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.

 

It’s Starting to Feel Like Fall! Waiting on Martha Takes Over PB Instagram

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1. The oh-so-talented Mandy Kellogg of Waiting on Martha (our most recent Designer Spotlight!) took over our Instagram last weekend. We had such a fun time learning about how she celebrates her favorite season: Fall!

2. “Fall to me is COZY,” says Mandy. “Getting all sorts of cozy with my PB chunky knit throw, coffee mug and Just Brew It spoon on this rainy fall day.”

3. “Fall to me means DECORATING. Finding lots of decorating inspiration today at my Lenox Mall Pottery Barn.”

4. “Fall means to me CINNAMON, SPICE and EVERYTHING NICE, including my homemade hot mulled wine. Grab my recipe on the Pottery Barn blog!”

5. “Fall to me means PUMPKINS! Picking up all sorts of fall goodies at the farm today.”

6. “Fall to me means FOOTBALL and FOOD. Prepping the table for a little Sunday football and a lot of homemade chili.”

7. “Fall to me means freshly baked DOUGHNUTS. Fueling up on cinnamon doughnuts and apple fritters while gathering inspiration for a little fall decorating this Sunday.”

8. “Fall to me means PUMPKINS. Oh wait did I already say that? Well these are pink so it doesn’t count. I mean pink pumpkins?!?!”

9. “Fall to me means PLAID. Placing my PB basket, faux pumpkins and vintage plaid blanket on the porch to create a festive cozy welcome.”

Witches’ Brew: A Halloween Bar from Sweets & Celebrations

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Double, double, toil and trouble! This festive and fun Halloween bar from Hannah Matthew of Sweets and Celebrations will give you the perfect excuse to whip up a tasty Witches’ Brew for your party. Take a look at this party planner’s how-to instructions and playful Halloween party tips so you can recreate this Halloween bar at home.

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Halloween Bar How-To:

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Wicked Wine: Sponge Mod Podge onto wine bottles and sprinkle with silver glitter. Wrap a black and white striped ribbon around the middle, tape on a label, and top each bottle with Pottery Barn’s Halloween Wine Bottle Topper.

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Spooky Spider Shots: Garnish with a black and white paper straw that has been cut in half.

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Pumpkin Punch: Rim each glass with orange sanding sugar and fill with mimosas. Finish with black and white paper straws.

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Hocus Pocus Hot Chocolate: Rim each glass with black sanding sugar. Garnish with ghost marshmallow Peeps stuck onto black and white paper straws.

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Hannah’s Halloween Party Tips:

A Halloween party is a great time to have fun with a theme and use whimsical names to label food and beverages.

 Little details like coordinating custom paper goods (like the ones I used here from the talented Paper and Cake) and garnishing barware make all the difference.

 If you’re serving food, offer a medley of fall flavors to set the tone like pumpkin, cinnamon and apple.

 Play up a classic color scheme like orange, black, white and silver.

Tell us: How are you celebrating Halloween this year?