Animal Shabby Chic Wall Art + Giveaway!

September 10, 2013

Moving house is always a stressful and daunting time, whether it’s a positive move or not.  Although we love the countryside for it’s rural delights (the views, the walks and the wildlife), the trappings that came with rural living had begun to wane after 14 years living out in the sticks.  So, we decided it was time to move.  Now I think we have the best of both worlds, since our house is literally on the outskirts of a country town, just yards away from fields yet close to civilisation!

That it is!

There’s been ample boxes to unpack, but I love unwrapping all the lovely, pretty things that had been stowed away from sight and memory.  Rooms once bare and de-personalised are again given character, this time with my favourite old ornaments and vintage inspired, shabby chic pieces.  I love wall art and framing pictures.  My favourites are simply old adverts or recent ones I’ve loved the look of.  I have a soft spot for painted pictures and illustrations that depict wildlife and animals to their true form too.

Just before we moved house, I received some wall art by Sean Aherne, a self taught artist who has seen his work published, exhibited and auctioned in some of the most prestigious venues in the UK.  His work spans fine art to the more contemporary, including the latest project: shabby chic inspired printed art signs featuring light hearted quotes and Sean’s unique animal depictions styled with an antique look.  Whether you’re an animal lover or not, it’s hard not to appreciate the beauty in these pictures.

The printed images taken from Sean’s original paintings are of a high professional quality, which are secured onto wood boards.  They’re really quite substantial and very well made.  At 10×8 inches, the signs aren’t huge, but I think if they were bigger the size would take away from their delicate look.

The picture at the top of this post is my very favourite sign of the collection.  I think it’s so apt for hanging in the hallway of our new house (as I do think Mr BB and I are pretty mental!)

Another sign I adore is the The Cuckoo sign as it’s so sweet and reminiscent of Spring and its sprightly nature.  It’s a cheerful picture that will brighten up any room through the dark months ahead.

I used to love cats immensely when I was little, but whilst I’m not as much of a kitty fan these days (rabbits and guinea pigs stole my heart!) I still admire well painted feline pictures.  This beautiful cat with her luscious furry locks is exquisite.

WIN this insanely cute CAT art sign by Sean Aherne

To celebrate moving into my new home, I’ve decided to give away this stunning art sign to one lucky reader!  If you fancy your chances to WIN, just complete the rafflecopter tasks and get your entries in.  

As this will be sent directly from myself I’m afraid I can only accept UK entries at this present time.  I can’t wait to send it on the winner!


Sean Aherne Art can be purchased from Amazon and eBay.




Which is your favourite of the three signs I was sent?  
What’s your home style?  Shabby chic?  Vintage?  Or, do you prefer a more modern look?
*This post is my own opinion with product provided*


  1. Rob Baker

    September 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I’m told our style is ‘eclectic’

  2. Alison Joyce

    September 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I love the swedish style white walls and wooden furniture

  3. Kate

    September 11, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I’d love to have country farmhouse style. Some hope though

  4. Bekkki1

    September 11, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I would like my home to be shabby chic, but ive got a long way to go yet though

  5. Tracy K Nixon

    September 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    vintage! Love Cath Kidston too – so have loads of her stuff!

  6. Lorna kennedy

    September 11, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    a bit of a modern take but the kitchen abit like cath kidson style 🙂

  7. Caroline

    September 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    A real mish mash: a modern sofa next to an old trunk, traditional rugs and kitsch cushions and lots and lots of “stuff” everywhere. That’s the way we like it!

  8. alicia johnson

    September 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    shabby chic with a touch of modern x

  9. alicia johnson

    September 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    shabby chic, with a touch of modern x

  10. Nigel Taylor

    September 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Mostly contemporary but my bedroom is vintage x I like to be different

  11. Vicky

    September 11, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I really like vintage style, but I also love to pick up bits and pieces from my travels, so I guess my style is quite eclectic!

  12. katiemay

    September 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Eclectic, or hectic. I like disorganised interest pieces 🙂

  13. Samantha Greenwood

    September 11, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    These remind me off when i was a kid staying at my Gran’s 🙂 She loved these sort of art on her walls. And i love them also 🙂

  14. Pooky

    September 11, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I’d like my house to be modern and contemporary

  15. Beky Austerberry

    September 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I like bold colours and unusual slightly gothic / quirky items!! Which matches my whole family perfectly!

  16. Amanda Friend

    September 11, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    A bit of everything but girly and vintage are a must!

  17. jillwebb

    September 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    modern but full of quilts cushions and stuff that makes it homely

  18. Zoe G

    September 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I am redecorating and love all things shabby chic, white furniture etc

  19. Angela

    September 11, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I think our house is “a comfortable mess”. If only there was a nice way of putting it!

    I like the squirrel picture best–it would look fabulous by the front door!

    Angela xx
    Little Apple Tree

  20. Lisa Williams

    September 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I love shabby chic but am inspired by Japan so it is a weird concoction of those two 🙂

  21. philiboy

    September 12, 2013 at 6:06 am

    I’d say our style is cluttered

  22. susiebaby

    September 12, 2013 at 7:42 am

    My home is a bit of an eclectic mix – traditional, shaker and shabby chic. A bit like me really!

  23. tabbaz123

    September 12, 2013 at 7:52 am

    shabby chic I think – organised chaos

  24. Paul Kendall

    September 12, 2013 at 7:59 am

    It is Shabby Chic in the dining room, but contempory in the lounge and bedroom… This would go lovely with my dining table, chairs 🙂

  25. Nina McFadden

    September 12, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I would love the Art Deco style.

