DIY: Easy Terrarium-Style Flower Arrangement from Tulipina

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Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina
Photography by Nathan Underwood

Terrariums are traditionally used for potted plants, but I wanted to use this vessel to create a flower arrangement with bursts of color and beauty spilling out of it. I love the look of this terrarium from Pottery Barn — with the right flowers inside, I think that this would make a beautiful statement piece for any event. Take a look at how I did it, below. Note that when inside water-filled vessels, this arrangement will last for about 3 to 4 days.

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1. Start in the back first — place the flowers in different sized and colored vases.

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2. For this project, I created one detailed arrangement (inside the black pedestal vase) and then simply put some longer stemmed cut flowers in a bucket next to it. Since I wanted to fill the lower front of the terrarium with more colorful flowers, I placed some smaller vases in the front and filled them with big and bold flowers.

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3. I wanted to be able to place some stems just here and there, so I used floral water tubes to keep them hydrated.

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4. Lastly, for added color, I place some loose petals and foliage down on the surface of the terrarium.

See another of our favorite arrangements from Tulipina here. 

Ken Fulk’s Top 5 Paint Color Tips

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“Color is a powerful thing,” says Ken Fulk. “I understand why people are afraid of color sometimes.”

But as someone whose motto is “Fear is the enemy of good design,” Fulk isn’t one to stray away from taking a risk. As part of his new, exclusive collection for Pottery Barn, Fulk also developed a custom color palette of his favorite Sherwin Williams paint colors for homeowners on the hunt for great color.

“There’s not a bad color in the bunch,” says Fulk. “You can pick anything and feel confident that it’s going to be a great color.” Each color also pays tribute to Fulk’s design ethos and personality: bold, beautiful, and complex.

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“Colors have a story to them,” he says. “When you have colors that create the collection like we have with Pottery Barn and Sherwin Williams, it’s like a harmony that belongs together.”

Take a look at Ken Fulk’s top 5 color tips, below:

It’s okay to make mistakes. Color is the least expensive, most impactful thing that someone can do to alter a space with little to no risk. “That’s one thing I always tell people about paint in general,” says Fulk. “It’s only paint! It’s okay to make a mistake.”

Take baby steps. Color can have an impact even if it’s on a single wall. “It’s less time, less money and a little bit less of a commitment,” says Fulk.

Or, embrace it completely. “I love to be enveloped with color. I tend to want to paint out the trim, sometimes even the ceiling, because I think when color feels overwhelming or too busy it’s often because it’s contrasted too much,” says Fulk. “When you have big white trim around a color, there’s a lot of tension there. But when you take that trim and it becomes part of the color, the entire room becomes a part of the experience.”

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Don’t be afraid of the dark. Dark deep colors can actually make a space feel bigger. “It’s almost as if the wall doesn’t exist,” says Fulk. “The wall sort of recedes, and you lose perspective on the space in a very interesting way.”

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Get stylish with stripes. Bold, horizontal stripes are an easy way to instantly transforms a space. “They’re modern, they’re sort of charming, and there’s a quaint quality that I think can fit many different spaces,” says Fulk, who often uses blue painter’s tape to create stripes on walls. “I like how they’re meant to look like they’ve been hand done. The imperfections are encouraged. And of course, if you make a big mistake, it’s only paint.”

Learn more about our collection with Ken Fulk here. 

A Margarita Recipe with a Twist: Ken Fulk’s Favorite Cocktail Tips

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What’s Ken Fulk’s biggest weakness? “My number one guilty pleasure would be my fondness for a really well-made margarita,” says Ken.  “I don’t think there’s a time that I would say no to one. I tend to be pretty good and not over-indulge, but, it’s like a reward at the end of a hectic day. I’m not a chocolate guy, I’m not a french fry guy — but I’m a margarita guy.”

His refreshing margarita recipe — named after two of his three beloved golden retrievers — gets an effervescent twist thanks to mint and soda. Watch him make this delicious cocktail and get the full margarita recipe below.

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1.5 oz Don Julio Reposado
1 oz Pink Grapefruit Juice
¾ Fresh Lime Juice
7 Mint Leaves
.5 oz Agave Syrup
Top with Soda
Garnish: Mint Leaves

Prep: In a shaker, add the mint and agave syrup and lightly muddle. Add the remaining ingredients except the soda, add ice and shake until chilled. Double strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice and top with soda and stir. Garnish with mint.

