Simple & Rustic Dinner Party with Sunday Suppers

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A great dinner party doesn’t require many ingredients. Good food, delicious drinks, a perfect playlist and a comfortable atmosphere are all you really need to ensure a successful night. Karen Mordechai, founder of Sunday Suppers, is an expert on simple living and entertaining. That’s why we worked with her to host a rustic and food-focused dinner party with some of our favorite dinnerware and serveware.
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karen headshotKaren’s love for fresh ingredients is reflected throughout her work, including her book, Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings. We love how she serves bold, seasonal ingredients on our favorite white dinnerware so the color of each grape, papaya and piece of prosciutto truly pops.
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Rustic White Fall DinnerBlack Radish Salad 2Ready to host your own simple and rustic dinner party? We have everything you need to get started. Read on for Karen’s favorite decor, music, and more:

1. Karen’s Dinner Decor Must-Haves: Keep it simple. White dinnerware never goes out of style!

TIP: Choose something colorful for your main dish — white dishes will make brightly colored recipes extra Instagram-worthy.

• Caterer’s 12-Piece Dinnerware Set
• Rhodes Ceramic Drink Dispenser Stand
• Rhodes Ceramic Crock
• PB Classic Belgian Flax Linen Tablecloth
• Salerno Stemless Wine Glass
• Great White Oval Platter
• Great White Coupe Serving Bowls
• Marble Cheese Board
• Tivoli Flatware
• Great White Cake Stand
• Colorful Cafe Glassware
• Blonde Wood Paddle Pedestal
• PB Classic Drink Dispenser

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TIP: Searching for cheese platter perfection? Choose a variety of flavor profiles and textures so there’s something for everyone — sweet, soft, salty, savory.
Branzino Dinner for FallMood-Setting Party Playlist: Your playlist will do wonders to help set the tone for the evening!

TIP: Choose music that’s upbeat, but is best suited for background noise rather than an all-out dance party (at least until you’ve cleared the dishes).

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Want the recipes? Stay tuned! We’ll share Karen’s cocktail and dinner recipes from this beautiful dinner later this week.

DIY Herb Bundle: Rather than go with traditional flowers, Karen composed a simple bundle of seasonal greens and herbs for a fresh, fragrant addition to the table setting. As the meal prepared was Mediterranean in theme, she chose to include the following: Eucalyptus branches, olive branches, and rosemary sprigs

TIP: Don’t be afraid to forage in a nearby field or forest should either be accessible to you. The beauty of this bundle is its malleability to the seasons and environment.

To assemble, simple arrange the leaves and branches as you would like, so that there is a balance amidst the assortment, and cinch the base of the branches together in your hand. Then, using fishing wire or strong twine, tie this base together tightly so that the base is secure but the leaves still have room to breathe at the top. Then, using a thick white rope, tie a tight double noose knot around the base of the bundle, leaving plenty of lax rope available for hanging. Finally, using a ladder, find an appropriate hook or fixture from which to hang the bundle, the height of which can be adjusted to your preferences.

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Ready for more? We’ll share Karen’s Mediterranean-themed entree and fresh citrus cocktail recipes later this week. For now, see more of Karen’s work at Sunday Suppers.

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#MyPotteryBarn: Celebrating the Little Moments in Life

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Life’s little moments are often the most meaningful. Whether it’s holding your daughter in your favorite leather chair, cuddling with the kids on the couch during a thunderstorm, or hosting an impromptu get-together with friends in the backyard, it’s the the everyday memories that make a house a home.

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We celebrate the idea that each item in our homes is more than the item itself — it’s a collection of the memories and moments we experience with it.

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This summer, we want to hear your stories and memories. What makes your house a home? What home memories do you cherish most? Take a photo of your favorite Pottery Barn item and share your memory with #mypotterybarn and #mypbstory — we’ll feature our favorites here and on Instagram all month long!

