Monthly Archives: July 2013

How-To: Create a Dramatic, Tall Floral Arrangement

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We love Kiana Underwood’s floral arrangements, and her latest bouquet proves that sometimes bigger is better.

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Kiana writes, “Often people feel that large arrangements are complicated to put together, and should only be left to professionals. This is simply not true, and large arrangements are not any more complicated (and sometimes quite a bit easier) than their smaller counterparts. I hope that after looking at the pictures below, you will give it a try.”

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For the full tutorial, head over to The Naked Bouquet for more instructions and information on the flowers and techniques Kiana uses for hte arrangement. Love the vase, You can pick up the Tuscan Urn at Pottery Barn.

 

All Photos Courtesy Angie Cao

Pottery Barn’s Fab Felines and Perfect Pooches

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Are your pets lounging on your favorite Pottery Barn furniture? Then grab your phone or camera and take a picture! We were absolutely charmed by these Instagram photos, which feature a mix of Pottery Barn products captured with some truly adorable cats and dogs.

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

Instgagram user amv529 notes, “Our Potttery Barn headboard arrived this week. Thankfully,  Gus approves.”

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Hello, sleepy pomeranian! Instagram user fraxel‘s sweet puppy takes a snooze on a Pottery Barn duvet cover.

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How could anyone resist that face? It looks like Instagram user  hellodallau has a great nap companion. (Love the cable knit throw? You can find it here.)

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Instagram user caaubin ordered a new Pottery Barn sofa, and it looks like her kitty Dandy is thoroughly enjoying it. We love how she added pops of color with the quilt and the throw pillow.

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Instagram user monogramsandmimosas explains, “So I didn’t think I could possibly love @potterybarnanymore…then this pillow came in the mail.” It’s a pretty perfect match!

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Instragram user alisonannusc‘s lovely tufted linen armchair and red pillow have been taken over by the cutest of kitties. (We don’t think she’s too upset. How could you be after looking at these sweet faces?)

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Would you like to see your pet featured on the blog? Tag your Instagram photos with #pbpets and you just might see Fido or Fluffy on Inside & Out!

Weekend Pick-Me-Up: Adorable Dogs in Gorgeous Rooms

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You’ll thank us for this link: cute pups in beautiful rooms. — Country Living

How to have the best-smelling home on the block. — Refinery29

Tour a design darling’s San Francisco home. — PopSugar Home

See how this Pottery Barn bedframe was transformed with color. — Sunset

Blueberry bread is the perfect use for this season’s abundant harvest. — Folk

Beachy DIY: make seashell spoons! — Sweet Paul

Natural mosquito bite remedies? Sign us up! — Gardenista

Summer tastes like a melon and fig martini. — M.Gram

Behind the Design: The Art Nouveau Roots of Our Peacock Salad Plates

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Ever wonder what inspired the design of some of your favorite Pottery Barn products? In our Behind the Design series of posts, we talk with Pottery Barn designers to learn how they were inspired to create Pottery Barn pieces. You can read all of the posts in the Behind the Design series here. Today, we’re learning more about the Peacock Porcelain Salad Plates.

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Made of porcelain with an on-glaze decal, these plates are sold as a set of four and are microwave- and dishwasher-safe. We think they’d add a great layer of pattern to the Great White dishes set.

We chatted with Pottery Barn tabletop designer Tony to learn more about the history of this lush imagery. Tony told us, “The peacock is a replication of a portion an old art nouveau decorator fabric. It is English and the pattern most likely dates back to about the 1890s.”

Interested in learning more about art nouveau design? We recommend checking out the book Art Nouveau: Revolution in Interior Design by Rossana Bossaglia.

Win It! Our New Taste Series

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Have you ever wondered how to pronounce Schott Zwiesel? We checked in with a native German speaker friend of ours to get the best phonetic pronunciation. Next time you’re wondering, just refer to this post. “Shot tsuh-vee-vull” is our closest approximation of the German word. Practice makes perfect!

Now, you can enjoy your perfected pronunciation and a wine tasting getaway at home with this exclusive collection of Schott Swiesel stemware. Today, you can win a set of our Schott Zwiesel Taste Series stemware, made specially for Pottery Barn.

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Each glass has been sized and shaped for optimal aeration so you’re able to experience the nuances in every sip. The set includes a white wine, burgundy, red wine, flute, and bordeaux stem. This set of six is made in Germany and dishwasher safe.

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To win one of the five sets, just fill out the form below. (Find official rules here.)

Thank you for reading, this contest is now closed.

Pin For a Chance to Win a $500 Gift Card With This Pottery Barn Pinterest Giveaway

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It’s easy to fall in love with Pinterest, and now we’re giving you even more of a reason to adore the site. Our First Look Pinterest Giveaway gives you the opportunity to win one of six gift cards, with a $500 gift card as the grand prize. Want to learn how to enter? Just keep reading.

 

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To enter, just follow these simple steps.

  1. Follow Pottery Barn on Pinterest.
  2. Pin one or more of our favorites from the First Look board.
  3. Fill out this form and click submit.

We can’t wait to see which products from our First Look board you deem a favorite, too. Happy pinning and good luck!

 

A Relaxing Vacation Getaway on Australia’s Gold Coast

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While it’s safe to say that we’ve always been a bit obsessed with Australia, the opening of our new Pottery Barn store in Sydney now has us actively seeking out a vacation in that gorgeous country. This villa, located on Australia’s Gold Coast, about nine and a half hours north of Sydney, offers an inviting retreat for globetrotting travelers.

