Shabby Chic Goes Granny – Part 2

Shabby Chic Goes Granny – Part 2

It’s Day 409 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and given the positive response to the Part 1 post on Shabby Chic Goes Granny https://pinkcollarsavvyandchic.com/2018/07/28/shabby-chic-goes-granny-part-1 , I’m happy to post Part 2. I mentioned in that post that I’ve been working on a fun decorating project for a college dorm style room. Since it already had the furniture, including a glider rocking chair and ottoman that along with a pink knitted throw served as the jumping off point, I figured why not veer –– just a little –– from my usual Shabby Chic style and infuse some Granny Decor. Using what I had to work with –– mismatched floral comforters, crystal lamps and some floral artwork, I brought in floral and crocheted area rugs, a vintage floral tole tray and other vintage inspired/metal accessories, a pink Dream sign in the same hue as the pinky/purple walls, vintage china and a beloved blue ceramic keepsake storage dish. The finishing touch is doilies at .50 a piece! Now I couldn’t be more pleased with the way this pretty, feminine, cozy space that could have easily been Shabby Chic but instead went Granny!

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An Aubusson rug & a crocheted one outside the bathroom pulls blue from the chair & ottoman. An overhead light makes it a cozy place to read.                                                                                          The Dream sign matches the walls and the matte of the cottage style print. 
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A floral tole tray from the Rust and Ruffles Expo complements the wall color.                                   The keepsake dish repeats the floral motif –– quintessentially Granny!                                                                                        A left behind sweet Precious Moments figurine is sweet.                                                                           Set of doilies purchased at Family Dollar.
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A shared bathroom holds the commode and tub shower combo for connecting rooms.                      But each room provides a sink. The Granny theme is seen in the hand mirror, tin can holding cotton swabs, and the crocheted rug. The mirror and towel and additional pops of pink.                        All items were repurposed making total spent- $1! 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Life Coach who coaches women to minimize their barriers and to maximize beauty and their best lives, I’ve so enjoyed making this temporary house a home on a minimal budget for maximum bang! Spending a total of $1 for a set of doilies is such as fete! And it’s been such fun getting to try a style that is a little outside my comfort zone. In doing so, I not only created a beautiful, comfortable, functional space, I broadened my horizons in the process. So much so that I may even be brave enough to incorporate a bit of Granny Decor into my own home. I can’t wait to see –– and probably post –– whenever Shabby Chic goes Granny….Guess that will be Part 3!

What about you? If you were drawn to this nostalgic style, how about being Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and going a little Granny in your home or office, too?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink  Collar Coach

 

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Shabby Chic Goes Granny – Part 1

Shabby Chic Goes Granny – Part 1

It’s Day 404 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’ve been working on a decorating project where my beloved Shabby Chic style is going Granny. Many people confuse the two styles, and while they have elements in common, there are others that distinguish them. More often than not, Shabby Chic decorating uses white or pastel walls as a neutral backdrop for paintings featuring flowers, white or neutral furnishings with soft, muted, feminine florals –– on fabrics such as window coverings, toss pillows, area rugs and bedding. Vintage wood pieces with their original distressed paint, chippy china, lace and crystal chandeliers are all featured in the rooms inspired by Rachel Ashwell, who originated the decorating style in the late 80s. Granny Chic style on the other hand hearkens back to much earlier when larger floral patterns were prevalent and handmade knit blankets and throws as well as croqueted doilies lent a homey feel to Grandma’s house. Today, these are paired with vintage furniture, accessories and artwork to create a look many elderly women would love –– but with a modern twist that makes it fashionable. Though I just had my 49th birthday, I don’t consider myself old but love this old-fashioned look. So when the need to freshen up a space that already had some grandma inspired decor arose, I embraced the chance for Shabby Chic to go Granny.

