Tag Archives: shabby chic

Lime Green and white

31 Aug

I’m liking the fresh combination these days of lime green and white.  I’m surprised, actually, how much white I’m ending up using in Tilly’s Cottage. I have never been much for white rooms in the past but I think, because the space is small, I’ve tended to go down that route.  But the great thing about using white is that it provides the perfect backdrop for splashes of bold color – which I intend to use!   Case in point is this white sitting room which doesn’t feel boring at all because it’s been paired with all the yummy lime greens.  I love that it’s a bit shabby chic but also tailored at the same time – not an easy balance to strike.

Rustic cabinet

26 Aug

More shabby chic today with this distressed blue cabinet.   I love it in combination with the fresh-looking still-life of the lemons above and the little beach finds.   Great colors  — very warm, inviting and effortless looking.

Creative uses of old doors

12 Jun

I have a serious dumpster diving reputation and I’ve found some great finds over the years. (As a by the by, I think the term in Ireland is “skip surfing” since they don’t call it a dumpster but I’ve done it here, too!)  I’ve also  had the help from friends along the way in my dumpster diving endeavors.  My friend, Wendy, whose birthday I missed noting on Friday (sorry Wendy!!!), used to live in the very posh Boston neighborhood of the Back Bay. When I was living in Boston, we were going to meet up for a walk and she told me that she’d seen a very cool little dresser in the back alleyway.  We checked it out and it was very cute but seriously unloved. It found its way to my house and I stripped it, re-painted and stained it, added new hardware and used it for years before I moved away from Boston the first time and sold it for $75.

I know Wendy would appreciate this dining room photo knowing me.  I’m sure if I happened to be walking by old doors like this (fat chance of that happening unless you live in France) that I would snatch them up.  Belated happy birthday, Wendy!

The slipcovered house

2 May

Another one from the vault (which probably explains all the hole punches in the photos).  I don’t think there’s a room in this soft and oh so shabby chic house that doesn’t have a slipcover in it but I love it.  Maybe it’s because of Tilly and the lovely little hairs that she leaves on furniture that I like slipcovers but I also just think it’s a cozy look. This is a very feminine house but I think it’s really inviting. 

Rustic Chic by Bloomingville

2 Apr

I want a giant ampersand – that’s so me!  I love the rustic chic look of Bloomingville. Lots and lots of fun design pieces in their online shop — especially the accessories and kitchen items.





Rachel Ashwell and Shabby Chic Design

20 Feb

If you’re into design, you’re probably well aware of Rachel Ashwell who, in essence, created the shabby chic design approach.  I haven’t visited her website in a while now but I decided to take a look at some of the photos to see how things have evolved since my last peek.  She’s still very monotone in approach would wouldn’t be as much my thing but I do love that her taste has a level of sophistication even with the approach being so rustic.

Love the open kitchen shelves below and I love those chunky and not-perfectly-pressed curtains in the bedroom.

Just a little bit of shabby chic eye candy for you today. http://www.shabbychic.com/

Seriously shabby chic

20 Jan

I like vintage and I like rustic.  Sometimes it can be a bit over-the-top for me and certainly, since living in Ireland where modern design is very popular, I’ve really come to appreciate the stream-lined look.  With that said, I was flipping through the magic idea file the other day and ran across this article called “The Spirit of Reinvention” which, although very shabby chic,  has some great design appeal to me – now, sadly, I didn’t keep any reference to which magazine I grabbed it out of so advanced apologies that I can’t attribute it but I’m guessing it’s from Cottage Living. So, saddle up for some shabby chic inspiration…

“Soft” rooms

25 Oct

Today, I wanted to feature a couple of rooms which, in my mind, can only be described as “soft”.  Just looking at this room makes me want to stop, sit down and exhale. Ah, now that’s better. It’s nice and open and the colors are very soothing.  The room’s not trying to pretend to be something it’s not — it’s special without being overly so.

This shabby chic living room falls in the same category for me.  Young Miss Tilly would never let me get away with the white slip-covered sofa, sadly…but I think she’d really love those powder blue cushions on the sofa and she’d be circling the kids table on the right in the hope of dropping crumbs. 

Let’s hear it for soft rooms!