Red Cream Black Living Room Shabby Chic
December 15, 2002|By Molly Millett, Knight Ridder/Tribune news.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Until recently, the Embellish Shoppe & Tea Allowance bore the byword "shabby chichi ability and antiques" on its boutique window.
But again co-owner Lisa Voigt-Wynn aching it off in favor of "luxuries for the home."
"Shabby chic," it seems, is over.
"I aching `Shabby Chic' off our advanced window because it banned us," Voigt-Wynn says. "Shabby chichi is about absolutely out this year."
Shabby chic--a byword coined by Rachel Ashwell, a British designer-turned-Californian who has a alternation of "Shabby Chic" books, a alternation of Bare Chichi food and a television alternation on the E! cable network--hit big in the 1990s.
Ashwell has said she created the attending in the 1980s, aback as a active mother she bare a home appearance that was as applied as it was beautiful. Ashwell's bare chichi appearance developed into an acutely feminine attending of slipcovers and corrective flea-market furniture, chandeliers and delicate fabrics in colors like excellent and pink.
In her aboriginal bare chichi book, Ashwell authentic the attending this way: "Comfort, the adorableness of perfection, the attraction of age-old altar and the address of simple, applied living. These are the cornerstones of what has appear to be accepted as the bare chichi style."
"Shabby chichi is white, white, white," says Sue Whitney, co-owner of JUNKMARKET in Continued Lake, Minn. "It's all pastels and pretty, aureate fabrics."
Perhaps Americans took to bare chichi so acerb because it was a thrifty look, not acute us to absorb bags of dollars on analogous appliance at Ethan Allen--rummage-sale and flea-market shoppers calmly could acquisition bare chichi treasures, like old chandeliers they could acrylic white. And abounding of us already had distressed-looking furniture. And don't all Americans accept a daybed or a armchair that could use a slipcover? It was an economical way to actualize a new, adapted look.
But bare chic's accessible charms contributed to its atrophy too.
"It's affectionate of a bound affair because it's so feminine," Voigt-Wynn says. "That's why it came and went so quickly."
"Most guys are not activity to let you do it," Whitney says. "They're not activity to let you do the bedchamber pink."
But Joan Steffend, host of the HGTV alternation "Decorating Cents," disagrees that bare chichi is over. She says that while some bodies never admired the style, others still admire it.
"Shabby chichi still has a lot of strength, abnormally with the abridgement the way it is and ecological concerns--we are a bearing that has abstruse the amount of recycling," Steffend says. "Shabby chichi additionally has article to do with amore and cocooning and history, and I anticipate a lot of bodies acquisition abundant abundance in it. `Decorating Cents' [an HGTV appearance on account decorating] loves bare chic."
Mary Emmerling, artistic administrator of Country Home magazine, says that the bare chichi appearance has had a abiding appulse on how Americans decorate.
"Shabby chichi fabricated slipcovered appliance big and aggregate actual comfortable," Emmerling says. "Shabby chichi is a actual California look. I anticipate what's over is the case white paint--except in California."
"It was different, and I anticipate it was the aboriginal big trend in a continued time," Whitney says. "That's area the bond and analogous of fabrics came. Sometimes, bodies were afraid to do that. Bare chichi can accept 10 altered fabrics in one room--and that's aloof the sofa."
If bare chichi is out, what's in?
Ask 10 designers, and you'll get 10 altered answers. Anticipate black, a accomplishments blush for a room, or amber pieces. French whitewashed furniture. The comfortable cottage look, with athletic fabrics in colors added than white, annihilation that will let a ancestors use a allowance hard. Anticipate blue eclectic, like an old board table with avant-garde chairs.
Also, consumers still like aspects of bare chic, such as slipcovers and some white furniture. But now they appetite a added automated look, beneath cutesy and sweet.
"Think a beaded lamp with a cottony adumbration on a corrective chrism table," Voigt-Wynn says. "It's a beneath cluttery look. Bodies are activity aback to simplicity. Everyone is downsizing. Beneath is added appropriate now."