15 Beautiful Pier 1 Imports Products You Can Buy on Amazon

Pier 1 Imports is a great place to find tons of unique decorative items for your home. And if you are a fan of this fun home store, I have great news for you! You can now buy a variety of amazing Pier 1 products on Amazon thanks to their new Amazon shop.


Pier 1 Imports is a great place to find tons of unique decorative items for your home. And if you are a fan of this fun home store, I have great news for you! You can now buy a variety of amazing Pier 1 products on Amazon thanks to their new Amazon shop.

15 Beautiful Pier 1 Imports Products You Can Buy on Amazon

I looooooove Pier 1. Like love, love, love Pier 1 Imports. So much so, that I try to stay out of the place because every trip is a few hundred dollars out of my pocket. Now, sometimes ya gotta do whatcha gotta do, but other times you just like to buy trendy and cute Pier 1 products for a specific reason – such as a season, event, or holiday – and not get distracted by all pretty shiny objects.

And Pier 1 has a whole lotta pretty shiny objects.

Luckily, Pier 1 Imports now has an Amazon shop!! Here are some fabulous Pier 1 products you can now purchase on Amazon:


1. Antiqued Vanity

Featuring a beautiful antiqued white finish and gentle distressing, this pretty antiqued vanity is the perfect piece of furniture for your bedroom. In addition to a handy tilting mirror, this amazing piece of Pier 1 furniture also includes three drawers for plenty of storage.


2. Tufted Ottoman

This amazing leather tufted ottoman can serve a variety of purposes in any room. Whether you use it to rest your feet as you read the morning paper or as a coffee table in a small room, you’ll love the classic look it adds to your home. And with built-in storage, this simple piece of furniture does double duty anywhere you put it!


3. Espresso Mug Set

This fun set of stacking espresso mugs is both functional and stylish. This espresso mug set includes six demitasse cups and six complementary saucers, all in beautiful bright colors, in addition to a handy stand. The cups easily stack together, making it simple to store them or display them on your kitchen counter. This lovely set would make a great addition to your kitchen’s décor – they’re the perfect way to add a pop of color to the room – or a thoughtful gift to give your coffee-loving friend. Either way, they’re an amazing Pier 1 product that you can find on Amazon!


4. Blue Office Desk

For a stylish addition to your home office, consider ordering this beautiful blue office desk from Pier 1 on Amazon. The lovely sky blue finish and pretty curved cabriole legs make this unique table an amazing way to add some visual interest to your boring office décor.


5. Magnolia Floral Curtains

Pier 1 Imports is well known for its unique home décor finds. These beautiful floral curtains are another one of those awesome home décor offerings from Pier 1 that you can find on Amazon. These lovely curtain panels feature a classic floral pattern makes a dramatic statement without wandering too far outside the traditional realm They’re the perfect way to add some visual appeal to any room! These unique curtains are lined and have easy-to-hang grommet top construction. Machine washable. You’ll love the way they finish your room and give it a polished look.


6. Accent Table

I just love this adorable black accent table from Pier 1. The stylish tapered legs and overhanging top make it a beautiful decorative piece and the useful drawer on the bottom makes it wonderful for storage, as well.


7. Chalkboard Label Basket

With a handy chalkboard label, this beautiful wicker basket is a great way to keep your home organized. Whether you set on your coffee table or order a few to organize your playroom, this chalkboard label basket will keep any room organized in style.


8. White Duvet Cover

You can never go wrong with classic white, which is why this beautiful white duvet cover from Pier 1 is a great option for your master bedroom. Constructed of 100% cotton, this lovely ruched duvet cover features a pattern of flowers on a field of diamonds, all in crisp white. This interesting ruching design adds visual appeal to the classic white comforter, making it anything but boring. Whether you choose to use this pretty duvet cover as your everyday comforter or fold it up at the end of your bed to save for special occasions, you’ll love the stylish look it will instantly give your bedroom.


9. Modern Windchimes

These beautiful windchimes will instantly turn your porch or garden into a relaxing retreat, creating a wonderful ambiance in any outdoor space. The soothing sound these modern windchimes make as the breeze blows through them is just one of the many reasons to add them to your Amazon cart. You’ll also love the modern combination of black metal with rustic brown wood – making them a great option for any farmhouse style front porch.


10. Fuzzy Bean Bag Chair

How’s this for fun in a kid’s room, family room, or playroom? This cozy, chocolaty, fuzzy, faux-furry little number is sure to be a great place to read a book, watch TV, or decompress after a tough day at school or work.


