Monthly Archives: March 2013

Discover San Franola, One of the Local Companies Featured in Our San Francisco Easter Giveaway

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Later this week, we’re giving away a fun Easter basket chock full of Pottery Barn Easter decor and tabletop items as well as some great Easter brunch-inspired edibles from local San Francisco companies. Make sure to keep checking back to enter the giveaway! Today, though, we’re getting to know one of those local companies featured in our giveaway. Meet Matt and Dave, who founded San Franola Granola after being inspired by Dave’s father’s quest for better health (that’s them with Dave’s dad in the photo below.

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Matt and Dave answered a few interview questions for us about their company’s story and why they love living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

San Franola’s proprietary recipe took 12 years to develop.  Can you give us a bit of background?

It started with Dave’s Dad.  Inspired by his goal to improve his health, he was determined to create a healthy and nutritious snack.  For 12 years he experimented and tinkered with a new granola recipe.  Most granola is baked in butter and sugar, what if there was a way to capture amazing flavor and heighten the nutritional benefits?  A family recipe was born and it worked so well that it convinced two best friends to quit their traditional jobs and bring a healthy crunch to snacking.

 

Can you tell us a little about your granola’s unique taste?

Freshly Roasted makes a difference.  Other brands develop their flavor profile by baking in butter, flour and sugar, our unique process combined with natural ingredients including almonds, oats, cinnamon and molasses creates a rich, robust taste and big, crunchy clusters.

 

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Why is San Franola so much better for you than other granolas?

Our Freshly Roasted recipe allows us to take out the bad (less sugar, butter and flower) and put in the good (10 grams of protein plus higher fiber than other brands).

 

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How did you choose your different granola varieties?

With our distinctive and robust taste, we didn’t want to overcomplicate things.  Our recipe stands for itself.  We have two versions, With Raisins or Without Raisins and two packages, our 12 oz. re-sealable bag (perfect for the kitchen) and our 1.55 oz. Single-Serve Box (designed for on-the-go healthy snacking).

What is it like to work with your best friend?

We have always been active, our friendship started in third grade on the soccer field.  Being fitness minded, it is no surprise we started a company designed to make snacking more nutritious.  This is not just a business, but a passion, which is made even more rewarding by sharing the successes (and the challenges) with someone you trust completely.

Why did you name your product San Franola?

The Bay Area epitomizes the principles of the brand: nutrition, active lifestyle, and entrepreneurship.  We get more inspired and passionate each day that we walk around our hometown.

What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?

Innovation.  Growing up here creates a can-do mentality, not just in tech, but in the food space as well.  We are constantly stimulated and rewarded by other entrepreneurs who share our mission in making better nutrition more delicious and accessible to all.

Make sure to check back later this week for a chance to win our Easter basket giveaway, which includes four packages of San Franola Granola.

 

Pinterest Board of the Week: The Incredible Easter Egg

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Our Pinterest love affair is still going strong, and this week we’re obsessing over all of the amazing egg decorating ideas in our Happy Easter Pinterest board.While there are plenty of adorable ideas in the Pinterest board (as well as colors other than pink), these blush-colored orbs are really speaking to us this week.

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From left to right,

  1. These German Easter Eggs from Pottery Barn are perfect for so many Easter decorating needs. Use them as part of a place card for an Easter brunch, or fill a hurricane vase with them for a centerpiece on that table. Use them as part of a mantel decorating moment, or add them to topiaries outside your door. We could go on and on — they’re that adorable!
  2. Leave it to Martha Stewart to create these chic, nature-inspired eggs. We love how they’ve been staged on different white egg cups, too. You can get all of the decorations for this botanical egg DIY here.
  3. A Creative Mint shared theses sweet handpainted eggs. Take inspiration from this project and try your hand at painting something similar on your Easter eggs this year.
  4. Colorblocked. Pink. Gold. Need we say more? These eggs, featured on The Stylish Type, are the peak of chic in our book!

Check out all of the great decorating ideas on our Happy Easter Pinterest board.

Four Easy Saint Patrick’s Day Decorating Projects — Plus a Beer Mug Giveaway!

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Are you planning on raising a glass to toast to St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th? If so, we think you might be interested in our Pottery Barn beer mug giveaway. We’re giving away 10 sets of two of our Classic Beer Mugs to our fans. Keep reading to learn how to enter, and for four of our favorite ideas for decorating around the holiday.

 

Whether you’re serving Harp, Guinness , Smithwick’s or (say it isn’t so!) a domestic draught, make it stand out at a party with these Lucky Brew Labels from Benign Objects. You can download the free printable labels at her site. Serve your beer with these yummy candied mixed nuts with rosemary.

