Shabby Chic Finds, Billings Style
I live in a house full of males. Well, except the dog, but she doesn’t really count. We have wood, leather and hard surfaces across our decor. Actually, if it was up to them, it might be a barren cave. But, it’s time for all things feminine to make an appearance. I am on a mission to lighten things up—make them soft and more inviting—at least in one room.
During this expedition I was thrilled to discover that shabby chic is alive and well in Billings. Rachel Ashwell coined the term and opened her store of the same name in Santa Monica, California, way back in 1989. Based on the philosophy that time-worn, functional pieces reveal their own beauty, she wove slipcovers, baskets and old, refurbished furniture into a style that is distinctly inviting and comfortable.
But, if one does not have grandma’s attic to purge, nor restoration and sewing skills, what is a pseudo-decorator to do? Start scanning the craft and what-not stores, that’s what. Although I’m being somewhat backwards in terms of decorating by purchasing accessories first, here’s what I found on my shabby chic quest in Billings:
These new-but-look-old frames hold a four-by-four inch photo. I can see a timeless black-and-white close-up in there, perhaps in a set of three?
Simple white silk ribbon hangers soften the entire ensemble.
I don’t speak French but these dress forms spoke to me. Despite using a drawer organizer, my necklaces and bracelets seem to tangle—or is it, tango?—on their own when I’m not watching. As an added bonus, having my jewelry out in plain view reminds me of my options when accessorizing.
The next grouping has no specific purpose but I was attracted to the burlap and twine texture of the vases, along with the juxtaposition of the tin pitcher. I could put silk flowers in any of these, use one as a pencil holder on my desk or leave little “no. 7” as catch-all for keys and other often lost items.
All the items above are found at Michael’s, but I skipped a bit north to T.J. Maxx for this final item.
Although I may have a dress form theme going, it certainly fits these fine ladies. I plan to use old-fashioned sewing pins—you know, the kind with the ball head of various colors—to attach earrings and other trinkets. Together with the necklace tree, it will be a marriage made in heaven.
All of these items fall in the under $25 range with the photo frames under $10. Not too shabby, eh?
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