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.
The Carte Postale grew in popularity after the Paris exposition in 1900 and 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!
The popularity of Carte Postale has been growing over the past two years and has become an exciting trend. We love the Carte Postale look and it blends with our shabby chic accessories. With many examples 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.
Shabby Chic Mirrors
Live Laugh Love has a great variety of shabby chic mirrors. Mirrors play an important part of improving the look and feel of our homes. They open the light into darker corner or area and are a brilliant aid to making a room seem larger.
Space is so important to us and with a lack of it within our homes making use of every inch is important. A common mistake is to overfill a room with furniture that is too large. The furniture must be in proportion to the room size. A sense of scale is important and a variety of furniture in different sizes will make each piece stand out. When selecting a mirror, think about how it will reflect the light and add a new dimension to the space. A great idea is to place the mirror opposite a window that looks onto the garden, it will reflect the outdoors indoors and so creating an open look.
Adding multiple mirrors to a wall of different shapes and sizes will make this collage a statement piece. Our selection of quality shabby chic mirrors have wooden frames, are painted and have been distressed to create the look of yesteryears. The gently worn edges create a look of elegance and style and can be placed in a multitude of rooms. The heart shabby chic mirrors add a sense of romance to a room. The more decorative mirrors are great placed on a bolder wall colour for real impact.
Shabby Chic Mirrors
We have several ornately carved shabby chic mirrors, mix with a chandelier, toile wallpaper, and some painted carved furniture, these are the basis of a French theme room.
Live Laugh Love has a selection of different sized mirrors, many that can be hung horizontal or vertical so always measure your space before selecting your mirror and most of all enjoy.