Monthly Archives: June 2013

Decorating with the Red, White and Blue, for Flag Day and All Summer Long

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While not an official federal holiday, Flag Day, which is commemorated in the United States on June 14, represents an opportunity to celebrate the American flag. The day honors the adoption of the flag of the United States, which occurred on June 14th in in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day. Thirty-three years later in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.


Whether for Flag Day, Fourth of July or every day of the year, the unique stars and stripes design of the American flag provides great decorating inspiration. The red, white and blue color scheme is also an easy way to add bright pops of color to an otherwise neutral table or sofa. We’ve rounded up 10 designs below that would work either as a permanent addition to a room or as seasonal accent pieces. See if you can find a new favorite.

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Tour a Beautiful 18th Century Farmhouse

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Step inside a gorgeous farmhouse that dates from the 1790s. — Country Living

Must-make dessert: strawberry pie. — Folk

Get the look of this chic vacation destination. — PopSugar Home

Tour a romantic garden by the sea in France. — Remodelista

The best drink dispensers for your summer entertaining. — Real Simple

Learn how to DIY this floral ice bucket for your next party. — Tulipina

5 anchor finds. — Apartment Therapy

Our Top 10 Father’s Day Gifts

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Father’s Day is next Sunday, June 16th, and we have plenty of ideas to show your dad that you care. From big statement gifts to smaller, fun accent pieces, see what we think Dad might appreciate this year.




One of our current favorite pieces is this Whale Bookend. Crafted of of aluminum with a green patina finish, we think it would make a great conversation piece for Dad’s home office. May we suggest a copy of a certain Herman Melville book to acommpany it?

Check the slideshow below for a few more of our favorite gifts for Dad. Whether he loves to cook, relax, travel or enjoy time outdoors, we have a gift for him. You can also see our entire selection here.

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A Summer Bedroom Refresh

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While summer style often means outdoor style, we highly recommend infusing your entire living space with a seasonal freshness. That’s why we were so excited to discover Dawn from Inspired Living‘s latest decorating project — a bedroom refresh that adds lightness and summer style to her home. We particularly loved her styling of her étagère. We caught up with Dawn to ask her a few questions about this lovely look
Do you always do a summer refresh for your bedroom?

“I like to change out accessories and bedding often and sometimes it coincides with the seasons, as it did here.”




We love how you used the candlesticks for your floral arrangements. Is this something you’ve done before? It looks great!

“Thanks!  This is the first time I tried this and I like the way it turned out!  I really wanted to use a plant or flowers of some sort on the étagère but everything else I put there was too heavy for the space.  The candlesticks added height and presence to the blooms without taking up too much visual space.”

Tell us a little more about styling the étagère. 

“It can be a challenge to style an étagère, or even bookshelves, because it often times borders on looking cluttered — at least for me anyway.  To stop the space from feeling cluttered, I grouped like items together.  I stuck to frames on the bottom shelf and books on the middle shelf.  Also, while I have a lot of items on here, they mostly keep within the whites, creams, and golds I used in our bedroom, which unites the objects in this space.”


The vintage books are perfect here! What’s their history?

“I love these books!  For some time, I’ve kept my eye out for older books that had time worn pages to them.  This set has the perfect look and it happens to be very neutral.  I found this entire 14 book set of “Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great”, circa 1928, gathering dust in a bin at Goodwill.  The week before I saw these, I had just heard that often time estates give away old books not realizing the value.  So, I did a quick Google search at the store, which helped me find an identical set that sold on EBAY for $125 and another listed on ebay for $225.  At $8 for the entire set, I couldn’t get them into my cart fast enough!”




What Pottery Barn products did you use here? Why did you choose them?

“The candlesticks and votives are Pottery Barn.  I move the candlesticks around the house often; they are really versatile.  The vintage looking clock is Pottery Barn’s Charleston Clock.  I chose this because I really wanted an old looking clock but I needed it to work, too.  I’m not always patient enough to look for the perfect vintage item and Pottery Barn always comes in handy here!”