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Twin beds covered in floral comforters that don’t match but coordinate. The key to Granny Chic is mixing as many florals as possible, however, my self-diagnosed OCD only allows me to mix a few in the bedding, area rug and vase of silk roses. The knitted throw inspired the space.            
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Years ago, my daughter was determined to purchase this knitted doily from a street vendor in Indianapolis. Though I wasn’t a fan at the time, I knew it would be perfect for this room.                                     Now I’m glad she insisted on having it. Love it against the pinky purple paint from Valspar. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Shabbychicophile, it’s hard for me to step outside of my comfort zone when it comes to decor. Even so, there are times when I see other looks and am drawn to them. Rather than changing my style completely, I look for ways to incorporate them into my Shabby Chic aesthetic. That was the case when I became enamored with Prairie Style and redecorated my son’s room with prairie inspired accessories like a cowboy boot lamp, a large horse painting, horseshoes, a Native American look rug, etc. all with Shabby Chic blue and white bedding. Likewise when I put a Boho Chic twist on my daughter’s quintessentially Shabby Chic room with a Rachel Ashwell dream catcher, raspberry pillows and a Moroccan side table. In both instances, I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. This time, I’m not working with as many authentic Shabby Chic purchased items, but I feel I’m getting back to the heart of what the style was about at the beginning –– using timeworn treasures to create beautiful, comfortable, functional spaces. That being the case, I’m looking forward to posting the second part of Shabby Chic Goes Granny.

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about trying new decorating styles? Have any pieces that you could incorporate to infuse a little Granny Chic in your home or office? If you’re anything like me, you’ll be warmed by the nostalgic look and feel they bring.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Shabby Chic Kitchen & Dining Decor Deals

Shabby Chic Kitchen & Dining Decor Deals

It’s Day 344 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and after days of blogging about nothing but my first book signing, I’m happy to do post on Shabby Chic kitchen and dining decor deals. After the sensational Seasons of Her Soul Coffee & Connect book signing yesterday, I came home briefly, changed and then headed out to a family birthday party. Exhausted from all the excitement, I knew I wouldn’t last long and drove separate from my hubby. He suggested I park in a church parking lot and then hop in his car due to limited spaces at the house. Hesitant, I grew more skeptical when he said he’d drive me back to my car whenever I wanted. Needless to say, he wasn’t ready to do that when I was, so I ended up walking about a mile uphill in the sweltering sun. If I wasn’t ready to crash before, I certainly was by the time I finally made it to my car! At any rate, I didn’t nap but blogged and eventually fell asleep watching HGTV. Today, after watching the Royal Wedding since I missed it due to the signing (I’m an Anglophile, so thank goodness for the Internet!) church, teaching Zumba and a lengthy heart-to-heart with my neighbor, I’m settling down for the American Idol Finale. Before I do, I thought writing a lighthearted post that wasn’t too taxing would be just the ticket. Recently, I scored some Shabby Chic kitchen and dining decor deals at Easter that fit the bill perfectly.

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Ruffled Linen Blend Table Runner – The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell, Linen Apron – Shabby Chic, and Floral Apron – Simply Shabby Chic. TJ Maxx, Home Goods and Target respectively. I’ve actually had the floral apron for a while but just found the other items the night before Easter. They hang in the kitchen. 

Rachel Ashwell’s Simply Shabby Chic line for Target released around 2003 when my daughter, Liv, was born. I remember the ecstasy I felt when I discovered I could actually purchase authentic items from my design sheroe. At first, the shelves were filled with so many beautiful items I had to exercise serious restraint not to blow all the grocery money on them since I’d become a full-time homemaker after Liv’s birth. Soon, however, the supply dwindled down to mostly bedding and curtains with an occasional new or seasonal item thrown in. That being the case, when I went to Home Goods the night before Easter on a quest for something to freshen up the table to host our family gathering, I was elated to find aprons, napkins and table runners ala The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell and genuine Shabby Chic! Spoiled for choice of color – white, taupe, gray, blue – and styles – checked, ruffled, stitched, striped, all at reasonabel prices ranging $7.99 for a set of four dinner napkins to $12.99 for 100% linen table runners, of course I loaded up!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Shabby Chicophile, I’ve learned that these treasures aren’t always available. In fact, after Zumba today, I looked for any remaining and suspect others snatched them up knoiwng the same because I found none. Like me, they’re savvy and have owned their sense of style – in this case, Shabby Chic. They’re not about to let the real deal slip through their hands when it makes a rare appearance. Snatching them up doesn’t have to break the bank; when you pass on things that aren’t truly your style, you have the means to purchase what is. Like I did with my Shabby Chic kitchen and dining decor deals!

