Friday, May 15, 2009

Sensibly Chic

Remember the HGTV show called Sensibly Chic? They took a $30,000 designer room and recreated it for about $2500. Did you think that they had some kind of special sources to do that?

Anyone can do it. Really! One of my favorite design catalogs is Pierre Deux. It is filled with beautiful French Country furniture and accessories. I use the catalog as a decorator magazine. You can order the free catalog here. Here are just a few of my "Sensibly Chic" versions of the original Pierre Deux item

My silver plate pitcher. $5.99 from a thrift store.

Pierre Deux pewter pitcher $145

My hand painted ( by Donna) rooster paintings. $32.00 each

Rooster prints from Pierre Deux $255 for the set of two.
My cast iron birds, painted brass. The pair about $12.95 purchased on Ebay 12 years ago.

Pierre Deux brass birds, $58.00 pair.
My candlestick lamp with a shade I recovered. The lamp purchased at Target 6 years ago $12.95. The fabric to recover the shade...about $3.00

Pierre Deux candlestick lamp with toile shade. $295

My stone fruit basket. Purchased on Ebay for $20.00. Mr Comforts of Home is going to wire it into a lamp for me. Wiring cost, $5.00.

Pierre Deux Fruit Basket Lamp. $225

These are just a few of my Sensibly Chic versions. Remember, the idea here is not to DUPLICATE, but to get the "look". I will post some more in the next post.
Welcome Home,


  1. Good ones, Penny! The lamp and stone fruit basket are to die for gorgeous!

    I love looking or should I say drooling at all the eye candy in their catalog, there are just so many great ideas! It also helps when I go to Home Goods, I'm looking at items with a different eye. ☺ Diane

  2. Brilliant! You really are. I do, however, love, love, love that yellow toile. Wonder if I could find something like that on the cheap. Please show us the lamp when your hubby wires it.

  3. Penny - I love the idea behind this post. And if I'm being completely honest, I like YOUR versions better than theirs! Especially those rooster prints. Great job and I can't wait to see more.

  4. Penny,

    This was just a wonderful post! It's incredible that you found so many things in your own home that resembled what they had in their catalog! Obviously you are just as "in" on the trends as they are!

    I went into Pierre Deux while I was in Charleston a few weeks ago on vacation~I had never heard of them before. My eyes were as wide as saucers, everything was so beautiful! But the prices were just so out of my range (I thought Pottery Barn was bad!).

    By the way, Hobby Lobby sells plain little lamp shades (the kind for your lamp and for chandys) and you can pick your own fabrics from their selections. I thought that was a cool idea for people who can't sew (like me). They even have toile fabric! I am afraid now that toile is getting to be too trendy and that makes me back off.

    Anyway, I just loved this comparison. You have some great ideas to share! ;-D


  5. I am so glad you did this post! I want to live in the Pierre Deux catalog! Seriously. It's so beautiful. Who pays those prices though? They seem really out of line to me.

  6. Omgosh! Thanks for posting this! I love all your ideas!

  7. Hi Penny
    Can you believe people actually pay those prices? Amazing. I like yours much better. I am going to start a list on my sidebar of participants for my porch party and not use mr linky. Can I add your name?
    Hugs, Rhondi

  8. Penny, That was so much fun!

  9. I love your ideas a bargain is always in order.~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  10. OOOH I want to see more! I like yours better, Penny!!! Nancy

  11. You amaze me! Everything you do turns out artistic! You have a beautiful home!

  12. Hello
    This is my first visit to your delightful and inspirational blog.
    Thank you so much for everything you have shared here.
    We have downsized and moved into a cookie cutter rental with lots of rules and I needed a little bit of common sense guidance to get back to my creative side.
    Thank you for the jump start.
    I have many wonderful ideas floating around in my head .I think I can finally settle in.
    Blessings to you.

  13. You are a true decorating "Guru" takes a special eye to do what you do...I especially love the framed rooster paintings that Donna did....they are way nicer then the Pierre version...I always love coming to your blog and seeing your home...and reminding me of all those good HGTV shows that used to be on...I miss them all...

  14. Hi Penny,
    Brilliant, are your ideas! I especially love your little toile covered candle stick lamp. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.


  15. oH, these are all fabulous look-alikes. I just love doing this and have several things in my cottage that resemble Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn and PD....such fun...
    xo bj

  16. More than fan-tas-tic! Fan-WONDERFUL! You are right on track for some great things! Thank you so much for sharing.


  17. Loved this post because I LOVE Pierre Deux too! Everything they have is gorgeous and very expensive. You have done some great look alikes!

  18. I love to drool over the Pierre Deaux catalogue. I love your version of the rooster prints---awesome!

  19. I can't see buying something that cost a lot of money anymore. With the yard sales I go too, I find so many beautiful things. My whole way of thinking has changed tremendously. Even when it comes to clothing. My only regret I wish I thought like this the day I got married!

    See ya later-

  20. We have that store here in Atlanta! The prices are just crazy (and yet they are busy)! You've got the right idea. Why not just buy look a likes you get the same effect! I've always loved that lamp with the bow - so pretty!


  21. Penny, you are a true inspiration. I love your style. I think everything you do is wonderful.

  22. Penny, just fabulous! You did well my dear!

  23. Hi Penny...great stuff.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I wish someday to visit the Mountain Country of North Carolina...maybe we can trade places.

  24. I like your comment that it's not about duplicating, but about getting the look. I think it's much more fun to search for treasures and make something beautiful.

  25. These are all so great, Penny!

    Thanks for mentioning me and showing my rooster paintings.


  26. I have never seen that catalog but I will be looking it up! Getting the look for less is what so many of us try to do. Inspiration is everywhere:>)

  27. Great job of matching these decorative items up! I love Donna's roosters.

  28. Oh, Penny! I love the "sensibly chic" attittude you've got going on there, friend! I think your framed roosters look much more posh and lovely than the designer ones. Beautiful! I can't wait to see that lamp from the stone basket. I remember making a lamp with a pop-can for the base when I was a teenager (I took shop, LOL!) and the teacher said that after that I could make ANYTHING into a lamp...I thought that was the most valuable information I had ever learned at that bad I've forgotten how to do it, LOL! :)

  29. Can I borrow your husband to help me with a lamp??? That's going to be adorable, Penny, and I like your other sensibly chic finds, too!


    Sheila :-)