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Share the Love Contest

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Want a shot at a really awesome giveaway? Pier 1 Import’s Share the Love Photo Contest is going on now through the end of the month, and you can win a $5000 gift card! Snap a photo, sharing how you’ve incorporated Pier 1 into your home on Instagram and tag it #Pier1LoveContest to enter. There are more rules and details on the official contest page, including an alternate entry method if you’re not on Instagram (or your profile isn’t public).

Oak Sideboard in the Dining Room

My favorite Pier 1 find of all time is my peacock mirror, but I like popping into the store each season to see what’s new and I’m most often drawn to the tabletop section. Linens, display and serving pieces — I love mixing new finds in with what I already have to come up with something different.

I picked up a floral cake stand a couple of weeks ago, so I planned on using it for August’s birthday cake. (Just a small cake, because it was for the five of us on his actual birthday. He just turned five, and we’ll have a bigger party with a bigger cake for him soon when all of his friends come over!)

Botanical Print Cake Stand

Botanical prints are trending right now, and that cake stand is so good. I also spotted these lemon leaves placemats and picked up a few for the sideboard. I liked the look of these round cabbage leaves placemats layered under a charger made of wood or rattan, but the square format was better for making a backdrop. I cut one in half and another into quarters, arranging them and overlapping them with three full-sized placemats for a seamless effect.

Leafy Backdrop made from Pier 1 Placemats

The green napkins were from Christmas, but they work here too. With tulips, it’s all feeling very Spring (which we are eagerly anticipating), but then everything can always be mixed and matched again for a completely different look.

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August was pretty excited to see the dining room set up especially for him. Rearranging things and making displays is my kind of fun anyway, so it’s nice that it can bring a little happiness to the rest of my family and make a day feel more celebratory.

Do you like switching things up in your home too? Share a photo of your favorite Pier 1 finds in your home and tag it #Pier1LoveContest on Instagram to enter that $5000 gift card contest. There will be five winners, and I would be pretty happy if one (or more!) of them were my readers. Good luck!

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  • Kara
    February 9, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I love those tassels hanging from your door knobs. Did you find those recently?

    • Making it Lovely
      February 10, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      No, they were Christmas ornaments that I picked up years ago! You can usually find tassels in fabric shops though for not too much money. Or napkin rings, sometimes?

      • Kara
        February 18, 2016 at 10:52 am

        Thanks! They looked ceramic. :)

  • Staci
    February 9, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I can’t believe August is 5! And I love those leaf placemats. Will have to go check them out in person!

    • Making it Lovely
      February 10, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      I know! You turn around, and bam. Five years. And do go check out the placemats — they’re really cute.

  • Brianna
    February 12, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I’ll have to snap a photo of my Bennett sofa. It was my first big purchase when I got my own apartment and my first real job. I’ve moved it across country and 8 years later and 3 years into my daughter’s toddlerhood it still looks great. I didn’t know when I bought it how awesome removable, washable cushions would be!

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