Monthly Archives: April 2013

Go Organic in the Bedroom With These Great Linens

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With Earth Day coming up on Monday, we wanted to take a moment to focus on some of our gorgeous organic bedding. The organic cotton bedding we carry is made using methods and materials that have a lower impact on the environment than conventional cotton.  Some of the advantages of using organic cotton include greater soil fertility,  more biologically diverse agriculture and a reduced use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers.


Pottery Barn’s organic bedding is also available in a range of colors and patterns, including the beautiful florals and fronds that grace the Gwyneth Duvet Cover and Shams, shown here. The exotic flora depicted on the Gwyneth bedding is actually drawn from a 19th-century Victorian artwork, which is then rendered on our pigment-printed bedding.


Looking for organic bedding to add fresh, eco style to your bedroom? Check out our other favorites below.


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4 DIY Floral Decorating Ideas Perfect For Earth Day

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To celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd, we’re looking at some beautiful ways you can decorate with flowers. Remember,  buy your blooms locally and organically to keep your florals as eco as possible — or even better, source them from your backyard or personal flower garden. Here are four great ways to decorate with florals that we’re loving right now.

Sweet Paul created this pretty arrangement using some items you have in your kitchen cupboard. Can you guess what they are? Check out the arranging DIY here.




Giving a gift this spring season? Spiff up your package with some backyard florals from your garden. See how Stephmodo upped her gift giving game with this tutorial.


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Planning a garden party? Create name tags with floral packets, just like Chelsea did at




And finally, to create a major wow moment at a party or dinner, create this table garland DIY, found on Local Social.



What are your favorite ways to decorate with flowers? Tell us in the comments, and be sure to let us also know what flowers qualify as your personal favorite.



10 Eco-Friendly Cards For Earth Day That Celebrate Bicycling

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To celebrate Earth Day on the 22nd of April, we’re looking at some of our favorite ways to add green elements to your life — such as the use of eco-friendly cards. What makes this roundup of cards even better is that they’re themed around another favorite eco activity, bicycling. According to a report quoted in Forbes, if American drivers replaced just one four-mile car trip with a bike each week for the entire year, it would save more than two billion gallons of gas, for a total savings of $7.3 billion a year, based on $4 a gallon for gas.

Not only is bicycling good for the planet and good for your health, the bicycle itself is a handsome tool that lends itself wonderfully to art or notecards.




Check out some of our favorite cards from independent sellers in the slideshow below. From thank you stationery to blank cards just waiting for your thoughtful note to a best friend, we think you’ll agree that these bicycle-themed cards are perfect for spring letter writing. All are eco cards as well, with features such as nontoxic inks, recycled cardstock, or wildflower seeds embedded into the cards. Do you have a favorite among our selections?

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Bettina’s Beautiful Breakfast Room, Featuring the Exeter Pendant Light

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We love seeing how Pottery Barn customers are decorating their homes, and when we spotted Bettina Janco’s breakfast room, we fell in love with her cool style and contemporary use of the Exeter 5-Jar Pendant Light. Bettina lives in a suburb of Boston and works in commercial real estate investment and asset management. She loves home decor and creating unique spaces with a twist that incorporate little pops of color, unexpected shapes or accessories and different textures. Bettina is also the creative force behind the fashion and lifestyle blog NeatBit, where she chronicles everyday personal style, as well as her decorating adventures. See what she has to say about her newly decorated breakfast room below!




What inspired you to redecorate this space?

“We moved into our home a few months ago, so we were lucky to have an opportunity to start fresh. The previous owner’s decor was very traditional. We restored the room to a blank slate, which included tearing down some very beautiful window treatments that just didn’t go with the room’s new decor.”




How would you describe your style?

“Transitional. Light and airy, but with a twist —  like little punches of color, unexpected shapes or fun textures.”


What are your favorite elements of the room?

“The mason jar pendant light and zebra rug get lots of compliments.”




Why did you use the Exeter pendant here?

“Alone, the pendant light has a very casual, rustic feel. But when paired with the contemporary table and rug, it helps balance everything out. And I love how the Exeter pendant showcases our filament light bulbs. Those bulbs, in and of themselves, are like works of art.”




What’s your favorite breakfast menu to serve in this room?

“Steak and eggs! We’re always grilling and like to stash away a little bit of steak for leftovers the next morning.” 




Read more about Bettina’s decorating and fashion adventures at NeatBit!

Do you love the Exeter 5-Jar Pendant Light? You’re in luck, because we’re giving one away today on the blog. Just fill out the form below to enter (official rules can be found here).

Thank you. This contest is now closed.

From Travel Totes to Orchids: 20 Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts

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Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? While Mother’s Day isn’t until May 12th, we think it makes sense to prepare in advance so you can find the best gift for your mom. We’ve rounded up gifts that moms everywhere will appreciate, many of which can be monogrammed. Be sure to order gifts early in order to allow time for your mother’s monogram to be engraved or stitched onto a gift.
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Whether your mom is partial to garden plants, jewelry boxes or something in between, we’ve found a number of gifts that will be sure to express your appreciation this Mother’s Day.


You can click on each gift to shop. What one will you be getting for your mom this year?

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Get the Look: Becky’s White and Rustic Kitchen

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Becky at Buckets of Burlap recently shared a tour with us that were full of inspiring photos of her absolutely dreamy rustic white kitchen. While Becky sourced much of her decor from antique stores, you can also get the look with several Pottery Barn products.

