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Holidays are coming…

This time last year I was in a tiny shop and didn’t really have room to ‘do’ Christmas. This year, that’s all changed!

Christmas is arriving – IN STYLE – at Shelle’s Chic on Saturday 4th November. Doors open at 10am. Unit 3, Chilvers Coton Craft Centre, Avenue Road, Nuneaton CV11 4LU.

There will be lots of beautiful gifts and even more beautiful decorations to make your home look gorgeous this festive season. I will also be doing special offers every week in December and a prize draw you won’t want to miss.

Hope to see you soon!

Christmas 2017 at Shelle's Chic

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Late Summer Workshops

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Here are my late summer workshop dates. These are beginner’s workshops which teach you all you need to know to start using Chalk Paint with confidence and tackle those creative projects! Refreshments are included, plus 10% off any Vintro products purchased on the day:

Wed 30 Aug: 1.30-4pm

Sun 3 Sept: 10-12.30pm

Fri 15 Sept: 1.30-4pm

Tue 19 Sept: 10-12.30pm

Sat 30 Sept: 1.30-4pm

 

Email me: shelleschic@gmail.com or call/text: 07776 182079 to book your place!

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The Midas Touch

Gold has made such a massive comeback. A few years ago, if it wasn’t silver or platinum it was deemed gaudy and old fashioned (and not in a good way) and banished to the back of a cupboard or stuffed inside a bin bag for the charity shop.

I can’t recall when it happened and who started it but gold is well and truly back in favour, in fashion and definitely with homeware and interiors.

I found this stunning baroque mirror, which had seen better days with a dull brassy patina. Vintro Luxury Paint do a fantastic metallic gold (also available in Silver and Rose Gold) which I’ve used to bring the mirror back to its former glory.

Baroque Mirror at Shelle's Chic
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Painted Baroque Mirror at Shelle's Chic
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Painted Baroque Mirror 2 at Shelle's ChicPainted Baroque Mirror 3 at Shelle's Chic

Vintro Luxury Metallic Paint is £15.95 for 250ml. As with all Vintro products, a little goes a long way and a tin will cover up to 12sqm.

Find your nearest Vintro Stockist

See more before and after photos

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Chalk Paint for Beginners Workshops

I have just started doing workshops, for anyone who fancies learning how to use Chalk Paint or needs a hand achieving better results.

Contact me via my Facebook page here or email me at shelleschic@gmail.com for more information or to book your place!

They take place at my shop, based at Unit 3, Chilvers Coton Craft Centre in Nuneaton. Dates and times vary.

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What Is Shabby Chic?

I was interested in the Dictionary definition of the term ‘Shabby Chic’. Here’s what they say:

Shabby chic (/ˈʃæb.iˈʃiːk/) 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.

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Moving: Part II

We’ve been in the house one week and one day and I won’t lie to you; there have been far too many boxes in my life.

But they are now ALL unpacked. Woo hooooo!

Our ‘new’ house was built after the Second World War, in 1947. We’ve lived in older places; our rental property was a 1930’s semi and when I was married I lived in a stunning barn conversion which dated back to 1872 – but was, of course, fully refurbished and essentially brand spanking new.

So as well as unpacking boxes and doing my best to freshen things up, I’ve had to squeeze our kitchen food/crockery/glasses into a kitchen that’s half the size of the old one, bathroom items in a room one third the size of the old one, place books and photos and ornaments in rooms with no shelves or windowsills and organise our clothes when we can’t fit our wardrobes up the narrow stairwell and don’t yet own a chest of drawers.

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The stairs. A health hazard in many ways (not least to the eyes) and too narrow for our wardrobes.

Moving was, to say the least, a challenge. Read my previous article ‘Moving!’ for more details about the whole experience. I’m not going to write a ‘Tips For Moving House’ post because there are loads out there already. But. I will highlight a couple of things, just in case you’re looking for a new pad or are in the process of buying/renting a new place right now:

  1. You can NEVER start packing too early. Whatever you don’t need to live, whatever is decorative or isn’t essential in your day-to-day, PACK IT NOW. I learnt the hard way that by leaving this photo and that steamer and those jumpers out until the last minute, life was made significantly more difficult than if I’d have just boxed them up weeks before.
  2. Get boxes. Lots of boxes. And bubbles or some other type of wrap. You can’t have enough of the stuff. When you think you’ve packed everything, you will probably still need another five. Probably more.
  3. Plan ahead in terms of the last day. Keep a special box for your kettle, some cups, tea, coffee and spoons, so that wherever you are you can still have a precious hot cup of something to keep you going at either end. Also, keep cleaning items at hand, because, if you’re like me, you like to leave things clean for the next people and (unfortunately) your new abode may not be quite as clean as you’d like. We arrived to 30-year-old unhoovered carpets, kitchen cupboards filled with crumbs, wardrobes covered in dust and cobwebs. Not ideal.
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The only built-in wardrobes: Dirty, small and with cracked mirrors. But better than nothing at the moment!

Those are the three things I took away from my move and I hope they may be handy points for you. Unless you’re ridiculously organised, in which case you may well scoff at my lack of preparation! I would like to point out that I started packing – and getting rid of unwanted items – two months beforehand. But it still wasn’t enough. As I unpack and organise in the new pad, I continue to declutter and wonder why I didn’t get rid of this stuff ages ago.

But, I might still use that…

Moving! (Part I)

Read my article on Decluttering