‘Shab’ is in for 2015 like never before

The news cannot stop reporting about how 2015 is going to be a tough year financially

Kim Meckler

The news cannot stop reporting about how 2015 is going to be a tough year financially, over and over we hear about oil prices and while we are enjoying lower gas prices we will feel the effects of the oil pricing situation.

The fashion and design industry is always quick to follow suit and as a result, shabby chic is the big ‘in’ for 2015. Retro, repurposed items are rising in popularity as we try to stretch our dollars – you can even buy replicated retro items which look like older pieces of furniture!

Shab is in for 2015 like never before and it is very stylish to have used items in your home.

Small companies are making cash on refinishing old furniture to customize it to your homes as traditional chic items are often coated in several layers of paint which have been sanded or worn bare with time.

Using old world hues of pink, azure blue and cream, unique pieces of furniture are set apart from the sleek monotone furniture we see today.

Older pieces generally have embellishments, curves and interesting appliqués which make them independent works of art.

The beginning of shabby chic actually started in England as items of great value were passed from generation to generation.

These items had either sentimental or monetary value and were considered a legacy for the younger generations. As the items were passed through households they naturally became worn and well loved as people were more apt to refinish and reuse these pieces of furniture and carpets instead of just disposing of them.

Thus the shabby chic movement arrived with generations old furniture pieces suddenly becoming collector’s items.

Fabrics and textiles were also passed from generation to generation and were cared for and laundered by many ladies’ maids.

Over the years the fabrics became soft, worn and faded looking but were still considered very valuable as some fabrics represented family lineage (such as plaids and tartans).

Now fabric manufacturers are using computers and modern printing technology to make fabric look worn and tea stained to invoke the feeling of soft nostalgia.

Shabby chic or boho chic refers to a re-using and repurposing of products. Shabby or Bohemian refers to something to be despised or looked down on but chic gives us a feeling of stylish elegance making either of these terms more fun to say and way trendier to use.

If you love antiques and enjoy the history and story behind these items they will be shabby chic, if you want modern clean lines then they will just be plain old shabby. Perspective and appreciation for history will either make it chic or not so chic.

The idea of buying recycled items may seem like a budget friendly proposition but unfortunately it seems that now when someone titles something ‘post-modern’, ‘shabby chic’, or ‘mission style’ it immediately drives the price up!

Anything that is in style, no matter how old or rundown someone might think it is will always fetch a top price as we are always drawn into buying what is trendy.

Maybe we should take another look at our gramma’s attic and that shed full of old furniture at our family farm – we might uncover some treasures!

Kim Meckler is an interior designer with Carpet Colour Centre in Red Deer.

 

Just Posted

Police officers and their dogs undergo training at the RCMP Police Dog Services training centre in Innisfail, Alta., on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Mounties say they are searching for an armed and dangerous man near a provincial park in northern Alberta who is believed to have shot and killed a service dog during a police chase. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
RCMP search for armed man in northern Alberta after police dog shot and killed

Cpl. Deanna Fontaine says a police service dog named Jago was shot during the pursuit

Alberta now has 2,336 active cases of COVID-19, with 237 people in hospital, including 58 in intensive care. (Black Press file photo)
Red Deer down to 73 active cases of COVID-19, lowest since early November

The Central zone has 253 active cases of the virus

The Sylvan Lake Gulls show off the home jerseys (white) and their way jerseys at the Gulls Media Day on June 17, before the season opener. Following the media day, the team took to the field for their first practise. (Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News)
Sylvan Lake Gulls ready to throw first pitch as construction continues

The Gulls inaugural season kicks off June 18 with a game against the Edmonton Prospects

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant grew in Canada this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant

More than 2,000 cases of the variant confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory

The federal government says it wants to ban most flavoured vaping products in a bid to reduce their appeal to youth. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Craig Mitchelldyer
Health Canada proposes ban on most vaping flavours it says appeal to youth

If implemented, the regulations would restrict all e-cigarette flavours except tobacco, mint and menthol

The Montreal Police logo is seen in Montreal on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Some Quebec politicians are calling for an investigation after a video was released that appears to show a Montreal police officer with his leg on a young Black man’s neck during an arrest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Probe called for after video appearing to show Montreal officer’s knee on Black youth’s neck

Politicians call for investigation after clip evokes memories of George Floyd incident

Thousands of protesters make their way through the downtown core during a Black Lives Matter protest in Ottawa, Friday June 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
MPs’ study of systemic racism in policing concludes RCMP needs new model

Chair of the House public safety committee says it’s time for a reckoning on ‘quasi-military’ structure

A case filled with packages of boneless chicken breasts is shown in a grocery store Sunday, May 10, 2020, in southeast Denver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David Zalubowski
One million chickens euthanized during labour dispute at Quebec slaughterhouse

Premier says waste amounts to 13 per cent of the province’s chicken production thrown in the garbage

A section of the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies is seen west of Cochrane, Alta., Thursday, June 17, 2021. A joint federal-provincial review has denied an application for an open-pit coal mine in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, saying its impacts on the environment and Indigenous rights aren’t worth the economic benefits it would bring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Panel says Grassy Mountain coal mine in Alberta Rockies not in public interest

Public hearings on the project in southern Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass region were held last fall

Most Read