How long did this bedroom refresh take? Would you recommend it to other readers?

“This refresh didn’t take long at all as I have a very neutral room to begin with. I can tell I’m getting bored with my rooms when I start flagging almost every page in the Pottery Barn catalogue for styling ideas!  Once I come up with a direction for the refresh, it’s just a matter of changing out a few key items, such as the bedding and tabletop accessories.  So yes, I would recommend this to other readers!”

Read more about Dawn’s styling and decorating adventures on her blog, Inspired Living!




Prized Boards: Father’s Day Fun From Our Pinterest Board, We Love Dad

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What are you pinning this week? Here at Pottery Barn, we’re busy on Pinterest looking for inspiration images for Father’s Day.



You can explore all of our favorite Father’s Day pins on the Pottery Barn Pinterest board We Love Dad. Here are four of our current favorite images from that board.

  1. Kid Crave suggests buying these tie cookies for Dad. We love the realistic frosting work on these! Serve them after brunch for a special treat. 
  2. Talk about a dapper dad. A pocket square, as suggested by Handsome Gentlemen, will really up your dad’s style game.
  3. Dad will appreciate a well-deserved break in an Adirondack Chair — better yet if it’s on the beach!
  4. HonestlyYUM shared these mouthwatering picnic photos with us from a recent picnic shoot. We think Dad would love a picnic in the park, complete with generously proportioned sandwiches and bottles of microbrewed beer.

Are you pinning any Father’s Day images or boards? Share your favorite pins in the comments!


Instagram Snaps From Our First-Ever Blogger Event!

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Last night, we headed to Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood to throw our first-ever event for San Francisco Bay Area bloggers, stylists, designers and other local creatives. Make Westing, a bocce ball bar and restaurant, proved to be the perfect venue for the evening. We were thrilled to meet so many of our online friends face to face and enjoy a kickoff party to celebrate summer. We were also happy to have Rebekah from A&B Creative to help with the night (she’s also the creative force behind this post). Let’s take a peek at Instagrams taken at the party — and make sure to check back soon to see the professional photos from the night!

Rebekah at AandBCreative photographed this vignette of Pottery Barn vases with gorgeous florals, which sat behind the banquette at Make Westing.



Rebekah also captured the vintage raffle drum that she lent us for our giveaway. Isn’t it adorable?
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Instagram user cloudsandcoffee snapped a photo of our giveaway: a Union Canvas Tote Bag with our Vintage Bowling Set.



Instagram user PlanningPretty captured the gorgeous floral arrangement that Rebekah created with vintage soda bottles and Pottery Barn vases, which she then put in our Rattan Picnic Basket for 2.



Here it is from a different angle, as snapped by PopSugarHome. That’s our Pinstripe Table Runner on the metal table at Make Westing. (It’s one of our new favorite products!)



Guests enjoyed photos from our lawn bowling photo shoot, which we hung with washi tape near the bocce court at Make Westing. The bunting was modeled on a flag that calligraphy artist Little Miss Press created for the original photo shoot.



Guests enjoyed Make Westing’s fantastic cocktails while catching up with friends and instagramming and tweeting photos using the hashtag #pbevents.



Of course, as savvyinsanfran shows us, they also enjoyed a game of bocce and a turn with our vintage lawn bowling set.



Pottery Barn snapped this gorgeous marquee from the Oakland Fox Theater across the street. It was a fun night in Oakland! Thanks to all of our blogger friends for coming out and enjoying the evening with us.d3b99ddecda311e2a97322000a1fb158_7




Summer To-Do List: Lawn Bowling

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One of the things we love about summer is the endless ideas for outdoor fun. Our current favorite obsession is lawn bowling, which is why we asked A&B Creative to show us her vision for a lawn bowling outing. She happily obliged, taking our Pottery Barn Vintage Lawn Bowling Set for a trip to Lake Merritt and the Oakland Lawn Bowling Club. All photos were shot by Kirsten Julia Photography.




