Friday, May 15, 2009

Sensibly Chic Part Deux

Continuing yesterdays post.....Here are a few more of my Sensibly Chic versions of the more expensive Pierre Deux pieces (you can order the free catalog here).

My original oil painting, of yellow flowers in a copper vase, purchased at an antique store 6 years ago for $25.00

Pierre Deux Flowers in a Copper Vase Giclee. $525

My iron scroll chandelier, purchased from Lowe's 4 years ago for $125

Pierre Deux Iron Scroll Chandelier $995

Vintage bird prints purchase on Ebay of $5.99 each, waiting to be framed. I will purchase ready made frames and matting from Michael's for about $20.00 per print.

Pierre Deux Bird Lithographs. $ 175 EACH

My red toile memo board. Purchase on ebay for $23.99

Pierre Deux Red Toile Memo board. $195
So, if you find a look that you love, but the price is way too high hunt around Ebay, thrift stores, Target, Lowe' will be able to recreate the look for a lot less. Don't you love saving money?
Welcome Home,


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Red toile favorite! So many pretty things..
hang on, I'll be right back..I have to run outside and look at my house number! :)
Penny, I'm saving my pennies...and it won't be long until I want my lamp! You have so many pretties!

Sue said...

Fun posts! It IS amazing the looks you can get for a lot less than some of the designer's creations!

kimmcl said...

All I wanna know is, who really buys that stuff??? The pricey ones I mean. Do people really pay that much and if so.....WHY?? Even if I had that kind of money, why???? Once again Penny - I gotta go with your version......Penny 2, Pierre Deux 0

Jojo said...

You are amazing and sensibly chic! I can't believe how well you have managed to find your treasures at a fraction of the cost!

bj said...

Oh, how I love to do this same thing...Pierre Deux catalog is one of my favorites but only to use as a guide...they are waaay over the top on money.
Thanks for showing all your goodies...
xo bj
oo, and the house numbers you did for Mona...just out of this world. I will email you about this...
hugs, bj

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Penny,
I like your things better, they have been hand made and bought with care to make very special treasures for your home.
Everything you do is so creative and wonderful see.
Enjoy your weekend,

Cathy said...

Penny, Great finds and I especially love the bird prints you found on ebay!

Vee said...

These have been very informative posts...planning to do them as a regular feature? That would be great!

Vanilla Lavender said...

Love your chandelier. So chic!

Penny said...

I have the same Lowe's chandelier over my kitchen table! Think I will switch out the shades. What else do we have in common?

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Penny,

You've really found the looks for less! Now that is my idea of smart decorating!


Carmen said...

I love everything! Especially the bird prints. I mentioned you on my blog today. :)

Our Back Porch said...

Wow! GREAT FINDS! I especially love that red toile memo board!

Have a lovely and blessed week!

Deb said...

Love how you have created the same wonderful look for less! You have found some wonderful treasures Penny!

Kathleen Grace said...

I really can't see why anyone would pay more for the expensive versions of these things! I like all of your choices BETTER than the catalog items, and not just because of the prices:>) If I became rich tomorrow I might frequent a better class of junk shop (if there is such a thing! lol!) but I would still be on the hunt for things that were reasonable and that I could make my own:>)

Lee Laurie said...

I like yours a lot better than the expensive ones. Not just because of the price. I think that they are prettier.

Lee Laurie

P.S. I love to save money too. I have so much fun 'finding' treasures!

Brenda said...

Oh Penny, I love the red toile bulletin board and anything with birds!

Judi said...

Hi Penny
Oh my you've done so well. I love watching that show and you certainly have done it right at your home...each item you have is just as great as the expensive one. I think I'll have to get me one of those magazines. I've actually never heard of it before.
thank you so much for sharing
I hope you've had a great weekend

Shellmo said...

Penny- I love the deals you found! I like your vintage bird prints the best - you've given me an idea now for my birdy guest room at the cabin! :-) You have great taste! :)

Donna Longenecker said...

Fabulous, Penny! I love to do the same thing. It's amazing what you can come up with, with just a bit of imagination and creativity.


Natasha Burns said...

Hi Penny, I love your alternatives, they are wonderful!
I tried writing back to your comment on my blog by email but it bounced back at me. To answer your question, I used white glue/craft glue, and LOTS of it. Works really well. Just takes ages to dry between each layer though :)

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Wow..... just think of all the money you saved..... and in each case I like your version better..

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Great examples, Penny! And yes, don't we all love saving $$ these days, just like my thrifty chandy. Thanks for stopping by.

KarenHarveyCox said...

These are wonderful examples of your incredible ability to decorate so beautifully. As for me, not so much. I end up getting confused when I try to decorate with a new flair. Then everything looks just the same. My friend Judy has your flair for design. It's a gift Penny...and you certainly have it.


LW said...


very clever!!!!!

with Beautiful results.


Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Great job Penny! I actually love your things better!!! All brighter in color! Very clever shopping!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Love your decorating, Penny! You are amazing!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Very creative, Penny! Love what you're doing. Lots of fun!


Sheila :-)

Scribbler said...

You are speaking my language.

I am sending you an e-mail with a question about a tabletop.


Janet said...


That catalog is where I got the idea to use my wrought iron plant rack (from my deck) in the corner of my living room for height and a hint of je ne sais quoi! Love the store too, but it is pretty intimidating!