Monthly Archives: April 2013

Pottery Barn Fans Show Off Their Spring Refreshes on Instagram

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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 luciteandgold posted this adorable photo of her Yorkie, Sophie. We love her chic coffee table arrangement as well as the paw art above the sofa.



It might be chilly outside Instagram user tracylingle‘s house, but we’re loving her summer-inspired decor, from the lanterns to the woven baskets to the coral art.




Instagram user kimberlyhuberty wrote, “New housewarming gift from my godmother. Love it!”



Instagram user bazilkat did some octipi style spotting at a Pottery Barn store. We’re in love with these accents, too!


We adore this chic bedside vignette posted by Instagram user bamy1986.



Instagram user crewsen85 shared that she’s “totally obsessed with her new spring duvet!”



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


Behind the Design: Pottery Barn’s Summer Octopus Serving Pedestal

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Sea creatures are a natural decorating motif for the summer months, and this year we’re seriously crushing on the figural octopus creations available for entertaining and decorating your table. Our favorite out of all of the choices, though, is the Octopus Serving Pedestal.  We caught up with Pottery Barn in-house designer Tony to find out what went behind his design for this piece.




Tony told us that he was initially inspired by a piece of octopus jewelry he’d picked up on a trip to Hawaii, and thought it would be fun to adapt the octopus for tabletop. “Summer is a time in tabletop that we can really play,” Tony told us. “There’s a little saying that’s come up for us that I’ve latched onto, and it’s, ‘What’s the thing that’s the thing.’ The way I look at it is, you look at it as the design, the aesthetic and the functionality. These elements can be married in many ways, but when you’re talking about the whimsicality and the fun that embodies Pottery Barn products, there are a few places where we can really play.”

When it comes to the Pottery Barn Octopus Serving Pedestal, Tony believes that people are responding directly to this idea of “the thing that is the thing.” In the case of the octopus, the arms actually hold up the plate. “As a whole, it’s telling a story and it makes you smile when you see it.”

We’re certainly smiling when we look at the Octopus Serving Pedestal. How would you use this unique serving piece?

The Easiest Spring Refresh Ever: Switch Out Your Duvet Cover and Shams

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Spring refreshes don’t have to involve hours (or days!) or work, a trip to the paint store or a completely new patio set. While those changes are obviously great, if you don’t have the time to invest in such undertakings, you can create a fresh seasonal feel to your home by simply changing out linens. Our favorite trick in the bedroom is to switch out heavier, darker textiles for brighter, lighter ones. And this season, one of our favorite new designs is the Lucianna Medallion Duvet Cover and Shams.



The Lucianna features an updated damask pattern in a shade of blue that will perfectly transition your bedroom into the spring and summer months.

To encourage you to try switching out your bedding this season, we’re giving away a Lucianna duvet cover in the size of your choice along with two Lucianna shams. You can enter the contest below; official rules are here.

Thank you this contest is now closed.

Customized Pottery Barn Shades Light Up This Glass House

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We love just about everything in this Kentucky farm tour! — Country Living

Outfit your home like . . . Game of Thrones? It’s not as crazy as it sounds. — PopSugar Home

Update your outdoor space with these five patio paving stone patterns. — Apartment Therapy

DIY a modern and chic stool for $5. — Remodelista

A cozy and nautical living room? It looks grand. — House Beautiful

We’re enchanted by these homemade shadow boxes. — Sweet Paul

An adorable dessert table idea for a spring gathering. — Folk Magazine

10 of the best light fixtures under $100. — Eclectically Vintage

Pinterest Board of the Week: Coastal Style

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Guilty as charged: we can’t stop pinning. This week, we’re excited about our board Coastal Style, which features decorating ideas, decor moments and stylish rooms all representing the beautiful, breezy coastal style.




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

From top left, clockwise:

  1. This coastal vignette featured on All Women Stalk uses twine-wrapped vases and pale florals to create a coastal tabletop centerpiece.
  2. Our Clift Oversized Glass Pendant is one easy way to add a laidback coastal style to a room.
  3. Limewashed furniture, lanterns and an incredible view contribute to this cottage’s coastal style, as spotted on House to Home UK.
  4. We’re dreaming of walking up the beach to this Hamptons home, featured on Pretty Stuff.

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

We’re Giving Away the Perfect Accessory to Your Final Four Game Watching

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Is your team in the Final Four? If you predicted the four teams that actually did make it to end of the conference, you did better than we did. To quote The New York Times, “Congratulations to the four of you who correctly predicted this Final Four in your office pool. Now please go see a mental health professional. Or fly to Las Vegas.”