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We love Becky’s dining space, with her stacks of vintage grain sacks, worn wooden trays and twinkling chandelier.




To get the look, try these pieces, from top left to bottom left, clockwise:

  1. Our Vintage Wood Pizza Paddle Board is similar to the paddle board hanging on Becky’s wall.
  2. Our Avery Chandelier mimics Becky’s chandelier’s shape and feel.
  3. Love Becky’s vintage French grainsacks? Our Grainsack Stripe Pillow Cover is a good option.
  4. Finally, our PB Found Greek Olive Bucket is a match for the bucket at Becky’s home.


This storage cabinet in Becky’s kitchen is perfectly outfitted with white ceramic tableware, vintage wooden chargers and metal pieces.


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Aren’t the numbered glass jars and picnic basket on the bottom shelf darling? Here are a few suggestions for re-creating this look at your home.




To get the look, try these pieces, from top left to bottom left, clockwise:

  1. Our Jacquelyne Picnic Basket adds flair to kitchen storage.
  2. The Great White Coupe Dinnerware Collection is a near match for Becky’s white ceramics.
  3. Tuck some of these Place Setting Stripe Kitchen Towels into your stove handle, similar to what Becky did.
  4. The Tivoli Glass Cabinet is a perfect piece for kitchen storage.

For more of Becky’s rustic chic style, head to her blog Buckets of Burlap.

5 Ways to Mix Patterns

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5 ways to mix pattern. — Centsational Girl

Gorgeous spring florals from Tulipina. — SFGirlByBay

You probably need to make this landscape pillow. (It’s that cool.) — Poppytalk

Learn more about kitchen gardens with this author. — The Blender

Before and after: a staircase remodel on a budget. — Apartment Therapy

You’ll never guess who used to own this apartment building. — Refinery29

Is this kitchen too blue? Or just blue enough? — Remodelista

Great escapes you can rent from Airbnb. — PopSugar Home

Pinterest Board of the Week: Colors of Summer

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Guilty as charged: we can’t stop pinning. This week, we’re excited about our board Colors of Summer, which features decorating ideas, outdoor inspiration and stylish rooms all representing vibrant colors of summer.




We’re sharing dozens of inspiring ideas on the Pinterest board Colors of Summer, including these four Pins.

From top left, clockwise:

  1. This living room featured on Mast and Falls incorporates a number of floral patterns as well as a mix of vibrant colors .
  2. Talk about wild! We love the maroon shade of this VW bus against the tropical green palm leaves, found on Desert Dreamer.
  3. Our Oceana Outdoor Drinkware Set comes in a variety of shades and a shatterproof polycarb material, making them perfect for outdoor decorating.
  4. We’re delighted by the soft pinks and worn wood found in this outdoor room, which can be found at Hotel Azucar in Mexico.

Are you dreaming of adding colorful decorating moments to your home? Share your ideas with us in the comments, or let us know what you’re pinning, too!

4 Garden Planter DIYs to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space

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Now that spring has sprung, we’re eager to spruce up our outdoor spaces with some fun garden- and decor-related DIYs. Here’s a roundup of some of our current favorites.

Whether planted indoors or out, this charming Mason Jar Herb Garden from Camille Styles will provide you with a rustic chic solution to the need for fresh garden herbs.




Add some modern chicness to your succulent garden thanks to these DIY Concrete Planters from Little House Blog.


Oh Happy Day shows you how to create these chalkboard wheatgrass planters.




While we think these seashells would also look lovely with succulents or tillandsia, the cut flowers adorning these seashell planters are so beautiful. Learn how to create this look on Garden Design.


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What plants and planters are you using in your outdoor space?

Add Fresh Color to Your Home With These Quick Tips For a Spring Refresh

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We’re excited to present a guest post from Dawn Reeves from Inspired Living. Keep reading for her tips for infusing your home with spring color and freshness!

This past winter, I welcomed in the cold and crisp weather by using winter greenery and branches inside my home. In my entryway, I built a neutral backdrop of whites and creams to showcase the beauty of nature indoors.



This spring, I continue to showcase nature inside my home; however, this time around, I wanted a more vivid and colorful display that echoes the vibrant and colorful spring blossoms that would soon appear outside.



Here are a few of my tips for styling your entryway with splashes of color for spring:
Create your foundation by choosing two to three elements for your entry. Here, I used graphic black and white elements, with touches of gold, as a strong contrast to the bold colors.

Add something living. The easiest and most obvious way to add color is through beautiful blooms – any clippings will do. I chose potted orchids for my entryway because they are low maintenance, long lasting, and have a sculptural, colorful beauty. I brought these orchids home mid-February, and 6 weeks later my blooms are still going strong.


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Use colorful pillows and throws. Add a chair to your entryway and throw a colorful pillow on top. In this display, I used a pillowcase inside my black and white frame. Also, consider your entry from all views. Here, I added a soft blue throw on my couch to compliment the blues of the ocean painting I placed on the sideboard.



Layer your colors and add a touch of surprise. While I used reds and purples as the colorful element on the majority of my entry display, I added the blue ocean scene as an unexpected touch of color.




Thanks for the tips, Dawn! Make sure to check out Inspired Living for more of Dawn’s decorating adventures.