Monthly Archives: March 2013

Great Organizational Ideas For Spring!

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Fantastic ideas for getting your linen closets this spring. — Country Living

Kara’s whimsical Woodland Organic Duvet Cover adds a punch of pattern to her bedroom. — Apartment Therapy

Five easy herbs to grow on your windowsill. — Gardenista

Spring cleaning tips from the pros. — Refinery29

See how these chicken coops got artsy. — The Blender

Tips for decorating with monochrome. — Rue Magazine

DIY projects to try this weekend. — PopSugar Home

See How Pottery Barn Fans are Decorating For Easter With Our Bunny Dessert Stands!

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To celebrate Easter, today we’re sharing some of the clever and pretty ways that Pottery Barn fans are decorating for Easter with our bunny dessert stands. From bookends to flower pedestals, we think you’ll be inspired by their creativity! Lara from Air Kissed shared this pretty vignette that gave the classic Easter basket and bunny a natural, subdued color palette. We love the effect. easterdecor2013-2prepre   Shirley at Housepitality Designs cleverly used two of the bunny stands as bookends on her mantel. DSC_7732   Kelly at The Party Dress used the Pottery Barn bunny dessert stands to hold candy that looks like peas and carrots. We’ll eat those “veggies”! peas-carrots   We love the bright, tropical colors in this Easter tablescape found on Around the House. Phyllis explains, “These cute little bunny stands are from Pottery Barn . . . I never got a chance to use these little fellas last year, so this is my chance.” We hadn’t thought about using these stands as a flower cloche — what a brilliant idea! 2-DSC_0018   Lara from KDHamptons used one of the bunny stands as a prop for camellia flowers. Gorgeous! image-1-copy   Torie Jayne used a bunny dessert stand as a holder for her brightly hued washi tape. We love the idea of using the dessert stand in a craft room! 8507858872_9795a92cdf_b (1) How are you decorating with our bunny dessert stands? Leave a link to your best bunny dessert stand decorating moments to share your style with our readers.

Two Home Decorating DIYs to Freshen Up Your Home

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Have you read the new spring issue of Sweet Paul magazine? Today, Sweet Paul is sharing two totally inspiring spring home decorating DIYs with our readers. Which one will you choose to try? Keep reading for the directions!

 

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Wooden Bead Lamp

You will need:
lamp set (cord, socket, and plug)
 large wooden beads (I used about 35)
 scissors
 small screw driver
 low-watt bulb

1. Add the socket to the cord. (There are plenty of helpful how-to videos online to show you how to do this.)
2. Place all the wooden beads on the cord.
3. Attach the plug to the cord according to the instructions.
4. Screw in a low-watt bulb and your lamp is ready!
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Rope Bowls

You will need:

 thick cotton rope (the thicker the rope the faster it goes)
 bowl
 glue gun

1. Start by folding the end of the rope and gluing together.
2. Glue a little at a time until you get the diameter you need.
3. Place on top of a bowl that’s upside down and glue small parts at a time so that you follow the shape of the bowl.
4. Continue until your bowl is large enough.
5. In order for the end of the rope not to fray, use the glue gun and glue the ends together.
6. Fold the end over the bowl and glue in place.

A Bright and Beautiful Floral-Filled Easter Tablescape

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Laura at Bright, Bold and Beautiful created this vibrant Easter tablescape using Pottery Barn products. We’re in love with the bold and colorful florals that adorn her Easter tablescape and hope that you’ll be inspired to add a kaleidoscope of colors to your Easter table this year. We checked in with Laura to discover her process behind this lovely floral Easter tablescape.

 

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What was your main inspiration for this tablescape (besides the PB product)?

“Spring is about celebrating life and renewal. I knew I wanted an alfresco setting for our ‘girlfriends Easter Brunch for four.’ (Remember this PB post?)”

 

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We love the mirrored placemats. Can you tell us more about this idea?

“When choosing the colors for the tablescape, we decided to keep the table runners and place mats neutral in order for the bright colorful spring blooms to shine and take center stage.”

 

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How did you create the nest on the bunny dessert stand?

