Monthly Archives: December 2012

Discover Our Top Pins of 2012

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Pinterest has proven to be an incredible place for Pottery Barn fans and friends to connect, sharing images and ideas along with inspiration for their home. Today, we’re sharing our top four repinned images from the year.

 

With over 11,100 repins, these Oversized Frame Hangers proved to be our most popular pin of the year.

 

 

Pinterest fans adored the seasonal merriment of this Pottery Barn catalog shot of a holiday-decorated home. The image was favored with over 3,100 repins.

 

 

The Outdoor Ornament Pine Wreath proved itself to be af fan favorite, with over 2,000 repins.

The Breckenridge Plaid Throw was also a popular pin. This cozy stack of throws racked up 1,500 repins.

 

Are you following us on Pinterest yet? Keep up with all of our boards and pins!

Festive Ideas for Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Home

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10 Out-of-the-Ordinary Calendars to Kick Off 2013

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A new year means a new calendar, and we’ve found some beautiful ones to complement your unique sense of style. From mini-calendars to handmade letterpress varieties, we think that one of these may be just what you’re looking for.

This 2013 Letterpress Mini Calligraphy Desk Calendar features 12 loose calendar pages that are printed from all original illustration and calligraphy, with hand-colored holiday symbols. Display it on your work desk or give it to a friend as a sweet hostess gift.

 

See if one of our other choices catches your eye!

 

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GYPSY SPICE JARS GIVEAWAY – Official Rules

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GYPSY SPICE JARS GIVEAWAY – Official Rules

1.              NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

2.              SPONSOR:  The sponsor of the Sweepstakes is Williams-Sonoma, Inc., through its brand, Pottery Barn (“Sponsor”), 3250 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109.

3.              PROMOTION PERIOD:  The Sweepstakes begins at 08:00:00 am PST on Dec. 28, 2013 and ends at 12:59 pm PST on Dec. 30, 2013 (“End Date”).

4.              ELIGIBILITY:  The Sweepstakes is open only to residents of the 50 United States of America or the District of Columbia (excluding Rhode Island) and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 years of age or older as of their time of entry.  Employees of Sponsor, its prize providers and licensors, and each of the foregoing entities’ affiliates, authorized designees and other related entities, and any other individual or entity associated with the development, judging or administration of the Sweepstakes (collectively, the “Sweepstakes Entities”), as well as members of such employees’ immediate families (spouses, children, siblings, parents), and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes.

5.              HOW TO ENTER:  To enter the Sweepstakes, access the Pottery Barn Blog, Inside & Out at http://blog.potterybarn.com/ before the End Date and follow all instructions to fully and accurately complete the entry form and be entered in the Sweepstakes. Limit one (1) entry per person and per e-mail address.

Entries must be received before the End Date.  Sponsor is not responsible for late, incomplete, void, corrupted, garbled, misdirected, or otherwise unintelligible Entries and for any problems, bugs or malfunctions Entrants may encounter when submitting their entry. Incomplete, garbled, corrupted or otherwise illegible entries are void and will not be accepted. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify false entries or entries suspected of being false and to disqualify any Entrant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweeps or violating these Official Rules. Sponsor is the official time keeper for the Sweepstakes.  All entry information and materials become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.  Except as otherwise contemplated in these Official Rules, and to the extent entrants may otherwise elect at the time of entry, personal information collected in connection with the Sweepstakes will be used in accordance with the online privacy policy available at www.potterybarn.com.

6.              PRIZES:  Ten (10) Grand Prizes, each consisting of one (1) set of four (4) Gypsy Spice Jars. Prizes will be delivered only to an address in the United States or Canada.  No cash alternative or substitution of prizes will be allowed, except Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute prizes of comparable value, in whole or in part, for any reason.  THE WINNER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR REPORTING AND PAYING ANY AND ALL INCOME, SALES OR EXCISE TAXES THAT MAY APPLY TO ACCEPTING PRIZES; SPONSOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR AND WILL NOT PAY ANY SUCH TAXES.

7.              ODDS:  Many will enter, only ten (1o) will win.  Actual odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

8.              WINNER SELECTION:  The winner will be determined by random selection conducted by Sponsor from among all eligible entries on or around Dec. 30, 2013.  All results of the selection are final and binding, subject to these Official Rules.  In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner, the winner will be deemed to be the person in whose name the e-mail account governing the e-mail address was opened. In the event a winning entry is discovered to be invalid for any reason whatsoever or the person who submitted the winning entry fails to comply with these Official Rules prior to delivery of the prize, the prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner.  No more than the advertised number of prizes will be awarded.

