Savvy & Chic Smart Shopping

Savvy & Chic Smart Shopping

Day 29 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was a successful one. As a home decorating enthusiast, nest featherer and Shabby Chic-Ophile, over the years I’ve evolved from shopping flea markets, thrift stores, antique malls, and yard sales to shopping at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Home Goods more than 90% of the time. While I will always love vintage, I’m now more enamored with new pieces that look vintage vs. the real thing. I suspect it has something to do with me aging. Rummaging through piles of junk for an elusive treasure doesn’t appeal the way it used to. At any rate, nowadays, there are so many options to get the Shabby Chic look with less of the hassle. Besides, even when I was hitting the fleas regularly, TJ Maxx was still a go to. I’m a diehard Maxxinista!

Yesterday, after Zumba, I happened upon this beauty there and my heart went pitter patter! It’s a peacock chair (peacocks show up in Shabby Chic decor in many ways). At first I debated whether I liked the color. It appeared to be almost gray with a cream cushion. Years of experience with the ones that got away, however, have taught me a valuable lesson: If you like it, buy it because it won’t be there later. And always keep the receipt in case it doesn’t work out or you change your mind after you’ve lived with it for a bit…Turns out it was a great decision to take this piece home to test it. Once outside, I saw it is a beautiful shade of Shabby Chic sage green. A round Simply Shabby Chic petticoat pillow was the perfect addition to bring the oversized scale down a little. Set beneath the light on the balcony outside the master bedroom, it looked right at home immediately. Well, at home but lonely…

The transformed balcony once I found some friends for the peacock chair.


Sage green and lovely but a bit lonely.

So today, rather than be lonely myself when I found out I was going to be a golf widow immediately after church, I shopped the house for items I could pair with the peacock chair. After several not quite right matches, I looked at the shapes of the chair and was inspired to try a seashell hanging pendant (no light but not sure what else it would be called) with similar curves, exes, and lines. It has a cool bohemian AKA boho chic vibe.

Another TJ Maxx score from years ago. Used to hand on my back deck, hence the rust. It’s also a bit wonky. A sign it’s been used, loved, and is real. The rose bush was a gift from sweet hubby. It’s my view from the balcony and now my peacock chair and provides flowers for cutting all summer.

As great as the pendant looked (I lucked out with a nail sticking out of the siding in just the right place), the balcony still looked pretty bare. Once again, I tried to be resourceful and shop the house. I thought about painting a small table with a pint of Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic Chalk Paint but decided against it. The lines were wrong and the piece was too chunky. The peacock chair needed a different kind of table or a footstool. When the search inside my house and out yielded no good candidates for a love match, I headed to Home Goods and was soon rewarded with a rare second chance for romance with a Capiz shell boho chic table I’d missed out on at TJ Maxx about a month ago. I’d seen a wooden version online at the official Shabby Chic website and had been on the lookout for a similar piece but let it get away because I dithered (Remember the tip about buying and keeping the receipt- please do as I say and not as I did). Not willing to make the same mistake again, I put it in my cart to think about. And in the end, I’m so glad I took the risk. The detail on the legs is exquisite and the shell pattern plays off the pendant perfectly. The risk paid off as the pulled together space (with the help of a borrowed rug from the front deck) attests.

Lest I sound like I’m advocating purchasing every single thing that catches your eye, let me clarify: If you see something rare that may not come back your way anytime soon or never (like my Moroccan pouf from Homegoods; I’ve NEVER seen it in a store, only online) then if you can afford it, you should probably make the investment. Twenty years ago, I let a floral yard long with purple roses get away and still think about it…

Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose women shop smart (often starting at home) and then spend wisely while still knowing when to make a splurge. After all, you’ve not saved anything if you don’t purchase but are still paying for not shopping smart – with regret. It’s not the stuff in our homes; it’s about sweet serenity while we’re there.

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