Monthly Archives: November 2012

4 Favorite Thanksgiving Instagram Snaps

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To celebrate Thanksgiving, we asked our Instagram followers to take photos of their decor using the hashtag #pbgiving. You can view all of the lovely photos that were submitted here, and today we’re sharing a few different Thanksgiving decorating moments from the photos that were submitted using the #pbgiving tag. Want to get involved next time? Tag your winter holiday decorating moments with the hashtag #pbholiday. We’re excited to see how you’re decorating your home, and what Pottery Barn products you’re integrating into the mix. For the Thanksgiving holiday, Instagram user bridgetcarey decorated with a bowl of seasonal pumpkins and pinecones and pillows that stayed on-message. Simple and beautiful!

  We love the inspired pattern mixing on Instagram user courtieg‘s Thanksgiving table. The whimsical Partridge in a Pear Tree Salt and Pepper Shakers  add  another layer of charm to the table.
  Mums and pumpkins add seasonal color to the neutral tones in this photo from Instagram user sheatonio. We love her selections of black and white family photographs. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to remember loved ones who might not be able to make it to your celebration, and reflect on shared memories.
    Another inspired tablescape comes courtesy of Instagram user jtholmes, who snapped this photo of her family’s feast. We love the centerpiece, crystal and charming nametags.
  Want to share a photo from an upcoming winter holiday celebration? We’d love to see your photos from Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and other celebrations and holidays. Just tag your Instagram photos with #pbholiday to share photos. You may see your snap in an upcoming post on the blog!

Adding Texture and Visual Pop With Our Fur Collection

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We recently asked Angela, an editor at CasaSugar, to style some pieces from our fur collection at her home. She told us that she had fun integrating the pieces into her home, and sent us this shot to share.

“The idea was to try add a wintery spin to my uber-traditional brown corduroy sofa. Piling on layers of patterned and textural accessories not only made the sofa feel cozier, but it really helped to bring in some of my personality to the piece,” Angela told us. “To get the look, I folded one of my favorite quilts and tucked it into the cushions to break up some of the brown. Since the quilt was brown and white, adding two different colored fur pillows didn’t look out of place. In fact, I think it added more of an eclectic feel. The flokati rug complemented the texture of the furry pillows and also stayed within the brown and white color palette. A flame stitch pattern on the ottoman also didn’t clash with the bold print of the flokati because of the varying scales of the two patterns. Finally, I grabbed a bright teal pom pom throw and folded that over the arm to add a pop of color, and of course, more texture. Even flowers can be used to highlight the details you want to emphasize – I like to fill apothecary bottles with yellow craspedia to pick up on the fun pom pom trim on my teal throw.”

Inspired to decorate with some fur this season? Try it out! Today through Sunday, our faux fur is 30 percent off.

Tony’s Top Tips For Thanksgiving Entertaining

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Last week, we were thrilled to host a Facebook chat with Pottery Barn’s entertaining expert, Tony. (Psst, he also designed this gorgeous cocktail shaker.) Tony provided such an incredible wealth of Thanksgiving entertaining tips that we had to pass them along to blog readers who might not have been able to join the chat. Keep reading for Tony’s Top Tips!

  • Make Room to Decorate on Your Table: “One way is to have all of your main dishes set up on a buffet with smaller dishes on the table for passing around. The buffet can make a big statement in addition to your table decor. Setting up an folding table with a great linen behind your main dining table will free up the elbow room for your guests. It will also give you another opportunity for great decorating. Here you can use height & drama. Try Tuscan Vases & our Briarwood Lanterns.”
  • Centerpiece Guidelines: “Keep your arrangements simple and use elements such as florals, gourds and candles. (Try florals in our Bosphorus Vases.) You also want to keep your florals low so as to not obstruct scintillating conversation!”
  • Modernize a Lace Tablecloth: “Adding simple modern touches like clear glass and using a neutral color palette can balance the fussiness of lace. Combining these two together can make a beautiful modern/traditional mix.”
  • Setting the Kids’ Table: “You could cover a kid’s table in brown kraft paper and give them crayons or colored pencils to amuse themselves before they’re eating. You could even ask them to draw their own placemats, forks, spoons and knives to help them ‘set’ the table.”
  • Rules for Using Chargers: “There is no rule when it comes to chargers. If you want the drama, use both chargers and placemats. Go for it! As far as color goes, don’t concern yourself so much with the color of the room, but the color elements on the table. That’s the focal point.”
  • Choose Cloth Napkins: “Go with cloth. Wash them in the machine several times to soften them and give them a better feel. Keep it casual and skip the ironing unless you absolutely must.”
  • You Can Celebrate if You’re Stuck at Work: “The most important thing is to keep the holiday spirit. If you’re going to be by yourself, keep the phone handy and talk to your relatives. Bring framed photos of people you hold dear to you with work to uplift your holiday spirit. If you’re with others at work, throw a mini-potluck and try a recipe share. That way, if you have more time to celebrate next year you can try the recipes next year at home.”
  • Always Bring aHostess Gift: “My family’s mantra is, ‘Always bring something to the table.’ This year at Pottery Barn we have so many great hostess gifts. Check out our assortment and pick up something special for your host or hostess. I know I would be delighted to receive any of the gifts that we have to offer this year. Browse and choose something that represents your style.”
  • Entertain Around the Thanksgiving Football Game: “Entertaining on the coffee table is a great opportunity for snacks and small plates. Make sure to have a couple of bowls of simple snacks to nosh on while waiting for the main event (and I’m not talking about the turkey). Additionally, setting up the entire Thanksgiving meal as a buffet gives family members the option to flow between the dining room and living room, and doesn’t make the game seem so intrusive
  • Try a Thanksgiving Wine Tasting: “Pick a few different wines and do a blind tasting in three different decanters. It’s fun and you and your guests will learn something new about wines this year. You’ll be surprised by how many low-priced wines are actually really great (look on the lower shelves at your grocery store for more reasonably priced bottles).”
  • No Need to Use a Tablecloth: “Especially if you love your table, there’s no reason to use a tablecloth. If you’re not going to use a tablecloth, be sure to avoid wood on wood when you’re serving, as it looks a bit bland. Use ceramic and metal serving pieces instead. Added bonus: clean up’s going to be a cinch if you don’t have to worry about laundering a big tablecloth!”