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PS: Want the scoop behind these amazing malachite walls during our Ken Fulk catalog shoot? Ken worked with the talented decorative painter Caroline Lizarraga to custom design this stunning paint treatment. “I have a great love of malachite,” says Ken. “I love the color, the sort of swirling marbleized quality of it.” Ken’s own collection of malachite bar accessories and a 15-foot malachite painted wall in his studio led to the creation of this version for our shoot with Douglas Friedman for the exclusive Pottery Barn and Ken Fulk collection.

See the full collection here.

A Magical Party Guide: Ken Fulk’s Expert Entertaining Tips

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(Photo via Douglas Friedman)

Although beautiful design is his bread and butter, Ken Fulk is just as well-known for throwing one fabulous fête. From Moroccan-themed penthouse soirées, to Sunday suppers with mashed potatoes and roast chicken, Ken knows how to put together the perfect get-together from start to finish.

(There’s more than one reason we decided to launch our exclusive collaboration with him. See the Ken Fulk and Pottery Barn collection here. )

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“Whenever I plan a party, I imagine it unfolding like a beautiful movie inside my mind. There are establishing shots of the space, scenes of guests arriving, close-ups of late-night silliness; there is always the perfect song playing in the background,” says Ken.

Read on to get in the party-planning mood with Ken’s favorite tips, tricks and incredibly inspirational ideas — plus, some of our favorite photos from our #KenFulkxPB events.

Ken’s Top Magical Party Tips:

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  • The invitation is more important than you think! It sets the stage for your party from the get-go. Going formal? Consider a handwritten invitation with a flower. If your party is more casual, go digital — but skip the pre-made template. “I prefer to make my own email invitations by layering some fun copy over an evocative snapshot,” says Ken.
  • Throw a few wild cards into your guest list. “When crafting your guest list, remember: The magic happens when you mix it up. Don’t be afraid to invite your favorite grande dame and your punk rock neighbor to the same dinner,” says Ken.
  • “Don’t give party favors no one wants. A goodie bag filled with freebies isn’t really a gift,” says Ken. Want to do something practical that everyone will love? Box up desserts or leftovers in cute boxes or mason jars with ribbon, or give out a copy of your playlist to guests as they leave.
  • Fresh cut flowers are a must for any party — whether you’re entertaining in a grand ballroom or a tiny apartment, there’s no better way to bring life to a space. Go big, but keep it simple — even with a limited budget, you can go cheap and cheerful with sunflowers and daffodils.

Ingredients to the perfect party:

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  1. A magical atmosphere.
  • Dim the lights: everything and everyone will look better.
  1. Some seriously delicious bites.
  • “Don’t be shy about serving take-out presented in beautiful serving dishes,” says Ken. “It takes the stress out of entertaining, which will make you a happier host.”
  • Keep it simple. “First and foremost, the meal should be delicious. For the Sunday suppers I host at my home, I’ll serve roast chicken and mashed potatoes. No one leaves disappointed.”
  • Want something a little fancier? Have one of your favorite restaurants provide a few small bites. Ken’s particularly fond of these three:
    Jon & Vinny’s (Los Angeles)
    Marlowe (San Francisco)
    Carbone (NYC)

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  1. Plenty of cocktails & mocktails.
  • Have a tray of drinks ready when guests arrive — both you and your guests will be grateful!
  • Don’t forget mocktails and spritzers for those guests that prefer their drinks non-alcoholic.

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  1. A groovy playlist.
  • “Make three different playlists: one to set the mood for arrival, a second more ambient mix to allow for conversation, and a third that gets everyone up and dancing,” says Ken.
  • Keep the stereo remote within arm’s reach. “Party volume tends to ebb and flow, and you don’t want to be frantically looking for the controller,” says Ken.
  • “A DJ for a dance party is a must — even if the DJ is you,” says Ken. Who’s Ken’s favorite DJ? The gorgeous and talented DJ Kiss is a must-have at his more festive get-togethers. Keep reading to get her playlist that’s ready to go for your next party!

Want to learn more about Ken Fulk? Click here to see his full collection, get the behind the scenes scoop and watch some of our favorite videos.

Behind the Scenes: The Ken Fulk Collection Photo Shoot

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Have you heard? We just launched our first collaborative collection ever with San Francisco-based designer Ken Fulk. This exclusive partnership brings to life product that you’ve never seen at Pottery Barn before. Every piece embodies Fulk’s zest for wit, whimsy, elegance and comfort while still staying true to our love of classic, clean lines and timeless style.

