Monthly Archives: May 2013

Summer Entertaining Inspiration From Instagram

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Do you love Instagram? So do we! 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. Our latest roundup of Instagram snaps features plenty of tabletop entertaining inspiration ideas. Keep reading to see our current favorites!

Instagram user Tomkatstudio writes, “Sweet and simple place cards from our @cupcakevineyard shoot! #Potterybarnlinen napkins + jute twine + printable tags!”



We love how Instagram user mom_ontherun filled her Mason Jar Drink Dispenser with homemade vitamin water, adding limes and blueberries for flavor. Yum!


Now this is a whale of the tail — our Whale Cocktail Shaker and our Whale Bottle Opener got together for a cute cocktail hour at  daniellestone44‘s place. She admits it’s her “whale of an obsession. (We can’t blame her, they’re adorable.)



We love how the green tones of these Rope Melamine Bowls is complemented by the lemons,  as styled by jwilcox7!



While Instagram user stacywlewis used this tablesetting for Memorial Day, we want to steal it for Fourth of July. The Gingham Napkins, American Flag Napkins, and Paros Round Charger look so lovely against her Blue Willow china.



Want to share your Pottery Barn favorite finds? Tag your posts with #pbstyle and you might just see your Instagram photo on our blogOur latest roundup of Instagram snaps features plenty of tabletop entertaining inspiration ideas. Keep reading to see our current favorites!

A Coastal-Inspired Bath, With Nautical (DIYed!) Wallpaper

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Laurel From SoPo Cottage recently shared this lovely nautical-inspired bath with us, and we’re now eager to try this style in our own bath. And can you believe that she DIYed the nautical wallpaper? We chatted with Laurel to learn a little more about this space.


What was your inspiration for this room?

“When you live this close to the coast in Maine, the water influences everything. The myriad shades of blue, the sand and rocks on the beach and the ever present boat traffic are part of our everyday experience. I wanted to try and capture some of that in this tiny little powder room.”




What are some of your favorite details?

“I love the colors and texture. The shimmery glass countertop and knobs make me think of the water. The marble mosaic floor, with its multiple colors and textures ties to our rocky shores. And of course the nautical charts display our beautiful coastline.”




How hard was it to create this nautical wallpaper wall?

“The nautical charts aren’t difficult to install – it just takes a little patience. Unlike vinyl wallpaper, the paper can tear a little more easily. But if you take your time, it provides a dramatic result.”




What do your guests say about the bath’s look?

“People love this little room. And they can’t wait to find where they live on the charts or to show their favorite island to travel to!”




Why do you love nautical/coastal style?

“The official slogan of Maine is ‘The Way Life Should Be.’ To me, that’s what nautical/coastal style is all about. It’s taking time to appreciate natural beauty: soothing blues and greens, the reflection of nature with shells and sea glass, and the abundant textures you find on the coastline.”

Why do you like to shop at Pottery Barn?

“To me, Pottery Barn can be summed up in two words – casual elegance. No one wants to have the formal style of our parents – we want a casual lifestyle that is comfortable for everyone in the family. And we want beautiful things that we can use everyday. Pottery Barn really gets it right with their products, whether its for setting the table for a holiday or furnishing a relaxing bedroom retreat.”


Love the look of Laurel’s bath? Try these Pottery Barn pieces to cultivate a coastal, nautical feel in your bath.


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These Hand Painted Pillows Will Add Coastal Style to Your Summer Home

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This season, we’re offering a number of ways to embrace a coastal style. One of our favorite easy summer updates is switching out pillows, and the hand-painted designs on our painted coastal pillows are a great way to easily welcome summer and a coastal aesthetic into your home. Even better? They’re suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.




When we checked in with MJ, one of Pottery Barn’s textile designers, she told us “All of these pillows were hand painted here at our studio at Pottery Barn. We do a lot of original artwork in house.” These in-house painted textiles are one of the reasons that Pottery Barn’s pillows, duvet covers and other lines are so unique. We love how this Painted Neutral Coastal Indoor/Outdoor Pillow looks like a piece of artwork for your sofa — it’s easy to imagine the pillow cover hanging in a frame on a wall.