Here’s a few faves so far:

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We love Nicole’s beautiful #mypotterybarn moment: “Remember as a kid waiting for dad at the window to come home from work? Our Pottery Barn Carlisle Sofa provides the perfect waiting spot. There’s nothing like hearing the squeals and seeing the smiles when the car pulls up to the driveway and dad comes home. These are the moments that will be etched in daddy’s heart forever.”

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@twinks74 knew exactly what she needed to create memories in her soon-to-be new home — “the table”: “When the hubs and I started our house hunting journey, we really didn’t have that many must haves. The only thing we both wanted was a home with a dining room big enough for ‘the table’ — a table that would accommodate plenty of family and friends. As we went through the house hunting process, I told our realtor: We are not seeing homes with the ideal dining room for ‘the table.’ Our realtor asked, ‘How big is this table?’ Turns out, we didn’t have the table just yet — but I had a perfect picture of it in my head! When I walked into Pottery Barn and saw the Benchwright table, I knew the search was over. So here it is: ‘the table,’ which has witnessed plenty of good food and wine, silly late night conversations, my brothers annoying our mother, laughter, lots of joy and unforgettable memories.”

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Janine‘s new pillow is just one of many finishing touches that transformed her new house into her dream home: “I’ll let you in on a secret, my husband chose our home without me! I was so busy trying to sell our house in Seattle while taking care of two little ones and watching over my senior age parents. So, he bought our current house in Northern California without me! I guess we have similar taste in most everything, so it worked out fine. We have made a lot of changes and after painting walls, bumping out walls and adding some great touches (like this Home pillow from Pottery Barn), I’m feeling like our home is now a cozy one.”

Share and see more of our favorite stories on Instagram and our #mypotterybarn gallery.

Laundry Room Organization with The NEAT Method

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Laundry is one of life’s necessary evils. But with the right space, it can feel like less of a chore. That’s why we recruited the talented gals behind The NEAT Method — using our Gabrielle Organization System and some of our other favorite accessories, this dream design duo added serious style and smart organization ideas to create one super gorgeous (who would’ve thought?) yet practical laundry room.

Read on to see the rest of the space and learn The NEAT Method’s top professional laundry room organization tips.

Photography by Michelle Drewes
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TIP: Save the lower shelves for the products you are reaching for most often.

TIP: Create neatly labeled bins to separate your cleaning supplies from your garment care.

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TIP: Purchase products to use that make you want to be in the space — laundry is a task, so it’s best to incorporate things that make it fun.

TIP: Keep the countertops clear so you have plenty of room to fold.

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TIP: Make sure you have a conveniently located waste bin for lint and/or dryer sheets.

TIP: Commit a tray or jar for the items you find left in pockets.

TIP: Sorting saves time — incorporate hampers that allow you to separate colors from whites before laundry time.

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TIP: Invest in pretty baskets that are functional and also aesthetically pleasing.

TIP: Incorporate a framed family photo, piece of artwork or fresh flowers that’ll make spending your time folding a little less of a chore.

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TIP: Store powdered laundry detergent in clear glass jars and liquid detergent in a glass beverage dispenser!

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TIP: A rug can make a typically cold laundry room feel warm and inviting.

TIP: Use the door to the room as a place to keep laundry room necessities.

On the hunt for more organization ideas? See some of our favorite tips and tricks here.

Before and After: Jana Bek’s Amazing Great Room Makeover

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(Written exclusively for Inside & Out by Jana Bek)

I recently refreshed two spaces in our home, and I’m excited to share them with you today!

Our great room and adjoining breakfast nook were long overdue for a makeover — they had some good foundation pieces but they did not flow with the light and airy aesthetic of the rest of our home. When refreshing these spaces, I really wanted to work with as many existing elements as I could, doing so enabled me to stretch my budget without compromising the designs. I hope my tips will help you to do the same in your own home!

First, let’s look at some before photos:

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Painting is one of the most affordable ways to refresh any room. Our spaces were a sad shade of yellow, but this soft white brightened up the rooms beautifully.

