Cinco de Mayo Nacho Party with Camille Styles

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Okay, so we don’t really need an excuse to eat nachos — but we’ll take it! This year, we’re planning on celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a surprisingly elegant upgrade on the standard cheesy chip, thanks to this beautiful spread from Camille Styles.

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We love how Camille used our Striped Tassel Table Throw as a colorful backdrop for this eclectic spread. What makes this casual party stand out? Camille’s creative toppings take nachos to an entirely new level. Elevate this bar-style food with some seriously stylish ingredients. Try roasting your chicken with a subtle hint of cumin, make your own guacamole, add pomegranate seeds, buy fresh queso fresco from your local store, or use watermelon radishes to brighten things up.

A fiesta like this deserves a festive atmosphere, too. Camille got super colorful with mix & match serving dishes and plenty of pattern.

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“A fiesta is the perfect time to pull out an eclectic mix of dishes,” she says. “I stuck to a color palette in hot shades of orange, pink, and coral to tie it together, then went crazy with pattern. The striped Mexican throw with fringe-y tassels was the perfect impromptu tablecloth.”

See the rest of Camille’s Nacho Party here.

Need a margarita recipe for Cinco de Mayo? This one’s our favorite.

#PBandStonyFord Home Makeover: If These Walls Could Talk

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Have you been following House of Brinson‘s amazing guest room makeover? If you haven’t seen their process & progress in their upstate New York estate, Stony Ford, be sure to do so by following House of Brinson and #PBandStonyFord on Instagram. We were so excited to see the new wallpaper go up — what a transformation!

You can also get some of the back story behind this couple’s amazing project and home here.

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We’re all for a great before and after (who can resist makeover magic?), but what’s particularly enchanting about the Brinson’s project is the history that they reveal and preserve along the way. The couple’s most recent endeavor — tearing down the layers and layers of the guest room’s wallpaper — disclosed several of the house’s secrets.

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A signature from the person who originally hung the wallpaper in 1939 showed up behind one of the wallpaper panels.

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showed up at the back of the room, too — hinting at what may have once been Stony Ford’s original smoking room. “We’ve always wanted to know which room in the house was the Stony Ford Smoking Room. It’s kinda famous! Ulysses S. Grant smoked his last cigar in it,” says Susan Brinson.

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What’s next? Brand new (and very dramatic!) wallpaper, fixtures, art and lots of finishing touches (like our Bailey Bedside Lamp, in the shot above). Want to see more? Read all about Susan and William Brinson’s most recent updates on House of Brinson.

#PBLovesMoms!

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner — are you ready? This year, we’re here to help you show the most important woman in your life how much you love her. We’re giving away 5 amazing Mother’s Day prize packages with the help of Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom!

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Here’s what you have to do:
1. Follow @potterybarn on Instagram.
2. Post a photo of you and the most important woman in your life (#tbt photos welcome!) with #PBlovesMoms and #contest on Instagram.
3. Enter your email here.

Plus, you could meet Gabrielle in person! Celebrate the launch of her new book, Design Mom, How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide at one of these four stores:

Seattle
Chicago
Atlanta
San Francisco Bay Area

Lonny Magazine’s Summer Brunch Recipes

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Did you catch Lonny’s colorful summer brunch party yesterday? The average mimosa and bagel bar was taken to a whole new level with the magazine editorial team’s stylish party tips and twists.

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Ready to take their ideas and turn out your own stylish fête? We’ve got everything you’ll need to host your own colorful brunch in Lonny’s Shop at PotteryBarn.com — plus, an easy group brunch recipe and one bubbly cocktail 

Photos by Davide Luciano, food styling by Claudia Ficca 

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Claudia’s Baked Eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil (plus more for bread)
2 spicy Italian sausages, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 white onion, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
6 eggs
½ cup ricotta cheese
Basil leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Crusty bread, toasted in grill pan

Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat olive oil in an oven-safe medium-size skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat. Cook sliced sausage for approximately 3 minutes per side until nicely browned.

Lower heat to medium and add garlic and onions; season with salt and pepper and sauté for 3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and bring to a boil; reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning.

Using a spoon, make six wells into the tomato sauce and gently crack eggs into the skillet. Place the skillet into the oven and bake until egg whites are set, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and add dollops of ricotta around the eggs. Sprinkle with basil leaves. Serve with toasted bread drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt.

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Bubbly Grapefruit Blossom
1 oz Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
1.5 oz Stellina Di Notte Prosecco

Glass: Champagne flute
Garnish: Grapefruit wedge
Prep: Pour each ingredient, with the exception of the Prosecco, in to a shaker.  Add ice, shake until chilled, strain into a flute and top with chilled Prosecco.