Our lawn bowling set is modeled on authentic English lawn bowling sets. One of our favorite details? The white star on the blue background on the ball, as well as the other painted details on the pins.




Friends Courtney and Paige modeled for the shoot, and had a great time trying out the lawn bowling set. Courtney is an interior designer and the blogger behind Courtney out Loud, while Paige is a writer and photographer who documents street fashion on her blog STYLEpaige. Her makeup was done by Nikol Elaine.




Paige and Courtney pause for refreshments outside the Oakland Lawn Bowling Club’s clubhouse. The lawn bowling club at Lake Merritt has been in existence since 1903.




The cute Strike flag was created by Little Miss Press.




Have you tried lawn bowling? What are your favorite summer lawn games?

To celebrate our favorite new game, we’re giving away one of the Vintage Lawn Bowling Sets. To enter, just fill out the form below! (Find the official rules here.)

Thank you for reading! This contest is now closed.

All photos courtesy of Kirsten Julia Photography.

Here’s Why the Turner Chair is the Perfect Seating Choice For the Men in Your Life

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If you want to really spoil Dad this Father’s Day, we recommend surprising him with the Turner Leather Armchair. Many of us remember our fathers or grandfathers having a special chair (perhaps this special chair involved naugahyde and a reclining feature). Needless to say, most of the time these special chairs weren’t the most aesthetically pleasing.

Luckily, the men in your life can now have the best of both worlds, since the Turner Leather Chair melds the ultimate in comfort with rugged, handsome good looks you’ll want to show off. In honor of Father’s Day, we’re giving Pottery Barn fans the chance to win a Turner Chair.

For a chance to win, enter the contest here!




We love the styling on the Turner, with its high back, square arms and deep, cushiony seat. Curious about where the Turner got its distinctive look, we turned to Brice, one of Pottery Barn’s furniture designers, for the story.

When we caught up with Brice, he filled us in on the inspiration for this chair. “I was traveling in London and got caught in the rain,” Brice told us. “I happened to look into the window of a pub and noticed a fireplace and two leather chairs next to it, and it seemed like a perfect way to escape the weather. A few minutes later a friend and I were sitting in those leather chairs, sharing cocktails and stories in comfort. Those chairs were the inspiration for the Turner chair.”

From a London pub to your living room . . . our designers find inspiration all over the world for our customers!



A Charming Family Bungalow

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Tour a charming bungalow home. — Apartment Therapy

Get the look of a chic baroness’s sitting room. — Matchbook

Would you consider an outdoor space that didn’t ahve a lawn? — Gardenista

A sneak peek of the summer issue! — Folk

A lovely cocktail-inspired use of our galvanized stand. — Camille Styles

This wine country wedding looks divine. — PopSugar Home

3 unique floral DIYs to try this weekend. — Refinery29

This pom pom garland will upgrade your party, plus it’s easy to make. — Remodelista

Welcome to June: Share Your Great Ideas For Celebrating This Month

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Morning breakfasts on your patio, evening cocktails by the lake and an entire month of warm, lazy days. June is here, and along with it, summer. We’re sharing a few of our favorite ways to celebrate the month.




  • A day trip with friends. Pick a spot on the map that’s within a two hour drive of your home, pile your closest pals in the car and set off for a day trip to a new town you’ve never visited. Make sure to chat with local residents to discover the best cafes, boutiques and natural wonders in the area.
  • A picnic in the park. You don’t have to leave your city to find summer inspiration. Fill a picnic basket with seasonal goodies, grab a blanket and enjoy an afternoon at one of your city’s parks.
  • A dip in the lake. Even if the water temperature is still frigid in your favorite lake, now’s the time to go, well, jump in a lake. That first dip of the season is the real way we gauge the summer season’s official beginning.

How do you celebrate the beginning of the summer season this month? Share your favorite ideas in the comments! We’ll be sharing many more ideas throughout the next three months in our Summer To-Do Lists on the blog.