Monthly Archives: June 2013

Sharon’s PB Square Sectional Provides the Perfect Seating For Her Home

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Sharon recently shared photos of her living room with us through Share Your PB Style, and we’re excited to feature her living room on the blog today. Sharon, a realtor and stager, lives in Reston, VA, just outside of Washington D.C. We caught up with her to see why she decided to decorate with the PB Square Sectional in her living room.

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How would you describe your style?

“Relaxed, casual. Clean lines are preferred.”

Why did you choose the PB Square Sectional?

“We moved to our current home from a townhome. It had a traditional floor plan and we had properly scaled furniture pieces to fit the space. Every effort was made to use said furniture in the new place. We lived with our little leather love seat in the large living room as long as we could. When friends came, it just seemed like there was nowhere to sit. So we embraced the challenge of seeking out the right piece. It provides comfortable seating for several people. The ottoman can serve as extra seating as well. The shape really worked with the flow of the room.”

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We love how open this room is! What was challenging about working with an open space? What was rewarding?

“We also love the openness of the space. It did present some decorating challenges, though. There is a fireplace, sliding doors and a wooded view — none of which could be obstructed. And, this room opens to the dining area — yet another consideration.What we needed in this case  was an objective third party to find just the right seating for this room. I enlisted the help of the in-home design service of my local Pottery Barn. They asked thoughtful questions : How do you use the room, how many people do you need seating for, any children or pets, is your style more formal or more casual, etc.. So, based on all considerations, this sectional is working out  perfectly. It does not overwhelm the room or block the view or walkways or fireplace. We are very happy with this piece!

This was the first time I had engaged the PB in-home decorating service. The two women were wonderful to work with. We discussed what pieces would remain in the room, what our style was like, how many people typically use the room. They took careful measurements and left a written estimate. They also made great suggestions to further enhance the space such as a low bench below the window as extra seating, if needed. We had one in a guest room that fit the bill perfectly. They also suggested moving the PB Metro console table from the foyer to behind the couch for a new look.

I have recommended the services to others who may have a design dilemma!”

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 What other PB items did you use in the room? Why did you choose them?

“We chose neutral fabric so that accessories could easily be changed. There are currently a few Pottery Barn pillows and a very cozy throw on the couch. These accessories are of good quality and are timeless. When the seasons change, the pillow covers can be easily changed for a different look.The PB Tuscan urns sitting beside the fireplace are also versatile pieces. Earlier this spring, they held flowering branches and last fall, autumn leaves.”

 

Why do you like to shop at Pottery Barn?

“I enjoy shopping at my local PB because the staff really knows the merchandise. They make suggestions about different ways to use items.I often attend the free decor classes and always come away with new, fresh ideas.”

 

 

A Romantic Anniversary Picnic by the Lake

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Angela from Red Shoes Creative recently sent us photos from this sweet first anniversary picnic. She told us, “I wanted to make this evening really special. Even though we couldn’t afford to do something extravagant, you don’t need a ton of money to make a truly memorable occasion… a little creativity goes a long way.”

We love Angela’s inspired anniversary picnic. She notes, “We just celebrated our first anniversary, and we were on a budget. What better way to celebrate in a meaningful way than a cozy, romantic picnic by the lake?”

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Angela created a tent with mosquito netting and used vintage picnic blankets for the floor. A tablecloth, baskets with vintage kitchen towels to keep the wine cool and bread warm were also practical additions. She layered the space with generous numbers of pillows so she and her husband, could, in her words, “comfortably linger in the magical space as long as possible.”

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Angela told us, “Then I pulled out a bunch of the wedding gifts we received from our Pottery Barn registry, plus some other Pottery Barn pieces already in my collection to set the perfect tablescape. Included in the setting are dip bowls from the Great White collection, basic white plates from the Caterer’s Box collection, a snack bowl, salt and pepper shakers, a cheese knife from the Antique Silver collection, Pottery Barn rope chargers and the Pottery Barn champagne flutes we used on our wedding day. I also used a Rhodes drink dispenser stand as a cake stand and filled a PB sphere vase with the lovely flowers my husband gave me as an anniversary gift.”

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“To make it even more special and personalized, I wrapped our flatware in vintage kitchen towels and added a simple daisy. I tied them up with left-over elements from our save-the-date cards (drawings that my niece did of myself and my then-fiance that we used in our wedding theme).” Angela revealed.

