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Shabby Chic Competition

Date posted: October 22, 2014

Congratulations To Our Shabby Chic Competition Winner!

Shabby Chic Competition

So here at Live Laugh Love we recently ran a Shabby Chic Competition held on Instagram. This required the participants to demonstrate their own take on shabby chic within their home for their chance to win.

Kelly Simpson was our selected winner and received the prize of a Live Laugh Love gift certificate worth £100!

As the winner of our Shabby Chic Competition, we felt obliged to get some information about Kelly’s inspirations/Interests and uploaded her response onto our blog for you all to read :)

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We want to know how you fell in love with Shabby Chic?

I started falling in love with shabby chic around 2 years ago when I got a job in a town with lots of independent and unique chic interior shops. I used to spend most of my lunchtime spending my wages in them, which was a bad habit, but I created a room I’m really happy with!

Tell us a little bit about how you created your room?

I love shopping around in shabby chic and vintage shops you can find lots of unique shabby chic treasures in them sorts of places. Over the past couple of years I have picked up items I have liked, and it’s all finally come together.  Cream and white really create an open space and make a room look much larger than it seem. As my room is fairly small, I think it’s important I went for a cream and white theme to my room

Where did your inspiration come?

I’m inspired by one off shabby chic shops, as most of the shops set their displays out like you’re walking into a house. I also love Cath Kidston. Her shop displays are always gorgeous and you can get a real idea of matching things in her shop.

Instagram is another inspiration for me, as people often post photos of their houses. You get an insight into what they currently love and their recent interior buys. There’s always endless photos of beautiful interiors on Instagram, that you can easily view by searching for a couple of ‘shabbychic’ hashtags. It would be rude not to mention your beautiful shop too! I’m always on your website looking at all the lovely bits and pieces, and your new products you introduce.

We want to know what your favourite shabby chic item is and why?

Picking my favourite shabby chic item is so hard! But I’d say my favourite would be the flowers wound around my bed. These make a boring headboard look beautiful.

How would you use the prize to enhance your shabby chic haven?

If I won the prize, I’d probably have to buy another shelf to put even more shabby chic things on – you can never have enough chic! I’m slowly working on changing the other half of my room into a shabby haven, so I would definitely put the prize towards creating that!

Here are some of the products Kelly purchased with her gift certificate…

hearts

 Above are a few Hanging Hearts that were included in Kellys order. These hanging decorations are perfect to place anywhere around the house on door pulls, dressing tables to bedposts to add a subtle touch of character and femininity to Kellys room and complete her desired look or theme.

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 These stunning Tealight Holders were also added into Kellys order. All sets of 3 complement each other beautifully, creating a elegant feel to any room. Our range of Tealight Holders can fill any space on a mantelpiece or table letting the warm glow flicker throughout the room creating a luxurious warm environment.

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Here are some lovely Vintage Inspired products also selected by Kelly. These pieces are very unique adding a cute decorative feel however they may be used.

Carte Postale

Date posted: April 10, 2014

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 Carte Postale

The Carte Postale style originated from a French postcard and had a nostalgic look. The French postcard was officially introduced in December 1872. The designs on these early post cards depicted the Eiffel tower, Marseille Dominique Piazza and many other towns in the south of France followed by Paris. 

Carte Postale MagnetsThe Carte Postale grew in popularity after the Paris exposition in 1900 andShabby chic accessories had a golden era up until the first world war. A postcard with a short message had been transferred onto a decorative interior product. We have many examples of using an impression of a Carte Postale on photo frames, hanging hearts, glassware and even doorstops!

Carte Postale

 

The popularity of Carte Postale has been growing over the past two years and has become an exciting Carte Postale Mirrorstrend. We love the Carte Postale look and it blends with our shabby chic accessories. With many Shabby chic accessoriesexamples of the Carte Postale look in our range and many have been adapted with flowers, birds and butterflies. The creation of this style has influenced two of our most popular cushion covers and has engaged our customers, who love the vintage theme. Is it the romance of a letter or postcard that has been hand written, that is so rare these days especially now we have the power of email, text messages and social media. It seems so easy to travel to foreign lands now days and sending a postcard about a special holiday seems so old fashioned. Carte Postale has been relaunched and revised with its uses and long may it last.

French Chic Interiors

Date posted: October 29, 2013

French chic interiors

French Chic Interiors

With the enduring appeal of French chic Interiors from the rustic provincial in the south to the Parisian chic in the north of France, there is a style to suit most tastes.French chic interiors

French chic interiorsOur vintage French furniture and French styled accessories can give your home that “je ne sais quoi”.With style and detail the French certainly have that.  When considering a French chic style look out for such details as toile patterns, cabriole legs, carved and scrolled work on furniture. French chic interiors The painted French furniture we stock has been restored from start to finish.  From any initial treatments to the repairing, filing in and painting process.  With the finished colours our pallet is neutral with subtle whites and greys.  The details on the furniture can be highlighted by over painting or distressing. French chic interiors

With French chic interiors its more about being flamboyant and letting your creative side overflow. When using a softer background with off whites, soft greys and duck egg blues, use a touch of gold or silver to add a real sense of luxury.

French chic interiors

The fleur de lys, rococo and baroque styles all can be added to a room especially the boudoir where an over the top approach works well.French chic interiors

French chic interiorsBefore purchasing any items try a sample of material, paint, wall paper, flooring etc. Put them onto a mood board, play around with textures and colours before making the final purchases. Most of all enjoy.