As a design concept, shabby chic began to emerge initially in the UK as a counter-culture to the unimaginative interiors and mass-produced furniture coming out of the 1980s and 1990s. There was a desire to get back to a more unique and expressive way of home-design. The shabby chic style is inspired by a whole range of periods and influences: from the stunning interiors of 18th century Sweden to the elegance of old French farmhouses; from chintzy vintage or funky retro to the vibrant simplicity and colour of the Southern Mediterranean… Generally, the furniture has a relaxed, hand-painted look, achieved through layering on paints and then using certain techniques for a distressed or aged finish. The look can be enhanced by upholstering or accessorising with original fabrics. Nowadays extremely popular, the appeal of shabby chic lies in a laid-back elegance and innate good taste that does not try too hard! At Maite Alegre Home there is a real sense of creating interiors that are meaningful, beautiful, functional, and above all utterly original and unique to your own particular style.