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“To finish it off, I surrounded the tent with 20 white votive candles in clear glass holders,” Angela told us. “I added three to the table and it was simply romance at its best when the sun went down.”

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It truly looks like a magical night! We love this idea. Tell us — how have you celebrated a special anniversary? Share stories and photos with us at Share Your PB Style.

DIY a Paper Votive For Your Summer Parties

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We’re excited to share this DIY from Sweet Paul, whose new Summer issue just launched next week. This DIY would be great for an outdoor party decoration or a fun centerpiece for a themed get together. This DIY was created by Lova Blåvarg, a 17-year-old Swedish-born artist and crafter who regularly contributes projects to Sweet Paul through her column LOVA’S WORLD. (Make sure to scroll down to see her other great projects for wrapping paper, placecards and notebooks.)
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Magically simple home decor!

You will need:

  • Printouts downloaded from this webpage
  • Tissue paper to use for the windows
  • Scissors
  • Xacto Knife
  • Paper glue
  • LED votive – I love these votives from Pottery Barn.

DOWNLOAD CASTLE PRINT-OUTS HERE:
Lova’s World – Castle (3375 KB)

  1. Download and print out the files attached to this post.
  2. Print two copies of the page for each castle you will make.
  3. Use scissors or Xacto knife to cut out four castle sides. Using Xacto, cut out the little windows from the castle sides.
  4. Cut pieces of tissue paper a little bigger than each window and glue the tissue to the back side of each castle wall to create a cute little window.
  5. Glue the four sides of the castle together. 6.Place your new lantern over your LED votive and enjoy!

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I love little LED battery power votives. They are readily available and some even flicker like real candles!

 

For more DIYs from Lova, check out these other projects featured in Sweet Paul

 

Photography by Susanna Blåvarg

Instagram Inspiration From Pottery Barn Fans

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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 kristeendawn makes a statement in her living room with this two-faced wall clock.

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We love the citrus centerpiece that Instagram user baltimorevernacular is decorating with.

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What’s not to love about a chic outdoor getaway, complete with curtains and chandeliers, as Instagram user davcrav featured.

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Instagram user katieluick45 added some fun typographical-inspired wall decor to her house.

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Now here’s a charming corner. Instagram user davidbrandon has created a lovely and welcoming look in his home.

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

An Insider’s Look at the New Pottery Barn Store in Sydney, Australia

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On May 2, Pottery Barn opened its first store in Australia, on the same strip of prime Sydney real estate as sister brands Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn Kids and west elm. The opening was met with great excitement by customers, many of whom had only ever been able to browse product online.   

 

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The new store is absolutely stunning, and visitors loved the experience of getting to interact with the wide variety of Pottery Barn products in person.

 

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We talked to Theresa, the store manager at the new Sydney Pottery Barn store, to get an insider’s perspective on the new store’s opening day.

Favorite item at Pottery Barn’s new Sydney store: “Customers love the cool-weather throws, such as Fur and Essential Cozy.”

Most fun overheard comment:  “This is a magical wonderland!”

What customers love about Pottery Barn in Australia: “That it’s a new and exciting retailer in Australia here for the first time. Customers thought the merchandising was amazing — esspeically compared to anything here yet.”

Fall item that’s flying off the shelves: “Australians love to entertain — the drink dispenser and stand combinations, we can’t keep them in stock!”

Most far-flung visitor to the store: “We had customers fly in from Perth to shop with us on opening day.”

 

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Have you visited our Sydney store? We’d love to hear about your experience shopping there!

 

 

A Pottery Barn Rug Adds Texture to This California Seaside Home

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We love the look of our flatwoven  rug in this California home. — Design Sponge

A Pottery Barn armchair looks great in this breezy cottage. — House Beautiful

Strawberry balsamic and goat cheese salad — it’s what’s for dinner. — Sweet Paul

An English professor and a novelist create a gorgeous Brooklyn garden. — Gardenista

Great beachy accents for your summer home. — PopSugar Home

4 easy and need-to-know gardening tips. — Refinery29

A Father’s Day Flower Bouquet

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We love how The Naked Bouquet made florals look Father’s Day worthy, thanks to the addition of a Pottery Barn vintage leather trunk and mercury glass vases (available in store).