11. Hand-Woven Shelf Storage Basket

Pier 1 does baskets right! This hand-woven faux-rattan basket will help you keep chaos at bay. It is as functional as it is lovely. The Pier 1 Amazon shop has many different baskets to fit your organizational needs stylishly, so be sure to check them out at this link!


12. Bennington Wooden & Metal Handle Cheeseboard Serving Board Tray

Throwing a party!? This beautiful Bennington Wooden & Metal Handle Cheeseboard Serving Board Tray is crafted of mango wood with aluminum accents, this ensemble hits just the right notes at all your parties and gatherings!


13. Neutral Tan Chenille Seed Stitch Throw Blanket

This super soft, luxurious chenille throw not only feels great to cuddle up with but looks fabulous when drafted over a chair, sofa, ottoman, or the foot of your bed. This decorative throw is more than that – cuddle up with this little softy when watching TV, snuggling by the fire, or reading your favorite book.


14. Hurricane Candle Holder

I have Hurricane Candle Holders on my teacart, and in my dining room. They are a taste of old-world elegance and timeless décor. This particular hurricane candle holder is listed as safe for indoors or covered outdoor patios!


15. Alona Moss Green 4×6 Indoor or Outdoor Patio Hand-Woven Rug

Don’t forget the floor! We actually use a stylish indoor-outdoor rug under our kitchen table. They seem to be long lasting – we are only on our second one in 13+ years, and you know how much wear and tear a kitchen rug gets from sliding the chairs back and forth alone. I’d encourage anyone would want a rug for under their kitchen table to explore the indoor-outdoor rug route.

Note: One tip is do not hesitate to purchase if you see something on Pier 1’s Amazon store that you want. The stock sells out fairly quickly.

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How to Pack and Move Yourself Using a Moving Container Service

How to Pack and Move Yourself Using a Moving Container Service. This is how we moved ourselves long distance from Florida to New York State using a moving container service!


How to Pack and Move Yourself Using a Moving Container Service

This is how we moved our household long distance from Florida to New York State using a moving container service! I’ve also included some tips on packing, packing the moving container, the details of how we tracked our moving containers, and our experience with the entire process.

Hubby and I closed up our Florida condo and put it up for sale recently (it has sold). We decided to pack up some of the “good stuff” and take it home instead of donating it all. We had a few decisions to make before going forward; mainly what did we want to take, and how much were we willing to pay to have it transported.

I knew I wanted my dishes (fiesta!), we wanted some of the artwork (oil paintings – St. Augustine is an artsy community!), and there were a few pieces of furniture I wanted to take home (including a sofa bench Max used to sleep in that I knew from the day I bought it I wanted to take it home and have it reupholstered). Hubby had a ton of stuff tucked away in the closets, some nice kitchen goods, and some tools he wanted to bring back home.

Our Realtor wanted us to leave the condo staged. We compromised on semi-staged (leaving some living room furniture, the dining room table, and two bedrooms furnished) and taking the real estate photos before we packed up anything. That worked out well.

Once we knew what we wanted to bring home, Hubby had to guestimate how many packed boxes we would end up with, and measure the furniture we would be taking home, to come up with the cubic yards we would need to get it all in a container for transport.

He called several moving container places for two different quotes: one quote for one moving unit, the second quote for two units. Every place has a different size unit, some units were too small and too expensive, some were too large and too expensive, this one ended up being just right.

Hubby called quite a few places, but for price, size and ease of working with them, he went with ABF U-Pack ReloCube. The first unit was $1200, for two units it was $1500. They measure the units by cargo space. Since ABF trucking network is so large, and they go everywhere in the country, moving a u-pack unit appears to happen when space is on a truck (so the units are shipped in stages from one city to the next until they make it to their final destination).

How to Pack and Move Yourself Using a Moving Container Service. This is how we moved ourselves long distance from Florida to New York State using a moving container service!


So, with the small incremental cost of a second unit, Hubby and I decided to take home: the sofa-bench I wanted, my small desk, a wicker chest (really cool!), the TV (do not ask me why, we do not watch much television, and Mr. Max already has a TV), large paintings, a recliner (it does not fit in with our decor up here, but I paid $900 for it last year, and damnit I was not leaving it behind if we had room to bring it home!) and the sleeper sofa (which had been used once!!) Hubby also managed to nab the office chairs at the last minute when he discovered that the moving containers were not quite full.

How to Pack and Move Yourself Using a Moving Container Service. This is how we moved ourselves long distance from Florida to New York State using a moving container service!


We had a few paintings (as well as the TV) to be packed.


