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THIS IS ME: Matthew Brinston mixes it up

The man that was given a second chance at life made sure it would be one full of purpose. Matthew Brinston creates abstract works of art that evoke what it means to reflect & realize your true potential. His works are vibrant with color & contrast, & his home offers much of the same. 

“I like mixing styles a lot,” he says. “It’s retro & modern all at the same time.” 

Much of the artwork comes from Brinston’s friends--fellow artists & musicians from the Dallas scene.  

“Sometimes we’ll find a piece of furniture or work of art that we love, but it’s always organic, & most of it is from people I know.”

“That way, the art tells the story of the community.” 

That story, according to Brinston, is all about moving forward--a theme he knows all too well. Five years ago, a motorcycle accident left him in a coma, & Brinston actually died for several minutes before being revived. That experience changed him, & on the three-year anniversary of his death, he hosted a showcase of his work with over 50 original pieces. Those pieces--& his work since--has all been about moving forward & influencing others through his art.  

This is clear the moment you set foot in his house--a studio loft that doubles as his workspace. Through original artwork & pieces by his friends, Brinston has created a safe haven that cultivates inspiration for his art & his music.

His experience changed his lifestyle & it reflects in his studio loft that doubles as his working space. He has created a safe haven that cultivates inspiration for both his art & music.

“It’s all organic,” Brinston says when asked how he decorates his home. “If it brings a new perspective to the table, then I want it in my home.”

He hopes his original work for Pier 1 customers--some custom-made tote bags--do just that.

Stay in touch with Matthew on Instagram. Join him as we roll out a new Pier 1 experience today, April 21, in Allen (170 E. Stacy Rd., Suite 2314, Building 2300) from 3 to 5 p.m. as he shares his 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! Pick up one of the artist's custom totes in-store today only, hand-painted by Brinston himself.

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

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: Embracing the unexpected with blogger besties Heather & Tiffany
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Heather & Tiffany are not your typical blogger besties. These fashionistas use their platform to encourage self-expression & serve up sage style advice to readers of all ages. With elegance & class as their motto, Heather & Tiffany united to create something that specifically empowers women over the age of 40. And while their roles as mothers will always be their favorite, don’t think for one moment that their suburban lifestyle lacks lavish style.

When I bought my first home, it had an old-world feel,” Heather recalls. “I replaced a lot of the furnishing with soft, contemporary furniture. My style now is a lot more minimalistic and modern, but still beautiful.”

That minimalist, modern style can also be found in her personal wardrobe.

“I’m definitely a jeans and T-shirt kind of gal,” she says. “It’s chic but effortless, & it’s consistent no matter where I go.”

“I’m a big believer in mixing highs & lows—you don’t have to spend a ton of money on everything, & not every item has to be from a premier designer.”

Her co-blogger Tiffany shares that passion for mixing the unexpected.

“That’s part of what makes me unique as a street style blogger: mixing a soft modern oasis of light, fresh palettes throughout my home,” Tiffany says. "The color scheme highlights our collection of bold artwork, making our house feel like a home.”

She believes that juxtaposition is a key element of her mature style--a style she has meticulously honed with her wardrobe & home. She likes to keep it simple, with a distinct edge.

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“Whether it’s your home or personal style, I’m all about knowing & pursuing what you want,” she says. “For me, that means combining sleek, simple modern pieces with artwork that stands out, & a lot of fashion-forward edgy statement pieces mixed with something modern, simple.”

“Whatever your style is, you have to find you.”

Finding herself was what inspired Tiffany to start blogging in the first place.

“I was looking around, & all these bloggers were in their 20's,” she recalls. “I didn’t see a platform that resonated with me, so I created my own.”

Yet Heather & Tiffany both believe that their blogs are accessible--& inspirational--to readers of all ages.

“My goal is to always inspire,” Heather says. “If I can do that, I’ve done something right.”

Tiffany shares a similar view: “The point of the blog is to feel beautiful, inside & out.”

Stay in touch with Heather & Tiffany on Instagram & check out their blogs & Street Style Squad. Join the blogger besties as we roll out a new Pier 1 experience on April 21 in Dallas (Galleria - 13710 Dallas Pkwy, Suite A) from 3 to 5 p.m. as they share their 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. 

THIS IS ME: Home cookin' with Chef Jenna Kinard
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A jack-of-all-trades, Jenna Kinard has dipped her toes into acting, modeling and now cooking. Kinard currently resides in Fort Worth—the city where she developed her love for crafting creative cuisines. Inspired by multiple art forms, Jenna has created a space that enables her to have fun in the kitchen while still living in a relaxed, peaceful environment.

