Things That Means Financial Trouble For Families

Keeping on top of your finances when you’ve got a big family is a balancing act that takes a while to master. The most frugal families can run into trouble, even if they’re getting everything right. Life throws you curveballs sometimes and if you aren’t ready to deal with them, you can quickly find yourself in hot water. When it comes to your finances, most of these surprises are things that you can prepare for easily. They’re also things that hit most families at some point so knowing what they are is the key to staying on top of your money. These are the things to watch as these most likely means family in financial trouble.

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Low Income

This is an obvious one but you need to know how to deal with it properly. A common response to low income is to borrow money to make up the shortfalls. Unfortunately, this isn’t the way to go and if you’re borrowing every month, you need a reality check. If you can’t afford your current lifestyle on your wage then you need to cut down, it’s as simple as that. You can start looking for a better job but in the meantime, you need to stop spending so much.

Unexpected House Repairs

Nobody plans for house repairs and if you get a burst pipe or your boiler breaks down, you’ll have to pay out for emergency plumbing services, it’ll cost you around $900 but if the damage is more serious that could go up to a few thousand dollars easily. Chances are, that wasn’t factored into your budget for the month. You should always have a healthy savings account to deal with situations like this, it’s also important to make efforts to avoid damage in the first place. Keeping up with small repairs around the house reduces the chance of bigger problems emerging so it’s going to save you money in the long term.

Healthcare Costs

Health insurance is one of the biggest expenses that most families have and they can easily spiral out of control. If a family member is in an accident or is diagnosed with a serious illness, those bills are going to start shooting up. You’re also likely to need treatments that aren’t covered by your insurance and some of them can cost tens of thousands. You’d be surprised how often there are mistakes on your medical bills so always check them thoroughly, if you challenge them you can pay less.

Financial Disputes

Arguments about money are one the leading causes of problems in a marriage, and they can land you in financial trouble as well. If you and your partner have different ideas about money and how you should use it, you’re never going to agree on a working budget. When you’re working against each other, you’re more likely to make bad decisions. Always try to talk through it and make sure you’re on the same page.

Preparing yourself for these financial surprises might be simple as long resolutions were already planned out, furthermore, it will help stop you from getting into trouble in the future.

​Tips for a Cozy and Comfortable Bedroom + Metro’s White Sale

If you are following me on my Instagram, you would have seen my post about the need to invest on bedrooms :) Because next to kitchen, I dream of a cozy and comfortable bedroom! A room designed to be homey and personal, has soft and comfy bed, bed linens and pillows; a blanket that warms me when the air-conditioning is too cold for comfort; a room that smells so good that I want to stay longer and get lazy and just snuggle with kids and hubby. So what does it mean to be a cozy and comfortable bedroom? For me, it must have a:

Right Theme
Right color of wall’s paint and window’s curtains accentuate the beauty of the room. Nothing fancy, as long the color is a personal choice then that’s it. For curtains, my husband told me to be adventurous in combining colors – contrast colors are eye-catching and vibrant. You can ask an interior designers for ideas too :)

Comfortable Bed
I experience sleeping on the floor with a banig (Philippine Sleeping Mat). Though hard and gives you back pains, it gives a cool feeling. Also tried mattresses made of foam. It is soft but sultry. Whatever type of bed, be sure it suits you that you wake up full of energy and no pains and soreness on your back and sides.

Q​uality Bed Linens
​In this side of the world where is sun is at its hottest all year round, it is better to choose a material that is soft and breathable to keep you cool.

Pillows
The secret to a good pillow is through its filling. There is that feather or cotton filling that is so soft. Then there is that memory foams that conforms to your head’s shape and returns to each original shape when not used. In my childhood years, we have pillows made of old clothes as fillings. Softness depends on the fabric used, ours was hard and becomes harder the longer we used.

Blankets or Comforters?
My favorite! Indeed a security blanket! I used to have a favorite blanket that I used to rub in on my face before I sleep. It was a super soft blanket but was burned together with our house. The habit eventually stop but the need for soft and warm blanket is still in me. As long as it is soft and I snuggle underneath, then I can easily go to slumber land. The husband has it too! He needs a blanket with a rough texture that he can use for his feet before or during sleep. He can’t sleep without it. My kids on the other hand likes comforters especially when the air-conditioning is too cold. Regardless, blankets or comforters, they are a comfort.

