Monthly Archives: June 2013

Decorating Ideas For Summer Porches and Patios

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Find inspiration for decorating a summer porch or patio. — Country Living

These San Francisco bloggers show how you can create major style in small apartments. — Refinery 29

Is the Southside your new favorite summer drink? Get the recipe. — Front & Main

Tips for hosting a gorgeous outdoor dinner party. — Apartment Therapy

Great patio updates for under $100. — PopSugar Home

These adorable crayfish party hats are perfect for your next crayfish boil. — Sweet Paul

These fantastic products are all made in the USA. — Taste

Incredible choices for exotic wood in the bath. — Remodelista

Prized Boards: Patriotic Pins For the Fourth of July

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What are you pinning this week? Here at Pottery Barn, we’re busy on Pinterest looking for inspiration images for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

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You can explore all of our favorite Fourth of July pins on the Pottery Barn Pinterest board Red White & Blue. Here are four of our current favorite images from that board.

  1. Can you say yum? This Red, White and Blueberry Ice Cream Pie has a granola crust and it’s gluten free. We’d like a slice right about now. 
  2. Boats, flags and picnic baskets. What’s not to love? You can pick up the Rattan Picnic Basket For 2 at Pottery Barn
  3. BHG.com has the skinny on DIYing these USA letters. What a great craft for your home or a Fourth of July party!
  4. JunkGardenGirl shared this incredibly inspirational gallery wall of historic flags on her blog. We love the idea of a themed gallery display like this.  

Are you pinning any Fourth of July images or boards? Share your favorite pins in the comments!

 

Mystery Box Challenge: Modern Moments Designs’ Colorful Tiki Cocktail Party

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We challenged 5 of our favorite entertaining bloggers to create the ultimate home bar, inspired by their signature cocktail and favorite pieces from our summer collection. Today, we’re featuring the fantastic design from Jessica Wilcox at Modern Moments Design. We asked Jessica about her inspirations for this design as well as her secrets to hosting a great cocktail party.

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What was your inspiration and theme for your cocktail party?

 

The Pottery Barn colors this season are so bright and colorful. I knew there had to be a fun way to incorporate a variety of colors into one cohesive theme. Plus, I was loving all the textures and rope details. A Tiki Bar theme was the perfect way to incorporate bright colors, cocktail parties, and summer alike.

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Which Pottery Barn products really made this party pop?

I honestly loved all the products I used, but one of my favorites was the Mason Jar Drink Dispenser and colorful Rhodes Turquoise Drink Dispenser Stand. There’s just something timeless about mason jars and for this party I was really going for a 1970′s feel and I think it was the perfect fit.

 

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What do you think are the most special or unique details from your cocktail party?

The beautiful tropical florals definitely set the tone, but I love how all the paper products and graphics tie the whole party together. On their own, they are cute, but with the Pottery Barn products and beautiful florals, they are perfectly paired.

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What’s your favorite summer spot for staging a cocktail party?

I’d love to stage a party at a backyard pool, but here in Oregon not very many people have private pools. Someday, I will have one and we will be able to throw an epic pool party!

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What’s your favorite way to elevate a cocktail and turn it from ho-hum to fabulous?

Garnish. It’s that simple. Any sort of garnish whether it is a colorful sugar rim or a delicate candy swizzle stick, a garnish can take the most basic drink and make it look fabulous.

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To celebrate our Mystery Box Challenge, today we’re giving away the Mason Jar Drink Dispenser and Rhodes Drink Dispenser Stand. You can find the official rules here. To enter, just fill out the form below!
Thank you for reading, this contest is now closed.

Mystery Box Challenge: Capes and Crowns’ Nautical-Themed Cocktail Party

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We challenged 5 of our favorite entertaining bloggers to create the ultimate home bar, inspired by their signature cocktail and favorite pieces from our summer collection. Today, we’re featuring the fantastic design from Lauren Borquez at Capes and Crowns. We asked Lauren about her inspirations for this design as well as her secrets to hosting a great cocktail party.

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What was your inspiration and theme for your cocktail party?

My inspiration for my entire design was derived from a single piece that was sent to me. The adorable little whale bottle opener took the wheel and a nautical/ coastal theme was born!

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 Which Pottery Barn products really made this party pop?

I loved the drink servers and the coordinating glassware in blue.

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What do you think are the most special or unique details from your cocktail party?

Theme selection is always important to me and having a sense of continuity on a dessert table. I try to bring everything together. A couple of my favorite details were the detailed cookies that matched the printables as well as the fondant whale topper that matched the bottle opener.

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What’s your favorite summer spot for staging a cocktail party?

I love for settings to have an at home, relaxed feel. Almost any outdoor scene can be transformed into a fun, festive get a way as long as the key ingredients are there.

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What’s your favorite way to elevate a cocktail and turn it from ho-hum to fabulous?

I think that execution and attention to even the smallest of details is the key to pulling off any size event. Balance is also important visually speaking.

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To celebrate our Mystery Box Challenge, today we’re giving away the Whale Bottle Opener and a Whale Cocktail Shaker. You can find the official rules here. To enter, just fill out the form below!