Sarah Chiffriller, a local floral designer, created the nest on the bunny stand from a grape vine wreath. She laced lily grass through it, then glued on three eggs. She then used runuculus, spray roses and tulips woven throughout.”

 

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What do you love most about spring tablescapes?

“Coming out of the winter months, it’s always refreshing to be outside in nature. I love an alfresco spring tablescape filled with bright blooms of the season.”

Photos courtesy J&D Photography

 

 

A Fresh and Elegant Easter Tablescape

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Julie from Coordinately Yours just shared this gorgeous Easter tablescape with us, which is full of easy and lovely decorating ideas. We chatted with Julie to learn more about how she accomplished this lovely look and how you can re-create it for your own Easter brunch.

 

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 How did you hit upon the color palette?

“I was inspired by natural brown eggs and love soft blue for spring. Creating a simple palette allows the food to be the focal point.”

 

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We love your egg and tulip centerpiece! How did you accomplish this look?

“It was so easy! Using a wooden box {that grocery stores receive cheese shipments in}, I added a little fabric to build it up, added eggs, and then snipped stems of tulips a half hour before to tuck in randomly between eggs. The beauty of it is that it’s perfectly imperfect. There is no right or wrong way! The flowers lasted all day!”

 

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We love the idea of using eggs as place cards. How did you come up with this idea?

“I’ve always thought eggs in egg cups were beautiful, but they have to serve a purpose to grace the table as space can be a commodity. Using a gold Sharpie, I wrote each guests’ name on a hardboiled egg, making them edible place cards.”

 

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Why did you use these Pottery Barn Rustic Luxe Napkins for your place setting?

“The ruffled linen napkins I found at Pottery Barn are so simple and elegant. Everything I wanted my Easter table to be! Linen adds a hint of luxury while still feeling relaxed. ”

 

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Why do you like to host on Easter?

“I enjoy hosting Easter because it just feels easy. With brunch, much of it can be prepared the night before, making hosting more relaxing and enjoyable and allowing me to focus on my guests.”

 

Photography courtesy Alea Lovely

Get Inspired For Spring With This Dreamy, Rustic, White Kitchen

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Becky at Buckets of Burlap shared these inspiring photos of her absolutely dreamy rustic white kitchen. If you love white interiors, you’re in for a treat.

 

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How would you describe your style?

“I describe my style as ‘Vintage Country Farmhouse.’  I love the simplicity of country living.”

 

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Can you tell us more about how you changed your countertops?

“We installed butcher block countertops last year when we did a kitchen remodel.  However, I wanted to tone down all of the different wood tones. So, we painted the countertops in VALSPAR kitchen & bath enamel Bistro White and finished with Polycrylic in clear satin.”

 

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We’re in love with your farmhouse sink. Did this come original to the home or did you add it?

“The Whitehaus farm sink was added last year during our kitchen remodel. It is one of my favorite additions.”

 

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What are some of your favorite pieces in your kitchen?

“My husband and I designed our kitchen. Some of our favorite pieces (built by my husband)are the custom barnwood vent hood and farm table. However, the vintage island (found at a flea market) is our most loved and used piece in the kitchen.”

 

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How did you decide on an all-white kitchen?

“An all-white kitchen is perfect for our small space. Different tones of white help this space seem a bit larger. The white walls and countertops are a perfect contrast to the barnwood vent hood and hard wood floors.”

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All photos courtesy Buckets of Burlap

Passover Begins Tonight! What Are Your Favorite Holiday Seder Memories?

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For millions of Jewish households,  Passover is the time to gather together to commemorate the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.  Passover begins on the 14th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, and Passover seder marks the perfect time to celebrate and observe the Passover story with family and friends over a good meal.