How to Pack and Move Yourself Using a Moving Container Service. This is how we moved ourselves long distance from Florida to New York State using a moving container service!


The painting and TV required special boxes.


How to Pack and Move Yourself Using a Moving Container Service. This is how we moved ourselves long distance from Florida to New York State using a moving container service!


These are TV edge protectors.


How to Pack and Move Yourself Using a Moving Container Service. This is how we moved ourselves long distance from Florida to New York State using a moving container service!


We also adapted them for use on the paintings.


How to Pack and Move Yourself Using a Moving Container Service. This is how we moved ourselves long distance from Florida to New York State using a moving container service!


It was well worth buying these specialty boxes!


Hubby bought a ton of banker moving boxes from amazon in small, medium and large sizes. This turned out to be a brilliant move for carrying, loading, and different size needs. Since we hope to buy a new home in our current area of New York State, these boxes will just be reused. We used 6″ stretch wrap to close the boxes instead of tape. This ensured that the boxes did not tear or rip when we opened them (and it really worked – we only lost one box, and that was due to a leak).

We marked the boxes fairly well while packing them too, including an H for home (more on that later).

Hubby also bought 15 moving blankets, and we used every single one. After spending a lot of time watching youtube videos, he decided to tape those moving blankets closed around the furniture instead of using the 6″ stretch wrap I convinced him to do both which was good as the 6″ stretch wrap held up better. Hubby bought a number of art boxes, as well as a TV box too. Sometimes, the right box is needed to do the job correctly.

To recap, what we used to pack our belongings:

Banker (brand) Moving Boxes
Painting and TV Boxes
Edge Protectors
6″ Stretch Wrap
• Marker
Bubble Wrap
• Tape
Packing Peanuts
• Towels, Blankets, Pillows, etc was used as wrap and padding where appropriate.

Watching Hubby pack is interesting. He prides himself on being a great organizer (wish he’d do some of his organizing in our basement) and packer. I packed a few boxes with Hubby in the same room and every single one of them were unpacked and then re-packed by Hubby as “not being right”. The only time I got a decent amount of packing done was when Hubby took Mr. Max to the groomers. I packed most of my stuff up in those few hours, and left the rest to him (I truly left the rest to him).

How to Pack and Move Yourself Using a Moving Container Service. This is how we moved ourselves long distance from Florida to New York State using a moving container service!


When it came time to wrap the furniture with blankets, I wasn’t even allowed to man the 6″ stretch wrap. LOL I was the dummy end (holding the handle and not moving), and I needed to remember that!! Anyhoooo… for the most part Hubby’s packing was very, very good. He didn’t listen to me about the sleeper sofa and that had to be rewrapped outside before loaded onto the moving container, but that was it (and to be fair my idea may not have worked either).

How to Pack and Move Yourself Using a Moving Container Service. This is how we moved ourselves long distance from Florida to New York State using a moving container service!


The units were delivered to our condo’s parking lot within the timeframe Hubby had scheduled them to be dropped off. The unit deliveryman called when they were 15 minutes out, and then again after they got through the guardhouse (the association has a maned guardhouse). They loaded the units on a forklift, and deposited both of the units side by side with the doors facing out so they could be easily loaded. Hubby also asked if we needed to be there for pick-up of the units, and we did not. This helped as we decided to leave a day early for home. We had five days from unit drop-off to calling for pick-up to load those units. That worked great for us!

We had talked over whether or not to run the boxes and furniture from our condo to the units ourselves. If it had just been boxes, it would have been feasible, but once that sleeper sofa came into play there was just no way I could lift and maneuver it with Hubby, and he certainly could not do it by himself (where was Sonny-boy when we needed him!?) Hubby went to craigslist where he found two young men willing to come out on a Sunday morning to transport the boxes and furniture from the third floor condo unit to the moving units for a few hundred dollars. Sold!

The box movers were excellent! They got everything from a third story end unit, down to the elevator, through the garage, to the parking lot where the units were waiting for Hubby to pack, all within 3 hours, and with no breakage. MUCH better than I could have done!

How to Pack and Move Yourself Using a Moving Container Service. This is how we moved ourselves long distance from Florida to New York State using a moving container service!


Hubby packed the units, and then strapped down anything loose. We had tossed pillows and bedding that was not packed in boxes (for padding) into large construction bags, and then put them in the units for extra padding in case of shifting.

How to Pack and Move Yourself Using a Moving Container Service. This is how we moved ourselves long distance from Florida to New York State using a moving container service!


We did need to supply our own locks for the ABF U-Pack ReloCubes. You can get by with one lock per unit, but Hubby decided to take advantage of both locking mechanisms and purchased one set of ok locks and once set of excellent, heavy duty locks for transport.