To celebrate the end of March Madness as well as these four absolutely unpredicted teams that made it to the Final Four, we’re giving away 10 of our Basketball Leather Bottle Coolers. Sheathed in our hand-stitched cooler, drinks keep their cool through every quarter. Want a chance to win? Just fill out the form below. Make sure to also let us know which team you’re rooting for in the comments. (Find the official contest rules here.)

Thank you this contest is now closed!

Jessica’s Family-Friendly, Classically Chic House Tour

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Today, we’re visiting Jessica Bates, the creative force behind Jack and Ella Paper Press and the mom to two children whose names just happen to match those of her company. We love her chic, family-friendly style and were excited to chat with her more about her home, business and decorating style.




Can you tell us a little bit about your home and your family?

“I live just outside of Madison, WI with my husband, two children (Jack, 13 & Ella, 11), along with too many pets. Our home is a small  three-bedroom Cape Cod that was built nearly 70 years ago. While the rest of my family would prefer larger digs, I appreciate living in a home where every square inch of space is utilized. While it is not ideal for entertaining, it’s nice to not have those ‘extra’ rooms to clean….i.e.:‘formal dining room’ or ‘formal living room’. Our dining room gets used on a daily basis. Formal is not a word I would use to describe our family, nor our home. Luckily, my husband and I share a similar design aesthetic. While we like a classic and traditional style, we are transitioning a bit to a more modern and minimalist look. We both have a love for comfort and a strong dislike of cluttered spaces.”




We love how you’ve interated office space into your bedroom while keeping the feel of this room serene and uncluttered. What would you say was most important to achieve this?

“Using the nook in the master bedroom as my office/studio was decided out of necessity. There was simply no other space for it. I believe we have made the most out of this small space (it measures eight feet by nine feet) by choosing the ideal office furniture. I would have never been able to achieve an organized/uncluttered space with a traditional desk. The Bedford collection is a storage powerhouse. I primarily conduct my entire business ‘in-house’ from this one area and the files and cubbies provided by this set keep everything in its place. I believe tidiness is vital when you are combining a space like a bedroom with a busy workspace. I’ve heard people suggest avoiding having work areas within a bedroom, but it works for me . . . my only commute is to the kitchen for coffee.”


Can you tell us a little about your business? 

Jack and Ella Paper Press is a design and paper goods studio. I started selling to a local shop in 2009 and opened an Etsy shop in 2010. I create a variety of simple and stylish, eco-friendly paper goods ranging from greeting cards to social stationery. Wedding projects are what’s keeping me busy these days. Although I wear a lot of hats operating this business, it couldn’t be a more perfect fit for me. Technology has made it possible to have clients from around the world, while not leaving my own bedroom . . . how cool is that? I currently have a lot of plans in the works including developing a website, expanding my wholesale designs and introducing a new wedding line.”
Did you always want a white kitchen? How do you keep this space organized and stylish?

“Funny you should ask. I have a bit of an obsession with white kitchens (I tend to hoard ‘white kitchen’ images on my Pinterest boards). This all started from the movie, Something’s Gotta Give, where I spotted my dream kitchen.”



“You could say that our kitchen is a work in progress, as she still needs some love (in the form of subway tile and marble countertops) but I do love her just the same. My late grandfather had built the wall cabinet that houses my cookbooks, dry goods and ‘organized junk drawers’. I’m not sure what I would do without it. I love cooking and one way that I keep my space organized is limiting my cookbooks to one shelf. You can see it is maxed out and if I were to buy one at this point, I would be forced to part with one. I keep my recipes tidy by placing them in categorized binders. If we were to have a house fire, these would be one of my things to grab on my way out.”

What Pottery Barn products did you use in your home?

“Pottery Barn products are in every room of our home, (with the exception of my son’s bedroom which my husband and son ‘created’…don’t ask). The dining room houses one of my favorite pieces, the Tucker Buffet which stores everything we need for entertaining. The dining table and chairs are all from Pottery Barn (different than what is currently available but similar to the Lawton Table and the Aaron Chairs). I love that the table extends to seat up to 12 for when we do host a holiday, everyone has a seat at the big kid table.”


“We have the dupioni silk drapes in the living room that have held up really well in our active household. I’m a big fan of the Savannah lidded baskets to contain the kid’s shoes in the entryway. Durable, easily accessible, hides the clutter and looks pretty. Enough said. In the office/studio, I purchased the Pottery Barn Kids giant Larkspur corkboard for my inspiration board. Looks great with the Bedford desk. All the furniture from the master bedroom is West Elm (part of the PB Family). Ella’s room has a Pottery Barn seagrass rug as well as a Cameron single shelf with baskets for toy storage. Our love the PB extends to the back yard with the Chesapeake dining table and chairs.”

