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The Original Material Girl

Peggy Swartchild

Owner of Material Possessions


Peggy Swartchild flourishes in her four-decade long love affair with Material Possessions, the home decor store that she has proudly led since 1977. Enamored with design from a young age, Peggy spent her younger years as a Spartan at Michigan State University, honing her decorating skills as an Interior Design and Art History major. Always inspired, her sorority house bedroom was reinvented and redesigned with passion and flare on a monthly basis, drawing curiosity and praise from all that lived there.  After college, she joined the well-known Chicago design firm, Roz Mallin. Having received ample praise for her turn at accessorizing other people’s homes, Peggy realized there was market for her on-point skills. In 1977 she channeled her vision for innovative and functional design into her first store, Material Possessions in Winnetka, Illinois.
In 1983, Peggy partnered with fellow entrepreneur, Carol Levy, to open a second location in Chicago within the high-end department store, Stanley Korshak. From Korshaks to Chestnut Street and on to Wabash Avenue, Material Possessions became a destination favorite of Chicagoans and travelers alike.  In 2018, Carol retired from Material Possessions after 34 dedicated years of business innovation and insight. Peggy's well-defined point of view and creative eye continues to result in the store brimming with sophisticated, timeless pieces that look gorgeous and serve a function.
With a growing internet business and two store locations it became apparent that Material Possessions could best serve its customers from a centralized site. In 2017 the entire Material Possessions operation merged into the Winnetka store location on Chicago’s beautiful North Shore.
In addition to being the Owner of one of Chicagoland's premier home design stores, Peggy is an active philanthropist. The 30th anniversary party of Material Possessions doubled as a celebration and fundraiser, where proceeds went to the Cancer Wellness Center and Chicago's Children's Museum. She is active with Scholarship and Guidance Youth Family Service, a member of the Business Community Development Commission, co-chair of the Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques and Garden Fair, and served as president of the Winnetka Chamber of Commerce.  Peggy finds inspiration and joy in the challenge of creative problem solving.

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