Monthly Archives: June 2013

Mystery Box Challenge: Creating Couture Parties’ Whale-Inspired 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 Stephanie Frazier Grimm at Creating Couture Parties. We asked Stephanie 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 whale shaker of course! Living by the ocean my whole life, I am drawn to anything nautical. Any time I design a party, it seems to have a beachy flare to it.

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Which Pottery Barn products really made this party pop?

I think keeping with the nautical theme of navy, red and blue and using the red napkins bring this table together and make it inviting. Adding the surprise details of the whale bottle opener, whale cocktail shaker, and lanterns really create the beachside experience I want my guests to enjoy.

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

I love the fact Pottery Barn products can be used for a sit down dinner party, or a lakeside camp out. Also being able to have them as staples (for example the galvanized carry all) to be used for many things, like on this inspiration it was used as a beer cooler!

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

Of course the beach! Being in Newport, RI, it’s everywhere, so any place that has a harbor view with boats in the background gets me excited to entertain!

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

Fresh ingredients! Adding fresh herbs, or freshly squeezed fruit to a cocktail will certainly bring that refreshing flavor that accompanies the relax feeling of the beach.

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To celebrate our Mystery Box Challenge, today we’re giving away the Galvanized Metal Party Bucket and a set of 4 Red Dotson Napkins. You can find the official rules here. To enter, just fill out the form below!
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Great Ideas For Decorating a Summer Mantel

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Kate’s gorgeous summer mantel — can you spy the Pottery Barn pieces? — Centsational Girl

Learn how to DIY this lamp in a jar. — Sweet Paul

Tips for mixing leather furniture in a room. — Apartment Therapy

Summer colors: gorgeous yellow inspiration. — PoppyTalk

Style your staycation for a movie night. — PopSugar Home 

15 easy home upgrade ideas. — House Beautiful 

Create this cool DIY photo booth. — Refinery29

Fall Sneak Peek: 10 of Our Favorite Pottery Barn Pieces From Fall Preview (Plus a Secret Promo Code!)

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Shhhh . . . it’s a secret! Today, exclusively for Pottery Barn blog followers and fans, we’re releasing a secret link and code for our fall preview collection. We’re excited to share our new fall pieces with you!

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For this fall, we’re focusing on a few different themes. The first is the theme of casual living. We’ve always been known for our elegant approach to relaxed, family-friendly decorating and entertaining, and this fall is no exception. We’re embracing elegant fabrics and finishes that reflect the best of our brand.

The other theme we’re embracing is small to all. Whether you live in an studio apartment or a spacious colonial, we want all of our customers to have a range of choices in furniture and decor. That’s why we’re offering sofas, tables and other essentials in a variety of sizes, while creating accents and decorative pieces that will look great in your home, no mqtter the square footage.

To get free shipping on everything except for furniture in our fall preview collection, simple use the promo code SNEAKPEEK.

Check out the entire Fall preview here, and make sure to check out the 10 items that caught our eye below. (Psst  . . . and feel free to share this link and code with your friends!)

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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.



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.”


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!”


 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?”


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.”


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.”


“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.


“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.”


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.)


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.

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!

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.



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



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



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



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



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