We love your daughter’s bedroom. What elements in this room really stand out to you? 

“This room was so much fun to put together. Ella is very creative and I wanted her space to be a blank slate with fun & colorful elements to encourage her imagination. I stocked it with art supplies and an 8 foot long desk to provide lots of space for art & crafts. We whitewashed an oak butcher block countertop for the desk. We painted a large area of the wall with magnetic paint, covered it
with chalkboard paint and framed it in. I ordered permanent decals from Shanna Murray Illustrated  to dress up the black space on the board. We hired a contractor to make her built-in bed and dresser which helps keep the rest of the room wide open for play.




What’s your favorite room in your home? 

“I adore Ella’s room, but it would have to be the master bedroom/office. It’s my haven and I spend the most time there. Once my kitchen has its upgrades, ask me that question again.”




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Spring Break Dream Destinations: Visiting Casa Dos Chicos, a Luxury Retreat

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We’re dreaming of perfect spring break getaways, and this Sayulita, Mexico destination, Casa Dos Chicos, has us imagining outdoor dinners and impromptu vacation parties under its thatched roofs.




Casa Dos Chicos is a designer vacation home available for rent year round for up to 10 people. Set on a hill in the charming tropical town of Sayulita, it overlooks the Pacific coastline of Mexico. This newly renovated 3,000 square foot villa on the Riviera Nayarit features 360 degree views and its own lush garden.




The home’s four suites each include a king size bed and private bath, sitting area, fan and safe. The house also includes a swimming pool, a tree-top hot tub with ocean views and a Mexican-style open air living area which includes a rooftop living room and kitchen and dining room linked by a bridge.



At Casa Dos Chicos you’ll enjoy views of the coean, coastline, and lush Sierra Madre foothills, as well as the town of Sayulita. This  private retreat, located high above the town and the sea, is only a short walk to the center of town, where you can take part in great shopping, unique restaurants, bars and street food that add local flavor to your getaway retreat. Did we mention that the owners can also organize welcome dinners, grocery shopping, private chefs, yoga classes and private massages?

Interested in staying at Casa Dos Chicos? You can find out more about this chic retreat on Airbnb.

All photos courtesy of Airbnb

Pottery Barn Customers’ Absolutely Adorable Pets

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Does your Tuesday need a dose of cuteness? We have the perfect prescription for you, thanks to these pet-centric Instagram photos, which feature a mix of Pottery Barn products staged with some truly adorable dogs (and one special kitty).

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

Instagram user scottrussell writes, “Loving the new seagrass sofa.” Looks like scottrussell’s pretty golden retriever is loving it as well!



Instagram user foxyb818 shared this photo of her ah-inducing puppy hiding under our Caden Equestrian Upholstered Ottoman. She explains,  “All 16 lbs of Juders and his cat like skills! He loves my #potterybarn coffee table as a hiding spot from Jag.”



Instagram user ericat8 writes, “My book-loving #potterybarn pup.” We’d curl up with her pup and a good book, too!



Instagram user clairejennette shares, “This is how Deuce looks at me as I fold laundry.” We have a sneaking suspicion that having a Deuce around would definitely cheer up our laundry routine.

Instagram user melisehill is the lucky owner of this cute kitty. She writes, “Ramona Gurdy’s second modeling gig for #potterybarn.”4828d95a958c11e292a722000a1f97f4_7


Instagram user tga89‘s darling pup posed on her Lori Paisley Quilt.




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

Happy April Fool’s Day! We’re Celebrating With Some Laughs Courtesy of Catalog Living

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We’re big fans of Molly Erdman’s site Catalog Living, which offers a good-natured ribbing of catalog photo shoots. Today, we’re featuring five of our favorite recent Pottery Barn moments from the site.


Pucker up . . .


Gary, I’m not sure how me saying “put the limes out” translates to “give the limes bunny ears and put them in a rock sculpture.”



High strung . . . img66o

Frankly Gary, I’ve been so busy I’m amazed I’ve found the time to keep our twine spool jar full.


The agony of the seat . . .


Doris the white chair wondered why she was always the one left holding the fruit and jar of rocks while the other chairs had fun chasing each other around.


Getting the picture . . .

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Eyeing the two-dimensional stack of books, the chairs wondered if someday they too would be obsolete.


The cheese stands alone . . . img65o (2)

The mice summoned all their will power to remain professional despite this being the most challenging catering event of their careers.


Love Molly’s funny captions? Check out more of her hilarity in her book, Catalog Living at its Most Absurd, or head to her blog Catalog Living for more funny captions!