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When I first heard about the design style, granny chic, I was hesitant to explore it. Now, I am in love with the style, which focuses on botanicals and soft colors. Think an updated, more youthful version of your grandmother's Americana cottage. It reminds me of home cooking, sunflower bouquets, and knitted blankets. The aesthetic is very warm, welcoming, and handmade.
Granny Chic Elements:
Left to Right: Masterpiece Collection Olive Ash Burl Accent Table, Butterfly Decoupage Metal Tray, Flower Botanical Shade, Blue and White Porcelain Hexagonal Gourd Table Lamp
The burl accent table would look great in the kitchen as a place to show off cookbooks and a bowl of fruit. The butterfly tray can be incorporated into the dining room or living room decor.
Adding granny chic style to your decor can be as easy as replacing a lamp shade with the botanical shade. The blue and white porcelain table lamp sets the tone for granny chic style in the bedroom. Mix the table lamp with other granny chic decor items such as a quilt and knitted throws.
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I love "Granny Chic" but I think my New York grannies that I looked up to were a little different. What I picked up from them still had the warm woods but with square lines and heavy mass Maybe they were a little more "Mad Men Mod." Definitely muted colors and oatmeal neutrals, but no pastels, and lots of burnished brass accents. I actually have that Butterfly Gold pyrex pattern from the top pic in my kitchen right now. (I inherited most of the collection from my granny.) But in general, they were more Martinis and Chesterfields than bouquets and botanicals. "Cookbooks aren't to be displayed," they used to say. "Let everyone think you just know how to cook that well."
I love it too, only it's different out here on the west coast. I for one love it and have embraced it for a long time. I only use little touches, since I can't wear the clothes. Most Granny stuff here is sized for smaller ladies. I do use flour sack dishtowels when I can get them, and my glasses frames are at least 10 years old. I do have a set of Corning ware in the blue Cornflower motif, my mother instilled the idea of using it a long time ago. I am still on the prowl for Pyrex bowls and casserole dishes. I really got into the granny movement when I worked for Goodwill the first and second time, and I go to the one nearest our house at least once a month.
Hi, Christine -
Thank you for your comments and tips; it's very true that everything old is new again! If you like this look, we have new designs in our Country-Cottage style that you might like- www.lampsplus.com/.../style_country-@-cottage
You might also try browsing our Shop By Trend section for inspiration - www.lampsplus.com/shop-by-trend