About Country Chic

It’s more than 20 years since the term ‘Shabby Chic’ became a byword for stylish interiors on a budget. The charm of faded paint finishes and vintage fabrics are a key feature of the style.

Over the past two decades what many thought was a fad has become a classic style that suites both contemporary and traditional homes.

I started this Yorkshire based ‘shabby chic’ specialist business in 2001. My background is in antique textiles and period costume. I had a small shop in the lovely Montpelier Quarters in Harrogate which became known for it’s eclectic mix of decorative accessories. I enjoyed looking for unusual items of furniture which I could use to display my accessories on and of course every-one wanted to buy them.
As the demand grew and my business expanded I relocated to new premises out of town which now forms a spacious showroom offering an abundance of beautifully restored furniture from rustic tables to elegant armoires and a much needed workshop for the furniture restoration.

What I really love about this business is the challenge of giving old, unwanted pieces of furniture a new lease of life. It’s very satisfying to see something transformed.
I love to pick up pieces with interesting carving or relief detailing which come up really fabulous when painted and distressed.

We pride ourselves on the personal service we offer and always happy to give advice on individual finishes to suit your decor.

I aim to hunt out reasonably priced pieces usually needing many hours of tlc but endeavour to pass realistic prices on to customers. Our ready painted prices start from £45 for a pretty bedroom chair, £175 a chest of drawers, £250 a wardrobe, and £175 for a farmhouse table.

Anyone with properties to let and wishing to furnish their premises on a budget will find stylish pieces without compromising on quality.
I have furnished many guest houses and small hotels too including properties in France.

As the founder of COUNTRY CHIC FAIRS which started in 2002 I have been so thrilled to see them grow in popularity and located at such  lovely venues they are a honey-pot for those with a passion for ‘shabby chic’.