Monthly Archives: February 2013

This Weekend, Curl Up With a Good Book (After You Try This Bookmark DIY)

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A crafty tutorial that’s quick, cute and requires only two simple steps? Those are just three of the reasons we love this cute button DIY from Sweet Paul Magazine (psst, the new issue comes out in March!). Keep reading to get the oh-so-easy directions for the bookmark DIY, then find out what some of our favorite Twitter friends are recommending as their current book of choice this month. We’re inspired to crack open a new favorite novel or coffee table book — are you?


Make the perfect gift for any reader in a snap!

You Will Need:

  • Vintage Buttons
  • Large Paperclips
  • Superglue

  • Simply glue the button to the top of the paperclip.
  • Let it dry and it’s ready to use!


Can you believe how easy that bookmark DIY is? Now, for the perfect book for your new button bookmark. Check out the titles that some of our Twitter pals are loving right now:


What’s on your reading list this season? We’d love to get more recommendations of favorite can’t-miss titles!

Photos courtesy Alexandra Grablewski

Oscars Excitement: See Why We’re Inspired By The Oscar-Nominated Film Anna Karenina

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Anna Karenina is nominated in the category of Production Design in this year’s Academy Awards, and for good reason. Production designer Sarah Greenwood and set decorator Katie Spencer went above and beyond when re-imagining Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina for the screen.


Director Joe Wright struck upon the unique notion that “the action would be taking place within a beautiful decaying theatre, which in itself would be omnipresent, a metaphor for Russian society of the time as it rotted from the inside.”


Production designer Sarah Greenwood and set decorator Katie Spencer visited locations, including the condemned Alexandra Palace theatre in London, before deciding to build the entire set from scratch.Other film locations include the Karenin home, the Oblonsky house, an ice rink, a ball, an opera, a society soirée, and a horse race, as well as snowy landscapes and the train station.


Echoing the film’s elaborate sets are the costumes, which were based on late 19th century imperial Russian designs as well as 1950s European haute couture.


The entire film is a stunning visual feast, from costume to set design to story.



What films inspired you this year in terms of set and production design?

Source: Photos courtesy Focus Features

Learn the Steps to Create the Perfect Pottery Barn Bed

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Ever wonder how to get the look of the beds you see in Pottery Barn’s catalogs and photo shoots? Well, wonder no more. Today we’re showing you how to create the perfect Pottery Barn bed with a list of tips and tricks. Keep reading to find out how to get a Pottery Barn look in your bedroom.

Start with comfortable and quality basics, including a bed skirt, fitted sheet, flat sheet, duvet insert, pillow inserts, duvet, quilt, euro shams, sleeping pillows and standard shams.
  To extend the life of your mattress, try turning it every three months. It’s easy to remember to do so by tagging the corner of the mattress with the month it was last turned.
  Use hotel corners create a neat and tailored look. To create hotel corners, fold the bottom tail of the sheet diagonally across the side of the bed. Then, tuck the excess sheeting under the mattress.
  While ironing is always a nice step, you can also refresh the bed by lightly spritzing it with a water bottle scented with fresh lavender.
  To create visual and textural interest, layer varied fabrics on your bed, such as silk, linen, velvet and cotton.
  When making the bed, give your duvet a  good shake to fluff it and prevent bunching.
  To easily add pillows to pillow cases, fold them in half before inserting.Then, fluff them before you layer them on the bed.

For even more tips, check out this video showing you step by step how to create a Pottery Barn-style bed!

Shop some of our favorite bedding products below:


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A Vintage-Inspired Gallery Wall Display

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Laura at Finding Home recently shared this gallery wall with us, and we were smitten. We thought our readers might enjoy hearing about her experience, as well as tips for creating something similar in your own homes.



Can you tell us a little about this project? Where is it located? How did you come up with the idea?

“This project is in our kitchen, but it is also the main pathway to move through our home. I wanted to bring more personality to the wall and include things that our family loves. Plus, I was looking for a unique way to display our family photographs. I kept working on an arrangement on the floor in front of it until I found something I was happy with.”



What do you like about gallery walls?

“I like that gallery walls really fill a space and bring character in. Sometimes a piece of artwork really should be on its own to make a statement. But in this case I really wanted to pull together a collection of unique and vintage items.”


Do you have any favorite pieces amongst the photography, art and decorative objects you used here?

“The family photos of our hands and our feet are my absolute favorites. The ‘OPEN’ sign was a meaningful gift from a very dear friend. The print of the Flatiron Building used to hang in my grandfather’s office. The large key we brought back from our trip to Paris, and the boot moulds just make me swoon! So, pretty much everything is a favorite, — which is why I pulled them all together in such a central location of our home.”



Why did you decide to use the Tanner Console Table and Stool in this space?

“What I love about the Tanner Console Table and Stool is that it brings in clean and simple lines to contrast with the vintage pieces. The glass, black and smooth leather bring a contemporary edge that helps bring it all together with more character and provide a great contrast to all the wood details.”


Inspired to try a gallery wall of your own? Get Laura’s full tutorial on her blog, Finding Home.

Our Customers Show Off Their Beautiful Homes on Instagram

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We’re big Instagram fans, and are always happy to find images from Pottery Barn customers and fans posted through Instagram.  If you’re an Instagram fan, too, we’d love it if you followed Pottery Barn on Instagram. Want to share your Pottery Barn favorite finds? Tag your posts with #pbstyle and you might just see your Instagram photo on our blog! Here are a few Pottery Barn Instagram photos from our customers that are wowing us this week.

Instagram user carolinabrearley wrote, “New addition to our kitchen.” Fabulous look!


Instagram user mrshubert wrote, “At the beginning of the week there was just a bench here! Thank #potterybarn!”




Instagram user mr_mmmmmatt shows his love of kitchen accessories. We’re a fan of this piece, too!


Instagram user juliedsims shares, “Our first wedding gift came in!” (Great registry selection!)


Instagram user tonihammersly shared that she loves this new Pottery Barn office sign. Looks like the perfect spot to get to work to us!


Pinterest Board of the Week: True Blue Focuses on Our Favorite Color of the Moment

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Guilty as charged: we can’t stop pinning. This week, we’re excited about our board True Blue, which features decorating ideas, decor moments and stylish food shots all in beautiful, deep shades of blue.

We’re sharing dozens of fun ideas on the Pinterest board True Blue, including these four Pins.

From top left, clockwise:

  1. This blue bedroom, featured in House to Home, is inspiring us to look to architectural salvage for a headboard  alternative. The gorgeous shibori throw adds a beautiful deep blue feature to this room.
  2. Blue on blue on blue: this plate vignette from Souvlaki For the Soul has us craving a berry dessert.
  3. Our Calista Duvet Cover and Sham are made from a cotton linen bland and feature a bandana-inspired design.
  4. This still life by Caroline Arber Photography creates a lovely tonal balance between blues and yellows.

Are you decorating with blue in your home? Share your ideas with us in the comments, or let us know what you’re pinning, too!