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(Above: Photographer Douglas Friedman — the creative great behind our Ken Fulk and Pottery Barn catalog shoot — works on one of Ken’s portraits on set.)

Fulk’s love for San Francisco (our home base), entertaining and fearless design made this the perfect inaugural partnership for us. This celebrated style maker is renowned for his diverse portfolio’s unique style — and some seriously amazing parties. “I often say that fear is the enemy of good design,” says Fulk. To him, design isn’t just about style, it’s about living. Everything should be comfortable and reflect the way that his clients will truly use the space on a day to day basis.

Once Fulk and our design team put the finishing touches on the collection, we shot it at one of our favorite Bay Area locations. Keep reading to get a glimpse of what went on behind the scenes, PLUS learn and see more of this amazing new collection.

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Ken Fulk’s amazingly talented floral designer, Danielle Bernhisel, plays peekaboo behind a stunning bouquet of Tree Peonies for the shoot.

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A mix of art from Pottery Barn, Ken Fulk and select vintage shops gets prepped to become a gorgeous gallery wall. (Side note: We can’t get enough of our Carlisle Chair upholstered in this new zebra print!)

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Vintage and antique props sit at the ready for last minute styling needs.
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The team tests out Fulk’s custom color palette with Sherwin Williams and Pottery Barn before making final color choices. (Click here to see and shop the full palette, and save a few $ while you’re at it.)
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Double duty — the team fills photo and video needs behind the scenes at the Bay Area shoot.

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Styling magic at work! It’s incredible how much time and effort to make every nook and cranny in these photos look as stunning as possible.

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The dream team — Ken Fulk and Pottery Barn teams pose for one last group shot after a few non-stop days on set.

Check out the full collection in our most recent catalog, online and with #KenFulkxPB on Instagram.

Stay tuned for more later this week where we’ll share some of Fulk’s favorite entertaining tips, color tricks and more!

Wanderlust: Top Travel Tips from Photographer Jesse Leake

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Summer’s almost over — it’s time to start daydreaming about next year’s trips, don’t you think? We’ve got a serious case of end-of-summer wanderlust thanks to the beautiful travel photography of Jesse Leake — one of the newest additions to our photography shop.

Jesse travels the world year-round to a variety of locations — some of which might border on remote, and others that rival the most bustling cities we’ve ever seen. We sat down with this world traveler to get the scoop on his favorite places to travel, his tips for finding the perfect hotel and restaurant, plus lots more. Quench your wanderlust (for now, at least) by reading his Q&A, below!
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(Above: Munnar, India by Jesse Leake)

Pottery Barn: What’s your favorite foodie travel destination?
Jesse Leake: It’s hard to beat the food available in San Francisco. Meals in Italy are fun, too — amazing pastas, the best tomatoes and great wine!

PB: What’s the secret to choosing a great restaurant in a new city?
JL: It depends where you’re traveling. I’ll ask friends who have been there before. I always travel with a Lonely Planet guidebook in hand, which is a great reference that’s usually budget minded for accommodations, restaurants, sights, etc. I’ll also ask locals what they recommend — look for the restaurants busy with locals.

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(Above: Hoi An, Vietnam by Jesse Leake)

PB: How do you find just the right hotel in a new city?
JL: Location is always important for me. I want to stay somewhere that is conveniently located, near an area where I will be photographing a lot, and within walking distance of restaurants and sights. Most of my trips are 3 weeks to 2 months, so I’m usually looking for budget accommodations. Again, I resort to the Lonely Planet guidebook. Travel + Leisure magazine and Condé Nast Traveler are also great resources.

PB: How do you narrow down souvenirs to take home?
JL: I look for art or merchandise that is unique to the region or that they are known for. For example in Cuba – cigars, Ireland – crystal, Morocco – rugs, etc. Paintings are great, as they can be rolled up, tubed and carried on the plane. If you can afford it and have a use for it, it’s good to support the local economy by buying souvenirs.

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PB: What’s your #1 shopping secret while traveling?
JL: In a lot of countries I visit, bargaining is expected. For example when buying rugs in Morocco or Turkey, cut the quoted price in half and that is generally a good place to start negotiating. Don’t show too much interest when you are bargaining for — be ready to walk away. In fact, if you do walk away, the price will drop as the seller follows you out the door.

