Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Gardener's Retreat with Pier One Imports

Have you been to Pier 1 Imports lately?

I'll admit I hadn't, so when I got this opportunity to do a review on

their outdoor furniture and accessories to create an outdoor space,

I was happy to see that they had so much to offer,

in all different styles for many different tastes,

and at great values for helping you achieve

your perfect outdoor room.

Come see what I picked out to create my perfect outdoor room!

The space that I wanted to turn into an outdoor room for myself

was this narrow side deck right off my kitchen hallway.

It's a space I'd like to use more often, but with the narrow width I

had to consider my options carefully.

Mr. Maison Decor power-washed the deck for me while

I went shopping at Pier 1 Imports in Woburn, Mass.

I had a wonderful time with Stephanie,

the manager, who helped me pull together

the elements I would use to create my new outdoor room!

I came home with a few large boxes and several bags and started unpacking.

This wonderful outdoor clock and thermometer in a

copper verdigris finish makes Tobey look tiny!

I was excited to see the finish on this clock, as it picked

up the colors in the floral umbrella I had selected.

Its soft sea-green background won me over. Isn't it pretty?

It was also the perfect size for my narrow deck.

Pier 1 Imports has the most amazing selection of umbrellas.

It was hard to choose, but I fell for this color.

The big clock got mounted on the side of the house.

In front of it is a darling metal floral and bird garden stake.

Lots of cute and elegant yard ornaments can be found at the store.

My outdoor room plan was to create a gardener's room~

a private space with all the things that I love.

I love gardening, so giving my room a garden theme

helped me define what would work in the space.

At the end of a long day of weeding and planting, what better spot

to relax with a nice glass of wine or pink lemonade?

I planned to put this gorgeous pedestal lantern with a tin roof

on my tabletop, but I liked it more on the ground next

to my urn and potted plants.

This lantern reminds me of a birdhouse~so sweet!

Look at these chairs! Can you say French?

When I stepped into Pier 1, these chairs won me over immediately!

They look so much like traditional French flea market chairs.

However, the finish is a composite that can

stand the weather nicely here in Boston!

The washed grey color looks great with my decking,

and this will would last a lot longer than any wooden chair!

A tasseled outdoor pillow from Pier 1's vast selection

repeats the pretty floral pattern.

Many of my favorite garden accessories were

gathered up to create the ambiance I

was hoping for. An antique wire garden stand,

stacks of terra cotta pots, an old cement statue and

pots of pansies and boxwoods all served to complement

the wonderful outdoor furnishings I found at Pier 1 Imports.

Create an outdoor room that speaks to you~you'll be glad you did!

EXCLUSIVE OFFER! For all my readers, go here

for a $10 coupon towards a $50 purchase at Pier 1 Imports.

Then visit the Pier 1 Imports website,,

and select 3 outdoor products you think could be on your

“must-have” list for this summer and tell me why!

Leave your comment for a chance to win a $100 Pier 1 Imports gift card!


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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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This sweepstakes runs from 5/23 to 6/22.

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Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Your patio looks amazing! Simply gorgeous. Don't know how you found time to do that too!

Olivia said...

I want to enter and I just went to the Pier One web site and would LOVE 2 Ciudad Corner chairs and the ottoman too match. They are so nice I'd be tempted to use them inside in the winter too!

Kelly said...

Love how your back deck looks with all your new things! The floral pattern on that pillow and umbrella is so pretty. Gosh, my back deck is a bit neglected too. First of all, I would need an umbrella to go over my table for shade. It's so hot out there we hardly use it. Then, some matching chair cushions would soften the iron seating I have. Thirdly, a cute doormat that won't burn my dogs paws whenever he tries to come in from outside. ha! Currently, ours is rubber and the sun heats it up. Guess that should be first on my list, huh? Thanks for the opportunity to win the gift card!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Ooooh, you lucky girl, Amy! I love all the things you selected and this deck looks like such a great spot to relax. Love the seating area and that umbrella is so pretty. The pedestal lantern is great! I hope you give yourself some time to relax and enjoy it!

Ggomez said...

Deck looks inviting! Hope you actually take time to enjoy,as a busy bussiness owner!
I am totally in love with the pagoda umbrella! Santa Barbara table,green metal beverage tub. All would help the graduation parties I am hosting for my girls look beautiful!
Fingers crossed to win!

PURA VIDA said...

Pier 1 has been rocking my world since I was 18

Shingle Cottage said...

