Creating A Room with Antique or/and Vintage On Budget!

My Creating a Room with Antique or/and Vintage Furniture on Budget. Can it be done? Well  yes of course it can, depending on the budget and how realistic you are. Of course the bigger the budget the better chance of finding the pieces you really want in your room. But sometimes that is the hardest part, finding those very pieces. Be it a Library, Living room, Dining room, Bedroom, Kitchen, Bathroom or Study. 

So what kind of room would you like to create and for what kind of budget? Well let’s say you have a room 15f by 15f which is a nice size room, would you like it to be just a living space or also one that incorporates a study/work space? So how much do you want to spend on each piece? What are the most important pieces you want in this room? Do you want just antique or maybe just vintage or would you like to combine both? Would you be open to a reproduction piece if chances of finding what you really want are way beyond your budget? And would shabby chic pieces be an option? 

Ok so let’s say we are working with a small tight budget, we have to be very realistic here we may find what you want but it needs a bit of work to bring it back to life are you prepared to put in some work for the pieces you so covet? So I guess it would be fair to say such a piece would not be Mint (a word I personally hate)  I myself like to see signs of a previous life other wise I feel it’s a little bit pointless and I might as well have dropped into that flat pack store!!! And know I don’t mean falling a part at the seems but in all honesty that’s do able to if you have the time and patience something I lack πŸ˜€

For me it’s all about the history of a piece, I wonder who might have sat in that Windsor Chair or who sat at the Friars table or maybe what Jewels did that dressing chest once hold. I do appreciate that some people invest heavally on pieces that are outstanding and build collections more for portfolios rather than usage and how it preserves them for future generations, but personally that’s not for me. But that’s not to say, if giving a budget we won’t try our hardest to find the finest pieces the budget can buy, so we can achieve what the client wants and that is after all the most important aspect of the job and the budget too of course.


However and I know I have mentioned this before in a previous blog or two, but sometimes it really only takes one great piece to add great value to any room. Like the dining room, you might just focus on an antique table or in the bedroom maybe a vintage dressing chest and so on,,,


The other thing I so love to do which always works is to add a splash of colour with dark wood or a really nice dark statement piece in between a room full of colour. It’s like a piece we have in the Cabin at the minute, a beautiful duck egg blue shabby chic’ed mirrored chest. It’s the one piece that draws people in and the piece that is always admired, as it is settled in between a collection of dark woods.


Shabby chic is almost a dirty word to the purest, again on a personal level I love it but only if it’s done really really well and we are lucky to have a lady with a dab hand at recreating beauty either it be antique or vintage pieces. 

The next thing your room requires is the glue that brings it all together. Ceramics, glass, mirrors, crystal, silver, marble, art, material etc, so finding those pieces that reflect who you are, what your history and future is is vitally important, these are pieces your grandchildren will remember fondly in many years to come.πŸ˜€



The Shabby Shik Emporium Cabin contains all of the about and that is what we profess to be an Emporium. We’d like it all to be the real deal but sometimes we have to be realistic and work with the budget we have, after all there is nothing to say you can’t replace each piece there after. We have added a little video below of the Cabin be sure to look out for my Oscar for worst camera work ever as you look around, in my defence it is pretty difficult to do while trying to propel yourself along in your wheelchair πŸ˜€ 

So if you want that room to materialise into reality please do come along and see us the only thing you pay for is the furniture and the glue ☺️ that binds it all together. 

But please do note we are not painters or curtain makers!  Once you have that sorted then we are just room dressers πŸ˜‰ 

Well that’s all for this week we’ll catch up again in a week or two. You know where to find us if you want us.

Shabby Shik Emporium Ardfert/Ballyheigue Kerry 

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Busy Days For Spring @ Shabby Shik Emporium

Well it is amazing how the Seasons come around we are heading into spring and the first stirrings of colour 🌸are beginning to appear it won’t be long now until the daffodils line the Avenues with there lovely bell shaped heads sit nodding at us.

Spring is a real season for out with the old and in with the new, ‘but that saying’ never quite seemed right with me. Things are not so much old but used and loved and it is perfectly alright to move them on to someone else, who is sure to and will love it until they too are ready for a change its the circle of life.

After all that is how we have antique or vintage piece in the first place, it came to be either handed down through generations of families or else sold or restored my someone else who wanted to love them some more. So no matter what the piece whether it was made today or many many moons ago, someone will always want it and love it for what it might be in there time.

So you are going out in search of new pieces of furniture to feather your nest again. So for some this is the fun part and others the dread of spending huge money on furniture. But chances are you could deck the house out if you were to check out some of the online for sale sites of second hand Antique and Vintage Furniture of which there are many.

So my advice for what it’s worth or whichever way you want to go about it, is to buy good quality secondhand pieces they are there to be had.
So here’s what you do, you find that one great piece of Antique, Vintage, Handmade or just Unique item that one expensive Wow piece.
Anything after that can be just run of the mill but at the same time the best you can both possible afford.
So when you move up the ladder which you will your Antique and Vintage pieces should at the very least give you back your initial investment.

So we here at shabby Shik Emporium are very excited by some of the pieces coming in this week and early next week it is a collective mixture of Antique & Vintage brown Furniture and likewise with Vintage Shabby Chic πŸ™‚ as it is preserving the piece in one way or another is no bad thing it’s still an antique or vintage piece and it’s still keeping it together.