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Accent Pillows

Our sofa is a heavy chenille, and not the greatest shade of green, but patterned accent pillows in fresh shades of green, gave the sofa a new lease on life. If your master bedroom is feeling dated, new bedding and accent pillows will have the same effect!

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Flowers and Fauna

Adding greenery to a room instantly adds life, makes the space look lived in, and in turn inviting. I fell in love with these happy faux broad leaf palms as soon as I saw them. Adding them atop our mantle added interest and height. An added bonus is I don’t have to worry about watering them.

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Reimagining Items

The bookshelf in the great room looked too formal and again heavy for the aesthetic I was after – removing the glass doors instantly lightened them up. In our breakfast nook, between the chair and table legs, the space looked busy, a tablecloth was a simple solve.

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Rug to the Rescue

I’ve never been a fan of the tile in our breakfast nook but was not up for retiling. This round jute rug added the beach vibe I was after and draws attention to the dining area and away from the tile. If retiling isn’t in your budget, a rug can be a wonderful solution.

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Save vs. Spend

In our breakfast nook, the light fixture and chairs had to go. I found the vintage bamboo chairs at a local thrift store and painted them a fresh coat of white. Saving in this way enabled me to splurge on the jaw dropping Pottery Barn chandelier. It’s become quite the focal point and as we have an open floor plan it can be enjoyed from multiple rooms.

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The rooms are much more inviting and we love spending time in them more than ever before. I hope my insights & tips find a place in your home!

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5 Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

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Are you ready for the 4th of July? This year, we’re hitting the beach with an all-American celebration. Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers helped us put together one seriously amazing beach bash to celebrate Independence Day. It’s hard to pick out a favorite part in this beautiful shoot, but if we had to, we’d gush over all of the easy trips, tricks and ideas that can be put into use at any 4th of July party! Read on to get some of our favorites.

Plus, see the full party here. 

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1. Keep your food light, fresh and easy. When you’re in the midst of July heat, there’s no need to overdo it on food. Stick to something simple — fresh fruit, grilled veggies and sausages are a great place to start.

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2. Come up with a playful cocktail. Summer fruit provides all the cocktail inspiration you need. We love this Watermelon Mojito recipe — use this to add flavor, color and fun to your spread.

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3. Don’t go overboard with decor. There’s no need to do the full red-white-and-blue treatment on everything in sight. Blue and white (or red and white) flowers in a beautiful basket will bring a fresh breath of summer air to your set up.

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4. Make sure your bar’s fully stocked. Have something for everyone! We love how KJP and Sarah made sure that every guest had an alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink of choice at their party.

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5. Keep it casual. The best part of summer entertaining is that it’s no fuss, no muss. That’s what makes a 4th of July picnic so perfect — finger foods, an easy-to-wash table linen and bottled drinks (no cups to wash!) make for less clean up and more time to enjoy the sunshine.

Ready for your own 4th of July party? Enter for a chance to win some of our summer party favorites, here.

Don’t forget to check out the full 4th of July party from KJP and Sarah here. 

Home Office Upgrade with Erin Gates of Elements of Style

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Office decor can quickly become an afterthought when it comes to home decorating. Since it’s a private space — often used by just one person — it can feel pointless to spend too much money decorating your home office.

But as Erin Gates knows, getting your office space right is crucial. Everything from lighting, to seating, to color can impact how much you get done in a day. We worked with Erin to give her new Boston-based office for Erin Gates Design and Elements of Style a little upgrade. We love how she used some of our classic office favorites — like our Daily System and Nash Swivel Chair — with a few unexpected decorative twists to show off her own style.

Read on to see more photos, plus get her expert tips to turn your office into a working wonderland.

Photos by Sarah Winchester

Featured in this office: Nash Leather Swivel Chair, Clift Glass Table Lamp, Silver Hammered Tray, Geode Bookends, Daily System

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1. When furnishing a home office, make sure you consider non-office specific furniture as a resource — small dining tables make great desks and dining chairs are a comfy (and pretty) alternative to desk chairs.