Wow Amy it looks beautiful,you chose fabulous things as always,the fabric on the umbrella and cushion really give a nice pop of colour and work really well with the house behind and the terracotta pots,love your new garden room.

Shannon said...

Love Pier 1 for Summer decor. I've been wanting that exact hummingbird stake you got with the pink flower ball on it, so cute!
I would also buy some more of their gorgeous outdoor cushions and some candles. Always love more candles ;)

Shannon said...

I love the hanging scroll lanterns! The wicker rocking chairs with some comfortable cushions would make the perfect place to sip a glass of sweet tea!

Shannon said...


sissie said...

Hi Amy,
this is so exciting! I went to their sight and I love the following....just to name a few...

Santa Barbara Dining Chair in white...two of these would be perfect to create a little romantic spot for sipping wine and relaxing on the porch.

Then I would add the Outdoor Daisy Side Table to put in between the two chairs.

I would love to have the Garden Stool in Green to sit beside of my wicker rockers.

I want it all.


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Amy, Your deck looks amazing and I love all your choices. Some of my Pier One favorites are the Metal Nailhead Lanterns, Outdoor Garden Stools and the Chili Market Umbrella.

kellyr78 said...

I would like the White Outdoor Wicker Settee, White Outdoor Wicker End Table and Citron Outdoor Accent Pillows because I need a new comfortable place to seat guests, plus they could set drinks on the end table, and this would look so pretty on my deck.


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Marlis said...

Thank you for such a grand chance to win! Loving your deck.. The elements really came together nicely. Colors are great too. It was hard to choose.. the jepera dining table, but I need two.. outdoor led candles - always.... the santa barbara dining chairs- yummy... and then the lime gren or red or both outdoor garden stool - which would look cute on your deck too! xo marlis

Comeca Jones said...

Sooo pretty!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...didn't this turn out nice! I love that pink metal flower thing. Doesn't surprise me that you picked that. This is such a pretty spot now with your Pier 1 stuff and the way you styled it. I think your's was the best by far of the five posts.

Cindy said...

Omg Amy, that looks FABLOUS! Man, you totally pulled it all together!, wow... I'm in complete love with the garden stake with the birds and the little floral pink ball.. I'm sooo gonna go try to find it, and those chairs are really cute... You made Pier One look GOOD!


Heaven's Walk said...

Ok....I have to go to Pier I now, Amy. You convinced me! lol! Love the transformation to your darling porch! Those bistro chairs are just adorable!!! :) Thanks for the great giveaway, too!

xoxo laurie

Debra @ Common Ground said...

You really maximized the space on your deck, it looks wonderful. I ran by the website and know I'd love to have 2 of the white wicker chairs and some of the woven placemats for my little deck makeover! thanks for the chance to win, Amy!

chedeb5353 said...
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chedeb5353 said...

Your deck looks beautiful. I like the casbah chairs, poppy ice cream bowls and all of the pillows.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I decided to pretend that I too got $500 to spend from Pier 1 and blogged about what I would have bought if I had done this promotion. I really had fun e-shopping for my back deck.

Kathy Moody said...

Your patio looks amazing! I would love to win because I really want the seat cushions for my wicker chairs in the fabric of your umbrella. I also love the beverage metal tub. Really I love everything from Pier 1. :)

Stacy Curran said...

I love Pier1. You proved you can do a whole "room" there in one trip!

TheGadsgenGuy said...

Your deck looks so nice and relaxing. It seems wider with all of the furniture and decorative items in place. I did not realize Pier 1 carried outdoor things...or maybe i did and just never paid so much attention but wow, what a selection. Three things on my must have list would be two of the Sunset Pier Outdoor Deluxe Chairs and probably the matching ottoman.. I'd get one of the garden stools as well and use it inside during the winter as a table. I have two ugly chairs outside now and they really are trashed, and ugly! lol

What a fun giveaway!


TheGadsgenGuy said...

I tweeted your giveaway! Thanks again Amy!

Pier 1 $100 Giveaway @MaisonDecor …

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Your outside area looks great. I could sit there and read magazines for hours:) I love Pier One. they have such an interesting assortment of stuff. I always find something I want there!

Katharine Devinney said...

Love your new furniture set and like you said it's perfect with your deck color. If I could get something new for outdoors I'd love to get outdoor wicker. I need a settee, a chase lounge and one or two of those fantastic rockers. I'd also get the matching coffee table. The set I have, that I picked up from the curve, is falling apart and needs to go in the trash.

