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December 2nd, 2010

This post brought to you by Pier 1 Imports.  All opinions are 100% mine.

When Chad and I first moved in together, we both had about a month before our jobs started, and we’d just sunk every available dollar into our apartment (sadly, in Manhattan, it’s possible to be house-poor even if you’re a renter)!  I’d thrown a little bit of a fit over some of his bachelor furniture, and he’d done the same with my super-girly pink-green-floral pieces.  So we were in the interesting situation of furnishing an apartment from almost scratch, on a very limited budget.

Enter Pier 1.  You cannot imagine how many trips we made to the Pier 1 on Fourteenth Street — I’m pretty sure by the end of the month, we’d hauled half the store into taxis and up three flights of stairs to our door.  But at the end of it all, we had a really lovely, mostly decorated apartment.  I’ve spent the past two years putting the finishing touches on our little space, but the bulk of it was really done in those first 30 days.

So when Pier 1 approached me about writing a post, I was totally down — if you have friends or family who are settling into a new home, or putting the finishing touches on an old one, it really is the go-to place.  And I took this excuse to do something I’ve been meaning to do for a while — a makeover of the hallway of our apartment. 

At the store, I got this beautiful console table that matches the rest of the dark wood in our apartment, and also this cute gift box, which I filled with some of our antique ornaments.  My mom is hugely into Christmas decorating, so she’s passed on a number of gorgeous pieces to me over the years — perfect to mix and match with store-bought ones until you’ve developed a collection of your own!

Last but not least, I painted the room!  I loved the idea of a red hallway, but the paint came out uneven and splotchy the first time I applied it, and since the lighting isn’t great in that part of our apartment, it always seemed a little grungy.  So I tried about a half dozen paint samples before settling on this bright yellow, and I’m so happy with how it looks now.  Paint always looks really bright when you first apply it, but I got used to this color within a day or two, and now I love our bright, picture-perfect entryway!

Check out more photos of my room makeover and other holiday gifts from Pier 1 below!  And one last thing — if you become a fan of Pier 1 on Facebook, they’ll donate $1 to Toys for Tots!  What better way to spread some holiday cheer?

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Melanie's Randomness // Dec 2, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Such cute lil things!! When I finally get into my new condo I will be definitely getting some things from Pier 1 imports!! =)

    Melanie’s Randomness

  • 2 Rachel // Dec 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I just walked by the one on Fifth the other day and was overwhelmed with holiday sparkles – in a good way! Love the hall makeover!

  • 3 Megan // Dec 2, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I have that gold box! I love it so much and I’m glad they still make it. I worked at Pier1 one winter and it was so much fun. I still consider going back and working part time every Christmas!

  • 4 Alekandra // Dec 4, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Love it! So pretty!

  • 5 Carly // Dec 13, 2010 at 9:48 am

    First time stopping in…what a great blog:)
    I too love Pier One…and can totally relate to meshing masculine/feminine pieces together.  I am married 5 years and it is still a constant balancing act every time we want a new piece of furniture/decor.
    Will be stopping back…you are adorable:)

  • 6 Jessica Reasons // Jan 2, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    My husband loves penguins…and I noticed that we were rapidly accumulating lots of penguin ornaments.  This Christmas I decided to do a second tree just for penguins…we used the glittery top hat you pictured from Pier 1 as the tree topper.  It was a huge hit with my husband, family, and friends.  Happy new year!

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