The Shabby Chic interior trend of has been hugely popular for some time now, and shows no signs of fading in 2012.

One of the things I love most about this style is that it’s ‘lived-in’ and comfortable but light and airy, the ideal combination for spring.

The faded elegance and casual glamour of a crumbling French chateaux and rustic country houses provide perfect inspiration for styling your home with this look in mind.

Bleached whites, pastel shades, and girly pinks provide the perfect colour palate, while pretty floral prints bring the beauty of spring into your home.

For a slightly more luxurious take on Shabby Chic, this Felicity sofa, designer chair and stool are spot on, with their gloriously comfortable yet elegant chord fabric and deep seat cushions. Available at Barker and Stonehouse, the chair and stool come in six pretty prints such as Lyric Cherry and Garland Pear, finished off with solid wood tapered feet in a latte finish. I love the kitsch “tea at the Ritz” feather-filled scatter cushions which accessorise the collection.

Key to getting the Shabby Chic look right is choosing well-designed, good quality furniture that will stand the test of time, and accessorising with antique or distressed looking pieces that have a soft, feminine charm. The bonus is, that shabby chic is a money saving exercise, whilst looking great. Imagine your favourite style, with a discount code applied.

Scouring flea markets or antique auctions for vintage treasures is one of my favourite ways to while away a weekend, hunting for one-off unusual gems like antique candelabras and French dressing table sets.

The French-inspired Amesbury dining table and chairs with their understated elegance and classic style provide the perfect balance between rustic and modern design. Made from birch with a smooth white painted finish and accentuated with an American red oak top. Style it with French linen table cloths and floral mismatched crockery for a beautiful country dining room.

For walls, the Cath Kidston wallpaper range at really complements the calming understated Amesbury collection. The rose sprig wallpaper, reminiscent of English country cottages is one of my favourite prints. I also love Barker and Stonehouse’s Ollie cake stand – it looks gorgeous filled with tasty treats for afternoon tea.

You can transform your bedroom into a rustic yet romantic dream with this 14 drawer chest, cheval mirror and bedside table from the Romance collection. Each item is hand-finished and treated to several layers of acrylic paint, before being sanded, aged and varnished, ensuring that every piece is truly unique.

Add the finishing touch with a pretty vintage vase filled with wild flowers to bring the beauty of springtime into your bedroom.

Shabby Chic is here to stay and really gives you free rein to create a truly unique home, combining classic furniture pieces that will stand the test of time with vintage finds.

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