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shabby chic?

I would really like to do my home in shabby chic decor but I have 2 small children and the very pale colors make me nervous. My living room suit is gray. Can I make it work? Also I have some pieces that are near and dear to me that won't incorporate in that style. What do I do with them?
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Re: shabby chic?

  • You could do most of your decor with white and soft hews but could definitely have like a navy couch...or use a vintagey red. Just use the punch of color for things you think will get used a little too much. It's all in the pieces of furniture and acce

  • It really depends on the pieces you want to keep. Couches? tables? Lamps? Most of the times you can use them as accent pieces, or just modify them easily (throw a table cloth on it, add pillows and a throw on a couch, etc) And I get the whole being nervou
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  • You can keep your grey couch, or slip cover it something in the natural canvas like fabric. I think shabby chic is very child friendly style. Browse thru and you will find loads of inspiration.



  • I have a wonderful WHITE sectional. I have a stinky husband, a 3.5 y/o and a 1.5 y/o. Both girls, both messy little things. We have strict food in the kitchen rules, but there is always a rule breaker. I love my shabby look, I have been able to maint
  • I think the nice thing about shabby chic style is that you can throw lots of different pieces together, and they still look good. So far as having it in a home with kids, I have 3 (and another on the way) and my whole house has a white and grey theme! The walls are silk emulsion so nice and wipe clean for mucky little fingers, and I try and buy things that are easy to clean/washable. The grey sofa will work just fine - just buy in or make cushions in a mix of prints, styles and textures to give it the shabby look. You might have to take a few precautions putting things out of reach but the look works just fine in a family home and I think it gives it a lovely inviting cosy feel :)
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