We left for home Monday after tossing the last of the bedding into the ABF U-Pack ReloCubes. Hubby called ABF U-Pack to pick up the units when we were on the road Monday. He was able to track those units, and by Tuesday they were already in Atlanta. The next stop was Ohio, and then they made their way to Western New York. They sent text message updates every step of the way (you could also login online to track a container(s)).

How to Pack and Move Yourself Using a Moving Container Service. This is how we moved ourselves long distance from Florida to New York State using a moving container service!


When the moving units arrived in our area, ABF U-Pack texted Hubby and he scheduled a drop-off date for those units (we had a five day window to choose from). Since we knew we did not want all the contents of those units at our house, we had the ABF U-Pack driver drop them off at one of Hubby’s properties. The ABF drop-off person drove the forklift right into the garage, and dropped the units down gently (you can drop off to your driveway, this was just move convenient for us). When we were hit with unexpected precipitation, Hubby was still able to unload in a dry space. We did have the option of having one unit delivered to the house, and one ReloCube to the storage property, but the upcharge along with how it would change the way we packed made us decide against that option. It took Hubby three trips to get everything we had marked for home to our house, and he has an 8′ bed on his pick-up truck!

Once unloaded, Hubby called to schedule an empty unit pick-up. The dispatcher was super nice and gave Hubby a narrow window to pick them up from inside the building (so Hubby would not have to wait around all day). If the units had been were outside, ABF could pick up with no one “home”. They arrived for that pick-up on-time and we were done.

Now I have to be honest- I had very little to do with this whole process. It was all Hubby – from research to packing to unloading. He RAVED about how good ABF U-Pack was to deal with every step of the way. If you knew my husband… well let us just say I can probably count on one hand how many times he has been this pleased with a product and/or service in the last 14 years. Hubby is a tough one to satisfy. He felt that ABF U-Pack really, really has it down pat for a very reasonable price.

Now my two-cents… these units are small. We packed up very little furniture (7 pieces + 2 office chairs) and that filled ¾ of one unit. If you have a large house to pack and move, this may not be the most economical way to do it. However, if you are looking for a small, long distance move, I too would agree that ABF U-Pack is a good choice to make.

Do you have any moving container tips to share?

10 Moving Tips

50 Tips That Will Make Moving Easier


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Herbs 101

Herbs 101 – An introduction to the basics on herbs. Herbs are something all of us can benefit from in one way or another; from using them for home remedies, baking, or crafts, they have so many valuable uses we can take advantage of. If you are new to using herbs though, it can seem overwhelming to know where to start and what exactly you are even dealing with. Here are a few tips on getting started with herbs!



Herbs 101 – An introduction to the basics on herbs.

Herbs are something all of us can benefit from in one way or another; from using them for home remedies, baking, or crafts, they have so many valuable uses we can take advantage of. If you are new to using herbs though, it can seem overwhelming to know where to start and what exactly you are even dealing with. Here are a few tips on getting started with herbs!

The question you might ask is “What is a herb, exactly?”

A herb is a plant that is of value for the flavor, aroma it provides or the health benefits properties it may have. Herbs can come in many forms and sizes, depending totally on the type of plant and which part of the plant you are using.

Some herbs have more than one use, such as some of the cooking type you may already be familiar with, like oregano, parsley, or thyme. They have wonderful health benefits, and have been used medicinally for ages, in addition to their use for the flavors in cooking.

Most herbs are not so much of the woody type plant, but more of the soft and more tender type. If herbs are woody at all, it would be in the stems of the plant, but the leaves and buds would be soft and easy to use and break down. Rosemary is a perfect example of this type of woody-stem herb.

For years and years people have used herbs for preserving and flavoring food and this is easily their most popular use. Most people purchase them in the grocery or health food store and cook with them frequently. Herbs have also been used in religious ceremonies.

• Here are some tips for usage in each specific area that should help you if you are new to using them, along with a few cautions as well.

Herbs For Cooking:

If we did not season our food and use herbs in cooking, much of what we eat would not have a whole lot of flavor. Beyond buying the pre-dried type of herbs in the store, you can frequently find some of the more basic ones in the fresh plant form in many stores and also certainly in a garden center. Ask an employee for advice on which are easiest as starters, but mint, rosemary and basil are ones you will probably be able to find without much trouble. All three of those have great health benefits for your body, so know that while you use them to cook with, they are doing your body good too!

