A little bit of Granny Chic. . .

What’s your childhood memories of your granny’s house?

If your granny was anything like mine then she probably had a home full of handmade items, hand stitched linens and home cooked yumminess in the kitchen.


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My grandmother grew up on a dairy farm in the country. . .  her folk were simple living.

They made do with hand-me-downs and miss-matched furniture.

I loved her collection of pretty teacups that came out of the dresser at every meal. I was too young to realise that none of the cups had matching saucers or belonged to a set. . .  but it wouldn’t have mattered to me anyway.


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I remember my granny had doilies. . . lots of doilies.

Most of them were hand stitched by family members. They came from a time when all young ladies learned how to sew and embroider and to this day I still adore them.

So today I created a project using a vintage doily. . .

Awhile back I picked up this large framed mirror from a local thrift store. The mirror had a huge crack right through the middle and the plastic frame was painted a hideous gold. At the time I didn’t know what I was going to use it for, but at just $2 it was worth buying and waiting for inspiration to strike.


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I painted the frame with some homemade creamy white paint, then antique it with Burnt Umber. Although I liked the finish on the frame, I never did get around to completing the make-over.

Today I took another look at it after going through my basket of doilies and decided it would make a perfect noticeboard for a sewing room.

It was as simple as covering the back board with drop cloth and making a pocket on the lower half with one of my vintage doilies. I then used some cotton twill measuring tape to make two peg lines.

Now I have a noticeboard that my Granny would have loved and appreciated.


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Have you noticed the emergence of ‘Granny Chic’ decorating that’s popping up everywhere. . .

Similar to Shabby Chic with its weathered and worn furniture, except Granny Chic embraces vintage furniture pieces, accessories and fabric prints that any elderly lady might love, but with a modern twist that makes it fashionable.

Granny Chic interiors offer a homey look that puts comfort and personal taste above style trends. Granny chic features botanical motifs and hand-knit textiles, while incorporating fussy prints, quaint knick-knacks and eclectic collections of deliberately mismatched items that clash in design, colour or pattern.


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I think perhaps my new noticeboard is a little more shabby chic with a touch of romance and elegance, but it is certainly a project that has thrown a modern spin on some vintage pieces.

I love how home decorators are now taking their cues from past generations and creating a personal style with vintage, thrift and handmade items.


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  1. Such a beautiful piece, Kerryanne. A great tribute to Grandma style.

  2. Lovely notice board – it has turned out really beautiful.
    Visits to both my grans involved sitting at a square table. Granny Lockwood had a blue painted square table in the kitchen where we sat (the lounge was only used for “best”) and would hope that she had steamed a spotted dick pudding that we would be able to tuck into with loads of thick custard. Granny Korten had a dark oak square table by the window in her lounge (her kitchen was too small to have a table) that had big chunky carved legs – children sat at the table as the sofa was for the ‘grown-ups’. I don’t ever remember having a complete meal at Granny Korten’s but she did make the most super Christmas puddings.
    Toni xx

  3. love this, kerryanne! my g-mom had lots of granny chic going on:)

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thank you Lynn. I’m sure if my Gran was still alive she would laugh at this ‘new’ style of decorating.
      Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  4. JaneEllen says:

    Your notice board is gorgeous with the doily on the bottom. Very handy and granny chic I think. Do love it. I still use some doilies on my tables, but then I’m a granny, almost 73 now myself. My how time flies.
    My Mom’s Mom was more of the Granny type as she had scads of grandkids. We all would plop on her bed when the adults was playing pinochle for hours on end and listening to the Cleveland Indians in season. She didn’t have much but she had a fantastic huge round table with a gorgeous crocheted tablecloth I always loved. The table had carved huge feet that scared me half to death.

  5. This message board with the lace is just beautiful and I adore the frame.


  6. Just gorgeous, Kerryanne! Absolutely love it. The pocket is my favorite thing about it! Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Have a lovely rest of the week!!

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thanks Becky. I’ve been hanging onto that doily for awhile because I loved the design and wanted the perfect project to show it off.

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thank you Becky. I’m a bit partial to that pocket too… it is such a lovely doily.
      Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  7. Absolutely beautiful Kerryanne, I love it:) Hugs, Biljana

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thank you Biljana. It was a fun piece to make and I love being able to see that doily all the time now.
      Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  8. An absolutely captivating project!
    Granny or shabby chic – it is fabulous!

  9. I just love this, the lace pocket is wonderful. You are one clever gal. It is so wonderful, I need one in my kitchen. The measuring tape is such a cute touch. I would love to post it on Pinterest for a future project that I will only admire and never do. But I can hope. Coming over from Common Ground. Kathy

    • Kerryanne says:

      Welcome to Shabby Art Boutique Kathy. I’m glad you popped over from Debra’s to see my Granny-Chic noticeboard. Please feel free to PIN away 🙂

  10. Oh, this is wonderful! Found you over at Timewashed! Love the “Granny Chic” idea.
    Following by Bloglovin’

    • Kerryanne says:

      Hi Sherry,
      Welcome and thank you for following Shabby Art Boutique. I hope you’ll pop by often and also join in our Shabbilicious Friday link party, where we share all that is shabbiliciously gorgeous.
      I’m coming over to visit you at harm of Home too. See you soon 🙂

  11. Each one is adorable! Love that tea towel the most I think. Such sweet creations!

  12. Oh my friend…you did such an amazing job! It is GORGEOUS and I was over the moon to see you on Junkin Joe! Thanks ever so much for joining us!!! Sending tons of hugs and love your way! : ) TFS!!!

  13. It is really beautiful! I have a lot of old lace from my dear Grandma and some of those old pic frames that pivot. May I ask, did you staple the fabric to the back of the frame or glue or what?? Many thanks for any help in this project! I will love to be able to use/see lovely, old things from my Grandma!

    • Kerryanne says:

      Hi Ruth, I’m pretty sure on this one I stapled the fabric to the board, but you could certainly glue it instead. I’ve used both techniques in the past. Stapling is quicker, but sometimes the backing board isn’t think enough for stapling. I hope you enjoy making this project 🙂

  14. Joyce Corscadden says:

    Love all that you do . I love being creative and you have inspired me to make a granny noticeboard thank you Kerryanne . I look forward to your newsletter .

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thank you Joyce. Have fun creating a granny chic noticeboard and I look forward to sharing more with you in my newsletter. 🙂

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