Creating an Outdoor Oasis in my Garden

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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 -

I 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 -

I 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 -

Mixing and matching these place settings with submerged colors – yellow, deep-sea blue, and light green- really imparts that coastal feel.

Turquoise pitches and glasses -

Pier 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 -

This sea green trimmed basket ties in perfectly with my table and the submerged colors theme.

Rippled serving bowl by Pier1 -

I love the asymmetry of this rippled serving bowl.

picnic table after -

Just a few small changes can really transform a space, right?

White chair with coral pillow -

And 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?

The giveaway has ended.

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. That’s it! That is your required entry.

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!

Silvia Martinez
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