9.              NOTICE TO WINNER:  Attempts to notify potential winner will be made using the e-mail address or telephone number provided at entry.  Sponsor is not responsible for e-mail, telephone or other communication problems of any kind.  If, despite reasonable efforts, a potential winner does not respond within fifteen (15) days of the first notification attempt (or such shorter time as exigencies may require), or if the prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential winner, such potential winner will forfeit his or her prize and an alternate winner may be selected.

10.            VERIFICATION OF WINNERS:  Potential winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and (where imposing such condition is legal) a Publicity Release (collectively, “Prize Claim Documents”).  If a potential winner is less than the age of majority in his or her jurisdiction of primary residence, a “minor,” at Sponsor’s option, the applicable prize either will be awarded in the name of the parent or legal guardian of winner, or the parent or legal guardian of winner will be required to ratify and sign the Prize Claim Documents.  If any potential winner (or such winner’s parent or legal guardian) fails or refuses to sign and return all Prize Claim Documents within fifteen (15) days of prize notification (or such shorter time as exigencies may require), the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected.

11.            SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ENTRIES THAT ARE ENTERED BY OTHER THAN HUMAN MEANS (SUCH AS BY AN AUTOMATED COMPUTER PROGRAM OR ANY NON-HUMAN MECHANISM, ENTITY, OR DEVICE), IN EXCESS OF THE STATED LIMIT, OR FOR ENTRIES THAT ARE LATE, FORGED, DESTROYED, LOST, MISPLACED, STOLEN, MISDIRECTED, TAMPERED WITH, INCOMPLETE, DELETED, DAMAGED, GARBLED, OR OTHERWISE NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THESE OFFICIAL RULES, AND ALL SUCH ENTRIES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.  BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, EACH ENTRANT AGREES:  (A) TO BE BOUND BY THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND BY ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND ALL DECISIONS OF SPONSOR WHICH SHALL BE BINDING AND FINAL; (B) TO WAIVE ANY RIGHTS TO CLAIM AMBIGUITY WITH RESPECT TO THE OFFICIAL RULES; (C) TO WAIVE ALL OF HIS OR HER RIGHTS TO BRING ANY CLAIM, ACTION, OR PROCEEDING AGAINST ANY OF THE SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES; AND (D) TO RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS EACH OF THE SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES AND EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES, FROM ANY LIABILITY (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LIABILITY FOR ANY PROPERTY LOSS, DAMAGE, PERSONAL INJURY, BODILY INJURY, DEATH, LOSS, EXPENSE, ACCIDENT, DELAY, INCONVENIENCE OR IRREGULARITY), COSTS AND EXPENSES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, REASONABLE OUTSIDE ATTORNEY’S FEES) THAT MAY ARISE IN CONNECTION WITH:  (I) THE ENTRANT’S PARTICIPATION OR INABILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SWEEPSTAKES, (II) TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS IN THE OFFICIAL RULES OR ANY SWEEPSTAKES PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS, (III) ACCEPTANCE OR POSSESSION, DEFECTS IN, USE, MISUSE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY PRIZE (OR ANY COMPONENT THEREOF), (IV) ANY CHANGE BY ANY COMPANY OR ANY OTHER PERSON PROVIDING ANY OF THE COMPONENTS OF A PRIZE DUE TO REASONS BEYOND ANY OF THE SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES’ CONTROL OR AS OTHERWISE PERMITTED HEREUNDER, (V) ANY INTERRUPTIONS IN OR POSTPONEMENT, CANCELLATION, OR MODIFICATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES, (VI) HUMAN ERROR, (VII) INCORRECT OR INACCURATE TRANSCRIPTION, RECEIPT OR TRANSMISSION OF ANY PART OF THE ENTRY (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE ENTRY INFORMATION OR ANY PARTS THEREOF), (VIII) ANY TECHNICAL MALFUNCTIONS OR UNAVAILABILITY OF ANY WEBSITE OR ANY TELEPHONE NETWORK, COMPUTER ONLINE SYSTEM, COMPUTER DATING MECHANISM, COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE, OR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER UTILIZED BY ANY OF THE SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES OR BY AN ENTRANT, (IX) INTERRUPTION OR INABILITY TO ACCESS THE SWEEPSTAKES, ANY SWEEPSTAKES-RELATED WEB PAGES, OR ANY ONLINE SERVICE VIA THE INTERNET DUE TO HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY PROBLEMS, (X) ANY DAMAGE TO ENTRANT’S (OR ANY THIRD PERSON’S) COMPUTER OR ITS CONTENTS RELATED TO OR RESULTING FROM ANY PART OF THE SWEEPSTAKES, (XI) ANY LOST OR DELAYED DATA TRANSMISSIONS, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DEFECTS, OR ANY OTHER ERRORS OR MALFUNCTIONS, (XII) ANY WRONGFUL, NEGLIGENT, OR UNAUTHORIZED ACT OR OMISSIONS ON THE PART OF ANY OF THE SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES, OR ANY OF THEIR AGENTS OR EMPLOYEES, OR (XIII) ANY OTHER CAUSE, CONDITION OR EVENT WHATSOEVER BEYOND THE CONTROL OF ANY ONE OR MORE OF THE SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES.  EACH WINNER HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES HAVE NEITHER MADE NOR ARE IN ANY MANNER RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, RELATIVE TO ANY PRIZE OR COMPONENT THEREOF, INCLUDING ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES PROVIDED BY ANY OF THE PRIZE PROVIDERS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SWEEPSTAKES.

