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Sometimes we just want to express the softer side of ourselves. Think pink, mauve, baby blue, peach, periwinkle and lavender. Sometimes we just feel frilly or feminine. Think lace, chiffon and roses. And sometimes we want to feel a lighter, less serious, more playful side of ourselves. Think vintage, painted, slightly shabby furniture, floral wallpaper and floral fabrics. Faded chippy-paint, ruffles, throws and layers and layers of everything else combine to create shabby chic design.

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It’s almost as if a breeze is softly blowing through our room, caressing the side of our cheek and wafting the scent of lilac throughout our home. It’s more about texture than bold color, more about patina and history than stark utilitarianism. It’s a dive into softness. It’s furniture with a personality. We give ourselves permission to mis-match, to hang crystals from old Victorian chandeliers and to repaint the end table that has been painted five times already. We seek out embroidered, hand-made linens from a simpler time. We install open shelves to display all those thrift store finds that touched our hearts. To top it all off, we fill hundred-year old glass jars and vases with roses and lilacs.

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What emerges is a charm that can hold us in its gentle hands and we free ourselves to allow that piece of architectural salvage to warm our soul every time we cast our eyes upon it.

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