Choosing The Perfect Paint Color

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We are loving this bedroom refresh designed by Ashley Pepitone from Camp Makery!  Armed with some of our new textiles and Sherwin Williams’ new fall paint palette, Ashely gave her master suite a new look for the season. There are several key elements to a successful refresh, but to start we’re taking a peek into her tips for choosing the perfect paint color. Take it away Ashley!

Probably the most daunting aspect of designing a room is choosing the wall color. Paint isn’t as easy to change as a duvet or some drapes, so it’s easy to be anxious that you’re going to make the wrong choice. My best word of advice: Pick the paint color last.


Tempting as it may be to just get it done at the outset, you will almost always regret choosing your paint color first. By picking linens and artwork you really love before paint, you are giving yourself the best opportunity to ensure that everything looks cohesive and well-planned.


Choose your textiles first. Once you have your linens, fabrics, drapes and maybe a piece of art or two chosen, gather them all together and sit down with them in front of you. When you look at them together, what are the common hues between them? What color really jumps out at you the most?


After you know what general color family really speaks to you most, try to match it in a paint swatch book or in the store. I have a Sherwin-Williams swatch book that comes in very handy for this step! Now, this is important. Once I find the shade I love, unless it is already super light, I go two or three shades lighter and that is what I put on the walls. If you can’t figure out what color that would be in your swatches, bring the paint chip to the sales associate and ask them to mix your color but “cut it” by 25 or 50%. Purchase a sample first if you’re not sure.


The last thing to consider is texture. Sherwin-Williams offers a “true matte” in their Emerald paint line that is perfect for the bedroom. It looks soft and velvety on the walls. I was excited to try something other than eggshell or flat, and it did not disappoint!

Up next- another big time design challenge, creating a gallery wall that harmonizes with electronics!

(Photos by Ashley Bruschi

A Frighteningly Good Cocktail Recipe for Halloween

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The countdown to Halloween is officially on! Do you know what you’re going to be yet? To get you in the mood for the spooky season, we asked Eden from the ever-lovely blog Sugar and Charm to share some of her favorite Halloween cocktail recipes. Her creations are sure to be a hit at any haunted fete you throw this season. They’re frighteningly good!!

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RECIPE: Blueberry Lavender Martini

For the blueberry lavender simple syrup:

1 C water
1 C suger
2 T fresh lavender
1 C blueberries

Put all ingredients over medium high heat until the blueberries start to burst and the mixture thickens. Remove from heat to cool. Makes 11 oz of simple syrup

For the martini:

2 oz vodka
2 oz simple syrup
Lavender bitters
Crushed Ice

Mix 2 oz vodka and 2 oz simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Add lavender bitters and spring of fresh lavender to finish.

RECIPE: Skull Shot

1 1/2 oz of coffee vodka
1 oz bailey’s
1/2 oz espresso

Pour the coffee vodka into a shot glass. Slowly pour the bailey’s on top so it separates from the vodka. Drip in the espresso on top to create the marbled look.

Makes 1 shot.

Want to replicate this party?? Click HERE to get style tips and party ideas from Sugar and Charm using our new Halloween decorations! Happy Haunting!!

3 Simple and Delicious Fall Cocktail Recipes

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Throughout the month of October select Pottery Barn stores will be hosting mixology 101 sessions with sisters Jordan Catapano and Jocelyn Dunn Muhlbach from This Girl Walks Into A Bar. The duo recently published their new cocktail book, Cocktails for Cougars and Cowgirls!  Jordan and Jocelyn will be sharing their impressive mixology skills and easy to make recipes to serve at your upcoming seasonal parties!

To give you a “sip” of their creativity, we sat down with the two sisters and asked a few questions to get you ready for your next event.

November Dream MartiniClick here for the recipe to this November Dream Martini served in our PB Classic Barware.

Why did you select the title Cougars & Cowgirls for your newest cocktail recipe book?

There is no “type” of woman that wants to make great cocktails and entertain successfully at home. There are twenty-one years olds and sixty-one year olds, executives and stay-at-home moms, mixology novices and spirit experts who have helped us to shape our own identity as a brand.

What is your favorite fall ingredient that you like to include in your cocktails?

We’re a little crazy about cinnamon and orange zest, and love to incorporate these two ingredients whenever we can. Whether it’s bourbon, vodka, or tequila, these two small and flavorful additions always bring something new to the mix.

Mulled Wine Recipe

Click here for their Mulled Wine Recipe served in our Colorful Café Glassware.

What inspires you and influences your work?

We are craving cocktails with brown spirits such as bourbon, whiskey, anejo, scotch, mezcal, etc. Seasonal fruits and herbs also play a big part in our approach to a drink. Our goal is always to present recipes that someone can make at home without much hassle.

What is your signature cocktail that you have created? 