Then I'd love to get some of those paper lanterns to make my yard more festive for my husband's party in July. I'm happily surprised about this year's prices

Katharine Devinney said...

The enchanted home said...

Your stunning sun porch does justice to Pier One! Looks AMAZING....cannot believe all you do, Amy, truly wonderwoman. Its picture perfect.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

The deck is so very cute!!!...Love, love the fabric in the pillows and umbrella....such a beautiful area to relax and enjoy the view and the company!

I love the clock too...will definitely need to go there and get that for my upper would be perfect!

Tutti Chic said...

I love the direction pier 1 is going in now....your outdoor garden room looks amazing! :) chris

Katie said...

I love all of your new Pier 1 goodies! If I were to win I would get the following items:
White Wooden Floor Lantern
red metal beverage tub
bamboo tasting party starter set

AubreyLaine said...

I love the citron outdoor accent pillow, the damask print doormat and outdoor umbrella table. I chose the pillow and doormat because they would add a brightness factor to my front porch. I chose the table because it would just look cute :)
family74014 at gmail dot com

dizzyizzy said...

I love your deck. Great job. I would love to have the ocean paper lantern set, the green out door beverage tub and the yellow outdoor chair. Thanks for the giveaway.

Kimberly said...

We are moving next month and have nothing for our back yard yet. I'd love to add the Daisy Swingasan Chair for a whimsical touch, the Yellow Umbrella for sun protection, and several Stacking Armchairs in red for additional seating.
kirbycolby at gmail dot com

Kelly Massman said...

Catalina Cove Outdoor Dinnerware for some fun outdoor eating.
Outdoor Jepara Dining Table because it is so cool for outdoor dining!
Stacking Armchair - Green also cool for outdoor dining!

Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

Jean @ said...

Your space looks great! I love the Damask door mat on Pier 1's sight. thanks for the opportunity for the giveaway!

ms-texas said...

oh wow –

i love the Taza Round Outdoor Table

and the Iron Heart & Beads Wind Chime

and the Outdoor Carabelle Planter

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

Steph & Bill said...

Such a great little "ahhhh" patio. Love the umbrella & pillow fabric. Thanks for the opportunity at the giveaway!

ms-texas said...

i tweeted about this giveaway!

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

Stephanie said...

Love your outdoor space! The umbrella fabric makes it!

Amanda said...

I would pick up the adjustable chaise lounge, the ciudad counter table and the mocha counters tool to go with! I'm moving to a new apartment and these would be perfect for relaxing on the porch!

ReEducator said...

Would love a red casbah chair with a peacock pillow and garden stool for my glass of wine ....ahhh.

the contessa said...

What a great giveaway. Your outdoor room looks very inviting. I would love the aqua market umbrella, the Santa Barbara glider and the green metal beverage tub.

B. Wilson said...

citron umbrella, casbah chairs, and santa barbara bistro table-- because I'd love to sit on the deck and enjoy a mojito every now and again.


Tiffany Winner said...

the umbrella stand on wheels, the aqua market umbrella, and the santa barbara rocker for sitting on the deck and staying cool this summer

Tiffany Winner said...


Vanessa Coker said...

The Love Birds Doormat; Outdoor Terracotta Petal Pillow and the Coco Cove Outdoor Wicker Settee are on my “must-have” list for this summer. They are all so gorgeous and definitely fits my style.

vnsscarv [!at]gmail [!dot]com

Vanessa Coker said...

I tweeted :

vnsscarv [!at]gmail [!dot]com

Judy B. said...

Oh, you have a green thumb! I am growing a very nice set of weeds in my pot at the moment. I need inspiration!
I would love to have some cute & decorative pieces to minimize the mosquitoes such as these:
A Set of Citronella Candles (turtle & frog)
Snail Oil Burner

And a beautiful bird bath/feeder like this one:
Doves on Pedestal Birdbath

Thank you!

Judy B. said...

I tweeted:

Dee said...

1. Hanging Lanterns with Stand for nights spent on the porch :)

2. Chili Market Umbrellas to keep cool under shade on sunny days.

3. Santa Barbara Rocker - Light Brown - to spend nice days outside and read.

Thanks for the chance! :)

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Dee said...


deeg131 at gmail dot com

Amy said...

I have an empty patio!! So, I would love the Angelique umbrella, the polystone umbrella base, and the Adjustable Chaise Lounge!

amyallen76 at gmail dot com

Angela said...

Hi Amy! I would love two ciudad pillows and the embossed garden stool.
angelamjennings at hotmail dot com

Ashley said...

