Italian Shabby Chic

Date Added: 08/21/2012
Shabby ChicHello everybody!
Lately, with the help of magazines such as Casa da Sogno and fabric producers such as Shabby Chic the American Shabby Chic style took over Italy and all Europe as well. The trend started in the US, but the woman many call "the mother" of Shabby Chic - the designer and businesswoman Rachel Ashwell - is 100% English, and definitely made of this shabby chic one of the must since 1983, when she started her own brand, taking inspiration from a decorative technique (called "decapé") already in fashion at the times of Louis XV of France!!

Nowadays Shabby chic is everywhere, from clothing to furniture, furnishing and fittings, home decor and all in between: cross stitch and the entire craft world included! :D It's clear from these products, just by typing the name in the search box.

Now, Casa Cenina is happy to widen our "shabby" horizons with Francesca Ogliari's books, active blogger and Italian "shabby chic" expert, who published these books, freshly added to our catalogue.

These books (available in many different languages, already well known in Europe) see Francesca collect all the creativity and wise use of creative sewing techniques and crafting, following the precious directions set by Rachel Ashwell, but personalizing it with fabrics ad personal touches, focusing on the enchanting themes of the sea and Christmastime. The author says about her works:

"I love all about seaside, the atmosphere, the colours - both intense and blended - the feelings only poetry and landscapes can give. That's how The song of the sea was born."


"There's a time of the year where you can smell it in the air, something special is coming your way.. snow falls swirling from the sky, your childhood memories warm your heart..the sweet smell of biscuits Granny used to bake, the boxes covered with dust - waiting for us every year in the attic - filled up with unique and precious things, maybe a bit out of date sometimes, but how dear they are to our hearts.. We find ourselves humming a funny song, and in a rush we feel like calling a dear friend we haven't heard from in a while.. All is brightned by a special light.. can you feel it? it's coming! it's the joy of Christmas!"

It's your turn now, choose your favourite colours and fabrics, follow Francesca's help and guidance, follow your hearts, and start giving life to the extraordinary shabby creations this Italian expert designed.. pure imagination on the loose! :D

Happy reading and happy shabby chic crafting to everyone! Stay with us!

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