All these comforts are available at Metro at a lower price because they are having a Metro White Sale until November 19, 2017. Metro is giving away 20% to 50% OFF on selected lined products of towels, pillows, mattresses, and bed sheets.
Perfect for room improvements :)

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Note: This is a sponsored post but all photos and opinions expressed are ours.

Press Release: Lazada PH Online Revolution 2017

Give More and Save More with Lazada Philippines’ Online Revolution

MANILA CITY, PHILIPPINES – Southeast Asia’s biggest online shopping event, the Online Revolution Sale, brings to the spotlight over 28 million local and international products from its most trusted brands and sellers. Customers can expect jaw-dropping offers, flash sales and exclusive launches up to 95% off.

Now on its sixth year, Lazada.com.ph expects over 150 million visits combined during the sale period, which begins November 9 in the Philippines. The combination of millions of sellers and buyers makes this year’s theme: “Shop the Universe” a perfect fit.

Shoppers looking for more will get more choices as items on sale during Alibaba’s single’s day (11.11) will be available through the Taobao Collection. Digital goods such as prepaid load, mobile data and restaurant & lifestyle vouchers are also available at 5% off.

Christmas gift-seekers will be treated with more options at even better prices. Top deals include the Cherry Mobile OnRev smartphone for only Php 999, the Olay Night Ritual at Php 999 and the Casio G-Shock watch for only Php 2,995.

Bargain hunters will also love to the 11 Peso deals and flash sales every two hours. Some flash sale items include a Matrix microwave oven for Php 1,999, an A7 Sports camera for Php 439 and Mamypoko Extra Dry Skin Tape Diapers (30 pcs) for only Php 322.

Christmas shopping wouldn’t; be complete without raffle promos. Lazada has that too! Avent is giving away a cash prize of Php 1,000,000 to one lucky customer buying any Avent product. Lazada is also giving away free trips from Philippine Airlines and Star Cruises, as well as one Isuzu SUV to lucky shoppers. Each transaction entitles shoppers to an electronic raffle coupon. Through a collaboration with Freenet, the free internet platform of Voyager Innovations, customers using the Lazada mobile app can browse and shop without being charged for data consumption.

To get additional discounts, sign-up for a PayMaya account and enjoy additional 20% off (max. discount of P400) with the code PYMYNOV upon checkout for the whole month of November.

“With this year’s Online Revolution Sale, the best of the world is truly at everyone’s fingertips. Lazada has been working closely with the top brands and sellers in the country and across the globe to offer the best products at the most affordable prices. We believe that campaigns such as Online Revolution will someday set the Philippines to be the online shopping capital of not only Southeast Asia but also the world” said Lazada Co-Founder and CEO, Inanc Balci.

Christmas can’t get better than this! Visit www.lazada.com.ph/online-revolution/ and make your Christmas shopping merry and bright. The biggest sale of the year, Online Revolution, will be from November 9 to December 12, 2017. Watch out for the mega days on November 9 to 11 and December 7 to 12.

Lazada offers Cash on Delivery and Free Shippings for the customers convenience :)

About Lazada Group
Lazada is the number one online shopping & selling destination in Southeast Asia – present in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Lazada helps more than 135,000 local and international sellers as well as 3,000 brands serve the 560 million consumers in the region through its marketplace platform, supported by a wide range of tailored marketing, data, and service solutions. Lazada offers an excellent customer experience through a wide network of logistics partners and its own first- and last-mile delivery arm.

Getting Good At DIY

Home renovation can increase the value of our living space and our own living quality. If we have kids, it can give us more space to make a mess in, and put in some more couches for maximum lounging ability at the end of the day. Yet, DIY seems to be a talent that’s in a bit of a short supply for the common individual these days; we often turn to services to get work done by the professionals. However, despite this being a completely viable way to get some home renovation done, it can be a lot cheaper to try out your own hand at some wood crafting or feature walling. If you need a few tips on picking up some skill in the DIY area, here’s a few tips specially for you.