How are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about scoring your sense of style, whatever it is, decor deals for home or office?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

Decorate with Vintage Plates

Decorate with Vintage Plates

It’s Day 273 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and a Goodwill find has me inspired to post about how to decorate with vintage plates. This weekend, after Zumba and lunch, my Soul Sister Kibby and I hit one of our favorite jaunts – the Goodwill store. We utilize a “Divide and Conquer” approach with Kibby scouring out fashion finds while I score vintage decor. Kibby spied some Calvin Klein boots that are perfect for me. I’d been looking for some black ones since my booties are showing wear and tear. Now I have new ones that are stylish for a song. As much as I love them, I’m equally enamored with a Royal Albert “The Lord’s Prayer” vintage plate.  It’s so pretty that I wanted to show you how you incorporate inexpensive vintage plates into your home or office decor.

How to Decorate with Vintage Plates

  1. Search antique and thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets for vintage plates.
  2. Shop TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and Home Goods for vintage inspired plates.
  3. Look for plates with colors, motifs, and Scripture verses or sayings you love.
  4. Group similar plates in the same room for maximum impact.
  5. Hang plates using plate display adhesive, hangers or racks that can be purchased at craft, hardware, home, or discount stores such as Walmart.
  6. Place plates on acrylic, iron or wooden plate holders.
  7. Enjoy!
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Royal Albert “The Lord’s Prayer” plate displayed on black iron stand that complements writing. Plate purchased at Goodwill for $1. The stand came with another piece I don’t use.                         The pair now lives in the foyer with other similar hue floral plates. 
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Ten Commandments plate w/ holes and a string for hanging. Beneath it, a gift from two decades ago. An antique store find and a gift received twenty years ago, both are displayed in the foyer. 
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A Royal Albert “Bless This Home” plate from TJ Maxx. The Old Country Rose pattern is a fave! With its vibrant green leaves, it hangs in the master bedroom and picks up the sage green walls. So Shabby Chic!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose decorating enthusiastic, sometimes I like just getting back to the blogging basics. I’ve always wanted to have my home and decor displayed in magazines. That was before blogging opened the “online magazine” possibility up to any of us who have the desire to share with the Web community. If you’ve found your way to my little corner of it, I hope rather than reaching for a painting or tchotchke to fill a space, you’re inspired to add some savvy & chic style to your home or office. Vintage plates are a great way to decorate!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Bringing Shabby Chic Back (Rachel Ashwell as a Romantic Homes Monthly Contributor)

Bringing Shabby Chic Back (Rachel Ashwell as a Romantic Homes Monthly Contributor)

It’s Day 268 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m delighted that Romantic Homes Magazine is bringing Shabby Chic back by having Rachel Ashwell as a month contributor! I fell in love with this style of decorating back in the late 90s soon after Rachel Ashwell, its founder, opened her Malibu “shop heard round the world”. At that time, authentic Shabby Chic magazine spreads featuring Rachel’s work (and not all of the knockoffs we see today) graced every bookstore and newsstand. Around Y2K Rachel’s popularity grew to celebrity status and so did her list of clients which included Jennifer Lopez, Pamela Anderson and Jessica Simpson. Any time I needed a Shabby Chic fix, I could pick up a copy of several different magazines and get lost in pages of eye candy and inspiration. Around 2009 this Pink Collar design maven took some unsound business advice that cost her dearly and resulted in bankruptcy. (I know because I researched her for a graduate study project on organizational leadership). Stores dotted across the country and in her native England closed their doors and only her California, New York and London sites remained open. While still able to access the much diminished Simply Shabby Chic offerings at Target and the occasional book or magazine feature, I missed regular doses of this decorating style and its originator. Seeing her name and home on the cover of Romantic Homes today and learning Rachel Ashwell will be a monthly contributor means they’re bringing Shabby Chic back!

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Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic home gracing the cover of Romantic Homes.                                       The magazine sits atop my Simply Shabby Chic luggage stand in my office.  

