Shabby inspiration

Town and Country Furniture was founded on the principal that successful design is not about just making something beautiful – it’s about helping clients build an experience they love, and never want to leave. It’s about mixing new and old, expensive and everyday, the crazy fun and seriously sentimental. It’s about opposing the typical and falling for the unconventional. Here’s some inspiration…

Covet garden

Covet Garden is a different kind of design magazine. The spaces they feature have not been styled by interior decorators.  They reflect the passions and interests of those who live in them. We thought you might find inspiration from the uncommon and attainable décor ideas. After you are all inspired, we invite you to stop in at our Shelburne Road showroom!

TC Book Club

Looking for inspiration?

Here is our top secret list of our favorite decorating books.

The French Country House: Nicolay-Mazery
French Interiors The Art of Elegance: Nicolay-Mazery
Essentially French: Josephine Ryan
My French Life: Vicki Archer
Caroline Quartermaine Revealed
The New Eighteenth Century Style : Michele Lalande
The New French Decor: Michele Lalande
French Country Living: Caroline Clifton-Mogg
Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors
Domestic Art
Toile de Jouy: Riffel, Rouart, Walter
Silk: Jacques Anquetil
Fabrics: Caroline Lebeau
The Bed: Alecia Beldegreen
Seventeen and Eighteenth Century Fashion in Detail
Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail
Dangerous Liaisons: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Provence Interiors: Lisa Lovatt-Smith
French Home: Josephine Ryan
Parisian Interiors: Baudot
Paris Interiors: Lisa Lovatt-Smith
Paris Style: Christiane Reiter and Angelika TASCHEN
Marie-Antoinette Style: Adrien Goetz
Marie-Antoinette and the Petit Trianon at Versailles
Vintage French Interiors
La Vie en Rose
Villa (Saladino)
Landelijke Stijl
Dwellings Living with Great Style (Stephen Sills)
Pattern (Tricia Guild)
Crossing Boundaries (Vicente Wolf)
Domino
Rooms to Inspire
Design Inspirations (Charlotte Moss)
Vogue Living Houses, Gardens, People
Edith Wharton’s Italian Gardens
The Gardens of Russell Page
Gardens of the Wine Country

10 Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas:

Idea #1: Collect and use Old China plates, depression glass,and pitchers. Antique bottles and pitchers work good for filling with fresh flowers. This adds a splash of seasonal color.

Idea #2: Here you can see a screen with pink fabric gathered and attached in it. This setting has that charming pink shabby chic appeal. You can make a frame from old screen doors or old window frames hinged together to create this look.

Idea #3: Find vintage style light fixtures and lamps. You can spray paint the old metal flower designed ones. You can also use crystal chandeliers, or use small accent lamps. All these contrasts of style work in Shabby Chic Decorating.

Idea #4: Find and use painted wicker pieces, both vintage and new. Use wicker furniture or small accent pieces. Hampers, and wastebaskets are fun to purchase and spray paint. Woven baskets painted in pastels would work well.

Idea #5: Use ornate mirrors and frames for the wall. Paint and distress them and hang them on the wall. You might even like to hang them with a wide piece of ribbon.

Idea#6: Throw old quilts over chairs and couches to add instant appeal. If you can’t find old quilts, buy new ones and tea-stain them to make them look worn. Throw them in the washer and dryer a few times to give them some wear.

Idea #7: Here is a great idea for a shabby style candle holder. This has been done with a wide picture frame, then painted and distressed. This is a very easy and cheap home accent. You could also find a tray that you don’t want any more and spray paint it, and get this same effect.

Idea #8: Collect items in white. White is a signature color to use through out this chic style of decorating. Take all white items and group them together to make an interesting display. Here are some ideas: teacups, milk glass, pitchers or a grouping of white candle holders.

Idea #9: Use vintage items in your yard. Here is a great idea. Use an old chair as a plant holder and you will have a quick and easy garden accent.

Idea #10: Stop in at Town and Country and browse!

coveted vessels

Siemon & Salazar created The Tango Cumulo Barrel,  a vessel that uses dollops of glass over a central core. The hot bits are blown out to diffuse the color and create a bulbous cloudlike shape. The bulbs are arranged so that each vase will sit in a way unique to itself. Handblown and shaped in lead free crystal. Designed by Caleb Siemon & Carmen Salazar. Made in California. Signed. Cool. Would look great juxtaposed on a hand-painted table from TC…just sayin!

