Posted in Decorating Ideas, Vintage Collectibles

by Ruby Lane

How many of us who love vintage and thrift shop objets d’ art admit to watching Sanford and Son reruns on retro TV stations?   Hands up!  Some of us even liked Sanford and Son and their quirky décor of antiques, junk, and shabby chic.


Shabby chic is defined by vintage linens, faded pink rose colors sometimes dubbed “ashes of roses,” gently worn Oriental rugs, furniture with just a patina of its original paint, quilts, milliner’s flowers, and anything that is gently worn, but has aged well.

Shabby chic bench Ruby Lane Blog

This kind of vintage style goes well with cottage style and beach house décor.  Sea shells and sea glass go very well with the cabbage rose wallpaper and gently distressed furnishings that define the style.

Unmatched bone china pieces mixed with pink or pastel Depression glass, willow ware in various hues, vintage baskets, floral swags and cherub motifs all go well with a shabby chic sense of style.

Beautiful classical country style kitchen shelves and spices rack Ruby Lane Blog

One thinks of the Excellent Women of a Barbara Pym novel set in England, where gentlewomen live in tiny flats lit by electric fires and drink tea out of bone china cups in front of a mantel decorated with matching Staffordshire dogs. Or, perhaps, the style conjures images of Jane Austen bent over a draft of her latest novel, quill in hand. Or, Charlotte and Emily Bronte walking the moors arm in arm, long skirts billowing in the wind, as they trade stories of Mr. Rochester and Heathcliff.

Tea cup with fresh flower blossoms on table

 Accessories include a well loved Effanbee baby doll dressed in faded pink from My Dolly Market, and a vintage, hand-blown cranberry glass pitcher offered by Sunday and Sunday Antiques.

Cabbage Rose Ruby Lane

Folk Art usually blends well with this type of décor, and Albion Valley Folk Art and Antiques features a light blue, “distressed” small shabby chic bench decorated with a pale pink painted rose.  Art Deco Bavarian lady power jars and pincushion dolls might grace a distressed dresser covered with vintage embroidery.  Beaded Victorian flowers might fill a milk glass vase decorated with the famous grape and cable design.

white old interior color blocking Ruby Lane Blog

Well loved teddy bears and lithographed rag dolls might grace a window seat that also boasts needlepoint pillows worked in floral designs and a crocheted afghan.   Fresh spring flowers including bright daffodils and forsythia might fill old cut glass vases.

Ruby Lane can help you to fulfill your shabby chic cottage daydreams! 

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