Sneak Peek: Sarah Dorsey’s Entryway Design

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Focusing on her entryway design was Sarah Dorsey‘s first task when moving into her new home. An entryway sets the tone for the rest of the house, and she knew that she wanted to make a great first impression.

Today we’re showing a sneak peek of Sarah’s new entryway, with glimpses of some of our favorite Pottery Barn organizational picks and her top tips for designing your entryway. Keep reading to see her new space and get inspired to decorate your home!

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Sarah’s Top Tips for Designing Your Entryway:

Think about how you want to feel right when you open your front door. “I wanted it to be bright and airy, with pops of pattern and color.” A white walls and ceiling contrast with a darker herringbone floor help to achieve this feel.

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Set the tone for the rest of your house. “Painting the wood in the entry was a huge decision — it would impact how the entire rest of the house would be painted. After several months of considering different combinations of paint and natural wood, I decided that the walls and ceiling should be painted white for continuity and consistency. The entry feels 100% brighter and I can’t wait to see what the entire house looks like after it’s painted!”

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Storage is key. Make sure you have the room to store keys, coats, bags, etc., close to the door in a tidy manner. Dorsey was careful to include hooks, shelves, drawers and open shelving so that everything is organized and easy to access.

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Understand how you plan to use the space. “I tried dozens of different layouts: more storage vs. less storage, seating vs. no seating, shelf vs. large organizational system. Ultimately, I thought about how we would use the space and tailored it around that. Now, we have a space that works for our family and how we use it!”

Homes We Love: Charlottesville Balcony with Wild Style from Lonny Mag

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Wild thing! Loving the animal print trend but nervous about bringing it home? Don’t be afraid of this safari-style — just treat those cheetah and zebra prints like neutrals, as shown in this chic patio from Lonny Magazine.

A tall screen composed of shutters and a zebra-print rug give this outdoor patio in Charlottesville, Virginia, the atmosphere of a true outdoor room. The symphony of neutral, natural tones feels lush and safari-like against the greenery.

See the full story here.

Jewel Tones: Mixing Warm & Cool Hues

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Interior and architectural designer John Saladino once said: “In choosing colors, follow nature’s lead.” This timeless bit of advice certainly lends true to the color palette for our latest collection.

Cool blues, rich browns, fiery oranges and bursts of sunflower yellow punctuate soft whites and neutrals — each color palette of cool, warm and mixed tones feels bold but natural.

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Deep navy, bright sapphire and rich topaz — this season, our cool color palettes revolve around blue jewel tones.

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Our warm color palettes mimic the signature colors of bright autumn leaves. Use pops of orange, yellow and red to bring pops of vibrant and seasonal color into your home.

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Of course, nature doesn’t just define itself by cool and warm color palettes, which is why we picked each of these jewel tones to combine beautifully with one another. Don’t be afraid to mix warm and cool hues! The contrast creates just the right amount of drama.

You might also like: Guest Post: How to Pick a Color Palette for Your Home

Pottery Barn’s Weekly Roundup

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Summer entertaining tips, Santa Barbara barbecues, sticky bun recipes and more! This week, we were all about embracing the idea of easy summer entertaining here on Inside & Out. Great friends, good food, warm weather and wine — isn’t that all you need this time of year? Get inspiration + instructions for your next summer get together by clicking on the links, below!

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We Love Turquoise!

Home We Love: Dreamy Garden Patio from Lonny Magazine

Raspberry Ricotta Sticky Buns Recipe from Two of a Kind

Sweet Summer Nights: A Santa Barbara Barbecue with Some Pottery Barn Love

Evite Party Planner Jess Bailey’s Entertaining Tips for Summer

Our Top Tips for Choosing White Dinnerware (Plus, a Giveaway!)

Our Top Tips for Choosing White Dinnerware (Plus, a Giveaway!)

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Our New, Expanded Collection of Great White Dinnerware
There are a lot of good reasons why we love our Great White Dinnerware collection: it’s beautiful, classic and quality dinnerware that will stand the test of time.

This season, we’ve expanded the collection to include anything and everything your tabletop might be missing. Designed and developed by our in-house design team, the new Great White additions acknowledge that different people eat different ways — and that means we all want something different out of our dinnerware. Our new additions complement every style of cooking, eating and living.

Our Favorite New Additions
We don’t know what it’s like at your house, but coffee is a staple here at PB HQ, so our designers added a brand new set of coffee mugs, cups, creamers and sugar bowls into this collection.

We’ve also made serving food easier — whether you’re having dinner for two or twelve — with additional platters and bowls, a soup terrine, pitcher and small bowls and plates for appetizers and sauces.

