London Calling: London City Guide from Interior Stylist Lucy Gough

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London is a city that’s easy to fall in love with — all it takes is one ride on a double decker bus, one walk around the Royal Botanical Garden, or one visit to Big Ben. Then, you’ll always want to have a little piece of London with you. That’s why we created our special collection devoted to London this season — one of the cities we love most.

But since we’re not exactly locals, we talked to one of our favorite Londoners — stylist Lucy Gough — to learn more about the best places to visit in this amazing city. Keep reading for Lucy’s London City Guide, below.

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What do you think makes your city different from any other?
London is like nowhere else on the planet. It is full of incredible history and architecture — both traditional and modern. It is full of all sorts of people from all over the world, and people are mostly very tolerant of each other — which is one of the reasons why so many creative projects start here. There is inspiration around every corner, with free museums and galleries all over the city. Not to mention the acres of green space and all the entertainment! There is theatre, opera ballet, musicals and gigs every day and night of the week. One can never tire of London, if you ask me!

Why did you decide to live where you live? What made you fall in love with your city?
I moved to London 5 1/2 years ago because I met my English parter in Sydney, Australia (where I am originally from), so I sold everything I owned and moved over on a one way ticket! I also knew that I wanted to be an Interior Stylist and I thought London would be a good place to start a new creative career.

Favorites:
Lunch spot: Gabriel’s Wharf on the Southbank. While you relax and have some lunch, you can see St Paul’s Cathedral across the river — one of my favourite buildings in London, ever since I saw it in Mary Poppins as a child!

Place for a girl’s night out: I like to meet friends at the BFI on the Southbank (you can tell I live South of the river!). We will have dinner in the restaurant and then go and see a film and then have drinks at the bar.

Local date night: We live in Streatham in South-West London so we will either go to Wholemeal — a small vegan restaurant around the corner that serves consistently amazing “home cooked” style dishes. We might also go down to the new Brixton Village where you can find any cuisine imaginable under one roof. It is always busy and has been amazing for the local economy. It’s worth going even if you’re not local — people travel far and wide to visit the village!

Place to think and wander: One of the things I love most about London is that you don’t have to own a car. Public transport is brilliant (contrary to what a lot of people think), but most of all, you can walk to most places in central London. It’s wonderful to walk through all the back streets and discover hidden gems that you wouldn’t see if you were stuck on the tube. My favourite place to walk however would have to be The Rookery in Streatham. I can walk there from my house and I call it my secret garden. It looks like the garden in the film with an array of incredible plants and flowers, and lovely places to sit and have a coffee from the local coffee shop on the common.

Secret about your city: London is greener than you think! It’s not just cars, busses and cobblestones. London is the greenest city of its size in the world. Green space covers almost 40 per cent of greater London — 173 square km in total!

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Don’t forget to visit stylist Lucy Gough‘s fantastic blog to learn more about her adventures in London.

We Love Our Fans! Take a Look at Our Favorite Fan Decorating Tips from Instagram

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We love getting inspired by our fans! We’re constantly blown away by all of the creative twists you all put on our favorite Pottery Barn pieces.

Today, take a peek at our favorite decorating tips from Instagram fans, just like you:

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Consider your room’s architecture. Choose a nook for your desk, like Palm Beach Lately did with our Bedford Rectangular Desk. We love how this stylish duo made use of existing architecture (what would otherwise be an awkward space in the room) to create their home office. 

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Add light with mirrored furniture. Nicole Ciotti chose our Park Mirrored Bedside Table for her adorable bedroom and placed it next to a window to reflect light and space.

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Two is always better than one. When all else fails, stick to symmetry, even in outdoor spaces. Lifestyle LA‘s outdoor seating area with two of our Palmer Rope Chairs looks balanced and serene.

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Be playful. Decor doesn’t always have to be so serious! Copper & Walnut did just that with this fun but chic vignette featuring our Lily Task Table Lamp.

