Chic, Shabby


Shabby chic is a term invented by interior designers and home furnishing retailers in an attempt to justify ridiculously high prices for old and badly damaged tat.

Heavily rusted flour tins, three-legged beds, and anything made from railway sleepers are among the most popular items, while those with the provenance of having been retrieved from a skip usually command a premium.

Shabby chic should not be confused with shrubby chic, which is normally confined to bathroom accessories made from the leaves or bark of Mahonia nervosa.