Creating an Outdoor Oasis in my Garden and Pier 1 GC Giveaway

by Silvia on May 22, 2014 · 180 comments

in Mi casa / My home, Sorteos / Giveaways

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picnik table before -

This article made possible by a collaboration between Latina Bloggers Connect and Pier 1 Imports. As always, all comments, opinions, and love for the sea are my own.

I’m revealing my new outdoor oasis today and I’m thrilled about that. (I’ll also tell you about a fantastic giveaway at the end of this post, which is thrilling, too.) I’ve mentioned before how we live near the beach and love being out in the fresh air. With summer just around the corner, we’re sure to have family and friends visiting soon, but we weren’t feeling quite ready. Until now!

My canvas?

Our garden, which includes a picnic table and a rather tired old chair. It’s the perfect space to transform.

My inspiration?

The bay, the sunset, submerged colors, I love the idea of bringing the sea right up to my home.

Some people are afraid to make a statement outside because, well, it’s outside. I get that, I really do. But I say, be bold and stick your toes out a little beyond your comfort zone. Come on in, the water’s fine. Anything goes!

For instance, I love how this table runner from Pier 1 Imports contrasts with that old table, and how it incorporates the reds, oranges and yellows of a Pacific sunset. But also it has the submerged blues and greens of the ocean. It’s the perfect start.

Multi Stripe Table Runner from Pier1 - mamalatinatips.comI think an outdoor oasis allows for more mixing and matching with colors and patterns. I like how you can personalize your space with special accents, such as outdoor artwork, planters, lanterns and more. Combinations of accessories can really transform an outdoor space from simple to fabulous!

lantern from Pier1 - mamalatinatips.comI love this sea blue lantern. It was one of my inspirations and I was so happy to find it at my local Pier 1 Imports.

Essential square dishes from pier1 - mamalatinatips.comMixing and matching these place settings with submerged colors – yellow, deep-sea blue, and light green- really imparts that coastal feel.

Turquoise pitches and glasses - mamalatinatips.comPier 1 Imports’ outdoor dinnerware and, in this case, drinkware is pretty enough for indoors, but sturdy enough for outdoors. This shimmering set fits my coastal outdoor oasis theme perfectly.

Flatware basket from Pier1 - mamalatinatips.comThis sea green trimmed basket ties in perfectly with my table and the submerged colors theme.

Rippled serving bowl by Pier1 - mamalatinatips.comI love the asymmetry of this rippled serving bowl.

picnic table after - mamalatinatips.comJust a few small changes can really transform a space, right?

White chair with coral pillow - mamalatinatips.comAnd how about that old chair? A few well-placed nails, some white paint, and a dazzling coral and turquoise seat pillow and the transformation is total. I love the cobalt blue pitcher and glasses. They have always been favorites of mine since childhood and I was thrilled to find them at Pier 1.

Patio after -

It’s more bold and festive now, don’t you think?

I just wanted to take a moment to thank the two friendly associates who helped me to see, touch, and feel everything for myself at our local Pier 1 Imports. I loved tossing around ideas on-the-fly and so did they! Thanks!

Would you like a chance to win a gift card from Pier 1 Imports?

Win it!

To participate for your chance to win one (1) $50 gift card to Pier 1 Imports, just leave me a comment telling me your inspiration for your outdoor oasis, you can see ours here. That’s it! That is your required entry.

Would you like more opportunities to win? I have a few of those, too! These entries are optional:

Enter today for the chance to win a $50 GC to @Pier1 Imports @mamalatina #giveaway #Pier1Outdoors

(limit: one tweet per day, just please leave me a comment for each with the link of the tweet) 1 entry per tweet.

Please leave me a separate comment for your required entry and for each optional entry (1,2, 3, 4, and/or 5), so I know how many entries you have, thanks.

This giveaway will end on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PST. No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only, 18 years of age or older. Winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email. Winner must respond to notification email within 3 days or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited. Please no P.O. Boxes. Entries/Comments that do not follow the submission guidelines will be invalid.

Have Fun and Good Luck!



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May 26, 2014 at 5:44 pm Janice Cooper
May 26, 2014 at 8:33 pm Lori K.
May 26, 2014 at 8:38 pm Thomas Murphy
May 27, 2014 at 8:05 am shelly leatham
May 27, 2014 at 8:34 am Amanda Sakovitz
May 27, 2014 at 9:46 am Ellie W
May 27, 2014 at 1:38 pm Deb moretti
May 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm rachel

I get inspired by luscious vegetable gardens.


May 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm Janice Cooper
May 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm Thomas Murphy
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May 27, 2014 at 10:48 pm Ashley Tucker

My inspiration is from bright flowers.


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May 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm Melanie Montgomery

My outdoor space is inspired by a Moroccan theme.


May 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm Elisabeth

I draw inspiration from anything Moroccan!


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May 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm Tabathia B

I draw inspiration from an outdoor movie setting, I love the idea of big pillow cushions, blankets and lawn chairs in vibrant colors and dim lights to watch movies outside

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May 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm alaine

I love the summer stripes dinnerware.


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May 29, 2014 at 8:32 am Elisabeth
May 29, 2014 at 12:05 pm Meena R

I take my inspiration from a relaxing waterfall. I would have a small pond with the water trickling as well as stepping stones leading across my lawn. I’d put in a few lawn ornaments and bricks to make it look serene and peaceful.


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May 29, 2014 at 1:18 pm Tara

I draw inspiration from the beach! Love the calmness and colors.


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