Shabby chic clubhouse

Check out this renovated the 9-by-14-foot shabby-chic retreat. It may not have a bathroom or a kitchen, but it is a dream of Victoriana: stacks of Limoges china with tiny rosebud patterns; chandeliers dripping crystal; billows of tissue-paper garlands. The creator of this cozy cottage haunted upstate salvage shops from Kingston to Albany for old windows with wavy glass; she found an old porch door in the precise shade of hunter green once used on the boarding houses that dotted the area; she used a jigsaw to create gingerbread trim and cut out openings for the windows. Click for full NY Times article.

Temp needed?

We saw this and thought perfect for your cozy cottage! Tempaper is self-adhesive, “peel-and-stick”, temporary wallpaper that eliminates the need for paste or water. You just remove the backing and stick it on a primed and painted surface. Just peel off to remove. Fun, high-impact decorating for those who don’t want term commitment to a permanent design Check out the video!

Ruff pillows

Ross Menuez, who in just a few short years grew his line of silkscreened tees from a basement operation to a cult brand sold worldwide. Ross blends diverse influences like Japanese design, op art and nature—to wall hangings, tape and, most recently, cushions or dolls, inspired by images from 19th century illustrations. At his Manhattan studio, we get the chance to see Ross at work silkscreening while he fills us in on his influences, inspiration and philosophy.

Take the style quiz!

Whatever your style is, there’s room to add fresh new details with every season. Whatever your color scheme is, you can celebrate any season with those colors. Not sure about exactly what you like? Here’s an easy place to start: Head over to SPROOST and take their decorating quiz and find your style. Or just stop in, pick what you like and we’ll tell you what style it is!

It’s time

The ‘Clock Plate Clocks’ designed by Young & Battaglia feature images of vintage clocks printed on to glazed porcelain dinner plates. Designed to be hung on the wall either individually or as a set to create a unique and quirky wall feature perfect for a cottage chic setting. Each clock is inspired by a different capital city and are appropriately named London, Paris and New York. Perfect for an office, dining room or living room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terra firma

ter·rar·i·um/təˈre(ə)rēəm/
A vivarium for smaller land animals, esp. reptiles, amphibians, or terrestrial invertebrates, typically in the form of a glass-fronted case. A sealed transparent globe or similar container in which plants are grown.

This beautiful glass orb is a new twist on a classic terrarium. With a loop to string rope or attach a bracket to the ceiling, the hanging elements of this orb add a fun and creative design touch to the traditional terrarium. From our friends at Terrain in Westport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cozy cottage

Katies Rose Cottage Designs finds treasures to create that Romantic, Vintage Cottage, French Paris feel for your home ~ roses, chandeliers, chippy, whites, pinks, vintage linens and lace, German glass, glitter and crowns, some items are handcrafted or re purposed into the perfect cottage decor. This is a watering can that has a drop cloth postcard fabric label! For more, stop in at Town and Country. It’s like free admission to the Museum of Shabby Chic Design. Best part, you can sit on the art!

 

Petronia and the patchwork

During the four months each year Carolyn Shattuck spends in Key West, Fla., the Vermont artist experiences two distinct atmospheres: “The cacophony of the village, with chickens and music and dogs and cats and people sitting out on their porches yelling across the street,” she writes; and the “complexity and chaos in random harmony” of her kayaking trips along the shore. In her collage series “Key West: Inside/Outside,” Shattuck captures both worlds. She uses Japanese papers and prints of her own dry-point sketches to create textural imagery evocative of a place she clearly loves. At WalkOver Gallery 15 Main Street, Bristol through August 24. Pictured: “Petronia.” Kinda reminds us of a Patchwork Chair. Thanks 7dvt for the post!

Cottage please

In the strictest sense, Cottage Style isn’t really an actual style, at all. A cottage is a type of home is cozy and meant to be lived in, to be enjoyed.  Nothing has to match, and if it doesn’t, so much the better. The overall effect you want to achieve is a look that is one of charm and comfort. There can be a cornucopia of colors and patterns with cottage settings, so it’s good to have a unifying theme. You will see a variety of interior decorating styles at Town and Country’s showroom. You’ll find versions of Shabby Chic, Romantic, Country Style, and English Cottage and mixes of Garden Style, Beach House and Rustic cabin and lodge looks. You will also see French and Swedish Cottage Styles to round it all off. Everyone will have their own twist and flair to these styles, as suits their taste. Stop in and start feeling better inside:)