Shabby chic or cottage, whatever you may call it, is a type of decorating idea that designer Rachel Ashwell came up with in the 1980s. It uses accessories, distressed furniture or imperfect furniture, vintage/antique items and flea market finds to create a comfortable and relaxing home.
White and light pastel colors of pinks and light greens are the usual foundation for this design. Antique chairs, couches and pillows covered in floral (roses in most pieces) and striped fabrics are essential elements. Recently, reds with white checks or white dots are being added.