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2. Organization is the most essential part of a well-functioning home office, so be sure to utilize as many storage pieces as you think you will need. This includes file cabinets, dressers, drawers, baskets, and shelving. Skimping on this only leads to clutter, so assess all your “stuff” before buying furniture.

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3. Make sure to decorate in a way that makes you happy and motivated! A bold wall color or rug, a large pin board for inspirational imagery, and pretty window treatments do a lot to help you stay focused and inspired on your tasks.

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4. Good lighting is key to a comfortable work environment, so have multiple levels of lighting including ceiling fixtures, table lamps, and a floor lamp or sconces. And don’t just stick to desk lamps — if your desk is big enough, dress it up with a gorgeous glass or ceramic lamp in a pretty color!

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5. Always hang your drapes high to the ceiling, not right above the window! This rule applies to any room of the house, since it makes your ceilings look higher.  Make sure your curtains are the proper length, too — just kissing the floor is preferred. A seamstress or even your dry cleaner may be able to hem panels for you in no time.

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6. In your office or other high traffic areas in the home, use decorative trays to contain clutter or separate projects from each other.  That way you can just move your work from one room another easily.

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7. Bookshelves are a space that are ideal for pretty displays but often get incredibly cluttered. Buy matching baskets to conceal items you don’t need visible and invest in a few sets of decorative book ends to keep your books in check.  Mix in small art and sculptural objects to complete the vignette!

Need more home office tips? See some of our favorites here
Read more of Erin’s design tips on her blog, Elements of Style

Behind the Design: Our New Reclaimed Wood Bowry Furniture

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We’re passionate about our handpainted patterns and original designs here at Pottery Barn, but we know that even our most exquisite designs can’t quite replicate the beauty of nature. So, we decided to simply let our stunning natural materials shine on their own in our new reclaimed wood furniture collection — Bowry.

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This new eco-friendly collection is handcrafted of reclaimed hard woods that have been rescued from old structures throughout India. Each piece of wood has a unique character that we’ve revealed through careful hand-finishing and distressing.

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Made mostly of Acacia, Teak, and Mango, the wood’s rich history is apparent right away. Our expert artisans select each piece for strength and beauty, and then carefully determine how to construct and finish the collection so the wood’s natural beauty is highlighted.

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Every piece from our Bowry collection — each console, side table, and coffee table — will look completely different. We hope you cherish the beauty in the wood’s character — the knots, groves and chisels — as much as we do.

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Father’s Day Grilling Recipes: Blistered Potatoes, Peppers and Chicken Skewers

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Written exclusively for Inside & Out by Alison from Two of a Kind
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Seen above: Star Melamine Salad Plate, Water Hyacinth Round Place Mat, Isa Ikat Yarn Dye Napkin, Fry Basket Serve Bowl, Great White Rectangular Tray

Father’s Day is just a few days away — do you know how you’re going to treat your guy this weekend? We love the idea of taking advantage of summer weather and hosting something at home for Father’s Day, so we worked with Alison of Two of Kind to host a Father’s Day BBQ at home, with some delicious Father’s Day Grilling Recipes. Take a look at Alison’s five tips for putting together an easy meal for dad — plus her amazing recipes, served on some of our favorite outdoor dinnerware.

  • Bring it in. You don’t need a fancy outdoor grill to make perfectly seared meat. A cast-iron grill pan set over a hot flame works just as well.
  • Think outside the steak. Sure, your pop may enjoy a juicy rib eye or New York strip, but why not surprise him with something a little different? Chicken kebabs smothered in a smoky “bacon paste” and homemade BBQ sauce is a delicious alternative. Just ask my dad!
  • Stick to simple but sensational sides. Crispy smashed potatoes and blistered Shishito peppers look fancy, yet require minimal ingredients, prep and cooking time. Fresh fruit is another effortless option.
  • Don’t forget the drinks. Beer is an obvious choice, but consider offering a non-alcoholic beverage, like sparkling mint lemonade. For something even simpler, serve carbonated water over fruit-studded ice.
  • Get nostalgic. Want a sure-fire way to put a smile on Dad’s face? Comb through old photo albums and pull out a favorite print of the two of you to use as table decor. Just be sure to set the photo aside if it’s an original once the food is served!