12.            Acceptance of a prize constitutes winner’s permission for Sponsor to use winner’s name, photograph, likeness, voice, biographical information, statements and address (city and state) for advertising or publicity purposes, worldwide, and in all forms of media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity, without further compensation.

13.            Sponsor reserves the right to suspend or cancel the Sweepstakes or modify these Official Rules as necessary for any reason or as required by applicable law.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify from the Sweepstakes, and ban from any future promotions, any person it believes to have intentionally violated these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or to have tampered with any element of the Sweepstakes without notice to the disqualified or banned person.

14.            All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of entrants and Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of laws rules or provisions.  Any legal claims arising out of or relating to the Sweepstakes or these Official Rules must be brought in the federal or state courts located in Los Angeles, California.

15.            To obtain any legally-required winners list (after the conclusion of the Sweepstakes) or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed envelope with the proper postage affixed to:  Pottery Barn, 3250 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109.  Please specify “winners list” or “Official Rules” and the name of the Sweepstakes in your request.

Three Unexpected Ways to Make the Bubbly Last Well Past Your New Year’s Eve Party

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Whether you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve at a bustling party or are planning a more cozy gathering closer to home, chances are you’re likely including a bottle of champagne in your festivities. We were curious if there were any innovative ways to re-use the cork once it was popped off the bottle of bubbly. Here are a few of our favorite ideas to upcycle that most humble element of the New Year’s Eve party. While these three projects are available for sale, you could easily DIY your own cork project, too.

 

This Succulent Magnet Planter plant contains a Crassula argentea compacta, or Mini Jade, paired with Crassula lycopodiode. It only requires a light misting of water about once a week for care. Fasten it to your fridge or any other magnetic surface that will receive a bit a sunshine.

 

This Champagne Cork Wreath from Gary Coon provides a festive alternative to an evergreen wreath. Gary told us that each wreath takes about 400 bottles of wine or champagne corks to create. While the wreaths on his Pinterest account are already sold, you can also order custom wreaths from him.

 

If you’re more interested in fashion than decor, we’ve found a very fun way to take your love of the bubbly to the next level. This party-wear-worthy bauble would fit right in at a New Year’s Eve bash. Can you think of a better conversation starter? The Champagne Cork Ring is created from immersing a slice of the cork in resin. It comes with an adjustable band and is available in a number of different champagnes.

 

Have you seen any innovative ways to decorate with champagne corks? We’d love to hear about them!

Take a Winter Wonderland Tour of Camp Wandawega

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It’s safe to say that we’re a little obsessed with Camp Wandawega, a resort in Wisconsin whose location, look and feel  are inspiring us to run away and spend a few weeks at camp — whether the season is summer or winter.  The camp’s charms are myriad, and lodging ranges from a treehouse to historic cottages, tipis and canvas tents — oh, and a treehouse, too. We caught up with Camp Wandawega founder Tereasa Surratt to found out more about the camp in the winter season. Be sure to also check out Tereasa’s two books, A Very Modest Cottage and Found, Free and Flea.

How would you describe the feel of Camp Wandawega?

“Nostalgic. A visit to Camp Wandawega is like walking back in time. Its storied past of speakeasy-turned-church camp combined with the fact that it’s almost entirely original makes folks feel like they’ve entered a time capsule. You find yourself completely immersed in all of the summer camp activities that your grandparents would have taken part in. Time moves slower. Life is simpler.”

