Yes you heard it here first – French Happy Shabby Chic is back.
I tried adding modern pieces to my home from modern shops, to find that I was throwing out trends that I no longer liked quite quickly! which wasn’t very ozone friendly…I even tried living with the pared back look and although I liked it for a while…I felt something was missing.
I have been feeling very unhappy lately and even had a mini breakdown last week…Yep I hit ground zero! luckily my family gathered around me and picked me up, I know they all love me, but I felt that I was spinning too many plates in my life and I just needed some time for myself…that’s something that I never seem to get, being a carer to 3 people is very wearing…sometimes you just want to scream! and my way of coping has been to stay up to silly o’clock so that I can do everything that I want to do for myself as well…
That idea though has thoroughly worn me out, trying to burn the candle at both ends is not a good idea if you want to stay heathly and the fact that I am in denial about having type 2 diabetes and constantly eating lots of sweet treats has just added to my poor state of mind…I do this you see! It’s like a recurring circle, I feel depressed, eat something sweet to make myself feel good…immediately feel bad! Then I stay up too late and have to get up early and all this added together just made me hit rock bottom! I know I should go to bed at a reasonable time, but the only time that I don’t get disturbed is when everyone is asleep and that time for me is bliss!
So! after thinking for a while and looking around the house, I asked Freddy if he would mind me adding some more of my happy shabby pieces into the mix…I felt I needed to add some more colour into my life, to try to make me feel happy again! I thought I needed a change when we moved to this house, but we have been here 3 years now and I still feel that I haven’t got it right! When we first moved in, I tried to do the happy shabby look, but it just didn’t work…then we took it all out, and went for a more pared back look and for a while that felt good, well for a while anyway!
Then we added a bit of vintage in with the modern accessories, ferns, gold and quirky modern pieces…and yep I liked it! I really really liked it!
The thought of adding anything red! oh no! not me…I am not going back there! I thought to myself! but really! is that really me? and after my mini breakdown, I started thinking what do I really want! when was I at my happiest…and the more I think about it, it was when we were living on the Island and we decorated in a french happy shabby chic style…with rather of a lot of Cath Kidston thrown in (back then Cath’s homewares were to die for!) I started to look at old blog posts from that era and my heart skipped a beat!
So out came all our vintage french enamel and other old favourites, there was mess everywhere, but it was a beautiful mess! I was supposed to of sold a lot of this stuff, but I couldn’t bare to part with my favourites and stored it away, just in case one day I would have this eureka moment and want it all back! Fred stayed out of my way while I played house! I asked him if he minded me changing the look again, as he really liked the modern look, but he said he just wanted me to be happy!
The pictures I have shown you in this post is the progress…ha and the mess!
This time I have incorporated old mixed with quirky, modern and chic…items that make my heart sing. Everything, I look at sparks joy!
I keep asking Freddy if he likes it…but he just say’s sarcastically ‘it’s nice’.
But to me…it’s my ‘happy’ and I can’t wait to get all the house under it’s spell again!
…and hopefully if I can get to bed earlier, it might make me feel better in myself so that I can have more time to do the things that I enjoy!
My pictures aren’t the finished room design…but I will be posting the final pictures soon!
P.S I have recently moved over to a Self Hosted WordPress platform,
so some of my older posts might be out of line or have huge out of focus pictures –
sorry about that guys and gals…I was going to correct it all but lifes too short!
Love to you all