Inspired Thanksgiving Decorating Vignettes

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Inspired to add some last-minute Thanksgiving decor to your home? Today we’re happy to share some beautiful decorating vignettes from Angela of Red Shoes Creative. We love the way that she’s mixed vintage finds, Pottery Barn pieces and natural elements to create a strong Thanksgiving theme.

What was your decorating scheme for Thanksgiving this year?

“I’d describe the scheme as an elegant abundance… made up of layers and layers of all sorts of things I love. The foundation to any of my decor plans always begins with my favorite Pottery Barn staples: candles, hurricanes, antique silver candlesticks and vases, acorn and fall leaves vase fillers, and of course my new favorite pieces from their mercury glass line. I’ve built on that PB foundation by adding vintage frames and books mingled with natural elements like raffia, twigs, pinecones and feathers to complete the look.”


Why is this Thanksgiving so special (I believe you mentioned it was the first one you’re celebrating as a married couple)?

“Yes… I was just recently married in June, so this is our very first Thanksgiving. We are hosting 14 people, including some family members who have never been to our home, and I wanted to make it a truly memorable occasion for everyone. We have so much to be thankful for this year, I wanted to set the scene in a fantastic way to really let people know how thankful we are for each and every one of them.”


What do you think is most important when decorating for Thanksgiving?

“I’m all about details & mixing and matching. For the table, I love the juxtaposition of mixing the brand new PB pieces we received as wedding gifts with pieces from my great grandmother’s china set that I inherited years ago. And I’ve used this same concept with the mantel decor… mixing wonderful new finds from PB with my other true love: vintage items — especially those that have a family history. In fact, the framed “Gather” print that hangs from a ribbon above our mantel is actually made of a vintage frame that was a gift to my own mother and father on their wedding day. I think it’s those sort of details that mean the most when family is gathered on a day like Thanksgiving.”


What are your tips for decorating effortlessly (or as near as that can get) for Thanksgiving?

“Decorate with things you love and have meaning to you and yours. If you put things together in a way that suits your own personal style, even it breaks all the typical decor rules. Don’t play it safe or try to mimic something that’s not ‘you’ … follow your own inspiration, that’s when it just ‘flows’.”


Why do you use Pottery Barn for Thanksgiving décor?

“What I love most about PB is the casual, cozy feeling their pieces bring to my home. It’s just welcoming… not stuffy, not too ornate or overblown, they just get it right,  every single time. And their items mix seamlessly with my favorite vintage pieces. This, to me, is what makes a house a home and welcomes everyone who joins us here.”

Source: Photos courtesy Angela Becker

Decorate Your Desserts and Other Thanksgiving Entertaining Tips

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Add something special to your pies this year with this charming banner. — Oh Happy Day

Speaking of pie, learn how to make the perfect pie. — The Blender

Your house will look seasonally festive thanks to these Thanksgiving decorating ideas. — Country Living

Holiday centerpiece inspiration thanks to art from the 17th to the 21st century. — Garden Design

How to use dried foliage for decor. — Remodelista

Wishbone accents for a festive holiday. — CasaSugar

Source: Photo courtesy Oh Happy Day

Planning the Thanksgiving Menu: A Strong Finish

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While the turkey is of course the main event at the Thanksgiving meal, you can’t underestimate the importance of a delicious dessert. This year, we’re keen on the idea of serving something that’s individually sized, like these Southern Spiced Apple Pies with Crème Fraîche.(Find the recipe here — they’re actually quite easy to make.)


Individually sized desserts mean that you can eliminate squabbles over who gets the bigger piece of pie, and you can make just as many mini pies as you need for your celebration (or for the day after).

We think that this pie recipe perfectly complements our Rustic Thanksgiving party planner in both taste and aesthetic. Want to add extra style to your dessert table? Here are some suggestions to round out the look.
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