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

 

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

DIY Weekend Warrior – Wall Whitewashing

DIY Weekend Warrior – Wall Whitewashing

It’s Day 303 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’ve had an unplanned three-day break as a blogger to become a weekend warrior who completed a massive wall whitewashing. As many of you regular readers know, I’ve carried around a disgust (another D!)  with our living room’s large faux stone wall that was equally massive. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve held strong views on interior decorating, including a deep-seated desire for things to be light and airy. This has only grown over time and manifested itself in dramatic DIY acts like whitewashing my bedroom furniture in the middle of the night to give it an English country feel when I was thirteen. My mother responded part angry, part in awe and ended up buying me Laura Ashley bedding and curtains to complete the look. I ended up with the teenage room of my dreams – all because I took matters – a paintbrush – into my own hands. The love of decor led me to earn a degree in Interior Design, jobs in the field, and clients to this day. And I was blessed to have free reign in decorating all of my homes… Until eight years ago when I remarried and moved into the home my hubby already owned. I only agreed to when he assured me I could redecorate any rooms except for his three boys’ and the man cave. With that understanding, I didn’t expect to have a battle on my hands regarding painting the faux stone. Attempting to avoid conflict, I tried to make  peace with the wall by adding white folding screens, architectural pieces, etc. All in vain. Finally, on Friday afternoon, I decided to minimize the D and to maximize the potential beauty of the room. I went weekend warrior mode, took up my painting supplies and whitewashed the wall.

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DIY Weekend Warrior Shabby Chic wall.

Though labor intensive – as in 15 hours with another touch up one to go – my spontaneous project wasn’t expensive. Our handyman, Mark, painted the first floor, stairwell and landing turned library creamy white a few years ago and had gallons of paint left over. Like me, he thought the wall looked out of place with the room’s lighter paint and decor. The home used to look like a lodge where a ginormous dark wall fit in. But now? It’s Shabby Chic cottage and needed to reflect that. So we conspired for him to put the leftovers to good use on the stone wall. Sadly, he was killed in a lawn mower accident last fall and never got the chance. Instead, I took it. My husband’s response was less than pleased. Still, I hope Mark would be –  that I finished what he started.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose DIYer, I’m proud of my work and think the transformation is magical. I just wish my hubby could appreciate it. He and my adult stepsons (one has his own house, one has an apartment, and one lives here PT) have the man cave which is truly a second living room for watching sports, violent/scary movies, etc. My kiddos, both gamers,  love it down there, too. I have zero say in its decor and am restricted from adding even add a throw pillow to make it possible for me to sit on the oversized sectional without my feet dangling in the air. It seems what’s good for the goose should be good for the gander when it comes to the living room where I read, write, watch HGTV chick flicks and movies with my kids, listen to music, etc. Though it’s the main living room, it’s also my she space. Though the guys in my life don’t approve of my decorating taste, it’s a lifelong part of who I am and one I didn’t think I’d have to give up because I was told I could redo the living room. Last I checked, that meant all four walls. That being the case, I won’t fight about it, but I will hold my weekend warrior ground and defend whitewashing the wall.

Any Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose perspective appreciated. Thank you!

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

Fixer Upper Fame & Capital Gaines – Making the Most of Magnolia Mania

Fixer Upper Fame & Capital Gaines – Making the Most of Magnolia Mania

It’s Day 233 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’ve been thinking about the dynamic duo behind HGTV’s Fixer Upper Fame, their Capital Gaines (the title of Chip’s  book) and how the couple seem to be making the most of Magnolia mania. Lest I come across as a critic, or worse a hater, let me start by saying I’ve been a fan of the couple and the show since its pilot aired in 2013. Recently, however, I’ve begun to wonder about this now because I  just published my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, and Lord willing, it will experience some success. Do I want to get rich from it? I can honestly say “No” to that; then again, I’d like to not have financial stress and can relate to some degree to Zig Ziglar’s famous quote, “Money won’t make you happy…But everybody wants to find out for themselves.” LOL! Seriously though, at what point have multimillionaires, like the Gaines’, made enough that they could offer merchandise at prices that are more affordable for their masses of fans vs. making the most of the Magnolia mania by charging maximum prices?

I know, it sounds like I’m questioning the fact that they’re maximizing their opportunities. Me, the self-proclaimed Maximizer! I’m not. I’m absolutely an advocate for making the most of a good thing. It’s just that I was a bit surprised by what I felt were the steep prices of the Magnolia Hearth and Home line that debuted at Target last year. Furthermore, those prices were cheap compared to those on items I’ve spied at TJ Maxx and Home Goods over the last few months. Compelled to capture photos of the pieces I’ve seen, I didn’t know why at the time, even as I focused on the price tags. The stores are located in upper class communities, yet the first piece I saw several weeks back, has been marked down, which seems to indicate it was overpriced…

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Magnolia Storage Cabinet – $800 at TJ Maxx.                 Now marked down to $550 if I recall correctly.                                The metal label is at the bottom of the glass front door.
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Magnolia dining table – $800 and four dining room chairs – $200 apiece at TJ Maxx.                       The labels are on the table edge and back of the chair seats.
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Magnolia side chairs – $200 apiece at TJ Maxx.                                                                                           Again, the labels are on the backs of the seats.

Don’t get me wrong, I think this furniture is gorgeous – especially because the curvaceous lines, detailed carvings, and sumptuous velvet are reminiscent of my beloved Shabby Chic style. In fact, I have a chair in my living room that could be a cousin to these. My issue is the prices are supposed to be more affordable at TJ’s, meaning they’ve been marked down significantly but are still out of reach for the very fans who can’t afford to go visit Magnolia in Waco, but who would love to bring a bit of it into their homes.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose entrepreneur whose business encompasses many things, including interior design coaching, I do appreciate the Gaines’ style and work ethic. Not only that, their faith, family and fundamentally all American values have struck a chord with audiences that goes far beyond renovation and design. I also admire their success and pray it continues for them as the final season of their phenomenally popular show draws to a close. And being completely honest I hope my business, including my novels, are mildly as successful as theirs are. I just pray that if I experience  even a modicum of their fame and make a minimal amount of the capital gains they have, I’ll be able to make the most of the situation while keeping affordability for the ones I set out to do it for in mind.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose retail purchaser, what do you think of the Magnolia prices? How do we place appropriate value on our work without making it out of reach for those it would benefit?

Be savvy & chic,

~ Pink Collar Coach

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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