Since these pillows are woven from soft, water-repellent polyester, you can use them on your living room sofa or your outdoor sectional. Either way, they’ll definitely serve as a conversation piece. Our favorite element of this Painted Blue Coastal Indoor/Outdoor Lumbar Pillow might be the blue-hued seahorse. What’s yours?



Whether your color scheme favors oceanic blues, earthy reds or oranges, as seen in this Painted Red Coastal Pillow,  or something more neutral, there’s a lovely painted design waiting for you with these coastal pillows.



Find a New Favorite Outdoor Rug, Plus Our Tips to Keep it in Top Shape

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An outdoor rug is the perfect way to to establish an outdoor entertaining or dining space. Durable, weather-resistant and available in a number of patterns and colors, Pottery Barn’s outdoor rugs this season feature our best selection yet.


We’re sharing our top tips for keeping your rug in its best condition throughout this season and many to come. Keep reading for our tips, and then shop the rugs below.

  • Blot spills immediately with a white cloth.
  • Vacuum regularly and/or shake to remove dust.
  • Only spot clean your rug.
  • Remember, avoid harsh chemicals, as they may fade your rug.
  • Use rug protectors under heavy furniture.
  • If needed, get your rug professionally cleaned. Try doing this at the end of every season at a minimum.
  • Use rug protectors under heavy furniture.
  • If your rug is outside in rain or heavy dew, make sure to flip it so it can dry both front and back.
  • When the outdoor entertaining season is through, make sure your rug is dry, and then roll it up and store in a covered area to avoid fading.

Looking for a new favorite outdoor rug? Check out our top 10 choices below.
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Tips For Celebrating and Honoring Those Who’ve Served This Memorial Day

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Happy Memorial Day! This year marks the 145th anniversary of the Memorial Day holiday, which was first declared in 1868 as Decoration Day. Here are a few suggestions to honor veterans this holiday.

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  • Find out what your town civic organizations have planned for Memorial Day. Is there a service you can attend? A parade? Gathering with community is a wonderful way to honor  veterans and connect with your community.
  • Fly the American flag today. On Memorial Day, be sure to fly your flag at half-staff until noon.
  • Join in the National Moment of Remembrance.  Signed into law on May 31, 1999, this act encourages all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day and participate in a moment of silence and reflection to recognize and reflect on the sacrifices veterans have made while serving our country.
  • Donate money to the Memorial Day Foundation, which will place bouquets on the National war monuments in Washington D.C.
  • Visit friends, family members and neighbors who are veterans and thank them for their service in person.

How do you honor veterans and those who have served our country on Memorial Day? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

A Colorful, Eclectic Family Home

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Tour a colorful, eclectic and family-friendly home. — Apartment Therapy

Download this free botanical print! — PoppyTalk

Tour a beach-inspired Brooklyn apartment. — Refinery29

Stylish gifts for the groom. — PopSugar Home

Adventures in gardening . . . in a tiny apartment. — Gardenista

Create a floral wreath centerpiece. — Sweet Paul

7 mini-makeovers you can finish fast. — Country Living

Make a coastal Mediterranean feast this weekend. — Taste

7 Easy Tips to Set the Stage For the Perfect Barbecue

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Hosting a barbecue this coming weekend? Here are our favorite tips for setting the stage. Remember, keep it simple and easy so the party’s guests and food can truly shine!

For easy cleanup, use a paper tablecloth. We like to use a roll of kraft paper for our table. Just tape the paper to the underside of your table to secure.
For easy transportation of condiments, sides and more essential food items, use galvanized pieces, like this Galvanized Metal Medium Catch-All.


  • Grocery store or farmer’s market blooms are perfect for the table. If you want to go patriotic, try using red carnations, blue cornflowers and white hydrangeas, or a combination of all three.
  • To add a patriotic look to your table, try using red and white and blue and white striped straws. Or hang our Burlap Pendant Banner over the table.


  • To avoid messes, especially if kids are at your party, choose shatterproof melamine dishes.
  • Don’t forget to light your party so it can continue well into the night! Using a variety of string lights, lanterns and outdoor pendants will ensure the party lasts long after the sun sets.
  • And of course, don’t forget all of your grill essentials. Make a list and check it twice for briquettes, hardwood, a chimney, aluminum foil and tools.