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Try Out Starter Projects

Don’t immediately go straight into the big things, as this can put you off home renovation forever, and waste you a lot of time and money. Pick out the parts of your home you think you could do with a little pick me up, and take the smallest projects out of your list. When you have low risk like this, you can really flex your muscles.

Painting and decorating is super easy to start off with, but still involves quite a few steps: finding the right paint or wallpaper, laying down sheets to protect the carpet, sanding the walls down, and then mixing the glue for the paper if you need it. Similarly, adding more things to the walls, like TV and light fixtures is also low risk, but you can pick up some good knowledge from it.

Read Up on DIY Techniques

Nothing is going to beat practical knowledge, but that doesn’t mean you have to go into anything blind. For example, you can get a home renovation e-book on plenty of subjects, whether you need your kitchen doing or you’re planning to take out a load bearing wall to open up a room.

A lot of people have different opinions on the best moves to make, so weighing up those differing viewpoints against each other can give you a better insight into what you’re actually doing.

Learn From Other’s Mistakes

When it comes to doing it yourself, use other people as models, for better or worse. If you winced whilst watching someone whack a hammer straight into the wall plaster and completely missing the nail they were trying to get, make sure you don’t do the same thing!

Be sure to pick up all of the right equipment, and don’t start until you have everything. Measure everything correctly, and do it a couple of times before actually cutting some material or making a hole in a wall for a light or picture fixture. These are common mistakes that are so easy to make, so be mindful of them!

Don’t be afraid to get stuck in, as practice makes perfect after all! Make your mistakes and learn from them.

On Clothes and Confidence: Electrolux Fashion Care

We grew up having limited clothes. It’s the least concern my mother would consider. Shopping for clothes is not a priority for my parents who have six kids to feed and send to school. So when a situation calls for new clothes or dress like school activity, birthdays or Christmas seasons, going to a department store was a bliss. I remember I made my parents bleed just so they can buy me a CAT uniform for a school activity (good thing that we had a neighbor’s daughter who just graduated on that same school and she sold or gave (I don’t remember) her uniform to me). Hand-me-down clothes from cousins was a treasure worth to keep. I remember receiving them during Christmas and would value them so they’ll last long. The husband also values clothes too. He grow using hand-me-down clothes and realized the need to buy clothes only when it calls for it like if it no longer fits or if its already torn and that torn can no longer be fixed from sewing it.

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With this experience, we seldom shop clothes for kids too hoping they’ll value their clothes even if it is limited. But that doesn’t mean their dressing looks are limited, in fact they have the confidence to show and here are the reasons why:

1. Get their approval
– Of course! Buying kid’s clothes needs kid’s opinion. But that doesn’t mean they get what they want too. Factors are considered – is the price within the budget? is it durable? will it last longer? is it useful?

2. Designs and Colors matter
– Kids love to wear clothes of their favorite superhero or colors. They have the confidence to flaunt what they wore.

3. Comfortable to wear
– Kids love to explore here and there so they need clothing that gives them limitless activities.

4. Proper Care
– I prefer to hand wash our favorite selected clothes. For us, hand-washing is gentle and thorough. But being a working mom, its hard to consume more time washing clothes considering there are other chores that needs to tend aside from laundry. We don’t have a househelp thus we spend our Saturdays doing the laundry. I don’t want to spend my weekend doing the washing but I don’t want to ruin our limited clothes either. That’s why I had my eye on Electrolux Washing Machines because they have a unique way of caring our favorite clothes, they do Electrolux Fashion Care.

As what Rajo Laurel said, “Electrolux UltimateCare Washing Machine takes care of the clothes’ color and fabric. Laundry is not just about washing the clothes to get it clean but also taking care of the clothes to last longer.” This very much suits our family well since we seldom buy clothes, instead want to enjoy the clothes on an extended time until it no longer fits :D. Would it amazing if these clothes will still look as good as new when handed down to next younger generation.

“From everyday items to delicate designer pieces, clothes will retain their softness, shape and colour with new UltraMix™ technology.  Also, Electrolux UltraMix™ Technology delivers an exceptional deep clean even at 30°C, keeping your clothes vibrant and newer for longer.

