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21st-Century Looks for Shabby Chic Fans

Blog by Brad Herman | March 17th, 2013

It began when I sank into the world's most comfortable white slipcovered sofa in the Shabby Chic store in New York's SoHo in 1999. I got hooked on Shabby Chic. I watched the TV show, I slept on the supersoft sheets and I emulated everything Rachel Ashwell, who coined and trademarked the term and style, did. 
But as time passed, I found myself transforming my furniture and style — I pared down the accessories, sanded down the peeling paint, spray painted my benches and wicker chairs semigloss black, replaced the pastels with bolder hues and decorated so that key pieces and my growing outsider art collection would stand out.