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Shabby Chic for the garden

I have been told that my home is Shabby chic!

This is something I have not heard before – where have I been? There is a definition for it in Wikipedia! Shabby Chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique.

We take pride in making almost all our furniture out of recyclable wood, steel, corrugated sheeting, chains, and other stuff. Here you will see what we have built to make our outside space “Shabby Chic”. My next post, I will share with you the inside of our house, because in the 8 years we have been here, we have tackled huge renovation projects. You might be interested what we keep ourselves busy with – when I’m not gardening! 🙂

[one_half]Love this bench-gift from my friend![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Our Mugwood Tree[/one_half_last]

Buckets are a big feature in my garden

[one_half]Stones & steel add to the grass feature[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Stones and wood used here too[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Sticks & wooden planks as a fence[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Buckets as a feature here too[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Back garden deck[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Simple wood chips[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Deck and fencing we built[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Handmade fencing[/one_half_last]




[one_half]Barrels used too[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bucket and barrows![/one_half_last]

This is real old-fashioned and now Shabby Chic!

[one_half]Fun with wire and beads[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Another view of buckets and barrow[/one_half_last]

The Chicken house!

Hope you enjoyed my Shabby Chic interpretation – do you have anything in your garden that fits the bill?

Hope you have a great gardening day!! xxxxx

By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

15 replies on “Shabby Chic for the garden”

Shabby Chic usually incorporates items with chipped paint, well-loved heirlooms, faded materials and ‘making-do’ with what is available. It’s always in style and admired by many. You portrayed it well.

Yes – I read up about Shabby Chic and some photos look nothing like my style – so maybe I’m not really Shabby Chic but something different! I can come up with my own description – how about scrap-art!

What a great post. I love the combination and juxtaposition of rustic to elegant. The difference between materials makes for the excitement and unexpectedness. The roses in the bucket show it so well.

Hi Donna – thanks for your comment! I couldn’t have done it without my non-gardener hubby. He is the main element of these great designs.

Hi Diana, That is actually a table that we rebuilt and my hubby added the “bling” in the centre of the table with re-bar (re-enforced steel bar) and nails welded as a long centrepiece. I will have to take a photo of it for you. Will then add it to my upcoming post. We have two tables that we did so you will see both! 🙂

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