Plus, Electrolux has Load Sensor™ technology hat automatically senses load weight, determines optimal washing time, water and detergent while guaranteeing maximum energy efficiency.” Sounds good isn’t it :)

Having the Electrolux Washing Machines gives me an assurance that clothes are gently care and I’m sure it will help me save my laundry time thus, more time with family. Someday :)

Note: This post is my entry for the  Electrolux Fashion Care Blog Writing Contest. #ElectroluxFashionCare

Licealiz Campaigns Kilusang Kontra Kuto

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I admit me and my sisters had kutos (headlice) during my childhood days. My mama would not let us play outside if she can’t comb out those lice and nits (eggs). Imagine getting those nits from your hair strand, she would get it! She would diligently look for those lice and prick it on my head with such force it makes you whimper. She’ll do this laborious task to us girls (no wonder her eyes got marred). Music to my ears if I hear her calling my sister’s name — that means its not my kutuhan session for the day. When my mama is not available and if in the mood, we also have those kutuhan session between sisters that we sometimes end up challenging each other on whose got the most lice or nits.

Now its my turn to check my daughter’s hair. Yes, she has kuto even if she washes her hair everyday. Like my mom, I apply the traditional method of removing the lice –> nitpicking or manually removing the lice and nit and using special comb for the lice. I can only check her hair on weekends and with interaction of her classmates on schooldays and with my conventional method, there’s definitely no guarantee that her lice are totally eliminated.

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Nowadays, there are prescriptions that can help get rid of lice but because I’m afraid of the chemicals used that may possibly affect the children, I hesitated. Thankfully, Lamoiyan Corporation is here for Licealiz campaign for Nationwide Oplan Alis Kuto as part of Kilusang Kontra Kuto advocacy in the effort to educate the public on lice infestation issues. Lamoiyan Corporation has Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo that is non-toxic and convince me to use Licealiz. Together with Department of Education and Philippine Dermatological Society, Lamoiyan Corporation travels to different schools and barangays all over the country to hold shampooing programs and lectures for students and their parents.

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As what  Lamoiyan Corporation Marketing Director Bing Cavestany said, “We want to remove the stigma associated with having kuto by educating communities on lice infestation issues. We want to drive home the message that everyone can be potentially infested by kuto, that it’s not something to be ashamed about, and definitely not something to ridicule others for. We also hope to encourage these communities to unite and take action to solve this public health problem together.

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Mommy Bloggers Philippines Cebu Mommies was invited to witness the Visayas kickoff last Friday, September 27, 2017 at Guadalupe Elementary School (which was interrupted by the sudden flooding  from heavy downpour). They will visit more schools around Cebu province and will be in Mindanao in the upcoming days with the hope for a headlice-free country in the future.

A discussion about headlice infestation, treatment and prevention was made at Zubuchon Restaurant at Escario St., Cebu City by Philippine Dermatological Society Rep, Lamoiyan Corporation Reps, ComCo Southeast Team and Licealiz Team.

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Important Facts of Head Lice:

  • Anyone can be infested.
  • Lice feed on human blood.
  • Lice stuck in comb can survived for three days.
  • Female head lice can lay as much as 100 eggs. Imagine the spread.
  • Head lice has six legs. They can crawl fast but cannot jump nor fly.
  • Avoid sharing personal hair accessories, comb, hairbrush, pillows, towels or caps to avoid being infected.

Licealiz invites everyone to join the Kilusang Kontra Kuto in changing the public’ perception about head lice infestation and spreading correct information regarding head lice prevention and treatment.

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For more information on head lice prevention and treatment, visit Licealiz Facebook Page.

#GRABMISISKOLAR IN CEBU

Last 2016, Grab launched Grab Wives Academy and reached 100 Grab drivers’ wives.
This year, Grab aims to reach and empower 600 to 1000 drivers’ wives and inspire thousands more. An awesome advocacy of Grab for making the Filipino wives – WAIS SA PAMILYA, WAIS SA PERA!

Yes, Grab not only help the drivers but also the drivers’ wives by giving entrepreneurial and livelihood programs that encourage the wives to earn and support the husbands financially.