I'd like one of the umbrellas, lemonade dispenser, and the wood rocker. They would make a perfect summer day on my deck.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

JC said...

I'd love these items.Santa Barbara Rocker - Light Brown;
Santa Barbara Table - Light Brown;
Outdoor Calliope Maui Ottoman Cushion
tcarolinep at gmail dot com

JC said...

Elena said...

I would pick the Aqua Market Umbrella, Outdoor Garden Stool and Daisy Side Table

Elena said...

Amy said...

Wow, I love everything that you chose at Pier 1. You have very good taste. My tiny deck/outdoor area is just like yours. Thanks for showing me the possibility to make it pretty and enjoyable. My top 3 picks for my must have list this summer from Pier 1 are:

1) Pagoda Umbrella—Need some shades and I love this color. It makes me happy just looking at it.

2) Daisy Swingasan™ Chair—I know my kids would love to sit in this chair. It’s totally gorgeous and cute. Hey, it matches my Pagoda Umbrella too!

3)Doves on Pedestal Birdbath--My little girl adores birds and I’m sure this bird bath would attract many birds to our outdoor area. I love it.

amy [at] utry [dot] it

Amy said...

tweeted about this giveaway:

amy [at] utry [dot] it

MANDY83 said...

I would pick the Marchella Counterstool,summer floral tumblers and the Flores Divided Server. They are all beautiful and I love the colors. I would definitely need them to complete my outdoor table!

pokergrl8 at

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Janice said...

I love the Santa Barbara bistro table (light brown), Indoor/Outdoor Calliope Latte Chair Cushion and the Santa Barbara Glider Settee – Light Brown. This would go great on our back patio porch. We really could use some new furniture.

Janice said...


Whimsical Wonders Nursery said...

Oh how nice it is to be catching up!! My trip to Boston was much more busy than anticipated so I did not get a chance to stop by.. I was bummed! BUT when I got back we left again and drove to Georgia to close on a new house!! We will move in at the end of June and it would be great to win the Pier 1 gift card to decorate the back patio!!! We already have a fabulous concrete table but the Aqua market umbrella, 4- white outdoor wicker stacking chairs, and a few of the outdoor adair pillows would really make it look great!!

Anonymous said...

I think this is a great contest , I always check out the newest items. Nice color schemes!

Christina said...

I really like Pier 1, I can see the rockers working inside too!
I hope I am entering the contest properly also.

Farmer's Wyfe said...

I love the rugs...our enclosed porch is in desperate need of one. I love the Catalina rug!! Of course, a few outdoor pillows for the furniture would be nice, too! :) Thanks for this fun chance to win a great prize!!

The Crislers said...

I love the Calliope Mum rug for our front porch- which could really use a pop of color right now; the Blue Jeweled Mini Lantern, because it's whimsical and a great price; and probably the Coco Cove Outdoor Wicker End Table to put in between our rocking chairs- we don't have anywhere to set our drinks yet!

tara1965 said...


tara1965 said...

Love the pinwheel picks,the butterfly birdhouse and the paper laterns

sy said...

I love the metal floral and bird garden stake, thanks for the review and giveaway. My favorites from pier1 are the outdoor ciudad corner chair and ottoman since they'll make a comfy set to rest on while getting some sun on the porch, and the metal beverage tub, it would come in handy for parties.
songyueyu at gmail

sy said...

songyueyu at gmail

Karina said...

i love the Calliope Mum Rug, Outdoor Petal Pillow - Green, and Mocha Outdoor Wicker Stacking Armchair

karinaroselee at gmail dot com

Karina said...

karinaroselee at gmail dot com

Tina said...

I’d get a Pagoda Umbrella Santa Barbara Outdoor Glider Settee – Mocha and
Red Scatter Daisy Settee Cushion for BBQ party in my back yard

Tina said...

Kerry said...

I like the Outdoor Tango Pillow,Outdoor Daisy Side Table,
and the Twisted Optic Drinkware - because I love the colors!

Kerry said...


slehan said...

Nice space you've created.

I like the Double Papasan Chair and Papasan Table Base and the Fused Glass Butterfly Lantern to light the night.

Thanks for the contest.

jason said...

Outdoor daisy Bistro Table (to match the Daisy Swingasan chair I already have and love!), 3 indoor/outdoor yellow pavillion chair cushions (to re-do the old rattan outdoor furniture we have which is surprisingly IN right now), and the Bee Birdhouse because how ADORABLE is that thing?!