So be sure and think about what you want to buy when starting out. If you have something in mind and you can’t find it in the stores then talk to the store owners tell them what you’re looking for. What kind of a budget you have, so the better the condition of the piece the more of your budget you will be prepared to spend.

These are just a few logical tips on Furniture be Antique, Vintage or Shabby Chic…
Please do have a read any questions just let us know. N & J
Shabby Shik Emporium













Here are some pictures of the stock due in this coming week there are Antique, Vintage & Shabby Chic so do drop by we’d love to you. N& J

Life at Shabby Shik Emporium

Well it’s been a pretty good merry go round since we started out here last June 2014 as Shabby Shik Emporium.

There has of course been good weeks and very bad weeks but for the love of what we do it is worth it.

We’ve had some good finds and some rubbish finds, some of the pieces we could put right and others we just had to take a hit on the chin and try not let all the tears smarten down to fast.

We have all heard the saying, “the customer is always right” well sadly that’s not always the case. But where would we be without them.!!

What I can tell you is, since the day we opened our doors the real customers that we started out with have come back time and time again that in itself says we can only be doing something right.

The other thing I found is that things come in and I say Oh My God what have I done, but I put them out into the cabin (or the cabinet as our little neighbour calls it) πŸ˜‡ and think I’ll just stick them in a corner but before I know those are the pieces that have all sold. So it’s true there is something for everyone it may not be my taste but chances are it is someone else’s.

We’ve bought in some pieces which have been disappointing in the sales department, Hand Made Jewellery which is absolutely beautiful and Vintage dress’s and gowns and both have bombed. There is nothing wrong with the those pieces but the customers maybe rightly would rather spend their money on an antique or vintage piece of Glass, Ceramic or Furniture piece.

Oh well It’s a lesson not to be repeated right off πŸ˜ͺ ! trying to run before we can walk. But in saying that, ok so it’s not for now, but who knows trends change maybe we could try either of them again at a later stage.






So what has been our best buys !
Well our Special Christy Yashor bears, but how could anyone resist these beautiful guy and girls Bears. Made from Vintage and Antique Fabrics and Lace They are an heirloom of the future that’s for sure.🐻



Some of the pieces I personally
have loved are the Victorian Writing/Stationary Boxs, because these really appeal to me and are something that I have a great affinity for. Both my favourites were sold as soon as they landed on the counter.πŸ˜„”>IMG_4777









In the furniture, my two favourite pieces have been a beautiful Victorian Queen Anne Walnut bow fronted writing desk, a truly beautiful piece.

The second is a Victorian, Mahogany Ladies/work desk it has the most beautiful mother of pearl
inlay design worked into the drawer fronts. It comes with a Beautiful Victorian Spoon back Leather seated chair. This one would make a fantastic Valentines gift! It’s a treasure a piece and if taken care of should yield the initial investment and some.





Some of the other great pieces we have been blessed to find are our
Paul Marius French Vintage Leather Satchel and Hand bags. πŸ‘œπŸ‘πŸ‘›πŸ’›
They have now been shipped up and down and all over this country.
Being snatched up by students, teachers, professors, doctors , vets and more.
Be sure to look out for some of there new designs in the next few weeks.









We also have some really really great Mirrors. Here are some from our collection they are from different periods and styles. The Vintage Trio Hand Painted Mirror is another excellent piece.







And our pieces of Shabby Chic which I love they are such a collective mix ! And mixed with the right brown furniture it can throw a whole new light into a room.
We have dressing chests, Library Chairs, Chest of Drawers, Display cabinets and much more the list is endless. So Please do Pop in if only for a quick look around we’d love to see you.







And last but not least we have some beautiful glass and ceramic collections
There are Tea sets, Tea and Coffee Sets, Dinner Services, Water Jugs original pottery pieces and figurines and some from a local pottery pieces to.

We’d like your help if you could!
We would like you to tell us what Antique, Vintage or Unique pieces
you are looking for and just maybe can’t find having searched everywhere.
So if you could please email it to us here at
We’ll see if we can maybe come up with something.










There is just one other piece I would like to share with you. When our good customer Mary came in and saw this beautiful Edwardian Sewing box, that was it she just had to have it. The Edwardian box itself is just beautiful with a fabulous boxwood inlay set into rosewood, inside the box is lined with a Blue Silver Silk and cushioned. The padded top tray is in great condition with its pin box set under its velvet pad.
So Mary did a hit and run before I changed my mind and who could blame her. πŸ˜€






So here’s one last piece to leave you with, this Beautiful French Oak Art Novae Side table ideal for storing your albums books as a very good photographer pointed out, or magazines etc, and at a ver reasonably priced of €195…




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We also now and again buy in personal pieces from our customers but only pieces that we may feel would be suitable for our store, and sometimes it all comes down to money. We are also limited on space so it would also come down to size too. But we will certainly do our best to have a look and see what we can doπŸ˜„

Ok thank you be sure and keep a look out for next weeks blog.
And check out what new stock we have on the way😊

Ness n Jean

Shabby Shik Emporium
Lower Ballymacquin
Adrfert / Ballyheigue
Co Kerry