Pier 1 Imports Gift Card Give Away…….

Remember back in 2011 (all of two weeks ago) when I promised you bigger and better things on the blog?  Well I wasn’t lying!  I am super excited to be able to host the first give away of 2012 and what better way to kick it off than with a $50 gift card from Pier 1 Imports!

It is no secret that I turn to Pier 1 for my tablescapes…..

I use Pier 1 for interesting centerpieces, like the teapots I used here….

For their inexpensive glassware.  The Amber glassware is one of my all time favorites…..

And I can’t beat their prices and color section for table linens like napkins.

But Pier 1 has more than just great tableware.  From couches to end tables, Pier 1 has some great pieces that I think would look great in a variety of homes…..

I am particularly smitten with the Headington Loveseat,  Heera Cabinet and Gold Cut Velvet Bolster Pillow.   I think one of these may end up on a design board for a client very soon.  Even better is that you have the chance to win a $50 gift card to put toward any thing you want from Pier 1…..

To Enter the $50 Gift Card Give Away

1) Be a Subscriber to the Blog.  If you aren’t a subscriber, simply click the link under “Follow Me” in the right column.

2) Leave a comment with what you would buy with the $50 gift card

3) For extra chances to enter, follow me on Twitter and Facebook.   For each of these actions, please leave a unique comment.  A maximum of 3 entries are allowed per person.

*The winner must be a subscriber to the blog CourtneyOutLoud.  I reserve the right to choose an alternate winner if any of the above criteria are not met.

**This give away is not sponsored or affiliated by Pier 1 Imports.  All comments and commentary are those of CourtneyOutLoud and its writer.

The give away ends January 17th at midnight PST.

Thanksgiving 2011 Table Breakdown

Thanks for all the kind words about this year’s Thanksgiving tablescape!  As I said, I made this made specifically with ME in mind.  This was the table I always imagined for my own dinner and I am happy I was able to create it this year!  Surprisingly, there are not that many elements and many are available at large big box stores.

So let’s  break it down…..

Place Settings

The gold charger was a score from Walmart during their holiday clearance sale for one dollar per charger.  The purple dinner plate is from Crate and Barrel and was picked up at the local outlet for $3.99.  The salad plate was found at HomeGoods for $6.99 for 8.  The napkins are my favorite linen napkins from Crate and Barrel for $4.99 each and the napkin ring was a clearance purchase from West Elm for $0.98 each.  Silverware (not seen) was rolled inside the napkin and is my everyday cutlery.  On top of the salad plate is a small ear of dried Indian corn picked up from the grocery store for about $0.75 per ear.

Tablecloth & Glassware

You may remember the glassware from last year’s Thanksgiving table.  They are the Luster Glassware from Pier One which go on sale repeatedly throughout the year ergo I am sure I didn’t pay full price.  The tablecloth is Ralph Lauren and was a great find at HomeGoods for $14.99.


The centerpiece is a cornucopia shaped basket from Michaels that I light sprayed with bronze paint.  The basket was $12.99 but I used the ever-present 40% off coupon to get it for around $7.  Inside the basket, I used a variety of gourds, herbs, fruits and flowers including a large succulent cutting to anchor the centerpiece.  Pumpkins were staked to one side to add visual height and interest.

Candlesticks, Wreath & Salt-n-Pepper Shakers

All of these components are part of my core decorating “kit”.  The candlesticks are part of my ever expanding collection of thrifted crystal candlesticks that I use for various decorating vignettes or dining events.  The actual candles were bought from Ross Dress for Less for $4.99 for a set of 6.  The wreath was recycled from last year’s Christmas decorations and augmented with live florals and berries.  The pheasant salt and pepper shakers were a purchase from eBay last year that I love using for their sculptural quality.

And that’s it.  I wasn’t kidding when I said there were not many elements to the table!  If you wanted to get a similar look, here are some options, all of which you can order from the web…..

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Even with the table set, I feel I am still behind the ball!  So are you ready for Thanksgiving?    If so, what is your secret for an organized and chaos free holiday?

Speaking of secrets, I have one to share with you later today.  I will be announcing who won the Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway!

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Contest Winner Shares Tablescape in Action…..

The winner of my first give away, Sabrina, was kind enough to send me pictures of the tablescape she won.  The original tablescape was created to celebrate Easter, but she decided to use the setting to celebrate her sister’s birthday…

Rather than simply using the table setting as I sent it, she mixed in pretty blue and white bowls from Pier One and white plates from TJ Maxx.  She capped off her table decorations with some pretty flowers in a white  pitcher.

According to Sabrina,

When I put my name in for your giveaway I didn’t even think about how I would be able to make such a beautiful table setting but everything came together so effortlessly once I started.

I love seeing how she took the pieces from the Easter tablescape and added to it with things she already owned, making it her own.   I just reaffirms what I always say…….that with a little effort and thought, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a project look like a million bucks.

More contests are in the works for followers of the blog, Facebook page and Twitter account.  Don’t miss out on your chance to win.  But speaking of winning, all of this rain is not a winning combo for my new patio.  The poor moss is having a doozy of a time trying to get established.  Fingers crossed that it dries out the next couple of days!