Note: These recipes can easily be doubled or tripled for a larger crowd.

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Seen above: Water Hyacinth Round Place Mat, Great White Rectangular Tray

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Bacon and BBQ Sauce
Makes 3 servings

INGREDIENTS

BBQ sauce:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce (optional)

Kebabs:

  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 strips apple smoked bacon, cut into lardons

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Seen above: Star Melamine Salad Plate, Water Hyacinth Round Place Mat, Isa Ikat Yarn Dye Napkin

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare the BBQ sauce:

  1. In a small sauce pan, combine all the sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Prepare and cook the kebabs:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the chicken and salt. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sweet paprika, smoked paprika, sugar and cayenne pepper, if using.
  3. In a food processor, purée the bacon until smooth. Add the spice mixture and pulse a few times until well combined.
  4. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Add the bacon paste to the chicken and use your hands to mix until well combined. Thread the chicken onto 6 skewers.
  5. Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Place skewers in the pan, cover and cook, turning occasionally, until grill marks are visible and chicken is no longer pink in the center, 8-10 minutes.
  6. Transfer about 1/2 cup BBQ sauce to a small bowl to serve with cooked chicken. Brush the top of the kebabs with some of the remaining BBQ sauce, flip and cook for 1-2 minutes. Brush with more BBQ sauce, flip and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Remove kebabs from pan and let rest for 5 minutes; serve with reserved BBQ sauce.

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Seen above: Water Hyacinth Round Place Mat, Fry Basket Serve Bowl, Great White Rectangular Tray

Crispy Smashed Potatoes
Makes 3 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 pounds baby Dutch yellow potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes, cover and cook over medium-high heat until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Place potatoes about 3 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Gently smash each potato with the heel of your hand to about 1/2-inch thickness.
  5. Brush potatoes with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with thyme.
  6. Bake potatoes, rotating sheet halfway through, until lightly browned and crispy, 30-35 minutes.

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Blistered Shishito Peppers
Makes 3 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 teaspoon bacon fat or olive oil
  • 6 ounces Shishito peppers
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • granulated honey (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat bacon fat or olive oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Add peppers and cook, turning occasionally, until they begin to blister on all sides, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and season with salt, pepper and granulated honey, if using.

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Seen above: Star Melamine Salad Plate, Water Hyacinth Round Place Mat, Isa Ikat Yarn Dye Napkin, Fry Basket Serve Bowl

See more of our favorite recipes here, and check out more of Alison’s amazing dishes here.

Behind the Design: Heritage Paisley, Designed by Us

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We believe that the beauty of any object is enhanced by the story behind it. At our artist’s studio, the story of every product we create begins with the artist’s hand and the courage to share an idea. Our designers spend countless hours researching antique patterns, colors and silhouettes. Yet it’s pure creativity that turns that inspiration into something entirely new.

Our new heritage paisley collection encompasses this mantra perfectly. Our San Francisco design team reimagined this classic, centuries-old pattern in new scales, shapes and colors for modern living.

Read more about the story behind these designs here.

How to Hang Wallpaper: DIY Tips and Tricks from House of Brinson

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Written exclusively for Inside & Out by House of Brinson

Wallpaper is a wonderful addition that adds drama and texture to any room. But where do you start to learn how to hang wallpaper? How much of a DIY is hanging wallpaper? I’ve hung wallpaper in all of our apartments and now our new house (see the final result here). Even though we had to remove two layers of old paper through out our entire house, I still love wallpaper!

Removing Wallpaper
If you have to remove wallpaper, these tips should help.

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First, get some good music. Removing wallpaper takes a while. It might feel like forever, but the hard work is worth it.

Get the right tools. A wallpaper scorer will put tiny holes in the wall paper you want to remove, helping steam or paste remover work faster. This is a must have.

