Easy, breezy Ballard Designs

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.

Pier 1 Imports’ not-so-worldly collection

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.