Lovely Outdoor Dining with Pier 1 Imports {Giveaway}

We can never spend enough time at the Grandparents house and are always welcomed with heartfelt open arms.  During the summer months, schedules allow for spontaneous visits and we look forward to many large family gatherings.  Although I don’t have a yard of my own, I’ve experienced the specific sort of peace found in living by water – and a 40 minute drive out of NYC always provides the perfect respite.

When I was invited to work with Pier 1 Imports on a backyard design project, I wanted to focus on practical purchases that would highlight the natural beauty of the property.  I ultimately decided on the Neeley Bistro Set in red because of its bright, versatile functionality.  This set can be pulled up to the back patio prior to the official warm whether shift or pulled out to specific sections of the yard for an intimate dining experience.  With plenty of lake-loving little ones and a beautiful family of swans – there are always a few adults on watch.  This lovely dining set can easily be carried to the lake for swan gazing and kiddie supervising.

Pier 1 makeover swan on lake pier 1 table boat on lakeswanpier 1 imports bistro table and chairs

I had the set shipped to our local Pier 1 Imports store to avoid extra shipping costs – and I plan on adding coordinating outdoor tableware items in the future to build upon this existing purchase.  We are all happy with the added charm that this cheerful set provides.

Win It: Pier 1 Imports is giving away one $50 Pier 1 Imports Gift Card to one MB reader to join the decorating fun.  To enter, simply visit the rafflecopter below.  This giveaway is open to U.S. only and a winner will be randomly selected on May 30th and displayed on the below widget.  Best of Luck!

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This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports via Latina Bloggers Connect.  Opinions, as always, are my own.


Creating an Inviting Backyard Space with Pier 1 Imports

Our summer days are marked by fluid schedules and ample time at Granny and Poppy’s house.  With endless amounts of love (and treats!), it’s nearly impossible to coax the children to hop into the car and head back home to NYC.  Who can blame them?  When I was invited to work with Pier 1 Imports on a backyard design project, I knew that I wanted to create an inviting space amidst their sprawling yard and picturesque lake.

As with most design endeavors, I took to Pinterest to collect inspiration.  My boards helped me to organize product categories and color palette influence.  From there I gleaned a visual shopping plan.  With ample outdoor options to choice from, I decided to group my possible purchases into categories to help create a focal point.  My ultimate shopping plan will focus on one of the below categories:

  • Functional Statement Piece – Colorful  Rock Point benches, eye-catching Neely Bistro dining sets, fun Swingasans, and free-standing beverage tubs are just as functional as they are beautiful.  These versatile pieces can be adjusted as needed for large gatherings or romantic meals.  I’m strongly leaning towards purchasing a large statement piece to create a lovely, welcoming nook in the spacious backyard.

pier 1 tub

  • Dining Set Focus – An outdoor space can easily be transformed by adding outdoor pillows and cushions to an existing dining set.  With an array of summer patterns and vivid colors, it’s easy to create a pulled-together feel with coordinating pillows.  Pier 1 Imports also has a lovely collection of festive plates and decor to brighten up a summer tabletop. With additional pretty neutrals and subdued patterns to oceanic blues and seaside greens – Pier 1 offers various summer decorating themes.  Further unify your backyard dining area with the addition of an outdoor rug.

pier 1 tabletop

  • Enchanting Entertaining – I adore the whimsical, enchanting feel of outdoor lightening.  Outdoor lanterns and LED candles have the ability to turn any space into an airy outdoor oasis.  Add instant ambiance to a dining set or a patio section with bohemian lanterns and string lights.

pier 1 imports lanterns


The above products from Pier 1 Imports will help to extend the dreamy home interior into the backyard.  And, Pier 1 Imports offers convenient shopping options including shipping to store or home, and even in-home delivery and assembly!  I’m so excited to begin this design project for our beloved family members and have also found many hostess gifts for all of those summer parties.  For more design inspiration check out the below Pinterest board.  I can’t wait to go shopping and share my backyard design!

Thank you to Pier 1 Imports for sponsoring this post via Latina Bloggers Connect.  Opinions, as always, are strictly my own.