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(Above: Varanasi, India and Woman in Ranakpur, India by Jesse Leake) 

PB: How do you like to choose your next destination?
JL: I look for a place I haven’t been to that is rich in culture and off the beaten path.

PB: What’s the 1 dream trip you haven’t taken yet?
JL: RV camper trip across the US.

PB: What’s your favorite city that you’ve visited this year?
JL: My favorite city this year was Havana, Cuba.

PB: What’s your secret to looking like a local?
JL: Pack light on clothes, so you can buy locally once you arrive. Bring loose breathable clothing. Many locals in various countries won’t wear shorts. I recommend dressing down, leaving the designer clothes and flashy accessories behind. Most tourists will stand out regardless of their local attire. To blend in is more an attitude that anything else. Being humble, respectful and open minded with an adventurous spirit will open doors to a more intimate local experience. You may never look like a local, but you can befriend a local and gain access to local life. Learn how to say hello and thank you in the local language.

PB: If you could only visit one city for the rest of your life, where would it be?
JL: Country: I love Morocco for its beauty, adventure, food and people. City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the active beach life and the Brazilian people.

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See more of Jesse Leake’s photography in Pottery Barn’s photography shop.

 

Hamptons Home Makeover: Clean, Crisp and Coastal Casual

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Above: York Bed, Lorne Shag Rug, Jordan Bone Table Lamp

The challenge: Transform a summer rental in the Hamptons into a spin on California Coastal style.

The solution: Clean and crisp neutrals, subtle pops of color and contrast through texture — flawlessly executed by Pottery Barn Design Services Specialists Maria Khromchenko and Mitchell Beeler at our 67th and Broadway store.

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Above: Chatham collection, Awning Stripe Umbrella, Frog Drum Accent Tables

The spacious 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home needed design help in every single room — including the beautiful patio. “The home didn’t even have walls up yet during our on-site visit,” says Khromchenko. “It’s always a little challenging planning and visualizing a design for a home that hasn’t yet been completed. You want to make sure your design works well with the architecture of the space.”

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Above: Pottery Barn Bathroom Accessories

The duo stayed in close contact with the home’s builder and project manager to help with any decisions that would affect the home’s cohesiveness and design. Floor finishes, lighting, hardware and paint choices would all have an impact on the furniture and accessories that they chose.

“It was very important to stay on the same page so that everything looks seamless, even with different teams working on different aspects of such a large project,” says Khromchenko.

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Above: Delphine Trellis Pendant, Jolie Floor Lamp, Benchwright BenchChesterfield Bed, Devon Side Tables

Upholstered sofas, chairs, headboards and plenty of cozy accessories ensured that the new home felt comfortable and lived-in for new renters. A simple and sophisticated color palette feels soothing, and well-suited for an ocean-side locale.

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Above: Carlisle Chairs, Helena Coffee Table, Tanner Console, Nori Hammered Table Lamps, Darien Cross Stitch Pillow, Leather PillowCarter Tray Folding Table

Careful fabric choices — such as the performance fabric upholstered Carlisle chairs for the living room — keep home maintenance easy. “Perennials is a perfect easy-to-clean performance fabric for renters,” says Khromchenko. “It lets you do the white without the worry.”

To learn more about our free at-home Design Services program, click here!

Plus, see more of our favorite makeovers here.

Before and After: The Ultimate Bathroom Remodel with Jonathan Stiers

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Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Jonathan Stiers of Stiers Aesthetic.

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Eight years doesn’t sound very long until you realize it’s just two years shy of a decade. I bought my house 8 years ago, new and my master bathroom was complete with builder grade fixtures, lighting, brown walls, brown ceiling (Yikes!), and travertine tile, as far as the eye could see. She’s been a good bathroom but after almost a decade, she was begging for a refresh. (Keep scrolling to see the AFTER to this BEFORE!)

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BEFORE1I knew I wanted to remodel my bathroom and open this dark and dreary space up, creating a light and airy, spa-like experience. My inspiration began, perhaps unknowingly with a Marilyn Monroe print that I purchased in a London art gallery six years ago. I could never find the right place for her in my house, until now. I’ve always had a love for the black and white glamor of 1940’s Hollywood. So, using Marilyn, and other stars as my inspiration, I created a design built around black, white and grey.