“I am a lover of quirky knick-knacks, abstract art & everything pastel and shiny,” she says of her home decor. “My inner child is still very alive & well!”

But that doesn’t mean Kinard relies solely on the past for inspiration. In fact, she & her hubby are known to branch out in search of new items to add to their home.

“Once every couple of months, he and I will go to a new place—whether it’s a new shop or a new city—& explore to find something new & unique to add to our collection,” she says. “I like a lot of bright happy colors in my home, & lucky for me, my husband digs it too!”

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And things certainly get colorful--& flavorful--in the kitchen.

“I love having a big kitchen to create in,” Kinard says. “We spend a lot of time with our friends, & when we host parties at our place, I like to throw down on a spread that will please everybody!”

She’s certainly hoping that the Savory Goat Cheese & Chive Scones she made exclusively for Pier 1 customers do the trick.

“I love this recipe because it is incredibly easy to make, super delicious & is not something you’re likely to find packaged at the grocery store!” she says. “This recipe will also bring fun color & tastes to any tablescape put together at Pier 1.”

Kinard notes that she never has a master plan when she approaches a new recipe or starts to craft something in the kitchen. Instead, it’s all about how she feels in that moment.

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“Usually when I’m grocery shopping, I have no idea what I’m going to make while entering the market. I let the produce speak to me, & put a meal together as I go depending on what fresh new items are in store & how I’m feeling that day.”

But the grocery store is not the only place where she carries this mentality.

“I do the same thing while shopping for interior decor,” she says. “I let the seasons speak to me, & enjoy letting a festive spirit take over and inspire me.

Whether shopping for produce or accents for her home, Jenna tries to incorporate her personality into everything she creates. Her hope is that anyone who tries her recipes or sets foot in her home can learn more about her through the process.

“My personality definitely shows in my food & the atmosphere that I create around it,” she says. “I will take my magic with me everywhere that I go, & do my best to share it with anyone who crosses my path.”

Stay in touch with Jenna on Instagram & visit her website here. Join her as we roll out a new Pier 1 experience on April 21 in Fort Worth (433 Carroll St.) from 3 to 5 p.m. as she shares her home décor favs with us in person over a glass of rosé. Don't miss her tasty scones in person & stay tuned for a how-to video on Pinterest. 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. 

THIS IS ME: Glowing UP with fashion & beauty vlogger Christian Craven
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Christian Craven is a creator. The 25-year-old fashionista and beauty blogger has a bold, established sense of style, but is also never afraid to mix things up. A true style guru, he knows the importance a home can have when it comes to making fierce statements and standing out. His home is actually a testament to the various artists who have empowered him to chase his dreams.

“I love to surround myself with icons who inspire me in my career and those who mean something special to me. I have a personalized signed book from an idol of mine Jeremy Scott that I love to keep out as well as an original framed McQueen met gala poster.

“I also have a great portrait of Barbra Streisand in my favorite movie, ‘Funny Girl’”, he says. “This piece was the first thing I ever bought for my first  apartment, and it always reminded me of a joyful time in my childhood when I could rent a $1 movie musical from blockbuster and sing all night to the VHS.”

“I was a weird kid.”

As you can tell, Craven carries his sense of humor with him at all times. When asked how he incorporates his love of beauty into his home, his first response is, “lots of mirrors.”

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All jokes aside, he tends to avoid bringing his work home with him.

“To avoid being totally consumed by work, I keep most of the skincare products I’m reviewing or studying tucked away.”

But that doesn’t mean his home is devoid of bold styles--quite the contrary, in fact.

“I love texture and color, and I think that rings true from my wardrobe into my home,” he says. “Bold hues, mixed prints and textured rugs have my heart doing backflips!"

Christian’s creative space is a dining room transformed into a studio, and this is where his skincare YouTube videos come to life. When it came time to create something exclusively for Pier 1 customers, accessibility was his number one priority.

“Great skincare doesn’t have to be inaccessible or even a luxury,” he notes. “It was important for me to share a mask anyone with 15 minutes can do to brighten the skin, rehydrate and achieve a great spring glow!”

“Grab some gorgeous Pier 1 bowls to mix up the mask and get to glowing!”

Take it from Christian--it’s always time for a glow-up.

Stay in touch with Christian on Instagram & visit his vlog here. Join him as we roll out a new Pier 1 experience on April 21 in Plano (1805 Preston Rd., Ste. A) from 3 to 5 p.m. as he shares his 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. 

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.