How does the property change season by season?

“Every season opens up to an entirely new opportunity to embrace the palette of the gorgeous Wisconsin seasons. From color drives and apple picking to ice skating and skiing . . . it has truly become a four seasons resort. I love to decorate with the hues of the changing landscape, and apparently so did the former owners. (We found a trunk of vintage barkcloth in the attic that  was used back in the ’20s to deck out the restaurant . . . gorgeous handmade table runners and chair slips for spring, summer and fall.)”

What inspires you about winter at camp?

“I simply cannot wait for the first snow. We build a huge ice rink on the lake and park an outdoor fire pit on the pier . . . then surround it with outdoor benches and string lights around the perimeter for  skating under the stars.”

 What are some of your most memorable moments at the camp in winter?

Tethering the innertubes to the vintage snowmobiles and pulling friends around the frozen lake (helmets mandatory) . . . spending the afternoon ice fishing until dark, then everyone gathering around the chili pot to help with our big communal dinners . . . then retiring to the lodge fireplace for cards and spiced mulled cider.”


What is your inspiration for decorating during the winter season?

Simple. Handmade. Minimal color palette. I love to take inspiration from outside the window. Warm vintage woods paired with simple white porcelain dishes . . . and pile on the blankets! (No such thing as too much tartan in our house.) And no room is complete without the orange flicker of a blazing fire in a stone hearth.

What are your favorite decorating tips for keeping winter décor fresh after the holidays?

“I try not to rely on holiday-themed trendy color palettes . . . but I adore the simplicity of a classic, sophisticated palette of white paired with organic woods, and bouquets of fresh-cut evergreen, accented with clusters of berries. I love to cozy up our guest rooms by hanging vintage wool tartan throws at the door of each room. Each guest is greeted with a retro jigsaw puzzle and a stack of old books to peruse. I keep a full coffee bar of Bailey’ and whipped cream at the ready in the main house kitchen for friends to warm up with throughout the day.  Folks are greeted at the front door with a basket spilling with handknit wool caps, mittens and scarves.”

How do you make winter stays at the camp both kid- and grown-up-friendly?

“We are built for kids of all ages. Grown-ups seem to relapse into childhood the minute they see the rope swing and ice rink.”

What’s your favorite winter drink?

“Hot toddies. Or hot buttered rum. Or Baileys and coffee . . . I can’t decide!”

What’s your favorite way to celebrate New Year’s Eve?

“Start with a group of a dozen close friends, add a fresh blanket of snow, a big fire, a big potluck dinner and a long night of darts, pool, cards and merriment!”

What would you love to add to the camp in future winter seasons?

“I’m working on customizing a room to stock all winter camp gear, so that it’s brimming with vintage snowshoes, cross-country skis, antique hockey sticks and ice skates. . . . A  place for all of my retro Pendleton ski pants and jackets, which guests can borrow from during their visits.”

For more information, check out Camp Wandawega’s site online.
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All photos courtesy Tereasa Surratt

An Easy Way to Add More Plants to Your Home in 2013

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If one of your new year resolutions is adding more plants to your home, you’re not alone. Whether seen in the form of succulents, air plants, terrariums or fiddle leaf figs, plants are a stylish — and healthy — home design trend that’s here to stay. Why are they so healthy? According to a NASA study, houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of indoor air pollutants within 24 hours if they have a high transpiration capability. And even a small addition of a plant or two will help with indoor air quality. Besides the health benefits, plants also provide a calming presence in a home as well as a lovely focal point.

We worked with Crimson Horticultural Rarities to show you just how easy it is to add a terrarium to your home. It’s the perfect way to introduce a grouping of pretty houseplants to your living room or foyer. Check out our tips below for getting the look.

To start, select a variety of houseplants that you find visually interesting that have similar water and sunlight needs.

 

Add an even layer of activated charcoal to the tray inside your terrarium. Activated charcoal helps to filter the air in a closed terrarium such as the Wooden Conservatory Terrarium we used.

 

Remove the plants from their plastic containers and spread out the roots with your hand. You can also remove any extra soil from the bottom of the pot if you like. Then, carefully place each plant into the terrarium. Cluster your plants together, but don’t overcrowd them.

 

Add moss around the base of each plant. This will help to  preserve moisture and also creates a finished look.

 

To finish the look, add fun touches such as giant lotus pods, pine cones, rocks, or crystals to your arrangment. Display it in an area of your home that matches the sunlight requirements of your plants, and don’t forget to water them regularly.