.

We had mason jars and burlap, white epsom salt “snow”, huge white flowers and pine cones, elegant candles, a gauzy canopy and a cozy fireplace. Mish mash beautiful!

And that’s the beauty of a shabby chic wedding- It’s a design style where anything goes.

Weddings are, sort of irrevocably, elegant. You’d have to work hard to remove all elements of elegance from a wedding….so “chic” can pretty much take care of itself. 😉

And shabby? Let’s call it vintage for the sake of our wedding planning correctness, and the options are limitless!


Shabby Chic Shopping: Ten Tips for Treasure Hunting

Here We Go: Shabby Chic Shopping Tips!

There are more options available for just going right out and purchasing decor designed in a “shabby chic” style. My personal favorite way to find it though, is treasure hunting!

Antique stores, flea markets,  even Craigslist and garage sales are all fantastic places to buy shabby chic. A soft tablecloth here, a lamp there….tables, teacups and tapestries! For me, the best part is finding completely random and different things and then getting to dream up ways to put them together as shabby chic decor!

Shopping for shabby chic home decor this way is a little more work than heading to a department store.  You might have to spend a bit more time shopping, turning over some rocks and searching deep in the dusty old corners of these shops. Personally, that’s my favorite part!


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