Many cooks do grow a lot of their own herbs because they taste so good when fresh. It also can be money saving to just be able to pick off your own plant the specific amount you need for a recipe (and talk about convenient!). In the dried form herbs do have a longer shelf life but some of the benefits will not be as potent and strong either.
If you grow a few different ones, just cut a few snips of each and add them to soups, salads, salsa and more (I walk out to the garden for oregano and basil all the time!) They work great in homemade sauces as well. You may want to read 10 Herbs You Need To Grow for some great herb gardening choices. In additions, this post on herb planting and care can help you get started! And, if you would like to enjoy fresh herbs even during the winter, this post on Tips for Growing an Herb Garden Year Round will be helpful!

The best way to start cooking with herbs is to use recipes you are already familiar and comfy with and then put them in there, tweaking it as you taste and try it. If you are nervous to do so, try one type at a time, like adding a tiny bit to a salad dressing or omelet. Add flavor to salads by using dill, cilantro and basil.

Here are a few recipes that make great use of herbs:

Chicken Salad recipe – Hubby’s best recipe (and that is really saying something!) – the herb addition is what makes it so fantastic!
Roasted Rosemary Mushrooms
Spicy Chicken Thighs
Four Color Caprese Salad
Cantaloupe Prosciutto Mozzarella Salad Recipe

Make a great dressing with an oil base by adding lemon juice and sea salt along with your favorite herbs.
One thing to note is to add them in the last few minutes of cooking, when they are fresh, or they will tend to lose much of their flavor the hotter they get. Do not cook them for more than 25 to 30 minutes.

Infuse either or both olive oil or vinegar with herbs by first placing the herbs in the bottle and then topping off all the way with the liquid. Keep closed tightly and use whenever you’d like. Garlic, Chives, Basil, Dill and thyme are great ones to do this with. Add a cute label and ribbon in a nice colorful bottle and you have a wonderful gift for a cook in your life! Here’s a great how to make herb infused oils post.

Herbal Remedies:

Aromatherapy is one great way to use as remedies. You can add a few snips to a humidifier or add some on the logs in your fire when burning in winter. Incense type sticks called herbal joss sticks are used to cleanse the air in religious rituals and they do help create a mood and make those who are familiar with that scent feel reverence and comfort at their smell.

Aromas can truly be good therapy for your body and mind. As you start using herbs and smell them, you will be drawn to certain ones, and you should listen to your body. If it likes one, use it, because your body is telling you you need it. It can evoke good memories for you as well, like the scent of Grandma’s apple pie that takes you back, many herbs can have that effect.

Your brain will release chemicals in reaction to aromas and it can be very helpful with emotional therapy.

Herbal teas and infusions are another way to use them as remedies. Infusions are done by pouring hot water over the herb leaves and blooms and letting them steep in it for at least 15 to 20 minutes, then inhaling and drinking while fresh. Teas are steeped for a shorter span of time and drank.

A few commonly used medicinal herbs are: rosemary, sage, oregano and thyme. They can be used for sinus relief, to help get over a flu or cold, for antiseptic uses, relief for wounds and scars and for allergy relief. There is a lot of information online on these herbs so be sure to research before using for this type of remedy and always consult your physician as well.

Herbs For Crafts:

Herbs can be used as natural dyes, for use with bath products and spa treatments, to make wreaths and bouquets, potpourri and sachets, natural candles, and homemade soaps.

Drying and storing herbs is not too complicated but you do need a good dark space to keep them in while drying and for you can tie them together in bunches and hang upside down as well as laying flat on a screen. They can also be dried in the oven, for faster results.

Once dried, be sure to store in clean, airtight containers, or if storing hanging in bunches, just be sure to protect with a cover to keep off the dust. How to Harvest and Dry Basil!

Cautions:

• If you are pregnant or nursing, or have heart conditions, please consult a physician before using herbs for remedy purposes.

• Here are two herbs that, while beautiful in their plant form, contain poisonous and volatile oils that in small doses may not harm us, but can be toxic if used in larger ones, so it is best to avoid usage and never ingest either of these: Foxglove and Lily of the Valley. Even when growing these plants, be careful to keep pets and small children away from them.

If you would like to learn more about herbs and their uses, one of these books is sure to have the information you seek:

Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, 3rd Edition

The Complete Book of Herbs: A Practical Guide to Growing and Using Herbs

Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use

Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family

The Herbal Apothecary: 100 Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Them

Please remember that none of this is meant as medical advice. I am not a doctor and do not play one on the internet. Please consult a physician if you have any questions about using essential oils or herbs so your doctor can better explain to you the benefits, possible side effects, and any warnings about essential oils and herbs.


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