See the rest of the party here and here!

Lonny Magazine’s Colorful Summer Brunch

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Viva la brunch! Weekend brunch is our favorite meal anytime of year — especially during the summer. Produce is at its peak, the sun is shining, and bubbly cocktails feel at home on any menu. Plus, it’s the perfect entertaining opportunity — with a little overnight prep, you can whip together a casual brunch in no time.

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We’re kind of obsessed with how the talented team of Lonny Magazine put together this fresh take on a summer brunch with our new Mediterranean-style outdoor product. Lonny editor Kaylei McGaw hosted this shindig at a Brooklyn loft, using our colorful dishes and table linens as a base for a playful, lively and delicious group brunch.

Read on to get Kaylei and the Lonny team’s decorating ideas & entertaining tips so you can host your own festive summer brunch! Stay tuned for recipes & more later this week.

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DIY Decor:

To set the mood for this casual Sunday brunch, McGaw arranged cushion seats on the floor for her guests and served the meal on a low coffee table. Our rainbow-stripe tablecloth created a graphic backdrop to the saturated mix of ceramic serving platters, glass stemware, and patterned melamine.

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Blue-and-white dice, a nod to the party’s retro inspiration and a perfect match to the Ocean Blue margarita glasses, were repurposed to create cheeky coasters for the midcentury bar.

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TIPS:

Pick your battles in the kitchen. To cut down on meal prep, concentrate your cooking efforts on one or two standout dishes and supplement your spread with prepared foods you can shop for:
Dress up store-bought fruit salad with a drizzle of fresh honey and chopped basil.
 Amp up a basic bagel and cream cheese bar with fresh lox, herbs and chopped veggies from your local store.
Order any pastries, breads or muffins beforehand to save yourself time and stress.

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Consider your menu while choosing your dishes. A cleverly edited amount of bold color around the table — be it bright yellow dishes, a striped table runner, or red ceramic appetizer plates — will bring out the meal’s aesthetic appeal.

Play with varying heights. Add interest to your buffet table or sideboard by using tiered trays and footed bowls. If you don’t have any taller platters, stack a few books on your tabletop and cover everything with a tablecloth.

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Set everything out in advance the night before. Set the table, put out dishes and stock your bar and buffet the evening before your big brunch to cut down on morning chaos right before the guests arrive.

See Lonny’s full feature on PotteryBarn.com here, and read more about their fabulous brunch at Lonny.com here.

Spring Decorating: Bookshelf Display Tips from Simply Grove

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Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove.

When spring hits, I always go into spring cleaning and organizing mode. It’s just a natural reaction to good weather… I guess. And after I spring clean, I always re-style my shelves. I love to create a fresh look in my space when the seasons change.

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For spring decorating,  I usually gravitate toward a look that is more minimal and clean. Everything that I style has a purpose. Meaning, I add less items that have more value. For instance, in one of my shelves, I placed a wooden candelabra that I inherited from a Danish family member. I displayed it next to a hand panted antique ceramic and let the two items shine for themselves. Another purposeful styling choice is stacking books or magazines and displaying one heavy item on top of the stack. This vessel from Pottery Barn is a perfect choice to place on my magazines.

Another detail that I love to add in the spring is plants. They create such happy moments in a home. And sometimes more is better. But don’t go too overboard or you may begin looking like the crazy plant owner!

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Macrame has been back for awhile now and I’m still loving it. This Macrame vase from Pottery Barn is everything! Leave it empty or fill it with flowers. However you choose to accessorize it, it will make your space look that much more awesome.

I’m loving Olive Green for this season,too. I added it with this long wick candle from Pottery Barn. It’s simple and cool.

How do you plan to refresh your home for spring? Share your ideas and thoughts in the comments.

Get more ideas for spring cleaning and decor here. 

Summer Cocktail Recipe: A Turquoise Margarita

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Okay, so the snow might’ve just melted outside your front door — but that doesn’t mean you can’t sip on something summery and imagine it’s warm outside, right? Yesterday, we paired up with one of our favorite mixologists, Elayne Duff, to serve up one of our favorite summer cocktails this year.

What is it? A blue (yes, blue!) margarita. This version abandons its classic shade of green for our favorite summer hue. How’s it work? Elayne uses a dash of Curacao to accomplish this extra-tropical shade.

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Take a look at this summer cocktail recipe, below!
You can print the recipe here, too. 

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 See more of our favorite summer cocktail recipes here.