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.

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  Shirley at Housepitality Designs cleverly used two of the bunny stands as bookends on her mantel.
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  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”!
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  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!
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  Lara from KDHamptons used one of the bunny stands as a prop for camellia flowers. Gorgeous!
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  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!
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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!