Fellow bloggers and French Country decorating enthusiasts might appreciate this: Rachel Ashwell isn’t the only one who’s joined the Romantic Homes staff.  Courtney Allison, the incredibly successful blogger behind “French Country Cottage” is the magazine’s new Editor. I must confess, other than Shabby Chic, Courtney’s style is one of the few that has inspired me, not only in decorating but in becoming a blogger. She’s perfected the art and truly made it into a career, maximizing and monetizing every opportunity – something to which many bloggers aspire. You can visit Courtney’s site at www.frenchcountrycottage.net. Though Courtney’s style is different than Rachel’s the Shabby Chic influence is evident in the editor’s French Country decor. The editor stated,  “She will be sharing vintage treasures, design inspirations and much more.” Hopefully “the more” means more Shabby Chic inspired homes featured!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose life long decorating enthusiast with an interior design degree, there was a time when I wanted to do it full time. I landed really good jobs but hated the “selling side” of things. Even so, I never stopped doing freelance work and still offer interior coaching as part of my business. In fact, I’d just done so with a client right before I found the magazine while picking up a birthday card for my son. What I felt when I saw it could probably be described as joy, which reinforces that the decorator in me is alive and well. Now thanks to Romantic Homes bringing Shabby Chic back, my favorite decorating style is too.

What’s your favorite decorating style? How are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about exposing yourself to it and expressing in your home and/or office?

Be savvy & chic,

~ Pink Collar Coach

The Laundry Room – Sorting Out the House One Space At A Time – The Final Reveal

The Laundry Room – Sorting Out the House One Space At A Time – The Final Reveal

It’s Day 190 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and while my last post was the reveal of the laundry room as part of my effort to sort out the house one space at a time, I did end up making some tweaks and wanted to share the final reveal. I didn’t post yesterday because of date night with my hubby. Though we got home late from seeing Disney’s “The Star” (I’ll post a review tomorrow), I couldn’t sleep. Rather than continue tossing and turning, I figured I’d go execute some ideas inspired by browsing through my Shabby Chic books. The final result is beautiful and will be the final reveal.

Unsatisfied with a sliver of space where the stud was still visible and a blank space above the washing machine, I added an apron that conceals the stud and hung a Shabby Chic ribbon “clothes line” with Rachel Ashwell Treasures clothes pins. Once these were up, the botanical prints no longer felt right. This led me to swap them out for two prints I’ve had in the dining room. They are quintessentially Shabby Chic sketches of a woman washed in pink and framed in white with a gold border. My Shabby Chic ribbon is still visible above the prints and between them. Because the woman looks as if she just bathed, I added a vintage ceramic bathtub with roses to the shelf I inserted and now the space feels like it tells a story. And for me, all rooms need a bit of bling, preferably in the form of a chandelier. I hung a mini one that is actually a Christmas ornament on the Simply Shabby Chic curtained wall. Now it’s my dream laundry room.

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The Final Reveal. The apron, tub and chandelier were added today.                                                                                                                                          I made a template and cut the rubber bohemian style rug so it doesn’t cover the drain.
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The left side of the prints with a Shabby Chic clothes line and pins. 
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The rigth side of the prints with my Simply Shabby Chic DIY laundry room sign. These prints tie in much better with the pastels in the room and bring it all together cohesively. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who is a nest featherer, I believe if you gather things that speak to you, especially when they’re a bargain, even if you don’t know how or where you’ll use them at the time, eventually it will become clear. In decorating the laundry room, I’ve been able to use what I already had and found a place for many pieces that have sat waiting for their time to shine. And I’ve cleared out the cluttered corners that housed them in the process. Now, every time I walk into the laundry room, not only do I feel pleased about how pretty and practical it is, I feel a sense of pride that I basically gained a room. It motivates me to tackle the next project (probably my closet) in my effort to sort out the house one space at a time.

Hopefully my laundry room makeover final reveal will inspire you to tackle a space in your home or office. How can you be savvy and chic about making it a room you love to use?

