Do the April showers in your area look like they might be extending their downpours well into the month of May? While you’re waiting for those May flowers to make an appearance, we suggest taking a page from The Lilypad Cottage’s book of style by creating a cozy rainy day reading nook. The Lilypad Cottage is the creative outlet for Kelly Rinzema, a wife and stay-at-home mom, who is obsessed with decorating (and re-decorating) her Michigan lake home. She and her husband designed and built their home in 2010 and she has been busy rearranging things ever since. When not in the middle of a DIY project or splashing in the lake with her kids, she loves to blog about and share her coastal cottagey style, lake views and creative ideas for busy moms. We especially adore her rainy day reading nook.
Kelly writes, “We have a long narrow hallway upstairs, which is not my fave, but after going in circles with our architect, he finally convinced me that it just had to be. Although, he made me feel a lot better about it by suggesting we tuck a cute little window seat at the end.”
Inspired to try a similar look at your home? See what we rounded up below.
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As we look forward to outdoor parties and entertaining, we’re inspired by Monica Pedersen’s new book Make It Beautiful: Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home. Monica is a designer and HGTV host, and she also has a flair for transforming an outdoor setting into an absolutely gorgeous affair. Today, she shares her tips with us for creating an elegant outdoor party that’s also eco in nature. We think this party will serve as great inspiration for an outdoor wedding reception, celebration dinner or even Mother’s Day gathering. Keep reading for Monica’s tips — and make sure to check back in with us tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30th at 10am PT / 12pm CT when Monica chats with us live on Facebook!
“For large gatherings either rent dinnerware or invest in a basic white collection that can be used over and over again for a number of different occasions. (Keep your packing supplies to store your new dishes in case space is an issue.)”
“Bring natural fibers to the table like hemstitch linens and woven accessories.”
“Save energy and create the same kind of ambience that you have in your dining rooms by hanging candlelit lanterns or chandeliers above your outdoor table. Make sure to use dripless, smokeless candles . ( And don’t hesitate to bring your indoor accessories outdoors.) ”
“Use glass containers, they can easily be repurposed as a floral vessel, candle holder, or simply to show off some colorful candy. As we all know glass is also a recyclable material.”
“Make it easy for your guests to recycle by having clearly marked trash receptacles.”
To celebrate Monica’s Facebook chat with us tomorrow, we’re giving away five copies of her gorgeous new book Make It Beautiful: Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home. (Find the official rules for the giveaway here.) To enter, simply fill out the form below. Make sure to also leave a comment telling us your favorite ways to add eco elements to outdoor entertaining!
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We love the bold-striped Pottery Barn bedding in this modern bedroom. — Front & Main
8 ways to boost your curb appeal. — Centsational Girl
Add a touch of Paris to your home. — Elements of Style
Tour a preppy-eclectic DC home. — Apartment Therapy
These shadow boxes are absolutely dreamy. — Sweet Paul
Discover America’s best farmer’s markets. — Country Living
We love this bedroom makeover! — Designer Dad Studio
Steal style inspiration from this mansion makeover. — PopSugar Home
We’re a little obsessed with ikats at the moment, as evidenced by our current collection, which features the print on everything from serving platters to garden umbrellas. We caught up with MJ, one of Pottery Barn’s textile designers, to learn the story behind some of the ikat designs used this season
For the Ellis design, shown above on the right, MJ told us that the design was baed on Uzbekistan ikats. “Uzbeki ikats represent the sun, and are seen as amulets. The Ellis design features a sun symbol that we originally found on an antique Uzbeki coat,” explains MJ. “The coats were from a collection from an estate sale in Berkeley from a woman who had traveled all over Central Asia and Pakistan in the 1970s. A friend of ours who’s an antique dealer knew about the sale and bought them for us, and then we bought the coats from her.”
For the Zoe design, shown above, MJ told us, “The Zoe design is a tulip. Tulips are a powerful symbol for the Uzbeki people, and are a symbol of the Ottonman sultans. These tulip-shaded designs considered a sign of wealth.”
Are you as fascinated with ikats as we are? Take a peek below for more ways to add this pattern to your home.
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Lately, we can’t stop daydreaming about summer florals and the beautiful ways you can arrange these leggy blossoms. Luckily, Aethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of San Francisco-based floral shop Studio Choo have recently released a wonderful new book, The Flower Recipe Book.
The Flower Recipe Book breaks down each floral arrangement into manageable steps. Even the least floral-savvy among us will be able to create gorgeous arrangements thanks to this new book. Check out a receipe that features cosmos and scabiosa (one of our favorite flowers) below.
Cosmos Recipe 2: With Company
20 stems of cosmos, in assorted colors
5 stems of yarrow
5 stems of tweedia
5 stems of scabiosa
Tall ceramic vase
1. Choose a vase that complements this summery palette.
2. Gather the stems of cosmos into a bunch, loosely lining up the bottom leaves, then trim and place them in the vase. The blooms will be at different heights.