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IMG_7909-USEThe first thing on my bathroom remodel want list was a classic pedestal tub from Rejuvenation. And while some feel subway tile is overused, I still love how classic and timeless it is.

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IMG_7845-USEI decided to create a subway tiled accent wall, in a herringbone pattern, above the vanity. Pottery Barn’s Kensington Pivot Mirrors, Mercer Double Sconce and Towel Ring complete the look, taking my Hollywood vision to the next level.

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I also carried the subway tile through to the shower. And while I was originally going to tear out the sheetrock-enclosed shower and replace with standard glass, I decided to do something that made more of a statement. I asked my contractor to sketch out something with paned glass and a black frame, almost like a giant paned-glass phone booth. The result exceeded my expectations and the shower holds it’s own against the larger than life, Hollywood stars that look upon it.

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Bathroom Remodel Tips:

• When choosing paint swatches, look at them at various times throughout the day. I didn’t want a grey that was too blue so I looked at it in the morning, mid-day and night.

• If you decide to go with a dark floor, I always recommend going with a light ceiling. I chose white so the room felt larger and more open.

• Dimmer switches. Dimmer switches. Dimmer switches. There’s no better way to set the mood and create a spa-like experience. And sometimes in the middle of the night, you just don’t want to be blinded by 100w bulbs.

• Consult a professional if you’re unsure. My remodel required drilling in to my slab so that plumbing could be moved so using a professional was a must in this scenario.

• Lastly, add some life and color with fresh florals.

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My bathroom must-haves:

Pottery Barn Hydrocotton Bath Towels in white

Pottery Barn monogrammed Oval Paperwhite Soaps. I placed mine in a silver-plated champagne bucket for a unique touch.

Pottery Barn Metal Etagere in chrome – perfect for when you’re short on extra shelving!

• Aesop hand soap and lotion

• Duckhorn 2012 Chardonnay (Napa Valley), to go along with your hot bath of course!

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How to Design a Glamorous Interior with AphroChic

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Written for Pottery Barn by Jeanine Hays & Bryan Mason 
(Photography by Patrick Cline, as seen on ElleDecor.com)

We had just moved into a 1,200 square foot, pre-war apartment in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. From the moment we stepped inside, we were inspired by the wonderful details of the architecture — tall ceilings, classic trim, bay windows. More than anything else, these structural bones are what inspired the design of the space. It was all so elegant, and when it came to furnishing the space, we didn’t know where to begin, but the theme was already in place: Brooklyn glamour. We would design an upscale space filled with art, classic furnishings, and a mix of colorful textiles — all the things we love. If you’re looking to add a little glamour to your own interior, here’s a few of our favorite tips to get you on your way.

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Create Areas Of Visual Interest

Every side table and console provides room for vignettes that will add visual interest to your space. Think of them as the subtext that will lend depth and meaning to your space. From a more practical perspective, these surfaces are the ideal places to display family heirlooms, travel finds, photos and other significant pieces. In our entryway, the console table became the perfect stage for art books like, The Gift, featuring photographs by our friend Delphine Diallo, a Bushwick-based photographer. And every Sunday morning the console become our DJ station, where we play our favorite family heirlooms — a collection of jazz albums passed down from Bryan’s great-grandmother.
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Accessorize With Art

When thinking accessories, we like to go beyond the usual suspects like cushions and vases, and instead start with art as a primary accessory. We chose pieces that complemented the black and white color palette of our living room. Neutral but classic, framed black and white prints became an essential part of our color story and a key building block for the style we wanted to represent.

Seen above: Leona Console Table, Pottery Barn art

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Feature Classic Silhouettes

Pay attention to the lines and silhouettes of furnishings. They can absolutely add to your design aesthetic by evoking a period or even a part of the world. For a home with so many historic details, we chose pieces with beautiful lines, curves and hand-carved appeal to add to the design. In our dining nook, a solid wood pedestal table makes a big impact with its classic round shape — a perfect place for working, enjoying an intimate dinner or just having a long look out the window.

Seen above: Leona Cube Tables, Dawson Pedestal Table

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Mix In Unique Finishes

Glamorous spaces with large rooms are a great chance for you to have fun with a mix of finishes. Dark woods, light woods, brass, silver, they can all come together and work seamlessly within the right interior. We are always game to bring home a little bit of bling, so a mix of brass and deep, dark woods creates warmth in our black and white space.

Seen above: Dawson Pedestal Table