Posts tagged home decor
THIS IS ME: Nothing but good vibes with Sam Lao

Sam Lao exudes creativity. The rapper-singer from Dallas, Texas enjoys decorating her loft with the art from which she draws a lot of her inspiration. In effect, her & her partner--photographer/artist Jeremy Biggers--have transformed their home into an expressive mecca; a monument to artistry.

“I like a lot of visual noise to go along with my audio noise,” she says.

She is constantly writing or workshopping music in her home & needs a vibrant environment to keep fueling her creativity. The end result: Lots of colors & patterns.

“I actually assign a color to every song,” she says. “It’s a bit like synesthesia, & my home is a collection of those songs & colors.”

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Each room aids in her creative process, fostering as an atmosphere of innovation & experimentation. If Lao is ever in need of inspiration, all she has to do is turn to the artwork adorning her home.

“The furniture is pretty minimal,” she says with a laugh. “But what we do have, we now get from places like Pier 1.”

“Beyond that, it’s a lot of work we find at art shows.”

When her & her partner seek out new works to add to their home decor, they never embark on a shopping trip with a specific agenda.

“A lot of what we buy is just pieces that inspired us in the moment,” she describes. “We let it speak to us.”

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A lot of the time, that means supporting underrepresented artists.

“I empathize with groups that yearn for representation. Whether it’s artists of color or LBGT artists, I always try to support their work.”

Lao has carved a niche in the Dallas music scene with her signature style & sound. Her music & music videos have already landed her numerous accolades. She now hopes to bring that style into your living room with a playlist made exclusively for Pier 1 customers. 

“It’s all about creating good vibes,” she says of the playlist. “It’s great to listen to when you get off work, you’ve finished that daily grind & now you’re just trying to unwind.”

As Sam Lao knows, unwinding isn’t too difficult when you surround yourself with a decor that speaks to you.

Stay in touch with Sam on Instagram. Join her as we roll out a new Pier 1 experience on April 21 in Arlington (4145 S. Cooper St.) from 3 to 5 p.m. as she shares her home décor favs with us in person over a glass of rosé. In the meantime, see what's new online as Pier 1 gives DFW a sneak peek into their new look! Follow Pier 1 on Pinterest to check out Sam's playlist. 

Written by Tyler Hicks. Images courtesy of Jeremy Biggers for Pier 1. 

 

THIS IS ME: Lauren Vandiver uses decor & style to tell her story

When blogger Lauren Vandiver writes, you can’t help but smile. The fashion & lifestyle specialist is at once inspiring & down-to-earth, exuding an accessible & friendly charm that is guaranteed to fill your day with color. Her home isn’t too shabby either--if anything, it’s a reflection of her work with the VandiFair blog. As is the case when she writes, Lauren loves to craft open settings that leave you feeling comforted & welcome. 

“When it comes to decorating my space, I like to create rooms that instill a feeling that’s meaningful for me & my family, & also a vibe that makes sense with the particular room.”

“This is especially important to me since my home doubles as my office, so I spend a whole lot of time there.”

Take her bedroom, for example--the room she incorporated her favorite new Pier 1 products into. Her & her husband both love to travel places near the sea, so Lauren filled the room with a lot of bright white & light blue hues, as well as some other ocean-inspired elements.

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“Those colors & those seaside elements help to create a clean & calming tone that’s perfect for the bedroom,” she says.

Before Lauren embarks on any trip to enhance her décor, she always envisions the room she’ll be decorating next.  

“I can’t walk into a décor store without knowing what room(s) I’m focusing on beforehand. Going into a store with a particular room in mind--& inspiration for that space--makes shopping so much easier and fun!” 

Ultimately, Lauren’s goal is to use décor & style to tell a story.  

“The most inspiring rooms to me are the ones that tell a story. I love walking into a room & feeling completely immersed in it,” she says. “Whether it’s a particular color, a time period, or a place you’ve traveled, the home décor that inspires me makes you feel a certain way or remember a special place."

With a baby on the way, Lauren’s home is about to get even more special. Something tells us the new addition to the family will be a great source of inspiration.

Stay in touch with Lauren on Instagram & visit her blog here. Join her as we roll out a new Pier 1 experience on April 21 in Southlake (1275 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 401) from 3 to 5 p.m. as she shares her home décor favs with us in person over a glass of rosé. In the meantime, see what's new online as Pier 1 gives DFW a sneak peek into their new look!

Written by Tyler Hicks. Images courtesy of Jeremy Biggers for Pier 1.