Based on survey, nine out of every ten housewives are ill-equipped with managing the money remitted by their husbands, the Grab drivers. If the wives are not given the necessary skills and opportunities to manage or grow their husband’s income, the endless cycle of poor money management within the Filipino family will continue.

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In recognition of the importance of the role of wives in achieving success for the community, GRAB Misiskolar was born. GRAB Misiskolar is an initiative with the goal of empowering and educating the drivers’ wives to be wiser about handling their husband’s hard-earned income and enabling them to start their own business. Last August 27, 2017 at SM City Cebu Trade Hall, Misiskolars within Cebu became part of a full-day entrepreneurial program which included family planning and finance management talks as well as different livelihood workshops such as no-bake cake making, perfume-making, direct selling, starting up your own business, and getting the needed start-up capital.

Grab’s campaign is supported by the following partners – Unionbank, Lendr, Avon, Sunlife, Angat Pilipinas, and Generika Drugstore. Also, with the help of digital partners and mommy bloggers, the program aims to reach out to more wives and inspire them to be more madiskarte about the family finances – so they can become wais sa pamilya and wais sa pera.

Witness the journey of the GRAB Misiskolars from misis to wais na misis through their Facebook page, GRAB Misiskolar. Share your thoughts, spread the word and join us in empowering more Filipino families – one #GRABMisiskolar at a time.

Adding Character To Your Kitchen

Functionality in the kitchen should always come first. With making meals and eating, you need to maximize the space. Otherwise, one of the most important rooms in the house will be the most frustrating.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that the kitchen should be lacking of personality. Like every other room, it needs to pop and sizzle with character. Sadly, homeowners take the substance over style mantra too seriously and lots of kitchens end up being boring.

If you don’t want to happen, you may want to consider these tips which will help you add a sense of character while maintaining functionality.

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Say It With Color

Traditionally, adding your personality to a room without making structural changes is difficult. The good news is it isn’t impossible with a few tins of paint. Kitchens are boring because they are bland. A splash of color will fix this issue straight away because the right color will make the room exciting. And, all you need to do is throw the paint on the walls or the cabinets for maximum effect. To go one step further, use accessories to your advantage. HGTV reckons brightly colored towels and potholders are just as useful.

Get Artsy

A splash of color can only go so far. To make the room seem less bare, you need to cover the wide, open spaces. There are lots of ways to do this, but a selection of artwork is one of the best options. For starters, it is big and bulky enough to take up a significant amount of room without being too large. More importantly, the artwork that you choose reflects your tastes. There is no better way to add personality to a kitchen than with individual flavors. If you like to draw or paint, you can use them instead of buying artwork from a gallery.

Renovate

In truth, there is only so much you can do without making structural changes. To make the kitchen wow, a renovation is in order. Of course, it is tempting to pick a bog standard version and install it as soon as possible. However, this will only ensure your kitchen is the same as everyone else’s on the block. Rather than be a sheep, be a shepherd. Thanks to Complete Kitchens Kitchen Designs, it isn’t hard to find an individual model. Then, with a few tweaks, the room will be unique and full of character.

Light It Up

The light fixtures can transform a kitchen into something special. The key is to make them adjustable so that they fit any environment. For example, spotlights are an excellent choice because you can turn the light up or down depending on the situation. Or, a chandelier works well because it has a soft, warm glow which creates an elegant atmosphere. Also, don’t forget to introduce ambient lighting in the shape of lamps. If the primary light is too bright, you can always switch the lamps on and turn the main light off.

With these tips, your kitchen can’t fail to be charismatic.

AirAsia’s Red Hot Sale is Back

AirAsia’s Red Hot Sale is back, fly from Cebu and Davao from as low as P217!
Up to 5 million promotional seats are up for grabs now at airasia.com

Book seats via airasia.com or the AirAsia mobile app from today until 17 September 2017 for travel between 1 March to 21 November 2018 to enjoy fares from as low as P217.00* for flights from/to Davao, Puerto Princesa, and Cebu.

