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Distressing furniture.

 

Shabby chic has that lived in feel, but you don't have to way 50 years to achieve it.

 

If you take a new piece of furniture it is possible to 'distress' the piece to give it that aged look.

 

Using ordinary objects you simply use rough treatment on the piece in question. The trick is to use a firm hand, but not a rough one, and do a little bit at a time. You can always distress a piece further, but you cannot go back.

 

Use your imagination and you may be surprised at what you come up with.

Shabby Chic. Comfortable Living.

Shabby Chic. This style embodies the comfort and elegance of the time honoured and family worn object. The minor imperfections that accumulate over time make up the major appeal of this style. More than a style, it is an approach to living. Europeans have been enjoying this approach for many years. Witness the elegant appeal of the French castle, Italian villas, or the English country estate.

Now value becomes less a monetary index, but rather a moral, spiritual, or sentimental index of an object's value. Here an object does not have to be expensive to embody the qualities of Shabby Chic, it only has to have appeal and value to you.

Almost any item can be used to enhance the idea of Shabby Chic in the home or office. An old, favourite chair can have a new, comfortable slipcover made for it, or maybe just a large bolt of surged fabric to cover it. The limits of Shabby Chic are only limited by your imagination.

One of the central tenets of Shabby Chic is that these are pieces that see use on a regular basis. In essence, you combine function and beauty in a comfortable and personal way.

A Shabby Chic chair from Kessels.

One Kessels most popular chairs. A plain club chair for $899. Just add a slipcover for $1 (white cotton).

The style of Shabby Chic is one of comfort, personal style and quality. Shabby Chic allows you to provide a sense of comfort and relaxation in any room, while at the same time revealing your subtle tastes, fashion sense, and style.

Often the Shabby Chic look is accomplished with "slipcovers", which can easily provide that loose, relaxed look that one expects with the Shabby Chic style. This way you can choose a colour scheme that compliments any room without having to redecorate the entire room. A definite convenience.

A Shabby Chic ottoman from Kessels. Only $499.

Shabby Chic style from Kessels.

Kessels' Upholstering is your first stop in custom Shabby Chic furniture styling. We will build that special item that you have been looking for for so long, but have never been able to find. And with more than 40,000 fabric samples to choose from, your new piece of furniture will blend easily with your existing decor. These pieces are built with the same unparalleled Kessels' quality as the rest of our custom furniture and upholstering.

And if you have an existing piece of furniture that you feel would look great in the Shabby Chic style, then we would help you to realize this too. Whether it is recovering, restyling, of just a simple covering, Kessels' Upholstering will turn that piece into a Shabby Chic classic.

Shabby Chic is more than a furniture fashion, but like feng shui, a way of living. Shabby Chic is your style, your way. Take advantage of it.