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Kiana from The Naked Bouquet writes,

Ok, so maybe flowers aren’t the first thing that come to mind when it comes to Father’s Day, but I found this cute vintage leather trunk at Pottery Barn, and thought that it would make a great gift for dad (I happen to know that both my dad and father-in-law appreciate flowers very much). I’ve added to it some flower-filled mercury vases, as well as a little something to help dad celebrate his special day. If you didn’t want to use flowers, you could always fill it up with some of your father’s favorite things – whiskey, wine, books, clothes or anything else he might enjoy.

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We think that this handsome update to the flower bouquet is just what’s needed to enhance Dad’s gift experience this year. Are you giving your dad flowers this year? Maybe it’s time to consider it!

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Be sure to check out all of the Father’s Day florals on The Naked Bouquet.

Happy Flag Day! Some Fascinating Facts About Our Grand Old Flag (and How to Win a Flag Pillow For Your Home)

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Today marks Flag Day in the United States, a time to reflect on and celebrate the flag. As part of that process, we wanted to share some noted dates in history that pertain to the flag, as well as offer you the chance to win one of these American beauties. (We’re giving away 10 of the American Flag Lumbar Pillows in all.)

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Here are five American flag dates in history that might intrigue you:

  • In May of 1776, Betsy Ross reported that she sewed the first American flag.
  • In 1795, the flag gained two more stars and stripes, thanks to the addition of the states of Kentucky and Vermont.
  • In 1820, the flag was up to 23 stars, (though the number of stripes returned to 13), thanks to the additions of several more states, including in that year the state of Maine.
  • Jumping ahead, in 1942 President Roosevelt passed the Federal Flag Code (36 U.S.C. 171 et seq.), which provides uniform guidelines for the display and respect shown to the flag.
  • The last star on the flag was added in in 1960, after Hawaii was added as a state on August 21, 1959.

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Dream Destination: Franklin Fountain and its Sweet Treats

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We’re excited to present a post from the new issue of Sweet Paul, out today!  You can find this article, “Candy is Dandy,” written by Aimee Swartz and photographed by Alexandra Grablewski on page 40 of the new issue.

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Since opening The Franklin Fountain in 2004, brothers Ryan and Eric Berley, each clad in vintage suits, plucky suspenders, and tie-your-own bowties, have established themselves as Philadelphia’s premiere purveyors of all things sweet and the go-to duo for unique treats steeped in history. Their latest venture, Shane Confectionery, located just a few doors down the block, pays homage to the store’s namesake, who had operated the store for generations, and their hometown’s love of candy, in a beautifully and authentically restored shop in Old City.

 

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Seeking a cold-weather counterpart to their ice cream shop, the Berleys bought the store (formerly known as Shane’s Candies) in 2010. The sale included recipes, scribbled on the back of an envelop by the founder himself, for its famed hand-crafted buttercreams, peanut butter cups, caramels and other turn-of-the century candy—each of which has no more than 10 ingredients. With the sale also came the country’s largest collection of intricate Victorian-era molds—from foxes, swan and a menagerie of others to steam locomotives and sailing ships—to make clear toy candies, an old-timey confection brought to Pennsylvania by German settlers and today made by few others. These are just some of more than 600 treats, from the traditional to the whimsical, that are for sale at Shane’s.

 

For the Berley brothers, it’s not just the candies that are nostalgic–it’s the experience, too.  A look around the pristine storefront shows an antique cash register and pay phone, walls lined with memorabilia and ephemera of eras gone by, and apothecary jars stocked with penny candy (think Abba Zabba and Bit-o-Honey). The duo, along with head confectioner Davina Soondrum, use period tools and equipment like hand-fused copper kettles and bowls heated over a manually-fired gas stove, to keep the production experience as authentic as possible.

 

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While Shane’s undoubtedly delights in yester-year, in recent years it’s come into modern-times with a website that allows to candy lovers everywhere to enjoy its sweet treats.  Visit www.shanecandies.com for more.

 

What are some core values of your business?  The local sourcing of ingredients, with honesty and transparency, has become an obsession for us. The maintenances of historical traditions and rediscovery of confectionery traditions once lost. We value employment of human hands to make things again in this great country. Integrity in all things.