  26. scott Holloway

    September 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

    would love 50’s but live at home with mum lol

  27. Emma Walters

    September 12, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    country style/shabby chic

  28. Nicola Reynolds

    September 12, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    My house is a mish mash, would love it to be something you see on grand designs! fresh and modern, I can but dream!

  29. buchanl

    September 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    modern and contemporary

    Lynsey Buchanan

  30. PlastigFfantastig

    September 12, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Ideally it would be minimalist and art deco – but I love my clutter too much!

  31. Light-Wilson Francesca

    September 13, 2013 at 1:18 am

    I like to think of my home as ‘ecclectic retro’ in style but in truth, it’s just a hotchpotch of secondhand items I’ve acquired over the years 🙂

  32. Tammy Tudor

    September 13, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I’d love a more modern feel in my home although that can’t usually be achieved on a tight budget like mine! 🙂

  33. Matthew Short

    September 15, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I restore old furniture and something like this to match in my home would be cool

  34. MissMelvis

    September 21, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    My Brother once described our home as “Oxfam” … as nothing matches! It’s not so bad after 6 years of saving for better bits n pieces … I’d love a shabby chic home as opposed to just shabby 😉 xx

  35. alices-wonderland

    September 22, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I love a mix of vintage with modern aspects

  36. Laura Murray

    September 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I’m moving to a semi rural location next month and I’m aiming for a comfy shabby chic farmhouse vibe – lots of floral, stags heads and fluffy throws!

  37. krnries

    September 29, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I’d like a traditional style, which would go well with our old house 🙂

  38. Helen Grayson

    September 29, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I love white’s and bright accessories. Colour I can change easily 🙂 – Love pictures and different accessories too 🙂 x

  39. Mary-Ann Pollard

    September 29, 2013 at 11:40 am

    modern with a twist of shabby cottage style is the look we go for, often it just looks like mismatched mess

  40. sharon mead

    September 29, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    previously loved old but good country style

  41. Viks

    September 30, 2013 at 9:09 am

    My house is quite modern, but it wouldnt suit anything else because it is a newbuild

  42. WeeWillieWilkie

    September 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I like plain walls but dressing them with great artwork and fabrics 🙂

  43. nikilily

    September 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    would have to be modern 🙂

  44. Kristy Brown

    September 30, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    As I live in army housing it is neutral throughout – but I like to add a splash of colour with curtains, rugs and accessories. Our front room is classic yet new

  45. Sammi x

    September 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I would love my home to be ‘shabby chic’
    However as we’ve only just moved in right now it is ‘minimal’!

  46. felicity morris

    September 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    bright and airy. To make small spaces larger

  47. Ruth Grover

    September 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    My decor is ‘home made’, and simple. All my throws are crocheted by me as are most of the cushions. I like understated.

  48. Rachel Gilbey

    September 30, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I would love my home to be nice and cosy with a more professionally designed appearance than we have currently

  49. Trudi Walsh

    September 30, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I love the country style, all cosy & warm!

  50. Dawn Costen

    September 30, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    My home decor is fairly modern with a homely feel. Lots of make do bits and pieces but we are getting there with getting it to the way we would like it 🙂 Shabby chic is the plan I have for my bedroom which is next on the list.
    The print you are giving away is my favourite mainly because we are a cat mad household! lol

  51. Rachel Butler

    October 1, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I would say my style is contemporary But with a traditional feel to it too!

  52. Teresa thorne

    October 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Our home is warm and cosy – some days I’d like it to be minimalistic, but warm and cosy always wins

  53. Jamiesmummy19

    October 1, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Fairly modern but cosy at the same time xx

  54. Nadya

    October 1, 2013 at 10:37 am

    i would love a cath kidston kitchen and french country style home

  55. emsmiff

    October 1, 2013 at 11:19 am

    My house would suit shabby chic as it’s 300 years old. We’re thinking about having some bits done soon so will seriously look in to this

  56. emily jane ann nelson

    October 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

    We run our own Rustic Furniture business. ” Simply Rustic Furniture ” And have loads of our farm house furniture in our own home! x x

  57. Emma

    October 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I like modern but homely, not too minimal.

  58. Emma

    October 1, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I like modern but homely, not too minimal.

  59. Lady Chelington

    October 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    traditional with a modern twist

  60. Bohdan Kuczynski

    October 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Depends on which room, some are funky and modern whereas others are homely .

  61. ..

    October 1, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Very eclectic. Mixing designer with charity shop – more shabby than chic, at the moment though.

  62. Michelle bennett

    October 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Each room is abit different- my kitchen is quite modern looking. but that was my landlords choice. My bathroom is plain white and i accessorise it with whatever colours i fancy. The rest of my house is very vintage looking, lots of duck eggs, greens and blues.

  63. Piper and Daisy

    October 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I try to be minimalist and tend to end up with loads of trinkets everywhere! But when the girls give me little tokens of their affection such as conkers and fallen leaves (?) I can;t refuse to have them on display 🙂

  64. Helenlt

    October 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    eclectic mix of vintage/shabby chic/preloved

  65. squires susan

    October 1, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    My style is eclectic – some shiny tech, some lovely polished dark wood items, some egyptian items, some Dark Art, a mixture of anything and everything. But this artwork makes me think of a dear friend and smile.

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