Design Trends: Shabby Chic Vintage
While not really a new trend, vintage or “shabby chic” decorating is a trend with staying power. If you’ve ever been inside an Anthropologie, you’ve gotten a first-hand look at how this trend translates into living spaces. A few months ago we featured Lighting By Lucia, which definitely epitomizes this shabby chic vintage trend. Whether you incorporate actual vintage artifacts (typewriters, dress forms, skeleton keys, bell jars, apothecary jars, spyglasses, pocket watches, grandfather clocks, signs, and other things accrued from antique or thrift stores) or simply love the look of lighter, muted colors, weather wood, and things that merely look old, this is an easy trend to work into most homes. And best of all, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get the look, though it does require a certain eye for this type of design. Scour your local thrift and antique stores, visit swamp meets and garage sales to pick up items with tons of character and charm. Of course, if you want the look for more convenience and less effort, most stores like Target, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Michaels, and the like have started selling a certain amount of items with that shabby chic look.