 

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What are some of the challenges in tweaking your confections for modern palates and other preferences?  Shane’s is famous for their buttercreams, which are very sweet by nature of their ingredients.  The modern palate, for finer chocolate anyway, has actually become less sweet. Contemporary interest in dark chocolate with higher cocoa content and the foodie scene has encouraged us to experiment with savory inclusions like salt, bacon and herbs paired with the sweets. But you still have plenty of folks who like an old-fashioned buttercream!

 

What were your fears in making the leap into the candy business? The complete renovation of a hundred and forty-eight-year-old building was a larger commitment than anything we’d undertaken before. The building was still functioning with 19th century technology in many ways; for instance, the heating system consisted of firing up the gas candy stoves in the morning to warm the kitchen.  Then, we had to restore all of the antique machinery, learn how to use it and make candy with methods from the early 20th century.

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And what are its biggest rewards?   Knowing that confectionery will continue to be made onsite, using human hands and local ingredients fulfills our most basic mission. Having older customers come into the confectionery and reminisce about their parents and grandparents bring home Shane candies for the holidays is also very rewarding. And when folks thank us for saving a piece of Philadelphia history, my eyes get watery.

 

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What do you like most about your work?  My favorite part of the job is the working with period confectionery tools, antique candy molds, glass display jars, and ice cream ephemera for redesigning our menus. I really enjoying handling and talking about these objects, teaching and telling stories through them.  Antiques allow me to channel our confectionery predecessors from decades gone past.

 

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What kind of experience do you want visitors to Shane to have?  We would like visitors at Shane Confectionery, both in-store and online, to experience a world long gone. To feel the cold, polished marble and press one’s nose to the curved glass window.  To smell the chocolate being tempered upstairs and dream of its deliciousness. To delight at the colorful clear toys and candy canes in the mirrored display. For children young and old, a place where all sweet dreams can come true; this last bit is sappy, I know, but we do tend to sugarcoat everything.

Thanks to Sweet Paul for sharing this story! Make sure to read the entire  new issue of Sweet Paul, out today!

All photos courtesy Alexandra Grablewski

8 Camp Getaways to Take With Dad, for Father’s Day and Beyond

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Have you found the perfect gift for Dad yet this year? If you’re still searching, here’s a cheat sheet — our top 10 picks for Dad. However, if your dad is more of a camp guy rather than a gift guy, we’ve gathered some ideas for getting away with your dad on an upcoming weekend or week this year. Here’s to making more family memories!
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  • Attend a wine camp that sparkles. Head to the Napa Valley for Camp Schramsberg, where you’ll  enjoy a hands-on experience of the sparkling wine process. Camps occur in the spring and fall, and include ample sparkling wine sampling paired with California cuisine.
  • Enjoy the art of wooden boats. Whether you’re sailing a catboat or learning how to paint the Maine coastline, Wooden Boat School, located out of Brooklin, Maine, will provide Dad with the opportunity to explore the building process, maintenance, history and art of the wooden boat.
  • Unplug and unwind in nature.  Tucked away in California’s Anderson Valley, Camp Grounded — officially sold out, but new sessions are being added — requires participants to park their cell phones, iPads, Kindles, laptops and every other possible wireless or electronic device at the door. Located on a 1970s-era boy scout camp, this week will allow both you and your dad to be kids again.
  • Bike and tip back a glass of wine. Love bicycle touring? Why not add a few glasses of wine with your pedaling? Backroads offers a number of outdoor experiences across the world, but we’re favoring the Santa Barbara Wine Country Weekend Bicycling Trip.
  • Dust off your oboe. Was your dad a band geek? Send him on a trip to the upper midwest in August for Adult Band Camp at Michigan’s famed Interlochen Center For the Arts.
  • Test your survival skills. At Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS), your dad can prep himself for the next season of Man Versus Wild. With courses ranging from 14-Day Primitive Living to Hunter Gatherer, your outdoorsy dad will take his love of the wilderness one huge step further.
  • Brew some cold ones. At Chicago-based Brew Camp, your dad will learn the basics of homebrewing, thanks to a series of hands-on classes led by skilled, beer-wise instructors.
  • Relive summer camp, complete with cocktails and kids. At Camp Wandawega, guests can stay in accommodations ranging from an army tent to a treehouse. This family-friendly camp is perfect for the family looking to capture summer memories, whether it’s a cocktail happy hour by the lake or a bonfire on the beach.