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If you have beer mugs, you definitely need coasters! We love this free printable St. Patrick’s Day coaster from Twig & Thistle. You can find all of the DIY directions here!

 

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Add some festive pop to your St. Patrick’s Day with these Lucky Irish Poppers from Kelly at Studio DIY.

 

 

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Are you partial to sweets over beer? Never fear, your beer mug can still come in handy when you use it to hold this yummy homemade shamrock shake recipe from The Naptime Chef.

 

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And now, for our giveaway!

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To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’re giving away 10 sets of two of our Classic Beer Mugs. This mug’s classic, simple design makes it a great gift (or prize!) for the beer lover. The glass is carefully molded with a wide rim and slightly flared base for subtle style.

For a chance to win one of the 10 sets of two beer mugs, simply fill out the form below by 11:59 pm PT Friday night and we’ll pick 10 winners at random.  (You can read the official rules here.)

Thank you for reading! This contest is now closed.

Link Time: A Chic, Family-Friendly House Tour

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We love this home’s family-friendly and chic style — as well as all of the Pottery Barn pieces. — Apartment Therapy

See how one blogger is decorating for Spring with our bunny tabletop accessories. — Sweethearts and Sweet Tarts

Everything you need for a St. Patrick’s Day party! — PopSugar Home

Make this! Kumquat marmalade. — Folk Magazine

10 must-know room measurements. — House Beautiful 

The evolution of a blue room. — Designer Dad Studio

Find a new favorite juice glass. — Design Sponge

These free printable leprechaun notes are just adorable. — Studio DIY

Take a different peek at Kristen’s chic and cozy home. — Front & Main

Hop To It! Easter Cards We’d Love to Find in Our Mailbox

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Time to get your Easter cards in the mail! We’ve taken the hardest part of the job out of the equation by hunting down the cutest and most charming Easter cards on the market from independent designers.

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On the top of our list is this adorable set of 4 mini cards with coordinating colors, which ships with 4 kraft brown mini envelopes. Need more choices? Check out the rest of our roundup below.

 

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Our Modern Galvanized Wall Planter Welcomes a Decidedly Old-Fashioned Flower

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Pottery Barn’s Hammered Galvanized Wall Planter is absolutely versatile and can create an incredible focal point in a garden or on a home’s porch or patio space. In the catalog and on the website, the Galvanized Wall Planter was planted with echeveria and other modern-looking succulent plants. To celebrate Plant a Flower Day (that’s today!), we decided to plant this planter with a much more traditional bloom.

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It turns out that the Pottery Barn Galvanized Wall Planter works for plants well beyond simple succulents. For a touch of spring romance, we planted the succulent planter with one of our favorite old-fashioned blooms: the bleeding heart. Lamprocapnos spectabilis also goes by the names old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or lyre flower.

 

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This rhizomatous perennial plant is native to eastern Asia from Siberia south to Japan and was first introduced to England in the 1840s, this popular ornamental plant is a surefire hit in flower gardens in temperate climates. Bleeding hearts prefer to be planted in light to medium shade, though in cooler climates it will grow in full sun.

 

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To plant it in the galvanized planter on a long-term basis, we would recommend lining the exterior grid of the planter with burlap or landscaping cloth cut to fit. Add some larger stones to the bottom of the container to promote good drainage, and enjoy this fun mix of old-fashioned floral beauty with a modern Pottery Barn planter!

 

Think Spring: Seasonal and Easter Instagram Photos From Our Pottery Barn Fans

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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 demache17 shared details from her master bath. We love the gray and yellow color scheme!

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Hippity hopping down the bunny trail . . . right onto michellesmits‘ sofa.

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Instagram user cashcowan wrote, “So I think my new Easter banner is a wee too long. What is a girl to do???#buntingproblems #easter#potterybarn” 

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We love how missustasty placed her Pottery Barn ceramic bunny on her hearth. She explains, “White Rabbit on guard and chimney gatekeeper.”

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Instagram user jenkins showed off photos of her lovely roses and Scroll Tile Rug at her home.

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Instagramuser justycornell created a fun bunny tablescape, explaining, “Time to bust out the Spring/Easter decor! Thanks to a few of my favorite stores!” (Find her bunnies here.)

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Instagram user keelowitt  wrote, “Well… y’all knew this was happening! #ilovechickies”

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Want to share your Pottery Barn favorite finds? Tag your posts with #pbstyle and you might just see your Instagram photo on our blog!