Inside Out Shabby Chic (Apr - May 2012 Issue)

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Out of hundreds of entries, the Inside Out team hand-picked ten lucky readers to join us at the third Inside Out and Zen Interiors design workshop last month. The theme was shabby chic and an interesting talk by Hadeel Abu Baker and Maudalene Wagner from Zen Interiors on the style's history gave us inspiring insight on how to bring the look into our homes. By using soft pastel hues like pinks and greens with browns and blues to add a more masculine feel, and pairing them with worn items - think distressed furniture and faded sofas - we discovered that the look is surprisingly easy to achieve. Vintage-style items and feminine shapes are key, although Hadeel and Maudalene pointed out that the look needn't be old-fashioned and can even feature in a modern home. Maison d'art gave great examples of how to add a contemporary twist to the look, showcasing its latest range of Designer's Guild fabrics, wall coverings and accessories, while demonstrating how experimentation with different looks - think English country florals paired with vibrant stripes, bold fabric and velvet - can create a contemporary shabby-chic theme. The practical section of the workshop saw readers creating beautiful mood boards, organising space planning and furniture arrangement before embellishing their 'rooms' with sumptuous fabrics and wallpapers. The winning mood board won a Dh500 Zen Interiors gift voucher while our runner-up walked away with a designer candle by Tricia Guild. Everyone else left with gifts from Zen Interiors packed in an exclusive InsideOut goodie bag.