Monday, 7 November 2011

Shabby Chic Tricks....Living Room/Bedroom

In the second part of her shabby chic posts, guest blogger Jo-ann Fortune from Vintage Brighton.com offers up cheap and easy tricks to help introduce a sprinkling of shabby chic style into your living room and bedroom. In conjunction with this post you also have the opportunity to win a beautiful Jan Constantine Love cushion from John Lewis worth £58. All you have to do is leave a comment, answering a little question I have at the bottom of this post. So Jo-ann, over to you again.... 


BED BEAUTIFUL.... Bedspreads can help make or break a bedroom. For shabby chic style, choose floral print or plain pastel bedding - duck egg blue is big right now - or mix patterns and prints with a collection of vintage cushions, blankets and throws. And nothing says shabby chic quite like a quilted wicker blanket box at the bottom of the bed

SCATTER STYLE.... Scatter cushions offer one of the simplest ways to update the look and feel of a room, and there are thousands of delightful designs to choose from. The current craft revival has seen designers get ever more ambitious with cushion canvases, creating paper cut prints, patchwork pouffes and kitsch stitch designs - mini art works for your sofas and retro slogan cushions always make a statement.

FEATURE WALL.... Made famous back in the Changing Rooms days, the good old feature wall remains an interior design hero. Perfect for adding a slice of style fun, without going LLBOTT ( that's Laurence Llewelyn Bowen in case you were wondering ) A feature wall can take many forms, accommodating everything from statement wallpaper to an eclectic collection of mirrors and frames.



LIGHT UP A ROOM.... Novelty lighting seems to be everywhere at the minute, but forget fairy lights- it's all about pendant and table lamps this season. Look out for hanging teapots and glowing rabbits.
      
HANG-UP A HERO.... If you're a shabby chic girl at heart, you may well have a wardrobe full of vintage gems. Show them off by putting up vintage-style hooks - be it a white iron or 1950's' atomic piece - on one wall and hanging that fabulous frock for all to admire. Screw-on patterned door handles also offer nice display details.

SHOW & TELL.... If you're a bric-a-brac hunter or flea market fiend, look for cheap as chips pieces that could make perfect interior props. Old perfume bottles, hand held mirrors and combs look great on a dressing table. Pill boxes and pretty side plates are great for keeping bits and bobs together and glass bell jars help show off special finds and help reduce fiddly dusting jobs.

Thanks again Jo-ann for your informative tips on shabby chic style. And in conjunction with this post you have the fantastic opportunity to win this adorably shabby chic Jan Constantine Love cushion.




What I would like to know is ( as am of the nosy sort ) What is your favourite room in your home and why? Leave your comment on this post and a winner shall be drawn at random on November 14th. I shall then send the gorgeous cushion out to the winner. I have to say I myself have fallen in love with this cushion, and I know whoever wins it shall love it! Apologies but on this occasion the giveaway is open to UK residents only.


Good luck....

Thank you so much for sharing with me your lovely and very special spaces in your home, I really enjoyed reading your comments. On this occasion there can be only one winner pulled out of the hat and that winner was Dinki Dots Craft a lovely blog highlighting many scumptious crafty ideas and is a lovely colourful place to visit. Well done and enjoy your cushion.     


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Disclosure: In return for publishing Jo-ann's guest posts, I received a shopping voucher for John Lewis  

27 comments:

  1. My favourite room in our house is my little boy's room as this is the only one we have decorated ourselves since we moved in so this is the only one which truly reflects our personality as a family.

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  2. My favourite room in our house is the kitchen. We have recently had a new one and I am in love with how easy it is to cook in it. I love my appliances and just cooking up a storm in there (with the new dishwasher doing all the hard work on the washing up front!)

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  3. My favourite room has to be my craft room, its full of everything I love, from the ridiculous to the sublime. My favourite thing is my felt blind I made when we first moved in, it's very pink, but I love it, its also quirky! It's also the place I love to escape the world and create, especially after a bad day! x

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  4. The Living Room because its where we spend time together xx Fab giveaway xx

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  5. My fav room is the living room. Currently decorating it to a shabby chic style this cushion will look great on my sofa :)
    Fab giveaway, love your blog x

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  6. My favourite room is our Living room. Most of the kids photos are hanging on the wall, my little odds and ends, where we spend most of our time!

