Dream Come True Times Two
Living in Little River and owning her own furniture and home decor shop in Calabash is exactly where Patty Bacon wants to be.
Patty Bacon has always had a knack for taking furniture with “good bones” and restoring it. So, when she and her husband, Paul, were looking to move from Chester County, Pennsylvania, to Little River, South Carolina, two years ago, she thought that opening her very own furniture restoration shop would be ideal. She named it Pure Décor Interiors and it opened in June 2021 in the Low Country Stores Center in Calabash.
“I opened Pure Decor Interiors with a philosophy of bringing organic, all-natural style and textures into the home – wood, metal, concrete, 100 percent cotton, etc.,” Bacon says. “Nothing synthetic. Most of the home decor I make is from old wood and architectural pieces that I find and repurpose.”
The bulk of the business is her painted furniture. She finds quality pieces with great lines and potential. “With some TLC, special-effect painting techniques and new hardware, these pieces look brand new and on trend,” Bacon says.
Bacon says she brought her ideas and painting skills with her from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, where she had a similar shop.
“My shop is small but mighty,” she says.
Bacon paints small projects in the shop, which prompts customers to inquire about her painting and refurbishing services. She’s also available for painting larger pieces in customers’ homes to alleviate damage and having to transport the furniture.
“My customers are looking for nice accent pieces and bedroom furniture,” she says. “They want painted pieces for guest rooms, entryways, living areas and porches.”
Bacon has refurbished and painted many vintage pieces of outdated brown wood that were scratched up, bringing a stylish, refreshed look to them. At her shop customers are asking for a shabby chic, lightly distressed coastal look in whites and neutral colors.
“I thoroughly enjoy working with the locals and chatting with them about their ideas and inspiration for the pieces they want painted,” she says. “The majority of my clientele are local homeowners however, the vacationers enjoy shopping for my handmade, one-of-a-kind home décor items as well.”
In addition, she brings in the creative talents of local artists including mixed media art, painted shells, candles and jewelry.
Bacon appreciates the location she found.
“My shop is in an ideal spot because we get a lot of traffic from customers driving along Beach Drive, and I get the opportunity to show them how I can take a piece of furniture and restore it so it’s a beautiful showpiece in any room,” she says.
Bacon graduated from Roanoke College in Virginia with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Villanova University in Pennsylvania with a Paralegal degree. She owned her own restaurant for 10 years before closing it in 2010. She and her husband decided to move south away from the cold weather of Pennsylvania and to be closer to relatives.
“I like my shop’s location in Calabash in Brunswick County and where I live, too,” Bacon says. “My family and I have always had a love of water because as a girl we’d spend every summer in our Avalon, New Jersey, cottage on the bay. We spent our days swimming, sailing, water skiing and boating. As a Navy man my father loved being near the water and that love of the salt life became our love, too. So being close to the water in Little River is a dream come true. And running my own furniture restoration shop in Calabash makes it a dream come true times two.”
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