Must-haves of shabby chic design: 1) distressed furniture, 2) slipcovers, 3) florals, 4) old rugs, 5) mismatched pieces.
Keep colors muted: a lot of white or cream with pastels. Combine patterns and colors.
Be creative! Repurpose a chair to use as a side table or old vintage suitcases or an antique trunk for a coffee table. Use your imagination.
*Some tips adapted from about.com.