Monthly Archives: March 2013

Mix Neutrals With Bright Pops of Color in the Living Room

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Get inspired by these living rooms. We love the pops of yellow in this otherwise neutral living room! — Country Living

Tips for decorating with leaves and fronds. — Sweet Paul

Paint strategies — what’s yours? — House Tweaking

Planting heirloom plants? Get this gardener’s perspective. — Folk Magazine

We can’t believe that this darling apartment is only 300 square feet! — Apartment Therapy

Learn how to sow seeds. — The Blender

Spring Forward This Weekend — and Spring Out of Bed, Thanks to Our Pocket Watch Clock Giveaway

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Like many of you, we’re eager to for the extra hour of daylight that will begin tomorrow evening, thanks to Daylight Savings Time. Make sure to turn your clocks forward tonight. And while Daylight Savings Time is officially scheduled each year for 2 in the morning on Sunday, we won’t tell anyone if you do it after you wake up tomorrow morning. Check out these fun facts about Daylight Savings Time:

Benjamin Franklin is credited with the idea of Daylight Saving Time, though it wasn’t instituted while he was alive.

 It wasn’t until 1895 that George Vernon Hudson reintroduced the concept. Why’d he do so? He wanted more time for his insect collecting hobby!

 The first official Daylight Savings mandate occurred during World War I.

 The Uniform Time Act of 1966 made Daylight Savings Time a standard practice


To celebrate the return to a lengthier, more sun-filled late afternoon and evening, we’re giving away 10 of our Small Pocket Watch Clocks. Our handsome timepiece recalls an antique English pocketwatch that one of our designers inherited from his great-grandfather, and features a case crafted in brass as well as subtly stylized black Roman numerals  that stand out against a bright white dial.

For a chance to win one of our Small Pocket Watch Clocks, simply fill out the form below by 11:59 pm PT Sunday 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.

House Tour: Kristen’s Rustic, Beachy Family Home

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We first spotted photographer Kristen Vincent‘s home on our Instagram feed, and that first glimpse of her home left us smitten. Eager to see more of her style, we arranged for a house tour and interview. Keep reading to learn more about Kristen’s home, photography business and design sense.




Can you tell us a little about your home?

“I live in Coronado, CA with my two children. My daughter, Katelyn, is 12 and my son, Mitchell, is 9. We’ve been at our current home for just over a year now. When we moved in the house was really bland — it was basically a blank canvas of white walls and tasteless blinds. The positive side of moving into such a house is that this blank canvas did leave plenty of room for my imagination and creativity to run wild and was just waiting for me to add my own style to the house.”




What’s most important to you when decorating and furnishing your home?

“This is where we had to get creative. I really wanted pieces that were functional and timeless, that could transition into another home easily if I decided to move. But with two kids in the house I didn’t want anything that felt too stuffy. At the same time, I wanted the place to be a relaxing retreat for when I came home after a long day at work. Add the fact that my bedroom also doubles as my office and studio, while my living room is the space where my clients wait while I am working with their infants, and this project seemed impossible! Trying to merge all of these aspects of my life into one house was a bit tricky. Thankfully my friends Karyn Frazier and Jessica Nicolls of Bungalow 56 Interiors were ready to tackle this project with full force.”

How would you describe your style?

“I would have to say the style of my home is best described as rustic chic meets cozy beach cottage.”




How did you get the idea for the pallet wall in the bedroom? How did you execute it?

“I can’t take credit for the pallet wall. The girls from Bungalow 56 came up with the idea. It works well because it’s a great back drop for my photo shoots, it fits with the style of the home and it was definitely an economical option. The pallets were secured with nails to the wall. My contractor friend, Kraig Nicolls of Nicolls, Inc. was kind enough to help us install the pallets, as well as all the lighting and art. This beautiful room is mine—it’s my sanctuary!”




We love how relaxed and chic your living room is. How did you decide on this room’s style? What PB products are used here?”

“A relaxed atmosphere with lots of chic was the goal for the living room. I wanted a space in which I could entertain clients during the day, and when the sun goes down, snuggle with my kids on the sofa and watch a great movie. The Pottery Barn products we used include: Chelsea Slipcovered Three-piece Sectional, the Natural Burlap Wrapped Candles, Leah Pillar Candle Holders, Owen Herringbone Jute RugCaden Leather Rectangular Ottoman, a variety of pillows, the Marley Antique Mercury Glass Lamp and the Bleached Burlap Shade.”


How does your work as a photographer inform your sense of style at home?

“I would decribe my photography style as simple and eclectic with great attention to detail. Capturing a childs simple smile with gorgeous light on their face or the glance of a bride to her mother just before she says I do…those moments are why I am a photographer. To share beauty with others and share in the most precious moments of their life is truly special. I want my home to reflect that same attention to detail and be inviting to my family friends and clients. To be a place were people can let their guard down and be authentic.”




We love the window wall art on the wall in the living room. Can you tell us more about it?

“When we first started working on this project we were looking for an old door or window that we could use as both a beautiful piece for the wall, something we could add hooks to for hanging jackets and what not and something that we could place portraits in. When I saw this door I knew it was it! The last finishing touch will be six black-and-white portraits of my grandparents during their younger years. Functional. Color. Bright . . . makes me happy.”




How did you decide on the mason jar chandelier for this room?