Thank you for reading, this contest is now closed.

Mystery Box Challenge: Sugar and Charm’s Classically Cool Cocktail Party

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We challenged 5 of our favorite entertaining bloggers to create the ultimate home bar, inspired by their signature cocktail and favorite pieces from our summer collection. Today, we’re featuring the fantastic design from Eden Passante at Sugar and Charm. We asked Eden about her inspirations for this design as well as her secrets to hosting a great cocktail party.

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What was your inspiration and theme for your cocktail party?

For my cocktails I created a Blackberry Salty Dog and one of my favorite summer cocktails, Spiked Lemonade garnished with blackberries and strawberries. The cocktails were the perfect foundation for a blackberry and strawberry-colored theme! I wanted to keep it simple and classic for everyday backyard entertaining.

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Which Pottery Barn products really made this party pop?

All of the products are simply gorgeous for outdoor entertaining! For my design, the large drink dispenser filled with lemonade, fresh strawberries and blackberries added a burst of color to the bar. The red-bottom cups were also a favorite and I love the pop of color they gave to the design. I also enjoyed filling the galvanized bucket with red and dark purple flowers, which added fresh decor and went with the blackberry and strawberry theme.

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What do you think are the most special or unique details from your cocktail party?

The twigs used to garnished the Blackberry Salty Dog are unique and a very charming detail. I also created simple drink sticks for the spiked lemonade using a wooden skewer and Washi tape! Serving popsicles on ice is sweet and looks beautiful. Adding red and purple (two colors people don’t use together very often!) flowers to the lanterns and the galvanized bucket created splashes of color around the bar.

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What’s your favorite summer spot for staging a cocktail party? (Lakeside, backyard, etc.) 
If we lived close to a lake, I would love to throw cocktail parties lakeside! But since, we live in the city a nice, lush backyard works best. You can make any space special with details and charming touches.

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What’s your favorite way to elevate a cocktail and turn it from ho-hum to fabulous?

Adding a special ingredient to it and garnishing! You can take a simple cocktail and add a unique twist to it to customize it to your theme or preference. For instance, the Blackberry Salty Dog is a spin-off of the original Salty Dog Cocktail. Adding fresh muddle blackberries provides a unique touch and customizes it to a summer party.  Always garnish your cocktails too! Drink sticks, fruit, sugar or salt… the details matter.

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To celebrate our Mystery Box Challenge, today we’re giving away Two Small Plymouth Lanterns.

You can find the official rules here. To enter, just fill out the form below!

Thank you for reading, this contest is now closed.

Mystery Box Challenge: Hi Sugarplum’s Fiesta-Themed Cocktail Party

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We challenged 5 of our favorite entertaining bloggers to create the ultimate home bar, inspired by their signature cocktail and favorite pieces from our summer collection. Today, we’re featuring the fantastic design from Cassie Freeman from Hi Sugarplum. We asked Cassie about her inspirations for this design as well as her secrets to hosting a great cocktail party.

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What was your inspiration and theme for your cocktail party?

Being a native Texan, I’ve always been a fan of Mexican decor and style. Not to mention the food! In fact, I decorated our Pool Bathroom in full Hacienda style. When it came to the challenge, I immediately thought of margaritas, and the bright colors and style of a Fiesta Party. Any excuse for chips and guacamole, right?!

Which Pottery Barn products really made this party pop?

I love the reds, oranges, and yellows of the outdoor tumblers, trays, and bowls. Paired with bright linens, and colorful drinks, the party was already festive without me having to do much more!

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What do you think are the most special or unique details from your cocktail party?

My favorite little touch is using recycled salsa cans as vases for cheery sunflowers. And small things, like slicing lemons and limes for the drink dispenser let guests know you are excited about having them over.

 

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What’s your favorite summer spot for staging a cocktail party?

We are fortunate enough to have a pool, with a new Outdoor Room, so virtually all our entertaining and family time is spent in the backyard. We’ve made it comfortable by installing an outdoor ceiling fan, and have plenty of cushy seats. In the evening, we sit under the twinkle lights and gather around the grill and fire pit. It’s the perfect summer night!

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What’s your favorite way to elevate a cocktail and turn it from ho-hum to fabulous?

All you need is a pretty garnish, or fun straw. Even a glass of lemonade is fancy with a lemon wedge and paper umbrella!

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To celebrate our Mystery Box Challenge, today we’re giving away the Rope Outdoor Platter and a set of  Monterrey Drinkware. You can find the official rules here. To enter, just fill out the form below!

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We’re Starstruck by These Plates — See Why, and Win Some For Yourself!

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Today we’re offering readers the chance to win one of 10 sets of the Star Melamine Outdoor Salad Plates.

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Whether you use them for your Fourth of July celebration or as a permanent part of your outdoor entertaining scheme, we think they’ll be a great addition to your home entertaining staples.

To enter the contest, simply fill out the form below. You can find the official rules here.

Thank you for reading. This contest is now closed.