On Day 49 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, I’m blogging about a home decor item that got away. Back in 2003 when Rachel Ashwell’s Simply Shabby Chic line (the more affordable version of the original Shabby Chic line sold exclusively at stores of the same name and a few locations throughout the county), I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Being able to walk into a store and not only look at the gorgeous items I’d literally drooled over in books and magazines but to be able to actually purchase them was heady stuff. There was such an abundance of merchandise and new items were added continually, so I thought it would be that way forever but it wasn’t to be.
The inventory decreased drastically, and while some items can still be ordered at Target online, for the most part, bedding and curtains are all that are consistently sold these days. Back when there was plenty of stock, I bought a white metal rose table lamp (it was one of the first pieces I got when I transitioned from being homeless to having my own place again. There was a a sconce that paired beautifully with the lamp, but whether I didn’t have the money at the time or just thought the sconce would be available later, it’s one of those items that got away. You’d think I’d have learned my lesson, but I hesitated when I saw it on Ebay a few years ago and let it get away again!
After watching for it for a while, the sconce finally came around again. Though it was a little more than I wanted to pay, I knew it was an investment worth making. It will pay for itself in spades every time I see or use it. And it looks gorgeous with the lamp I’ve had for over a decade. I snapped this picture right after I used the 3M hanger to hang it (scrunched up paper on iron garden table I’ve had for about 20 years. Everything on the table is Simply Shabby Chic or inspired by it.
I’ve blogged about the faux stone wall before, and though I still detest it, I do appreciate how it makes the sconce stand out. A small thing that transforms the corner.
The small metal garden coffee table is a favorite flea market find. It has the same scrolls as the sconce and white rose detail. The curtains are still thumbtacked to the sill…Hubby took the ones on the opposite side of the room down the day after I tacked them up…Hardwoods or wood tile will be the next update. And hopefully I’ll eventually get to paint the wall! I’ll keep working on him. Wall or no wall, I’m so pleased with the sconce!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose shopper who scored the perfect piece after letting it get away, not once but twice, I encourage you (if it’s possible and in your budget) to snag the piece that speaks to your heart so you won’t remember it as the one that got away.