Monthly Archives: April 2013

Get the Look: A Coastal-Inspired Summer Vignette

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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!

 

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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?

Happy Earth Day! 5 Easy Ways to Go Green in the Bath (Plus, a Giveaway)

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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.

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  • 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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Tour Alaina’s Chic Chicago Apartment, Featuring the Carlisle Sofa

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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

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.

 

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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.

 

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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 MyWedding.com.

 

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

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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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.” 

 

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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).

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