Depending on your wall type you’ll need wallpaper paste remover to help dissolve the glue, and/or a steamer. We used an industrial garment steamer which worked really well. If you have drywall, go light on the steam, it can ruin your walls if they get too wet. But if you have plaster, steam away. Some rooms required only steam, and others worked faster with the paste remover. It really depends on the paper that’s being removed.

Hanging New Wallpaper
Items to consider before starting.

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If you don’t want to do a whole room, consider papering a feature wall. This is easier for DIY and on the wallet. You don’t have the turn corners when hanging, it’s pretty straight forward. Some wallpaper can really add up and become expensive. Papering one wall helps with cost and you still get all the impact.

When selecting a wallpaper design, consider scale (make sure you order a sample or see the paper in person). Large scale patterns in smaller spaces can add drama and create interest. Or a small scale in a large space can create visual texture. Think about the design impact and scale. Is the paper a traditional design but the scale is huge, modernizing the way the paper looks? I love that many wallpaper designers are modernizing how we think about using wallpaper in our homes.

If you are hanging the wallpaper yourself, research how easy or hard it is to hang. I put some of my experience below, and some tips for buying wallpaper that is within your skill set. Hanging wallpaper is a two person job, make sure you have a DIY partner you communicate well with, cause that wallpaper paste dries fast!

Choosing Wallpaper
Terms to know when selecting wall paper.

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• Unpasted vs pasted. When I was a kid I only remember wallpaper coming with glue on the back, but now I realize you can get unpasted (no glue) paper too. Most of the papers I like are unpasted, coming from small makers or British manufactures. Some companies recommend you apply the glue to the back of the paper and in other cases you can apply the glue right to the wall. I find applying the glue to the wall pretty easy.

• Untrimmed paper. I was recently fawning over this European paper and when I read the specs I realized it was untrimmed, meaning on the left or right side of the paper length has to be cut before hanging. I’m pretty handy and have a lot of experience working with wall paper, but I will not take on untrimmed wall paper as a DIY. There is too much room for error and the wallpaper is too expensive to mess up. Hire a pro for this one.

• Weight of paper. I find heavier weights of paper easier to hang. They don’t wobble around as much and hold their shape when aligning the pattern. If you are a beginner, consider starting with a heavier weight.

• Repeat. The larger the repeat the more waste you have. When calculating the amount of paper you need and how much your project will cost. Larger scale patterns tend to have larger repeats. I personally love a large scale pattern, it so unexpected when you enter a room! Also with advanced digital printing, I recently hung wallpaper that had very little waste (see photo above — that’s all that was left!) because each strip was custom printed, so they calculated where the repeat was going to align. I was really impressed with the price, plus very little waste was created! If you see a paper is printed digital, it’s a good thing.

Get Started
Things you should know before starting to hang your wallpaper.

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Start rested. You heard me correctly! You will be doing math, and cutting with a razor blade and standing in awkward positions on a ladder. Start rested and take a break every four strips of so.

Have all your supplies handy.

Have two ladders, just in case.

Plastic fold out table, or work table is helpful. We have a few of those plastic 4 x 8 ft tables in our basement. It’s so nice to have a dedicated work surface you know is clean.

Don’t hold back on the amount of wallpaper paste you use, be generous.

Only use sharp razor blades/box cutters to trim paper. I recently hung 12 panels and changed my blade four times. If the blade is not sharp it will drag the paper creating a cut that is not clean. Have extra blades handy.

Talk about your work process before you start. You can always change it, or make adjustments. What do I mean by this? We normally have a person hold the top, close to the ceiling, and a person on the bottom, closer to the floor. The person at the top aligns the pattern middle-ish, and then the person on the bottom starts below that working their way to the floor, while the person at the top continues to the ceiling. When we first started we didn’t establish where the start point was and who was going to align first. Talk about being uncoordinated! Discuss how you will work together before you start. Trust me on this, it will make the whole experience better.

HOB_PotteryBarn_YD_Wallpaper_MeasureFeeling inspired to hang wallpaper? Check out House of Brinson’s amazing final wallpapered room here.