I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I thank you for stopping by to read my first post of the new year.
The new year is often a time of reflection and the taking of personal inventory. I get quite a bit of time off work for the holidays, which gives me a period of relaxation where I can actually stop long enough to soak up my environment, and this year, I am feeling the need for a major change.
Lately, I have found myself being drawn to a more rustic chic, French country style. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm thoroughly bored with Shabby Chic. ::GASP:: It was around 1996, I believe, when Rachel Ashwell popularized this style of decorating and the trend has been hot, hot, hot, for 14 years! That's a long time for a particular style (or what this one has morphed into) to endure and I bet if some of you were honest, you're getting bored with it, too.
One thing that occurred that was no fault of Rachel's, is that Shabby Chic became synonymous with pink, white and roses, to the exclusion of almost every other color, except maybe "French blue". I happen to love yellow, but it's almost a dirty word in what has become "Shabby Cottage Chic" design. There are way too many lovely colors in the rainbow to stick with only two or three.
Now, don't get me wrong. This does not mean that I am no longer in love with time worn beauty and everything old and well used. I have always loved those things and will continue to love them. I just think they can be used in a broader fashion.
So, there...I've said it...but what does it mean to you? It just means that you'll be seeing some things that reflect my new style, although I won't completely turn my back on what I've been currently doing, because there continues to be interest and not everyone is ready for a change.
I would really love your feedback on this. I'm sure I'm not the only one looking for something fresh, so let me know what you think.