It’s hard to chose a favorite, but The First Lady is definitely in the top ten. The combination of a little gin, limoncello, blueberry simple syrup and lemon juice in a flute filled with Brut is so delicious. Because of all the bubbly, it looks like a delicate drink but it’s actually quite complex and according to some, on the strong side.

Afternoon Delight

Click here for their Afternoon Delight recipe made in our Pumpkin Drink Dispenser and served in our Pumpkin Glassware.

Do you have any advice for future mixologists?

Be adventurous! If you get a crazy idea for a drink, try it out. When it comes to mixology, it’s more about balance and less about what “should” go into a cocktail. And remember that your drink doesn’t need a lot of ingredients or even adjectives (forget the organically infused, barrel-aged tequila) to taste amazing. Sometimes less is more.

Click here to find out more about these amazing mixologists.

Click here to RSVP for our upcoming store events with Jordan and Jocelyn!

Sweet Paul’s Top 10 Fall Recipes

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In need of some new dishes to add to your fall repertoire this week? Take a page out of our Designer Spotlight Sweet Paul’s magazine — these 10 delicious fall recipes will have your guests (and your family!) asking for thirds in no time. Thanksgiving Turkey

1. My Turkey Recipe: Perfectly simple for Thanksgiving beginners.

Salted Caramel Cake

2. Salted Caramel Chocolate Layer Cake: A decadent flourish to end any meal! (Hey, bikini season is over — right?)

Sweet Potato Latkes

3. Sweet Potato Latkes: A luscious but light fall meal — pair with a fresh, green salad!

Marzipan Apples

4. Marzipan Baked Apples: We love this sophisticated, earthy take on a classic baked apple dessert.

Braised Beef Short Ribs

5. Braised Short Ribs: Slow cooked and rich in seasoning — this is the ultimate fall entrée.


6. Apple Beignets with Caramel Sauce: Honestly, who can say no to mini doughnuts?

Espresso Maple Bacon

7. Espresso Maple Lacquered Bacon: Need we say more? This could top everything from pancakes to pork roast.

Pumpkin Bruschetta

8. Pumpkin Bruschetta: A very autumn-twist on one of our favorite summer appetizers.

Mushroom and Sage Tart

9. Mushroom Tart with Sage & Asiago: We love this rustic tart for an easy fall dinner — just buy puff pastry from your local grocery store!

Cauliflower Soup

10. Roasted Cauliflower Soup: Take a break from heavy fall stews and treat yourself to this refreshing roasted and blended cauliflower soup this autumn.

See more of Sweet Paul’s recipes here, check out our Q&A with him here, and take a peek at our special feature with him on, too.

Velvet: Redefined

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Velvet isn’t just for the holidays anymore — we’re embracing this plush (and surprisingly durable!) fabric in every part of our homes this year.

Printed and washed velvet pillows in rich colors work in any room at any time of year. We’re all about the mix & match pattern right now, so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when finding just the right prints!

Our Performance Velvet Upholstery makes velvet an easy choice for families with children and pets — it’s one of the best fabrics for scratch-happy cats, and our Performance version will stand up to years of wear and tear from your little ones.

Not convinced? Get more inspiration here.

Halloween Mantel Decorating Guide from A Fashionable Hostess

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We know — it’s only the first official day of fall, but admit it, you’re at least a little bit excited about the change in seasons, too. Amanda Saiontz Gluck — the decorating and party expert behind Fashionable Hostess — loves fall, and couldn’t wait to decorate the fireplace mantel of her new home in Nashville for Halloween.

Read on to see more of her too-cute mantle, and get her fall decorating tips for your home!

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“I am all about a more sophisticated approach when it comes to decorating for Halloween. I love incorporating autumn colors, bright oranges and browns, and then adding in some playful accents — but my goal is to make sure it’s not too kitschy. My new fireplace mantel was the perfect place to bring my ideas to life!”

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“I started by laying a Pottery Barn Bittersweet Garland across the mantel. Then I staggered large pillar candles, pumpkins, and black candlesticks throughout (all from Pottery Barn’s newest Halloween collection). I chose this garland because of its beautiful colors and earthy elements — like the incredibly realistic pinecones! The leaves on the garland are complementary to the pops of orange in the pumpkins.”

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Candles at varying heights in black candleholders look festive and just slightly spooky when lit up at night.”

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“I took some of my favorite everyday brass Pottery Barn lanterns from my patio and incorporated them into the mix by placing them alongside lit pumpkins and a small ceramic pumpkin in front of my mantel. I love to place clusters of three to four items throughout my home for a splash of visual interest, like on my front porch or even on our front stairwell.”

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“I twirled some adorable Pottery Barn pumpkin garlands around the legs of my bar cart and then placed a large Pottery Barn orange pumpkin right on top. Come party-time this will be the perfect place for cocktails to be carted around!”

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How are you going to decorate for Halloween this year? Share your thoughts with us in the comments, on Fashionable Hostess, or by following @potterybarn and @fashionablehostess on Instagram!

