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Shopping for the Home and Shabby Chic

2014 is going to be a crazy year for me, in a good way.  I am getting married this summer and then moving to Phoenix, Arizona, where my fiancé lives.  I have been shopping around for things for the home, and I have to say, it’s pretty exciting.  You don’t have to worry about whether things fit you or if they look good on you.  If you find something cute, it’s going to be just as cute in your home as it is on the shelf!  The trick is finding things you like for a good price.

Every once in a while, as I’m browsing Japanese fashion magazines, I see really cute bedroom and living room designs with pink princess or Lolita themes, which are my main inspiration.  I’m the kind of person who loves bright rooms and needs a lot of sunlight, so I was thinking mostly white with pink rose designs.  I’m also obsessed with Royal Albert china and daydream about hosting cute tea parties, so I wanted my home to match that image.  I gathered plenty of reference images of rooms I liked, but was stumped on where to find the right pieces.

Shabby Chic Bedroom

Shabby chic bedroom. Image from HGTV.com

I went to play around on Pinterest (I’m new to the site but I think I’m getting the hang of it), and during my browsing I discovered a style of interior decorating called “shabby chic”.  How did I not know about this before?  It’s pretty much perfect for me!  Ok, I’m not so much into the “shabby” part (distressing items to look old and worn), but the rest of the aesthetic is exactly what I want.  It’s like an antique look with a wash of pastels over it.  It’s mostly white with sky blue, rose pink, and beige.  Vintage flower patterns are often used, with a huge emphasis on roses.  There is also some Rococo influence.  I would say it’s probably the interior design equivalent of the more Classic side of Sweet Lolita.  Perfect, right?

Now that I have a term for the style I want, shopping for items becomes a lot easier.  Shabby chic seems to be getting popular these days.  I was surprised to find that Target carries a brand called Simply Shabby Chic that does bedding and some furniture.  Also, as I was on my way to my local office store the other day, I happened to pass by a store called Shabby Creek on Main in Walnut Creek, CA.  Of course, there are always antique stores too, as well as Amazon.com and eBay.  One of the great things about Shabby Chic is that it’s also very DIY, taking old and worn out furniture and repainting it in pastel colors.  You can use inexpensive items as long as you dress them up properly.  I have so many crafting ideas already!  I really can’t wait to see how my own home will turn out.