3. Trim and add the yarrow stems to the center of the arrangement, filling in spaces between the cosmos.
4. Trim and add the tweedia stems to fill the remaining spaces. Finish with the long stems of scabiosa, trimming and grouping two in one area and three on the opposite side.
Want to read more? Pick up a copy of The Flower Recipe Book online or in your local bookstore!
Excerpted from THE FLOWER RECIPE BOOK by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2013. Photographs by Paige Green
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.
We love bet11878‘s collection of moody blue bedding.
Kluik45 shares, “Nothing like a little late night redecorating.”
Abbyjrogers logically surmises, “If it’s not spring outside….I might as well make it look like it inside.”
We love the cozy layered look provided by the quilt on stuffzzz‘ living room sofa.
shell_mclaughlin admits, “I get excited about a new cheeseboard.” This looks like a perfect way to unwind, don’t you agree?
Poppypietroiacovo shows off her outdooor style, noting she’s “ready for a beautiful summer.”
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.
Ever wonder about the story behind some of Pottery Barn’s in-house designs? We caught up with Jenn, one of Pottery Barn’s designers, to discover the orgins of our new Framed Indigo Prints.
Jenn, one of the Pottery Barn designers, told us “These were a collaboration with a vendor who truly does real indigo patterns in Jaipur. We worked on the print as panels and then treated them as pieces of art that were framed as such. In this area in Jaipur, [the artisans] do a lot of true indigo dyes and resist dyes. All of the block prints come from this general area, and that’s the regional printing technique. We really went to the source for true indigo prints for these pieces.”
The authenticity and skill required for these indigo prints is truly showcased in these gorgeous Framed Indigo Prints. While they’re beautiful on their own, we also think they’d look equally lovely as part of a gallery wall, mixed with pen and ink pieces, paintings and photography. Do you have any framed textiles hanging in your home?
We love it when readers show us their PB Style, which is exactly what Sharon did when she submitted this photo. Be sure to check out more of Sharon’s style on her blog. Today, she’s sharing a coastal-inspired summer vignette. See how she created it when you read her quote below!
Sharon told us, “Since escaping to the beach every summer weekend isn’t possible, I like to treat myself to a coastal vibe with some seasonal decor. I chose the 52 inch Dough Bowl, one of Pottery Barn’s “found objects”, as my container for the vignette. The smooth, worn texture of the wood reminds me of driftwood. I started with a large piece, Pottery Barn’s Found Glass Bouy, in the center and built it out from there.”
To complete the look, Sharon surrounded the main bouy with coordinating sea-inspired pieces. “The shell and rope balls, faux coral and small fishing floats add great textures,” she shares. “Pottery Barn’s horned and white starfish are added as reminders of early morning beach walks. The small driftwood from a recent beach trip is a personal touch and the coiled rope is some inspiration from a recent decorating class at my local Pottery Barn store. The free classes always provide new ideas to freshen up my space. Lastly, I used the PB woven tray as a background for the collection to add even more interest. This particular arrangement easily works in a foyer, dining room, casual living room or family room right through the summer months.”
We love Sharon’s coastal vignette! How are you decorating in a coastal style?
To celebrate Earth Day, we’re looking at some eco-friendly and easy ways to go green in the bath. There’s no need to remodel your bath with all eco-friendly materials to make a difference. Instead, changing small habits can make a big difference over time. Here are five of our favorite easy ways to go green in the bath.
- Save water. Try installing some simple water-saving measures in your bathroom. A low-flow showerhead, a low-flow faucet aerator and a dual-flush toilet will save thousands of gallons of water a year.
- Go all-natural in your body products. Purchase organic shampoo, conditioner, soap and other products that are all natural or organic. They’re not only better for the environment, they’re also healthier for your skin and hair.
- Switch out your shower curtain. If your shower curtain liner is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, switch it out for a PVC-free plastic liner. PVC production creates toxic dioxins, and once PVC is in your home, it can offgas, creating a less healthy home environment.
- Clean green. Avoid any product that has a “poison” label on it. Look for eco product lines, available at any local grocery store, or even try making your own products with simple ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon. We also love this list of eco-friendly cleaning products.
- Use organic cotton. Bath linens made from organic cotton require fewer pesticides than regular cotton towels. Some of our favorite cotton bath towels are the Juliana Organic Towels. These ultraplush terry towels are loomed in Portugal from organic Turkish cotton and printed with a scrolling palampore motif. (Tempted? Selected bed and beth is 20 percent off through April 29th in our White Sale.
To encourage an easy change for Earth Day, we’re giving away a full set of the Juliana Organic Towels, including two bath towels, two hand towels and two washcloths. To enter, just fill out the form below. (You can find the complete set of rules for the giveaway here.) Happy Earth Day!
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See why Alaina chose the Carlisle sofa for her gorgeous Chicago apartment. — The EveryGirl
Read this now: The New Safari. — Remodelista
Tour Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann’s beach bungalow. — PopSugar Home
5 inspiring and easy urban gardens. — Refinery29
DIY gifts for Mother’s Day. — Centsational Girl
33 reasons to visit Hudson, New York. — Country Living
12 great foliage border plants for your garden. — Sunset