A Perfect Fall Dinner Party (and WIN a $500 Pottery Barn Gift Card!)

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Last month we were thrilled to introduce our collaboration with celebrity interior designer Ken Fulk. His lust for life and flair for the dramatic are infection. We also love that you can inject just a little bit of Ken’s style into your daily life. This dining room table, designed by Holly Becker of the famed blog Decor8 is a perfect example. She incorporated the Ken Fulk table runner to create a lovely airy mood.

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If you’re loving this look too, you’re going to love Holly Becker’s refined design tips for your first fall party of the season! Combining saturated color with chic muted tones, she has mastered the art of creating a warm, inviting table with our #KenFulkXPB collection. Click here to get Holly’s design tips and enter for a chance to win a $500 Pottery Barn gift card!

Mix & Match: Colorful Home Essentials

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There’s no need to stick to neutrals when you’re stocking up on home basics. Embrace your personal style and bring a little bit of color into your home! We love to mix and match these colorful home essentials — playing with different patterns and hues — to bring life and love into the home.

Stick to all warm hues or all cool hues to make it easy — or, if you’re willing to take a risk, just pick anything that’s crazy colorful and (you guessed it) mix and match.

Take a look at some of our favorites, below! mix and match


1. Baker Bird Duvet/ 2. Printed Zebra Rug/ 3. Salinger Upholstered Chair/ 4. Cardiff Tufted Armchair/ 5.  Silvia Embroidered Pillow Cover/ 6. Concave Reaction Wall Art


See more of our Mix & Match favorites here.


Spotlight on Our Favorite Fall Foodie: Q&A with Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul

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For us, fall is all about food. As soon as the weather turns crisp, it’s hard not to crave all of the decadent dishes and comforting recipes that weren’t quite right for summer. That’s why we’re shining our spotlight on Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul this month. Over the past 6 years, the once little blog highlighting the Norweigan-born food and stylist’s favorite recipes and crafts exploded into a online magazine followed by millions and a print quarterly sold nationwide in specialty stores. Praised by the New York Times as a “trove of seasonal delights,” Sweet Paul is a visual feast of easy, elegant food and style that we can’t get enough of.

Xmas_GloggKeep reading to see Paul’s favorite fall entertaining tips, tricks and recipes!

Q: What are the first 5 ingredients you think of when someone says “fall”?
A: “Anything earthy and comforting: Mushrooms, polenta, nuts, root vegetables and apples.”

Q: What’s your favorite fall recipe of all time?
A: “I think it has to be beef bourguignon — it’s so simple to make, and it’s the perfect dish for a chilly fall evening.”

Q:  What do you consider a fall cocktail necessity?
A: “I love to make flavored simple syrups. It’s really easy, and gives any kind of cocktail a great flavor. Use cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and other seasonal spices to add a fall flavor to your favorite mixed drink.”


Q: What type of parties do you like to host (or attend!) in the fall?
A: “For me, fall is about simple get togethers with friends, good cocktails, plenty of wine, and delicious food. A great dinner party is all about the company.”

Q: What are your favorite entertaining secrets?
A: “Make people feel at ease, invite a good mix of people, and make food that you can cook beforehand — that way, you don’t have to slave away in the kitchen while your guests are there.”

SweetPaulStay tuned for more of Paul’s favorite fall recipes later this month — and don’t forget to check out Sweet Paul for even more fall foodie inspiration.

Behind the Scenes: A Pottery Barn Thanksgiving

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In the middle of the summer — when most of us are at the beach or the pool trying to stay cool — our catalog team has holiday on their mind. This July, when the California sun was at its peak, the team was working tirelessly in a beautiful barn in Bodega, California, putting one of our main Thanksgiving catalog spreads together.

Take a look at some of our favorite iPhone snaps from behind the scenes, below — and don’t forget to check out our latest catalog to see the incredible final results!


Rustic and lovely — this candle display would be so easy to accomplish at home.

IMG_4290The amazing set team set out a full Thanksgiving spread upstairs and rigged chandeliers from the beams of this 19th century barn in Northern California.
IMG_4289Inspiration for Thanksgiving side dishes, galore!
IMG_4288The wine wasn’t real, but all of the models cheered like it was! IMG_4284Another shot of the amazing beams and ceiling in the barn’s upstairs area. IMG_4283We loved this little bar set up! Olive branches are such a perfect, easy way to add greenery to a Fall display. IMG_4280Almost dinnertime! We all had to be patient while the team put finishing touches on everything.

IMG_4294The food looked delicious — but anyone on set was forbidden to steal a bite! :)


The photographer quickly runs through photos after the shoot, to make sure goatsYup, it was a real barn — goats and all! (Not seen above: a donkey, chickens and a very cute barn cat.)
DSC_0163A view from the exterior — such a gorgeous space!

Don’t forget to check out our latest catalog and our newest collection at Pottery Barn to see the final results from this stunning shoot.