I’m not sure what it is, but something about Ballard Designs makes me think of sleepy summer mornings. Maybe it’s the soft fabrics, dusty hues and European country designs. Everything feels easy, breezy and cozy.
According to the Pier 1 Imports website, its buyers travel the world hunting for the kinds of treasures you can’t find just anywhere. “Everything,” it states, “has a global, artisan feel.” That’s not what the merchandise in its spring 2014 catalog reflects.
If you’re looking for invitations, announcements, stationery and seasonal cards, Pear Tree Greetings offers an unusual variety of personalized options. Here’s a sample of the Minnesota-based company’s online catalog at PearTreeGreetings.com.
The 1933 Union Station massacre. The 1980 slaying of musician Steve Harvey. The 1988 arson-caused explosion that left six firefighters dead. This special section tells these stories and seven more notorious cases that are also collected in the new book “Kansas City Crime Central” by Monroe Dodd.