 

 

We reached out to a few friends and Pottery Barn fans to hear about their favorite elements of Passover seder. Here’s what they told us:

  • “Every Passover I join my family and good friends at my parent’s house as we read the story of Passover and share a beautiful meal together. I always volunteer to set the dining table with beautiful linens and special place settings. This year, I am going to surprise my mother by bringing home a new matzah plate. It will be a perfect addition to our family’s Passover table for years to come.” — Leslie
  • “The Afikomen is so much fun. It was great as a kid zooming through the house trying to find it and now it’s great watching my kids and my sisters’ kids hunting around.” — Robin
  • “Passover is always my favorite time of year to gather around with my family. This holiday is almost as much about the people sitting around the table as it is about the food you are sharing as everyone brings their own spin to the more traditional classics. It doesn’t matter how old everyone gets, finding the Afikomen is still a childhood tradition that we keep alive within our family. Passover brings out the inner child in everyone!” — Jacqueline
  • “The second night of Passover we had an interfaith seder with friends and family. It was an opportunity for us to share believes with those who were not otherwise familiar with the tradition. We encouraged everyone to taste the elements on the seder plate if they were unfamiliar with them. There was a younger member of the dinner who decided to try the horseradish. We may have mentioned the texture was carrot-like. Well the poor child bit in to it like a carrot. Her face was red and tears welled up but she was otherwise ok. We all were horrified but after she recovered we all laughed about it and still tease her to this day.” — Meg
  • “Last year I hosted my first Seder and was so excited to put together the ingredients for the Seder plate. As we approached the part in the Seder when we taste the horseradish root, we all got quite the surprise . . . I had bought ginger root instead of a horseradish root!” — Jenna

 

 

 

Do you have a favorite Passover seder memory? Share it in the comments below!

 

Tour a Colonial Home’s Charming Renovation

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This Kansas colonial-style home received an incredible and colorful renovation. —  Country Living

The new issue of Sweet Paul is out. We’re so excited! — Sweet Paul Magazine

Take a peek at Jessica’s cozy and charming bedroom. — House*Tweaking

These photographers look like paintings . . . and for a good reason! — PopSugar Home

This home office makeover is so inspiring. — Shabby Creek Cottage

This dinner menu features a spring-inspired side dish. Yum! — The Blender

Tips for staying organized without closets. — Refinery29

10 must-know room measurements. — House Beautiful

Author Danielle Rollins Shares Her Entertaining Tips

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This week Danielle Rollins, author of Soiree, joined us on Facebook for a chat and Q&A with fans.She provided so many great tips that we were compelled to round up all of them for any fans that might have missed the online chat on Wednesday. Whether you’re hosting a holiday brunch, intimate dinner or grand party, these tips will serve you well in your party preparations.

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Throwing a party in a small city apartment “The biggest tip that I can give anyone is that it’s not the size of the space, it’s the amount of storage you have available. I love the Coleman camping tables that you can fold up and hide under your sofa. You can pull them out for a party, cover them with beautiful linens. Check out the party I did with Miles Redd from the September 2011 issue of Veranda. I did this party in a dressing room! Talk about a small space and thinking outside the box.”

Decorating for a spring party or gathering “Use the colors you already have. Look at what’s seasonal, too. I always try to start with the flowers. Look at the grocery store at florals that are available and then pair these with colors you already have. Think seasonal, think soft. For me, spring is about the paler colors: the pinks, the lavenders and the soft blues.”

 

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Creating a fun theme for a bridal shower “I love something that’s girly. I love a tea party presented in a modern way. It’s a perfect way to get a bunch of girls together and it’s less stress, since you can prepare or purchase all of the food ahead of time. Check out the girly-girly tea party on page 94 of my book for more ideas! There’s a great drink recipe on that page as well.”

Thinking outside the box for party food “One of my new favorite ideas that I’m planning on doing myself is a deviled eggs bar, where the deviled eggs are already prepared and we have Himalayan sea salt, crumbled candied bacon, smoked salt and capers and more toppings set up so people can personalize their deviled eggs. It’s something different and fun!”

How to relax and enjoy the party when you’re hosting “Honestly it’s all in the attitude. Prepare and set out as you can ahead of time. Even if it’s something that has to be assembled at the time of the party, try to prepare each part of that dish ahead of time. Also establish a timeline for yourself that allows you some time to get dressed, relax, and prepare before your guests arrive. It’s really about being with your guests and enjoying their company.”

