To be utterly utterly bored with vintage shabby chic cath kidston letters on the wall boringness...

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Pantone363 Sun 05-May-13 22:08:40

3 friends at lunch all had Cath Kidston handbags with matching purses. We passed at least 4 shabby chic shops all replete with spotty tablecloths, rose print cases and wooden letters spelling out "home" "love" "wow" (thanks Kirsty).

It's IMPOSSIBLE to find cheap secondhand furniture (because I am poor) because its all been bought by people sanding, throwing on a coat of Farrow and Ball, artfully sanding it down again and flogging a chair for £200.

I've been on TWO vintage glam hen dos this year.

I'm sick of fucking cupcakes on flowery cardboard cake tiers.

Please tell me I'm not BU. it's the new twigs in cases isn't it?

Vulgar Sun 05-May-13 23:20:27

That word UPCYCLING. I just wanted to punch kirstie all sops teeth out every time I heard her say it.

UPCYCLING my arse.

LaQueen Sun 05-May-13 23:22:18

Yep, must admit I'm a bit over it now...6 years ago, we moved here and decorated entire house in muted, shabby chic stylee with squashy linen sofas, painted furniture and bunting in the DD's bedrooms.

Loved it then. Bored of it now. Getting itchy feet and looking on Right Move...

Pantone363 Sun 05-May-13 23:23:16

UPCYCLING....poor people have been doing it for YEARS

Pantone363 Sun 05-May-13 23:24:45

And the buntings ALWAYS dusty, nobody hoovers it

Euphemia Sun 05-May-13 23:27:26

I want Scottish words in my house:

CLUDGIE and KEICH in the loo
SCULLERY in the kitchen
BREEKS above the laundry basket
FUD above our bed

childof79 Sun 05-May-13 23:28:52

I have never liked Cath Kidston, completely struggle with the concept of how something can be shabby and chic and find cupcakes sickening. So looking forward to it being out.

Pitmountainpony Sun 05-May-13 23:32:07

Yes Cath Kidston,s home is indeed pretty minimalistic. None of her stuff in it.
She is a smart business woman because look how everywhere it is. Mind you I am in California and all the Danish mid century stuff is everywhere here...I love it but many style cats are dismissive in a similar way because it is so readily available. There is a snob in most of us. We don,t want to have the stuff everyone else has got.well you just don,t get it then.

LaQueen Sun 05-May-13 23:32:24

I've noticed for the last year, or so, Next and the supermarkets have brought out their own shabby-chic ranges...so it's really only a matter of time.

Just not sure where to go from here?

Xmasbaby11 Sun 05-May-13 23:34:17

YANBU. Although I do like some of it, it is getting a bit much!

Devora Sun 05-May-13 23:35:20

I want Yiddish: shlump in the bathroom, shlock in the living room, shmatte in the bedroom, shlimazel in the kitchen.

AgnesBligg Sun 05-May-13 23:35:39

Ok, now we're on the subject ( we weren't) can I just say how utterly tired I am of facebook pictures with some wisdom of the day.

Ergo. 'You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.' On a chalkboard, writ squirly, photograph. I mean, do chuff off, facebook pal.

Devora Sun 05-May-13 23:37:24

Danish mid century is reaching saturation point, isn't it?

This is why it's terrifically helpful not to be rich. Most of us can never afford to do our houses up all at once, in one style - we just limp on, adding here and there, inheriting stuff and buying what we can afford at the time. So our houses are never all one style, meaning they can never be all the wrong style.

TheSecondComing Sun 05-May-13 23:37:50

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ExcuseTypos Sun 05-May-13 23:39:12

Cath Kidston was lovely about 10 years ago.

The quality of everything she now sell, doesn't compare with then. Plus all the teenagers seem to have it.

It's the same with Orla Keiley. I have a couple of bags from years ago. I saw one the other day and picked it up. The quality was shocking.

Devora Sun 05-May-13 23:39:46

I've been saving up for white brick tiles with grey grouting, but am rather delighted to predict that by the time I get there the world will be sick of them.

Euphemia Sun 05-May-13 23:40:25

Hornsea! My mum will be ahead of the game with the cutesy wee squirrel and deer ornaments. hmm MIL has a load of the jugs, etc. too. Yuk.

squoosh Sun 05-May-13 23:40:32

I think the thing about the Cath Kidston stuff that makes it extra annoying is that it made 1950s housewifery seem aspirational. It was more than just the 'stuff', it's the Stepford crap that goes with it.

LaQueen Sun 05-May-13 23:40:54

Infact...I'm sick and tired of the whole VintageShabbyChicCrochetedCraftingRetroHomelyBakingCupcakesApronsDottyWholesomeTweeKnitting shebang...

Someone. Make. It. Stop.

AgnesBligg Sun 05-May-13 23:42:50

Brown furniture people. Embrace it. (while it's still cheap). My house is full of it. Granny chic I call it. Or tight and miserable Granny chic, in my case.

squoosh Sun 05-May-13 23:43:41

We need an Eastern Bloc/Soviet revival.

Devora Sun 05-May-13 23:45:04

Gosh yes, Hornsea pottery! I'd forgotten about that - takes me right back to childhood.

Do you think we'll have cork walls again? And jumbo cord squashy sofas?

ouryve Sun 05-May-13 23:48:43

Quite refreshingly, the only vintage stuff in this part of the world is last decade's Adidas.

Devora Sun 05-May-13 23:48:53

I have always loved brown furniture. In my teens I was obsessed with the 1940s - not the moderne, Hollywood 40s, but what most British houses actually looked like in the 40s, which would have been old brown furniture in small dark houses. We haven't had a proper revival of that kind of look in this country - when we refer back to 30s/40s, it's usually to Hollywood or Miami, not to the UK.

DisAstrophe Mon 06-May-13 00:14:15

My local corner shop (not so much shabby as dingy) has hairy heart stringy things, LOVE letters and bunting in a special corner. Right next to the out of date rich tea biscuits et al and across from where they display a small selection of rather sorry looking fruit and veg.

I actually thought for a second - oh get my local shop getting all posh and trendy. Then I realised that another trend had been and gone leaving my house untouched by the ravages of fashion ignores eighties woodchip walls and mockstainglasseffect cheapo doors

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