Welcome Home! Shabby Chic in Vallarta

One of the décor styles I recommend to many customers here in Vallarta is Shabby Chic. Most people who own vacation or retirement homes in Mexico want it to be relaxed and comfortable. To me, there is nothing better than chilling out in a home where every piece of furniture contributes to making a home soft, dreamy and welcoming.
The Shabby Chic décor style has been around for over twenty years and is said to have originated in Santa Monica. It is an eclectic style and comes under the umbrella of rustic décor. It makes strong use of furniture and décor that have the look of being worn-in and distressed. (If you think about how a well-worn pair of jeans feel, you get the idea of how comfortable Shabby Chic is meant to be.) Furniture can either be purchased from second hand and antique shops or bought new with a distressed finish that makes it look older. Many online stores in Mexico offer new furniture and decor items with this distressed finish making it even easier to furnish your home away from home in this casual style.
Metal items such as outdoor tables and chairs can have a distressed look that appears as if some of the paint has peeled off. Wood furniture such as dining room and coffee tables can have a weathered natural wood look. For those looking for a more sophisticated edge, use a palette of cream and off-white with white-washed wood furniture. Include lots of accessories, especially those with texture and details. I love to add vases and jugs that are mismatched to give that homey feel. If a more rustic vibe is your preference, stick to distressed natural wood furniture. A matching bench to a distressed wood dining room table will bring an exciting twist over regular dining chairs. Regardless which you prefer, both will create the shabby chic look.


Along with the “aged” pieces, this décor style incorporates pastel colors, feminine décor touches and oversized, overstuffed upholstery. When selecting your sofa and occasional chair, opt for one with a white or cream cover. Since these colors are more challenging to keep clean, it is critical to get a performance fabric cover. Look for a sofa manufacturer such as Palliser who offers these durable, stain-resistant, easily-cleanable covers at the same price as regular covers.
For the bedroom, a white over-filled duvet layered with big fluffy pillows is mandatory. Vintage or distressed wood side tables and headboard will create the cozy retreat sure to have you drifting off to a night of deep, relaxing sleep. Décor items that are mix and match in stripes and florals can bring in touches of color to liven up the room. A beveled edge mirror, antique in style, will be a perfect addition to your Shabby Chic style home.
This décor style is often one of the less expensive. Interested in finding out where you can get furniture and décor for a Shabby Chic style home? Email me at sa.novak@solutionsmexico.com.

Sheryl Novak
Sheryl Novak is an expat Canadian who has owned a home in Mexico for over ten years. She is the owner of SOLutions Mexico – the online furniture store for your home in Mexico and The Furniture Store by SOLutions Mexico, a brick and mortar show store in Bucerias. She is considered the expert on sourcing all styles of furniture for all sizes of budgets, in Mexico.