I was inspired to start this blog by my wonderful wife who has a fantastic eye for interior design. She loves the shabby chic Gustavian style and I’m lucky enough to get the opportunity to put here ideas into practice. We live in Sweden in a wonderful old apartment building built in 1886 in the grand style of the day. We have a passion for decorating our home, well my wife has and I get to put her ideas into reality.
The prices that antique dealers and interior design shops ask for shabby chic and Swedish Gustavian style furniture can be eye watering. So I started out with the intention of recreating the look without breaking the bank. The projects on the Shabby Side of Chic are low cost, simple and stylish. Some are based on re-purposing unfashionable dark wood pieces picked up at knock down prices. Others are based on modified furniture from stores such as IKEA.
As I researched the techniques involved on the internet I found that there are quite a few sites out there detailing how to create the look but to be honest I found most of them overly complicated and involved.
So far I’ve worked on a wide range of projects including bedside table, fitted wardrobes, side tables, cabinets, a dinning table, a water feature, ages mirrors and even a complete kitchen. I’ll show you how I did it and hopefully you’ll be inspired to try some of the ideas yourself.
I am a husband to a wonderful wife and the father of a fantastic 5 year old daughter. We live in Sweden in a wonderful old apartment building built in 1886 in the grand style of the day. We have a passion for decorating our home, well my wife has and I get to put her ideas into reality.
Mostly things go right, sometimes things take a couple of tries and occasionally I have to start again from scratch but that’s all just part of the fun!