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