Amy said...

I'd get the outdoor umbrella table, the citron pagoda umbrella and the green metal beverage tub, since our backyard could use a good pop of color this summer! :-) Great giveaway!

Debra said...

Oh, I am in the middle of sprucing up my patio and these would add color!!
Outdoor Scatter daisy pillow
Sunset pier outdoor end table
Red metal beverage tub - love this!
afrugalfriend (at) gmail (dot) com

Heather H said...

Great patio! I love their umbrellas too and wish I had the room for one. I live in an apartment and all I'm working with is a top floor deck. I still love to entertain and make the most of my small space issues so I'm adding to my list a Ciudad Corner Chair, Ciudad Ottoman, and the Ocean Paper Lantern Set. I love the versatility of the Ciudad line and the paper lanterns will be the perfect pop of whimsy!

cw said...

Must haves for my patio
2 adjustable chaise lounges, the outdoor rania accent table, and citron umbrella....why? for relaxing in the shade in the lounger and the table for a place to put my drink

Anonymous said...

1. yellow outdoor stacking chair (s)
2. Floral "Welcome" Doormat

3. Hanging Lanterns with Stand

I picked these because we have a small apartment patio that I like bright colors on! All 3 are cheery and compact.

scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Rebecca Graham said...

I like the Flores Platter, Summer wavy tray, and Mexicali serving bowl because I like the colors and they would brighten up an outdoor summer party.

rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

Deb Anderson said...

blog post

Karen S said...

I am at the bare-cement stage of redoing our front porch! I really want to make it a usable living space instead of where we park our bikes.

I actually love those chairs but I cannot find them on the site! Love the brightly colored Cashbah chairs and the Red Metal Beverage Tub! Add in some Rainbow Stripe Paper Lanterns and we're ready for summer!

Scale Junkie said...

wow! your patio looks fabulous!
love the Ginger Lily Teapot, Go Fish Dip Bows, and the Summer Floral Cake Stand with Dome

LAMusing said...

The Outdoor Ciudad Ottoman, corner chair and armless chair would make a fabulous seating area – much like what I had (that finally literally fell apart last year)

Norma said...

I’d like the adjustable chaise lounge, the mosaic flower accent table and a couple tulips director chair covers because they would make our patio so much more pleasant this summer!

LAMusing said...

Deb said...

Three items on my must have list are their Potted Agave, Banana Bark Floor Mirror, and Seagrass Laundry Hamper with Liner & Lid

Tabathia said...

I would get the following items to enhance my backyard to make it more suitable to outdoor entertaining:
1. santa barbara rocker
2. santa barbara end table and
3.cathedral lantern

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Lindsay said...

I love the outdoor chaise lounge and the pavilion pillows in yellow and green. I would buy these to make a comfy outdoor reading spot for summer.

Lindsay said...


ewhatley said...

I need new outdoor furniture so my 3 choices are the Santa Barbara settee and ottoman and the Angelique settee cushion - perfect for reading.

mybeachylife at gmail dot com

Kim said...

i love so many things! in particular: the santa barbara glider settee, outdoor ciudad chair collection,and the pavillion pillow.

purplelover04 said...

i love the Outdoor Petal Pillow - Green,Outdoor Catalina Cove Hammock and the Peacock Pillow - Yellow.

purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

purplelover04 said...

angie lilly said...

I choose Catalina Cove Floral Umbrella - 7' because I love love love the color scheme and design, Umbrella Critters because I am a sucker for glass/metal yard art like this, and Ciudad Loveseat because it looks mod and comfy!
14earth at gmail dot com

abitnerdy said...

So many items i want... 3 must haves: gorgeously vibrant outdoor lanterns (to add joy and color), a catalina cove hammock (a space to relax, read a book, enjoy the sunset/rise), the verona slate dining table to hold food and beverage while relaxing in my new hammock ;) hehe

abitnerdygirl at gmail dot com said...

I like these 3 items because they would fit on my back patio.

Ciudad Outdoor Ottoman
Cuidad loveseat
Cuidad Corner Chair

dr2baka at gmail dot com

Laura Jacobson said...

On my “must-have” list for this three would be
Go Fish Chip & Dip
Watermelon Serving Bowl
Grace Assorted Tidbit Bowls
I would love these items to use at our family pool parties during the summer! All the kids come and bring the kids and grandkids and we grill. These would make it so cute to put the food in! Love them!
landfjacobson @

Laura Jacobson said...

I tweeted
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