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Think outside the box. Does a bedside lamp always have to be a table lamp? Jenifer Janniere answered that question with a resounding “NO” in this beautiful bedroom featuring our Madison Glass Sconces.

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Functional can be beautiful. Hardwearing spaces like entryways can shine, too. Sarah Dorsey took that to heart in her amazing entryway makeover. Our Eleana Recycled Glass Bud Vases are the perfect finishing touch.

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All white doesn’t mean all bland. We love how Elizabeth Camp mixed up her crisp white and navy Grand Embroidered Duvet with our Silk Channel Quilt and a splash of pattern on her curtains.

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Pattern me pretty. Belle Maison knows the trick to mixing patterns just perfectly: stick to the same color palettes, and add in a dash of the unexpected — like our Alana Printed Pillow brings to this geometric mix.

Don’t forget to show us how you decorate your home with Pottery Barn! Use the hashtag #potterybarn on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our page.

New York, New York! Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling’s Favorite NYC Spots

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What a wonderful town — we love New York, and that’s why we’ve included it in our new City & State Shop this season. We asked one of the Big Apple’s experts — Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling — to share her favorite NYC spots and secrets.

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What do you think makes your city different from any other?
There’s an unbelievable energy about New York that I haven’t experienced anywhere else. I truly believe that if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!

Why did you decide to live where you live? What made you fall in love with your city?
Running a small business in New York City is an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. I love the people, the culture, the food, and the feeling that I’ll probably never see everything there is to see here!

Favorite lunch spot: Café Cluny
Favorite place for a girls’ night out: Rosemary’s
Favorite local date night: Palma
Favorite place to think and wander: Central Park
Favorite secret about your city (secret spot, little known fact, etc.): The covered bridge in Beekman Place is an Instagram-worthy hidden gem!

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Do you love New York too? Check out some of our favorite NYC product here:
1. New York City Mini Landmarks/ 2. New York City Embroidered Pillow/ 3. City & State Scented Candlepot/ 4. New York Times Framed Photography Brooklyn Bridge/ 5. New York State Embroidered Pillow/ 6. New York City Mug/ 7. New York City Sign Framed Print

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Don’t forget to take a look at Mackenzie’s blog, Design Darling, for more decor tips, picks and NYC favorites.

 

The Dragon Flagon: Our Favorite Halloween Cocktail Recipes

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Skip the tricks on Halloween — this year, we plan on treating ourselves with one of our favorite Halloween cocktails made with George Dickel Tennessee Whisky. The Dragon Flagon is perfect for Halloween entertaining — thanks to its convenient drink dispenser proportions for our Dragon Drink Dispenser Stand.

Get the full recipe for one of our favorite Halloween cocktail (you can print it by saving to your desktop, too!) below:

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3 Easy Tips to Refresh All White Bedding

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This post was written exclusively for Inside & Out by Jana Bek of Jana Bek Design.

A white duvet offers you a ton of versatility to change up the look of your bed as your tastes change. For this reason, white bedding and duvets are my go-to for clients’ bedroom designs and in my own home.

I love using all-white duvets that have an accent or border for a pop of hue and added interest. I’m using my new Pottery Barn Pearl Embroidered Duvet to show you how to layer on pattern and color to make this staple duvet even more beautiful!

1. Pick Your Palette

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I recommend finding a multicolored pillow you love and use it as your anchor.  In my master bedroom, the vintage barkcloth floral pillows are tying all of the happy hues together. Then, coordinate your other pillows to your anchor pillow.

2. Pattern Play

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To create interest, vary the pattern types in your throw pillows — here I have the navy dot pillows, floral, then the graphic Greek key lumbar. You could also do solid pillows, floral and a geometric or stripe print. This rule also ensures the prints do not compete or look redundant.