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More exciting deals also await travellers from Cebu to Kalibo, Davao, and Manila from as low as P690 only while promotional fares for Davao to Maila, Cebu, Kalibo, and Clark start from as low as P590 only.

AirAsia flights to international destinations are also up for grabs from as low as P1,599 for Davao to Kuala Lumpur and P1,990 for Cebu to Singapore, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, and Incheon/Seoul.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “AirAsia is continuously expanding our network in Cebu and Davao and now is the perfect time to enjoy great savings with our red hot sale available for both domestic and international routes including access to the AirAsia group’s massive network of 120 destinations across all Asean countries, Asia, Australia and beyond.”

The AirAsia Group is offering up to 5 million promo seats during the red hot sale period from today until 17 September 2017 for flights from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, Johor Bahru, Brunei, Lombok, Shantou, Kolkata, Phnom Penh, Pattaya, Osaka, Perth, and many more.

BIG Members get to enjoy priority access and will be able to make bookings on airasia.com and redeem flights starting from 0 BIG Points, exclusively via the BIG Loyalty mobile app from 10 September 2017 (0001h GMT +8). It’s free to sign up as a BIG Member via airasia.com, airasiabig.com or BIG Loyalty mobile app to redeem promo flights during this promotion.

AirAsia Group Chief Commercial Officer Siegtraund Teh said, “AirAsia continues to grow with more flights to even more destinations, making travel easier. We want our valued guests to be able to take full advantage of our unparalleled frequency to new, exciting places, so it is our great pleasure to offer up to five million promo seats in our biggest campaign ever to help them on their way.”

For latest updates on promotions and activities, please follow AirAsia on:
– Twitter: twitter.com/AirAsia
– Facebook: facebook.com/AirAsia

* One-way base fare excluding taxes and fees. Terms and conditions apply

About the AirAsia Group
AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with over 120 destinations. Within 15 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 350 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 170. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across all Asean countries and beyond. AirAsia was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for nine consecutive years from 2009 – 2017. AirAsia is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all its prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.

Re-Furnish Your Home In a Shabby Chic Style

If you think its time to make some changes to your home, then getting some ideas together is the first thing to do. Then you know what kind of budget you are looking at, and then you’ll know how long it will take to turn those dreams of redecorating into a reality.

If you like shabby chic style, then this type of home style is for you since it is less costly. It can mean using a lot of things that you already have, and then adding certain colors and cutesy accessories. At the moment, it makes such a nice change from all of the minimalism and monochrome decor that is all over social media. So if you’re looking to make some changes at home, without it costing the earth, then shabby chic could be for you. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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Upcycle What You Have

If you were thinking of redecorating your kitchen, for example, then it could just be time to upcycle your cabinets. You could paint them and and them down, as well as swap out drawer handles or door knobs. The same goes for other furniture that you have around the house. Tables, chairs, and even things like picture frames and mirrors can all be painted or sanded down (or even have accessories added to them), to give the nod to the shabby chic trend.

Choose Vintage Accessories

The shabby chic trend is a nod to all things retro and vintage, as everything is given a slight aged look. Take your kitchen again, as an example. Think about getting a retro Smeg fridge freezer, for example, or buying an old-school phone for your hallway. Look out for vintage fairs or thrift shops and check out what finds they might have. Remember that some things can look better after being sanded or having a new lick of paint, so don’t always take things at face value.

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Choose Wooden Materials

When you think of shabby chic, you think of country house style. So no granite or marble in sight. So for things like worktops or tables and chairs, wood is the material of choice. You could buy wood kitchen and dining furniture online if needed, as well as look for some in local stores and thrift shops. Think wood for accessories too. Wicker baskets or woven wood trinkets can look great by a wooden coffee table or chair.

Use Pastel Colors

Pastel or pale colors are what you are going to want to use when it comes to shabby chic style. Stay away from anything too vibrant or bright. Use a lot of white, but more of an off-white color really. Then accessorize with pastel shades for things like throws, rugs, table runners, and other accessories. Flowers and floral patterns are big for shabby chic style too. So choose some subtle designs to compliment the rest of the room or the rest of the home. Pale green and pale pink are some of the best colors to go for when decorating or adding accents of color.