Today I have been busy having a massive garage sale with my bestie, so I am so sorry that I am getting a post in this late. In my little town of Branson Missouri, most of your home shopping happens at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, flea markets, and Lowes and Home Depot. This month we added to our number. We got a Pier 1! To be brutally honest, there was not a Pier 1 in my home town so I didn’t have many experiences growing up. My first experience, as a 13-year-old, in Austin Texas. My mom and grandmom took me on an antique shopping trip to texas. That sounds wonderful now, but at 13 I probably wasn’t as happy. We went to eat at Macaroni Grill (probably to please me because I loved it as a kid) and as we were leaving my mom saw a Pier 1. She had heard about it and wanted to go. I am sure I rolled my eyes, but we jumped in the car, drove across the parking lot and went in the store instead of driving on the highway to get back to our hotel. While we were in the store, Austin Texas had its worst hail storm in its history. It was so bad, I remember not being able to see the other stores across the way. We watched our car get totaled in the parking lot. The funny thing (not really funny then) was that my parents had just bought the car the week before. Thank goodness for insurance. More importantly, there were many wrecks on the highway and a few deaths. The allure of the Pier 1 kept us off that highway so…thank you God for using Pier 1.
There is my little random trip down memory lane. Needless to say, I was excited to go to our new store. Here are some things that I loved.
#1 The Wicker Bed
My second experience with Pier 1 are all my college friends having furniture from Pier 1. My view of their furniture, in college, was the “wicker store”. My friends had wicker headboards, chairs and dressers from Pier 1. I do like wicker but their store is more than my early perception as just a wicker store. The store has so much more than wicker, but this struck me as a more modern take on the wicker furniture of my college friends past.
For those of you non-DIYers this is reasonably priced. For those DIY lovers you could recreate this with rope…and maybe even use can of dark stain if your rope is lighter. Make sure you would test the stain on the rope first. I would hate for you to spend all that time weaving and ruin it when the stain doesn’t work.
#2 The Floor Lamp
I really love these floor lamps. I think one of these will be in my living room someday. I have seen DIY versions using vintage survey stands or even music stands. I think I might try this with a music stand.
#3 This Bird Picture
I looked at this picture for a long time. It is just so sweet. This could be a feminine pop of color in a very modern room, it could work with shabby chic or eclectic decor and I think it would be PRECIOUS in a little girl’s room. I like to spend my money on bigger more permanent elements in a room so the $179 would be a little high for me. I just change pictures a little too much. Items like this, I wait for it to go on sale, and even grab a coupon to make it more affordable. I wonder if you could find a picture online, print it, and somehow get the picture traced on a fabric covered canvas. The stitching seems to be easy stitches that go straight across, filling the birds outline. The thing you for sure need for this type of project is patience and time. I have patience, but I don’t always have time. That means, I do it a little-at-a-time. My husband said it best in the store, when I mentioned that I could try to DIY that. ”By the time you finished that, you wouldn’t want it anymore.” He said it lovingly, and I laughed because he knows me. He has proof, this November I decided that I would crosstitch a Jonathon Adler pillow like this one:
I see why these pillows are so expensive…its because of the man-hours it takes to make one of these pillows. Every inch of these pillows, even the white are cross-stitched. Since Thanksgiving, I have finished two rows.
I hope you all have a great weekend. I still have one more day of garage sale and some funny posts coming about that soon.