Happy National Dog Day!

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Happy National Dog Day! We’re so excited to announce the winner of our contest with Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen: Congrats to Maple & Magnolia‘s pup Riley! We can’t wait to see how much this cutie loves her prize. Make sure your furry friend knows you love them today, too. 

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PS: Don’t forget to submit photos of your PB Pet with the hashtag #pbpet on Instagram! You could be featured on the Pottery Barn Instagram.

 

Behind the Design: Our New Art Collection

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We’ve taken an entirely new approach to Pottery Barn’s art collection this year. Our collection has expanded, and we’re working hard to make sure everyone has a chance to buy beautiful, one-of-a-kind art for their homes.

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What’s new? Take a peek at our Art Shop — you might be surprised! We’ve separated pieces by style to make it easy, and each section is full of takes on text and type, elegant mirrors, inspiring abstract prints and stunning vintage reproductions, all made to order.

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 Like this print — originally a collagraph by Seattle artist Eunice Kim, Porous #24 is a giclée reproduction, made just for you, with the same detail and craftsmanship as the original.

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Or this playful gicleé print by artist Stephanie Sterjovski.

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 As you can tell by this post, we love Alicia Bock’s ethereal and modern photography style. “Paris is always a good idea” — we couldn’t agree more.

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Check out our new Art Shop to see more of our new, expanded collection — made just for you. 

End of Summer Beach Bonfire with Camp Makery PLUS a Giveaway!

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Summer’s almost over — can you believe it? Every year it seems to fly by even faster than the year before.

This summer, our friends at Camp Makery were inspired to celebrate the end of the season with a beach bonfire. Set on one of San Francisco’s foggy beaches, this gorgeous shoot encompasses everything we love about the Bay Area. Take a look at some of the shots, below, to get inspired for your own beach bonfire!

PS: Stay tuned for all of the food + drink recipes featured in these photos next week!

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Photographer: Christina Richards
Recipes: Tiffany Sauter of Camp Makery
Styling & Art Direction: Lauren Weems of Camp Makery
Drink recipes: Don Julio, Ketel One, Bulleit Bourbon
Props:  Cecita Tile Print Layer PlateBelgian Flax Linen NapkinsWashed Velvet Pillow CoverCambria Mugs

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For the bonfire, Tiffany Sauter of Camp Makery adopted the classic Cajun shrimp po’ boy into a California-style sandwich that suits this West Coast setting.  Baking the shrimp instead of deep-frying and filling the shrimp po’ boy with fresh veggies makes it more of a healthy meal that still tastes delicious.

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California Style Shrimp Po’Boys

Ingredients:
1 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined, tails removed
4 hot dog buns
1 cup green cabbage, shredded
1 cup purple cabbage, shredded
2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 red bell pepper, core and seeds removed
1/3 cup raw cashews
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup fine or medium cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder (more if you like spicy!)
1/3 cup red onion, thinly sliced
3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

Preheat oven to 425°.  In a small bowl, toss red wine vinegar and red onion.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, toss shredded cabbage and apple cider vinegar.  Set aside.  In a small bowl, mix cornmeal, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and oregano.  Toss with shrimp until they are coated.  Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and place shrimp in pan in a single layer without shrimp touching each other.  Bake for 15 minutes.  In a food processor or high-powered blender, puree cashews, garlic and red bell pepper.  Toast hot dog buns in oven for 3 minutes, if desired.  To assemble, spread red bell pepper sauce on bottom bun and top with shrimp.  Fill the bun with flash-pickled red onion and shredded cabbage.

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Do you love our Cecita plates as much as Camp Makery does? Enter for a chance to win a set of your own! Fill out the form below for a chance to win one set of Cecita Tile Print Bread Plates and a set of Cecita Tile Print Layer Plates.

See official rules here. 

This contest is now closed. 

Home We Love: A Chandelier You Won’t Want to Miss

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There are a lot of amazing things going on in this beautiful kitchen from Lonny Magazine — but in our opinion, there are only three words that should describe this space: Spanish. Galleon. Chandelier.

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The crisp black and white palette of this modern country kitchen in Sag Harbor, New York only draws attention to the bold and unexpected chandelier hanging from the ceiling. It’s a daring choice, but the space’s clean lines and simple color palette help to pull it off.

Read more about this space here. 

How to Do Coastal Style Right: Q&A with Designer Tim Clarke

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Few people understand coastal style better than designer Tim Clarke. His Santa Monica, California-based office creates work that defines coastal living today. Whether it’s a small beach house on the California coast, or a celebrity mansion in the Mediterranean, Clarke understands that what makes a home look coastal is less about the aesthetic and more about the vibe.

