Decorating...shabby chic vs. black and white

Tuesday, July 24, 2007
This evening, we decided to get the artwork off of the floor and onto the walls in the living/dining rooms along with the hallway and some other random areas. I don't have a lot of decorations/wall art/ amazing things to hang. Before this, I lived with a friend who had been living on her own for quite some time and accumulated fantastic furniture and some nice pictures along the way as well. So, when we parted ways, she took her fantastic pictures and pieces and I still didn't buy anything to replace it.

Well the B.F. has black and white photos of James Dean, Marilyn, Audrey and Miles Davis which cost him a bundle with custom framing. When we first moved in, I really liked them and thought we could incorporate them into our new living space. I don't know what I think now. I'm thinking they are more rec-roomish than living areaish. I really don't like the one of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and he wants to hang it in the dining room. So, I tell the B.F. this and he offers to give me the Marilyn picture to put in my room to shut me up. It doesn't work.

Here's how our conversation went:
Me: Umm B.F., Marilyn doesn't go with my shabby chic theme.
B.F.: What shabby chic theme?
Me: room...that theme.
He beelines for my room to point out how "not shabby chic" my room is and I follow him to explain how it is, in fact, very shabby chic. (Ok, maybe not really, but I'm not losing this one to black and white pictures.)
B.F.: The only thing "shabby chic" in here is that mirror. (He points to this huge mirror with a tarnished gold frame resting on a dresser. I got at Gabe's in Kent for the small price of $40! Anywhere else it was $100 and up.)
Me: No, that picture is and that one and that one. Oh, and that candle holder and my furniture.
B.F.: No, your furniture is hand-me-downs from when you were a kid that you painted white.
(Fact: My dad painted both dressers white. With all the moving I've done over the years, there are plenty of worn-off edges, cracks and other miscellaneous markings that make the furniture unique. Plus, look through Rachel Ashwell's books on shabby chic and she finds tons of treasures that are old and from the flea market.) I rest my case.

I did win one argument -- Butch isn't up in the dining room. Audrey is instead.


hot coffee girl said...

Does that mean you'll have Breakfast at Tiffany's?