Be savvy and chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Pink Collar Coach’s Prerogative to Change My Design Mind

Pink Collar Coach’s Prerogative to Change My Design Mind

It’s Day 101 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and these photos probably look familiar. A few months ago I posted when I found this peacock chair and initially styled it using the decorative plastic mats from my front deck, a bohemian inspired lapis shell end table, a shell hanging piece, and a square Simply Shabby Chic pillow. Then, a few weeks ago, I switched out the lapis table because it wasn’t holding up well under the elements (it’s been moved to my daughter’s room where it fits in well with her shabby-boho decor). I replaced the piece with a brass end table to tie in with the existing light fixture, Shabby Chic-ed some succulents and added decorative brass ones in boho-inspired pots. A thrifted brass angel pot holder and bohemian pot finished out the space. I was happy with it and appreciated that you readers liked it too.

Then, last weekend, when my husband had his jack-of-all-trades guy out to power wash the porch and decks before re-staining them, he informed me that my beautiful decorative mats were causing mold and other problems on the front porch and could not be put back down. Apparently, because the porch gets the least amount of sun and doesn’t have air circulating beneath it like the back deck and the one off our third floor bedroom, the water wasn’t drying out or evaporating but it was ruining the wood. Bummer! I thought.

But then, maybe not. I did love the way the pattern in those mats looked with the peacock chair and had searched in vain for similar ones to pair with it. So, I retrieved the mats from the garage (I was NOT happy that they’d been relegated there and may have gotten lost or thrown out if I hadn’t retrieved them quickly enough). Back on the bedroom deck, they did look great but somehow threw off the brass table and succulents. Another trip to TJMaxx and Home Goods was required. At the latter, I. Fell. In. Love. Not with one, but two of the most gorgeous garden stools I’ve ever seen. You may know where this is leading…Yep, those garden stools inspired me to redo the entire space.

Remember that commercial about decorating changes in one room leading to another room in the house and then another?  Well, that’s what happened here. The rugs led to the garden stools, the garden stools led to eliminating the brass “succulents”, angel and pot, and to rearranging the Shabby Chic-ed succulents. I added another pink succulent pot, this one geometrical, to top the garden stool that serves the chair. It’s a perfect spot to rest my coffee cup and phone while I read. The LED light I added is battery operated and lives in the plastic storage bin when not in use. Love how it keeps a bit of the brass from the existing fixture in play. Next, I went on a quest for  a wall hanging to fill the empty space above the chair. It needed to fit my beauty, comfort, function requirements: a) be Shabby-Chic, preferably macrame, and visually tie in with the other pieces, b) be inspirational or evoke a feeling of peace and tranquility, c) be weather resistant and able to hang from the overhead pipe. Last weekend I struck out at TJ’s and Home Goods, but yesterday, right after brunch, a quick trip to TJ’s yielded this dreamy dream catcher. Bingo and a major score! The final tweak was switching out the square pillow for the round one from my bed, which is also Simply Shabby Chic of course.

What, you may ask, happened to all of the other pieces I’d bought? All will be returned, except for the angel and pot that now add to the boho vibe in my daughter’s room. Good thing I always keep not only the receipts but tags for larger items in case I live with them for a few days or even weeks and then decide they’re not the right fit.

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My outdoor Shabby Chic She Space. There is a method to my madness. Note how the design of the dream catcher, the pattern in the pillow, the one in the rug  and even the geometric succulent pot tie together beautifully. The  pillow’s little pom poms mimic the dot design on the garden stools and the round motif is carried throughout. 
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My view from the peacock chair. The green in the garden stool is visible – a perfect match to the soft sage green of the chair and succulents. The brown banding on the mats makes the brown deck prettier. Funny how embracing things we hate about our homes can make us love them. Can’t say the same about the ugly dumpster that’s there for the house next door’s renovation…

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who will keep tszujing my home until it’s what I really want, I’m so glad it’s my prerogative to change my mind about my home’s interior design. (BTW – tszujing means to improve something by tweaking it to better fit what it’s meant to do functionally and artistically; pronounced zhujing). I hope me excercising my prerogative inspires you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic ladies to do the same in your home or office.

~Pink Collar Coach