 

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Entertaining with children “I usually have a separate children’s table where I can set up activities for the kids (keeping in mind very short attention spans!). It can be as simple as buckets of sidewalk chalk or personalizing Easter eggs. We also love to stage the Easter egg hunt about the time that the adults eat, and have the children eat first.” “With any children’s party it’s best to keep it simple and pick a theme based on something the children love — I did one for my own child around ladybugs of all things, and I have done another party with reptiles. It’s about capturing the child’s interests and imagination. How about splurging on a festive cake and don’t forget to take lots of pictures

 

How to set up the order of a buffet “Think form and function. Silverware, if it’s not on the table, should go first and should be rolled up in napkins. Then set out your stacks of plates. Place lighter foods at the beginning of the buffet and heavier foods and meats in the middle. I usually set up a separate dessert table, too. This way people can make multiple trips. The most important part of any buffet is to make multiple but smaller dishes of something for your table so you can keep things replenished easily. No one likes to take the last of anything!”

 

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Choosing registry items “It’s always important to only purchase what you use. If you don’t think you’re going to use fine china, skip it and invest in more casual pieces that you’ll use all the time. I love mixing and matching and I rarely use full sets the way they’re intended. Mixing and matching allows me to have a lot more freedom to expand on what I have. Also remember, this isn’t the last time you’re going to buy tableware. Start with a base collection that you can add to over time.”

Planning a baby shower theme and menu “I would start with the food and drink. Find out what your expecting mom has been craving. (Pregnant women can be quite picky!) Try to build your menu from there. As for decorations, you can riff on the colors of the nursery and create your theme and color scheme around that. Any part of entertaining is giving a gift of time, so find out what that person likes and you can never go wrong. One of my favorite baby showers I did was having all of the guests bring their favorite baby book. It created a very sweet present for the expecting mom.”

 

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Setting up a party menu for teen fashionistas “I love anything in mini. Remember, it’s not what you serve, it’s how you serve it. Think mini sliders, mini corn dogs, mini cupcakes, mini cones of french fries, or mini mac and cheese. You can also create a special drink for them in a shade of hot pink. I’m sure your budding fashionistas will love this menu!”

Pursuing a career in party planning “Try to find someone you can intern with or learn from. Ask as many people in that current profession how they got there, what they do, and their best advice. Take advice from any and every source you can get. Find something that’s unique that other people aren’t doing to create a niche for yourself in the market.”

Simple Easter centerpiece ideas “Decorate with baskets filled with pastel dyed Easter eggs, simple clay pots with hyacinths or other seasonal florals. I love Pottery Barn’s Easter collection, because it’s something you can reuse for other occasions.”  

 

 

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How to pair flowers with a terra cotta vase “Look at the colors in nature, think of a monarch butterfly or peacock — none of the colors seem to really match but they all coordinate! I love orange flowers, they are some of my very favorites. spiky protea pincushion flower, orange ranunculus, Seville roses… and don’t be afraid to mix multiple florals in the similar shades to keep it interesting.”

Throwing a simple and laid back high school graduation dinner party “Why not do something very simple? What about pizza? I have done a party outdoors where it was one long table and served simple pizzas, but served them on wooden pizza peels with salad passed family-style. Everyone loved it, it was easy, it was affordable and it was simple. Take a look at Southern Living, June 2011 on my website for inspiration.”

 

All photos courtesy Danielle Rollins

We’re Wishing You a Happy Easter With Our Easter Basket Giveaway!

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We’re excited to celebrate Easter by giving away a special Easter basket delivered to your door, chock full of yummy San Francisco edibles and beautiful Pottery Barn pieces. Want to win this yummy basket, brimming over with delightful treats? Keep reading to find out what’s in the basket, and to learn how to enter to win it.Easter-Contest-3
Our Easter Basket contains:

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Want to win this fabulous Easter basket? Just fill out the form below (you can click here for the official rules). Make sure to also leave a comment and tell us how you’re celebrating Easter this year!

Thank you for reading! This contest is now closed.