“I was looking for something that would add a good amount of light to the space because at night the living room only has a floor lamp and a table lamp. I loved the clean simple look that the mason jars lended to the room. Nicolls Inc installed it and initially it was so bright with 16 bulbs. He added a dimmer and its just perfect. I can’t tell you how many people just love it!”

We also love your office area. Is this an entire room or a smaller nook? What would you recommend for readers looking to set up a similar space in their own homes?

“The office area used to be one of two closets in the master bedroom. We (the girls from Bungalow 56 and I) spent Superbowl Sunday painting up a storm. We used front door mats cut to size for the flooring and we were able to get that finished in a single weekend. For someone wanting to set up a similar space, I would say go for it. It’s totally worth it. I would also pass along the phone number of my friends at Bungalow 56! They were the brains of the operation.”




What do you love most about your home?

“I love that my home is feminine without being ‘girly.’ Its inviting and has so many spaces that are comfortable to relax in and look gorgeous. I think my canvas collage in my dining area, the wall art in my entry and my new office are my favorite spots.”
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A Locally-Oriented Gallery Wall and Vintage Yardstick Collection

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We love unusual collections, and when Pottery Barn fan Deb sent in these photos of her home, we were delighted with her great style — and her yardstick collection. We caught up with Deb to ask her about her style and collection.


Can you tell us about your yardstick collection?

“I started the yardstick collection about seven years ago. I purchased about 30 at a local auction, and I just continue to add to it. The only criteria I have is that they be local. Friends and family quite often gift me with them.”

How did you create your gallery wall? Do you have any favorite art pieces on the wall?

“My gallery wall has grown over the years. It started with the gift of a Charles Capps woodcut. He was an original member of the Prairie Print Makers (A small group of Kansas artists that wanted to promote print making). From there I have tried to acquire works from other artists in Kansas. They have come from auctions, estate sales, Goodwill and my mother-in-law’s closet. My favorite might be the large pumpkin, which I don’t think can be seen in the photos. It is my daughter’s work from an art class in 4th grade!”


What do you love about this area of your home?

“The credenza was a purchase from an auction about 10 years ago. Its first life may have been in a garage, but I loved it. It fits perfectly along the living room wall and has lots of great storage. I also love it because it provides a great base for displaying objects. The lamps were made by my husband from old table legs and cast iron floor lamp bases. I love them.”



What Pottery Barn pieces did you use here?

“The trencher bowl or dough bowl is from Pottery Barn and was a gift. It is the perfect showcase for the yardstick collection. For fall it has been filled with gourds and at Christmas with pinecones and poinsettias.”

Thanks for sharing your home with us, Deb! If you want to show off your home as well, make sure to submit photos and information here.

Our Favorite Trends From the Pottery Barn Summer Preview

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Ah . . . summer’s finally here! Okay, that’s just wishful thinking, but the good news is that the Pottery Barn summer preview is finally here. Check out some of our favorite trends from this sneak peek at the summer collection.



Creating a successful room design isn’t just about color or balance — it’s also about texture. That’s why these rope-embellished pieces are such major favorites of ours. From top left, clockwise: The Seaglass Rope Bottle Stopper, the Abaca Woven Pendant Lamp, our Beachcomber Rope Pillar Candles and the Rope Knot Table Lamp.



Summer is seemingly synonymous with sea creatures, so it’s no surprise that fish, whales, lobsters, starfish and other ocean life is making its way into our textiles, tabletop and pillow designs. From top left, clockwise: the Octopus Serving Pedestal, the Seahorse Drink Dispenser Stand, the Pesce Melamine Appetizer Plate Set and the Atlantic Duvet Cover and Sham.



Another trend we are absolutely adoring is the lovely selection of striped textiles in the summer collection. From top left, clockwise: the Hermosa Stripe Napkin Set, the Hermosa Stripe Yarn Indoor/Outdoor Rug, the Hermosa Stripe Outdoor Pillow and the Hermosa Stripe Table Runner.

Do you have a favorite summer decorating trend? Shop our entire summer preview and prep for the upcoming season. No matter how much snow may be outside your window right now, we promise that the warmer seasons will arrive sooner than you think!

Find and Share Spring Inspiration With These Links!

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Did you follow along with last week’s Six Days of Spring posts? If you missed it, we shared ideas on the blog for spring updates, covering everything from easy pillow makeovers to vertical kitchen gardens. Every post also had links to five other bloggers who also shared their projects, so there was plenty of spring inspiration to soak up. After last week’s posts, we’re excited to see spring-related posts that other bloggers have been working on!



Today we’re celebrating spring with a linky party. Anyone who wants to join the linky party will be entered in a drawing to win a $250 gift card from Pottery Barn. And anyone who leaves a comment is entered to win $50 in merchandise from participating blogger Jennifer Rizzo’s online shop, opening later this month!

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To be eligible to win the $250 Gift card, you must add the button seen above at the top of the post you are linking to. You must also have a back link to one of our blogs in the post. If you are picked and you do not have a button and a backlink, you won’t be eligible to win, so make sure to link back and add the button! Winners will be announced on March 13th!

This is a joint linky party so your link will show up on all six blogs. You can get up to two extra entries for pinning this button, or facebooking about it. To be eligible for the $50 in shop merchandise, you just need to leave a comment on one of our blogs.

Happy linking! We can’t wait to see what decorating and spring DIYing you’re up to!

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