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  7. That really is a hard question and I kept changing my mind about which room I was going to say. But I think it has to be the kitchen - mainly because we have totally created this one from scratch and it ended up looking just the same as the "ideal kitchen" picture I had in my head!
    My living room is slowly changing to a red and white theme, so that cushion would look gorgeous in there!
    -x-

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  8. I move into my new house in just over two weeks, which i am verrrrry excited about! So I havn't got a favourite room -yet! However I have been planning our furniture in my head and I think I'm going to takle the family room first, making it all cosy and welcoming for the winter. The cushion would be the icing on the cake!
    Sx

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  9. Fab guest blogger post. Going to have a look at Vintage Brighton when I've finished here - thanks! I'd love to enter your giveaway - my favourite room in our house is the dining room. We've just redecorated and bought a great big old dining table and mis-matched chairs. My chairs all have lovely cushions on and the table is pulled right up to the woodburner - lovely andc cosy. Nicki x

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  10. Hello! I think my favourite room is our living room as it's really comfy and has loads of things in it I love such as photos of family and a special mirror. Fab giveaway!

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  11. My favourite room is my living room..with it's pretty CK wallpaper, and my painted dresser..my favourite framed vintage posters and lots of comfy cushions and throws..it still makes me happy every time I sit in it xx

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  12. We rent our house and to say the the decor is 'different' is an understatement. My favourite room has to be the dining room. Its the only room with a fab fireplace and not so horrific walls! and it's where I craft, so i spend a fair amount of time in there, with my beloved dogs curled up round my feet. Sue x

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  13. I am just back home from our holidays and I am trying to fall in love with my home again. I am in love at the moment with my living room. I am just gathering the necessary energy to change it around with more winter looking accessories. :)
    xx

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  14. My favourite room is my attic, which is where I retreat to read and write and sew. My first bedroom was a little attic conversion that I shared with two sisters. When I was looking for my first house, my own attic was on top of my wish list, and it was the first room I decorated and lived in, while the rest was being renovated.

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  15. Love the cushion! My favourite room is our bedroom which is a loft conversion. It's really modern compared to the rest of our Edwardian house and has one wall papered with a favourite Orla Kiely print. It's peaceful and quiet, just what I need after a day spent with the toddler.

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  16. Thanks for the chance to win!
    My favourite room is my living room, as I have recently painted it... all on my own! I have been making it nice and girly with girly touches, after sadly breaking up with my boyfriend earlier this year. This 'LOVE' cushion might help bring some new love into my life!!!
    Maria x

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  17. Another fab giveaway. My favourite room in my house is the play room. It's a room we had built on to the house when the kids were younger and it's been a godsend enabling me to keep all the toys in there out of the way so that the rest of the house is tidy. Now the kids are older (they're both teenagers), we don't really need a play room any more so I'm looking forward to decluttering and sending lots of toys to the charity shop. I'll be able to convert the room in to something else then, perhaps a craft room.

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  18. Great Giveaway! My favourite room in our house is my lounge because it is where we all congregate as a family, we have a our open fire, lots of books and photo's of our memories. It totally sums us all up.

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  19. This is gorgeous! My favourite room in our house is our bedroomliving room(when it's tidy). Hubby recently painted it and it's feeling all nice and cosy, ready for winter!

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  20. Fab "guest" post, really love the shabby chic look. My favourie room has to be the Living room, surrounded by pics and photos of loved ones, cosy cushions and throws. Nothing better than to close the curtains on these cold, dark, damp evenings and cosy up all together, either watching tv, reading or just enjoying each others company

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  21. Favourite room for me is the conservatory, we saved up for many years to add it to the house and I love to be in there all year round to paint or read - it's the only room that is not allowed a tv, computer or any noise! a peaceful island in a chaotic house!,

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  22. My favourite room is the bathroom as I have waited 25 years (the length of time we have lived in the house!) to have a ghastly pink suite removed and a beautiful white suite with lovely grey tiles installed. I love it! It's extra special as it took us so long to save for it! Thank you. Sharon Peters XX

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  23. Easy! the kitchen - it's warm and cosy and we spend most of our time in there!

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  24. I love my bedroom. My bed has a hand crafted red quilt and lots of fresh white pillows so its a soft and comfy place to curl up and read or watch tv.

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  25. I've just moved into a new house, so these tips are very timely!

    I think my favourite room is the master bedroom - which has its own feature wall already! I bought a vintage steamer trunk to use as a laundry basket and it sits nicely at the end of the bed...the LOVE cushion would look ideal on there, to double it up as a bench!

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  26. Ooh lovely post!

    My favourite room is my new decorated bedroom. Ive gone for the French boudoir shabby chic theme! White furniture, floral curtains and floral bedding and all my precious clutter such as empty pretty perfume bottles and jewellery on the dressing table! I love it!
    Az

    Ionlyponder@hotmail.com

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  27. I love the 'shabby chic' kind of look! My favourite room in my house is the office/second bedroom. It was the only room in the house that my hubby-to-be would let me have a bright pink feature wall! :D

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