Tuesday March 31, 2020

More chic than shabby

The decorative style that was first recognised in the 1980s has gathered international influences since then, but remains a romantic favourite

9th January, 2015

The phrase shabby chic has been with us for some time, but its meaning is often confused with that of other interior styles such as eclectic, vintage, French country and Rococo – possibly because it borrows elements from each.

The phrase ‘shabby chic’ was coined by World of Interiors magazine in the 1980s. The label described the type of decor found in large English country houses: worn but elegant sofas often covered in faded chintz,...

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