Read on for this amazing designer’s top tips to bringing a coastal look into your home.

Photography: Noah Webb 

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Q: A lot of people are under the impression that coastal style has to involve a lot of rope, coral and nautical motifs. But does it always have to? How would you define coastal style?
A: I think coastal style is more about a feeling than actual objects and motifs. There is this feeling that’s created when you live at the beach, and it doesn’t have anything to do with shells, anchors, or red, white, and blue. It’s more about easiness, comfort and a laid back casual style.

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Q: What are some easy ways someone can bring a coastal feel into their home, even if they don’t necessarily live on the coast?
A: • Stripes: Whether large scale cabana or smaller scale multicolored stripes, nothing says coastal more.
• Bohemian flair: Add a little boho with Indian printed fabric or indigo batik fabric in pillows and curtains. Sometimes I even use it on the wrong side so it feels more faded and hippy.
• Natural fabrics: Solid, textured, natural fiber fabrics like chunky linen for upholstery.
• Barefoot friendly floors: Whether wide plank unfinished wood or slightly antiqued chalky limestone, the floors should make you want to take your shoes off.
• Gallons of white paint: Both matte and glossy. Maybe it’s a reference to boats or just that it looks clean and fresh with the blue ocean, but it always works.

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Q: What do you think the 5 most important elements of coastal style are?
A: 1. Easy: Nothing should be too precious, or fussy. No one should be ever be worried they are going to mess something up or that they can’t touch it.
2. Communal living: One giant room with multiple areas for gathering and activities that includes cooking, eating, playing games, and watching TV. Beach houses should encourage togetherness, not solitude.
3. Light: Natural light is a must and plenty of it. Coastal style should embrace nature, not keep it out.
4. Durability: Use outdoor fabrics, natural brass or stainless steel, and wood surfaces that look good as they age. The ocean climate is very abusive and you don’t want to be constantly doing maintenance.
5. Sense of place: Coastal style should come from the coast you are on, not one you visited on vacation. The light, landscape, and views out of the windows are completely different in Hawaii than California and color looks completely different because of that. A house should feel as though it grew from the earth it is on, not plopped on the lot by a helicopter.

In the Spotlight: Erin Gates from Elements of Style

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This season, we asked interior designer, stylist and blogger Erin Gates to share her expert tips and tricks for bringing bright colors, bold patterns and rich textures into our homes. Erin Gates is the founder and principal designer of Boston-based Erin Gates Design, and the author and editor behind the popular design blog, Elements of Style. From large homes in the suburbs to small condos in the city, she knows what it takes to design gorgeous spaces that blend new and old, high and low, and modern and traditional.

Be sure to check out her first book, due out October 7, 2014. Read on for some of our favorite bits from Erin’s interview, and snaps from her design portfolio.

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Q: What’s your favorite new hue for this fall? A: After a long, long love affair with grey, I feel like tans and taupes will be back. I’m doing my new master bedroom in tan and white instead of grey and white and it feels revolutionary for me!

Q: What’s one of your favorite ways to use texture? A: I absolutely love using grasscloth on walls — it works perfectly with traditional or modern style.

Q: What are your tips for mixing patterns? A: You need to consider the pattern type and make sure you aren’t combining too many of the same- a good balance is to mix a geometric with an organic pattern (florals, for example) and then a very small scale print or a solid. Putting two geometrics together looks too busy and harsh in my book.

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Photo by Michael Partenio

This month I can’t wait to … Complete the addition on our house — it’s been a long time coming!

The item at the top of my current wishlist is … A huge, pale, faded Oushak style rug for my bedroom.

Favorite fellow blogger … Emily Henderson is both funny and fantastically talented.

Interior design icon … I think Steven Gambrel is a genius. He can decorate my house anytime.

Most prized possession … My dogs. I’d do just about anything for them.

Signature cocktail … A nice cold glass of Pinot Grigio in summer or Cabernet Sauvignon every other season!

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Home We Love: A Small Bedroom with Big Style from Lonny Magazine

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Small spaces can have big style! That’s we we love this bedroom from Lonny Magazine — bold splashes of leopard and pink, multilayered art on the wall and floor and clever mirrors in the built-in dresser expand this room’s visual space and style.

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The effect is sophisticated and feminine without being the least bit fussy — a perfect fit for the chic Manhattanite who lives here.

See the full story here.