Why We Love White Dinnerware
When it comes to dinnerware, there’s something special about simple and classic white dishes. White dishes give you a clean slate when decorating — whether it’s for a dinner party or deciding on a new wall color behind your open kitchen shelves. Plus, serving food on white dishes highlights your meal beautifully — perfect for the Instagram-loving foodie.

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Great White Dinnerware Styles
Coupe: Slim in shape, but with a heavy and sturdy feel, the large size and high edges of Coupe make it great for serving.

Traditional: The original Great White — this classic shape never goes out of style.

Square: This style feels super modern and sleek, much like dinnerware in high-end restaurants.

Rim: The dainty flip on this style of Great White has a slightly old-fashioned feel, similar to antique, all-American dinnerware.

We’re so excited to offer you a beautiful collection with so much thought, time and care put into it by our design team. Whether you like to stick to one style, or mix and match, Great White has something for everyone. 

PS: Enter for a chance to win a set of Great White Dinnerware in the style of your choice! Fill out the form below for a chance to win. Good luck!

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Top Party Tips for Summer from Evite Party Planner Jessica Bailey

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Did you catch our Twitter Party yesterday? We were so excited to host Jessica Bailey, Evite Party Planner and blogger at Linen, Lace, & Love, who shared her top party planning tips (and Pottery Barn picks!) with our fans and followers. We loved her expert tricks to help make summer entertaining easy and fun for everyone. Take a look at some of our favorite tidbits from the Twitter Party, below — and don’t forget to follow Pottery Barn on Twitter for more entertaining and decorating tips!

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Adios, mosquitos!
Beat bugs by covering appetizers with pretty Pottery Barn glass domes.
 Hole punch cupcake liners, place upside down on your glass and put a straw through it to keep bugs out of your drink!
 Circle your party area with citronella candles to light when the sun sets.

Bring the indoors, out.
 Repurpose indoor furniture and move it out to the patio to create an alfresco dining experience.
 An inexpensive way to get an outdoor space party-ready is to use white candles to line a pool and/or walkway.

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Stick to something simple.
 
Keep food simple for outdoor entertaining: salads, fresh fruit and cold drinks are all you need.
 Save time and money by delegating dishes to friends (i.e. potluck style).

Try a themed party!
 
I love a late night “Drive in Cinema” party, with this invitation.
 Throw a #1 Fan party! Make it all about their favorite team and/or sport.
 Host a movie night + picnic. Put up a screen in your backyard, set up blankets and pillows, and offer snacks.
 I love a retro flamingo pool party for tweens — think black, white and pink.
 If you start with basic decor — black and white striped table cloth, white dishes — you can have a pirate party!

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Stock the bar.
 Cool beverages with a metal drink wagon outdoors.
 Served pre-mixed drinks so guests can help themselves — like our Hard Iced Tea bar featuring Pottery Barn’s Mason Jar Drink Dispenser
 I like to attach my bottle opener to a beverage tub with ribbon — they always go missing, otherwise!

PS: Don’t forget to enter our Summer’s Better Together Sweepstakes with Evite, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen. You could win $5,000 to shop at the Pottery Barn brands to help you plan your next summer celebration!

Sweet Summer Nights: A Santa Barbara Barbecue with Some Pottery Barn Love

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Simplicity is the key to a successful summer party. Good friends, fresh ingredients, warm weather and wine — not much else is necessary to make a great night. That’s what’s so wonderful about this summer Santa Barbara barbecue, originally posted on Camille Styles.

Photography by Jen Huang

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Hosted by Poppies & Posies (who put together all of the florals) the barbecue took place in a beautiful Santa Barbara backyard on a perfect summer night. Barbecue expert Michael Steifman of Stuart & Co. whipped up an elegant but casual grilled menu.

Fresh farmer’s market vegetables made up the majority of the menu — served on Pottery Barn cutting boards and wood pedestals. Roasted red and yellow cherry tomato bruschetta on grilled bread with burrata made for a fresh but indulgent appetizer. Steifman also whipped up a batch of grilled shrimp with cilantro, peanuts, lime zest and chili paste. For the main course, Steifman served a brisket with smoked tomato salsa. Guests had their pick of spice-rubbed chicken, ribs and potato salad, too.

An elegant menu, with calligraphy by Jen Huang art, was displayed on our Cuisine Board Shelf with a flower arrangement by Poppies & Posies. Simple table settings with dark plates, teal napkins and marble slate name tags by Jen Huang stuck to the dinner’s summery but moody vibe.

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See the full story on Camille Styles.