Jun 10

Defined :: Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic Wedding | The Day's Design | Bradley James Photography

Photo by Bradley James Photography

Brides often  start painting me a picture of their beautiful “shabby chic” wedding day and as an artist myself, I pick my paint brush and jump right on board only to realize that we’ve created 2 completely different pieces of art.  My vision of shabby chic does not always align with theirs.

Just because something is old, does not make it shabby chic.  Likewise, newer pieces can also be reminiscent of a shabby chic style.  Vintage does not equal shabby chic, however I find it extremely common for people to use the two interchangeably in a conversation.

My vision of shabby chic: soft tones, muted pastels, layers of chipped paint, florals, roses and quite possibly romantic lacey touches.  It’s an airy and collected feel.  I imagine a room with gorgeous light flooding in through white French style doors that have been left open all summer long.  Sunlight fills the air, with sheer curtains, leaving no corner untouched.  I imagine touching my bare feet on painted wooden floors and wrapping myself in white cotton and linen.  And gradually, over time the sun takes its toll, and the beautifully feminine style of the décor begins to fade leaving behind soft blushes, pretty peaches and pale blues in favor of their bolder counterparts.  Occasionally I allow a few rustic touches to mix in, but for the most part I loved to imagine this world with tone-on-tone ivory and white living together in blissful harmony.

I would love to create a truly shabby chic wedding for you.  It makes my heart flutter just thinking about it.


And if you’d like to read more about the shabby chic style you can do so here.

  1. Hannah says:

    Yes! I’m hesitant to use “shabby chic” in conversation, because it is understood many ways. I like your interpretation 🙂

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