3. Size it Up

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I often get asked: What sizes (and how many) pillows I recommend for styling a bed? For a queen/full, I do two, 24-by-24 inch pillows in the back, then two, 20-by-20 inch pillows, and a lumbar or bolster pillow in the front. For a king, it’s the same, except I recommend three, 24-by-24 pillows in the back. To make sure your pillows are nice and full, buy an insert that is one size larger than your pillow cover — so, for a 24-by-24 pillow cover, use a 24-by-24 pillow insert.

Drape a colorful throw at the end of your bed and resist diving in to your gorgeous design!

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10 Tips for Setting Up a Halloween Candy Bar

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To us, a Halloween candy bar is the perfect solution for your next spooky soiree. It’s easy on the eyes, gives everyone a little bit of everything (Chocolate AND gummies? Yes please!) and most importantly — is incredibly easy to set up, serve and take down.

Take a look at our top 10 tips for a successful Halloween candy bar set up.

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1. Choose your containers carefully. Bigger jars mean you’ll have to buy more candy to make them look good. Choose containers that look tall for visual height, but don’t actually hold that much candy. Or prop a few up on pretty boxes.

2. Stick to your theme. Are you hosting a pumpkin carving contest with apple bobbing? Find traditional Halloween candies to fill your containers. If you’re aiming for a spookier vibe, we love these gummy body parts from Dylan’s Candy Bar.

3. Color is everything. Mix and match colors for visual interest — and don’t forget to match the theme of your party, too.

4. Calculate the amount of candy per guest. A good rule of thumb is estimating for ¼ to a ½ pound of candy per guest. Some guests will take much more, some will take less and some will take none at all — this amount allows everything to even out.

5. Make sure there’s something for everyone! Pick a variety of candy. Chocolates, sweets, hard candies, soft candies, sours, gummies and mints — you’ll want to have a little bit of everything for a truly successful candy bar.

6. Less is more. In this case, buy more less expensive candy to fill up large jars, and buy less more expensive candy to fill smaller jars. You’ll be surprised at how much money you can save.

7. Take goodie bags into account. If you plan on allowing guests to take candy home in goodie bags, you’ll need to provide extra candy so no one ends up disappointed.

8. Choose cute containers for guests to take candies home. Classic paper bags tied with twine, colorful plastic bags, cute little Chinese takeout boxes or little mini metal buckets. Consider adding cookies and other goodies in there, too.

9. Keep serveware on hand. Make sure you have tongs and scoops nearby to pick candy and goodies up with ease (and avoid sticky fingers).

10. Keep it cool. Check the weather before picking out your candies — if it’s too hot, your perfectly shaped chocolate pumpkins might melt.

Don’t Mess with Texas: Favorite Texas Spots from A Piece of Toast

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For those of us who have never visited Texas, it’s easy to imagine it as a dry, dusty place full of cowboy boots and hats. But of course, it’s so much more — and that’s why it’s one of the places we love in our City & State Shop this season. We decided to chat with two of our top Texas experts — Molly and Sally Miller from A Piece of Toast — to hear all about their favorite Texas spots and what made them fall in love with their state.

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What do you think makes your state different from any other?
What makes Texas noticeably different is the state pride and friendly people. Dallas is comprised of locals and transplants (which we are!) and it makes meeting new people fun and interesting.

Why did you decide to live where you live? What made you fall in love with your state?
The Tex-mex is what made us first fall in love with Texas but the amazing friends and family we have in the state is what has kept us here. Dallas is a great place to live – easy to get around, fantastic shopping, and an artistic community of creatives – but we would happily live in Houston or Austin someday!


Favorites:
Lunch spot: Velvet Taco
Place for a girl’s night out: Bistro 31
Local date night: Fireside Pies or Cane Rosso (both are pizza spots!)
Place to think and wander: The Katy Trail
Secret about your city: The fashion scene is pretty amazing. Chanel Paris-Dallas anyone?

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See more of these stylish sisters’ favorite things on their blog, A Piece of Toast.