Decorating & Design

November 16, 2009

Budget Finds At Pier 1

If you’ve been on the hunt in the sometimes bleak Canadian design landscape, populated by plazas and shopping malls, you’re not alone. But take heart. For hark, I see a shining beacon amid the imposing big-box horizon. It is Pier 1 and it has come to the rescue!

Photo:eclectic Peter Dunham room

Pier 1’s pieces would be at home in this eclectic Peter Dunham room.

A lot of people think of small global trinkets when they think of Pier 1 and justifiably so. Their stores are packed with colourful china, baskets and textiles from around the world, meant to add spice to your décor. But Pier 1 is also a fantastic source for furniture basics, not found at lots of other common stores. I’m talking classic design staples like the ones you see on the pages of House & Home, but at a price we can all swallow.

Pier 1 stores have catalogues where you can order the pieces you don’t see on their floor, and their website is a great way to check out all they have to offer. Just click on the Furniture Book tab to get started.

Allow me to walk you through some of my fave Pier 1 goodies.

Photo: tribal looking Nirobi end table

When it comes to interesting and unusual occasional furniture, Pier 1 has you covered. This tribal looking Nirobi end table costs a mere $80 and would look amazing next to a sofa, or use a pair pulled together as a coffee table.

Photo: Bellerose console, classic decorator look

Consoles are often overlooked but this one should not be passed by! The Bellerose console has a classic decorator look and costs $170. Ummm can I order two?

Photo: Fat Stool, rattan pouf

My design editor buddy Andrea Mills was killing herself looking for a rattan pouf like this one and it was right under our noses at Pier 1! Despite being named the Fat Stool, it does not come with a fat price — $150! Trust me when I say high-end designers love to use these as extra seating and as dynamic sculpture in their rooms these days.

Photo: Curved Back Brown Dining Chair

French farmhouse style is all the rage, and you can pull up a seat at the Francophile party with this little cutey, the Curved Back Brown Dining Chair. $189 — très, très chic, non?

Photo: handsome Casbah settee

Ooooh don’t you just want to curl up with a quilt on a sunny day on this handsome Casbah settee? For it’s $100 price tag you can afford two! I could also see this in a bedroom, or paired with a regular living room sofa and piled with cusions to break the room up.

Photo: Tapanga Dresser with the British colonial detailing

For storage, I love this handsome Tapanga Dresser with the British colonial detailing.

Photo: Hayworth Chest - soft, antiqued patina

Or for all you glam gals, a mirrored piece like this is always a score! I like Pier 1’s Hayworth Chest for its soft, antiqued patina.

Photo: Scroll vanity - great for a writting table

The glamazons will appreciate this little vanity, especially with its drawers to hide all your junk. But this Pier 1 Scroll vanity would also be an elegant choice for a writing desk at $390.

Photo: Shell bed

While we’re into the charming vibe, check out this Shell bed! It’s so hard to find a classic bed and I’ve seen about enough upholstered headboards to last me a lifetime! Simple and to the point, this Pier 1 bed is humble and haute.

Photo: Burgundy Mosiac wool rug

Finally, for a little Pier 1 colour, which they’re known for, I spied this gorgeous Burgundy Mosiac wool rug. No need to travel the globe to find a perfect Persian — Pier 1 has done the legwork and brought it all home for a knockout $390. Now that’s a souvenir!

Photo credits:
1. Peter Dunham
2-11. Pier 1 Imports