 

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Talk about amenities — this villa has it all. From a 25 meter  lap pool to an outdoor spa and horses on the property, it contains everything you need to relax while you’re traveling. The villa is located on 10 acres, and is a 25 minute drive to prime surf locations. The property, which sleeps up to 10 people, can be rented through Airbnb.

 

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One guest noted, “All we can say is ‘Wow!’ Absolutely gorgeous accommodation . . .  The outdoor entertaining area is a dream, with a beautiful cabana area, lap pool that overlooks the horse paddocks and amazing spa and so much space for our family to enjoy.”

Take the full tour below!

Photos courtesy Airbnb

Spotted: Our Accordion Lights in a Gorgeous Washington Cottage

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We recently spotted the Pottery Barn Bristol Accordion Floor Lamps on an Apartment Therapy tour. The scale, size and surprise factor of the lamps certainly adds a wow factor to this gorgeous cottage, owned by Rick Rochon of Ludlow Co. We got in touch with Rick to learn a little more about this cottage and his design choices.

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When we asked Rick about why he chose these lamps, he told us,  “When designing the space I needed a versatile and tall lamp that could create ambient light for the space and brighter, direct light for reading and computer work.  This space is mutlifunctional.  The Bristol lamp is tall, substantial and very well made and we were thrilled when we got them in place.”

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Looking for a floor lamp? While the Bristol Accordion Floor Lamp is no longer available, you can check out our entire selection of floor lamps here. Below, we’re also sharing five of our current favorite floor lamp options.

Photos courtesy Rick Rochon

Before and After: An Incredible Summer Patio Transformation

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Jonathan Stiers, a graphic designer and writer behind The Stiers Aesthetic, recently sent us an incredible before and after patio transformation.

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Believe it or not, this was the before photo Jonathan sent us of the space!

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How did you have the vision to know that this outdoor space could be transformed into something great?

I originally started with two lonely outdoor chairs. While quaint, they seemed dwarfed by the space – which was not conducive to entertaining more than one guest. I wanted something inviting - something that would command attention and make you want to spend time there. Since the breezeway opens directly from east to west, it benefits from exposure to beautiful sunlight in the morning and evening, but I knew outdoor curtains were a must to help diffuse the light and take some of the brunt of the summer heat, as well as completing my vision to transform the breezeway in to a private cabana.

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Where exactly is this outdoor space located in your home?

The breezeway is directly behind my house, separating it from the garage.

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How did you use Pottery Barn products in the transformation?

I knew I wanted a sectional and had been searching for the right one to bring a little elegance to an unused space. I also wanted something that could withstand the elements but not require a lot of extra care, beyond covering it up and putting it away. The black, all-weather Palmetto Sectional seemed perfect and had that crisp, clean, elegant look I wanted. I love the contrast of the ivory cushions against the black wicker in addition to the timeless black and white awning stripe pillows. The Outdoor Canvas Grommet Drape and Round Finial Drape Rods worked perfectly for the space. With the curtains drawn, the entire space is filled with a beautiful warm glow. The curtains are durable, yet light enough to catch a light breeze, bringing movement and life to the space. I am in love with my Indoor Flameless Pillar Candles so I knew the Outdoor Pillars were a must. With the timer feature, the space comes to life every evening, making it almost impossible to resist. The globe topiary and mercury vase add life, texture and nice pop of color, too.

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What do your friends say about this space now?

They couldn’t believe the difference and love how inviting the space is now. One commented that it feels like you’re miles away in a spa vacation spot!

How do you like to use this space?

I love enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning, and a glass of wine in the evenings, here. The gained additional seating has been great for outdoor entertaining. I couldn’t be more happy with the transformation. The ambiance lures people outside, bringing everyone together, just as I hoped it would.

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Read more from Jonathan at his site The Stiers Aesthetic.

Tour an Urban Beach House

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We love this urban beach house (and the Pottery Barn bedding in the master bedroom). — Apartment Therapy

Steal the look of a Greek vacation home with our Carlisle sofa. — PopSugar Home

10 fresh getaways for the outdoorsy New Yorker. — Refinery29

Why you should book a stay at Steep Ravine cabins. — Gardenista

A fresh berry tart that tastes like summer. — Folk

Too hot to cook? Check out these no-cook main course recipes. — Taste

A great DIY: rope coasters. — Sweet Paul

Behind the Design: The Maddie Pillow’s Intriguing Story

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Ever wonder what inspired the design of some of your favorite Pottery Barn products? In our Behind the Design series of posts, we talk with Pottery Barn designers to learn how they were inspired to create Pottery Barn pieces. You can read all of the posts in the Behind the Design series here. Today, we’re learning more about the Maddie Beaded Lumbar Pillow Cover.

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The Maddie Beaded Lumbar Pillow cover features hand bejeweled design crafted of metallic beads, and is sure to add glamour to a loveseat, chair or sofa in your home.

 

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We spoke with Pottery Barn textile designer Jenn about the Maddie. She told us, “The Maddie Beaded Pillow is inspired by an antique ikat pattern, but done in beads for a modern take on this type of pattern. The front panel is done all by hand.”

Want to read more about the thought behind the designs at Pottery Barn? Read more Behind the Design posts here.

Make Your Table Even More Beautiful With the 16-Piece Isabella Set in Blue

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Today, we’re giving readers the opportunity to win a 16-piece set of Isabella dishware in blue. The set includes four dinner plates, four salad plates, four bowls and four mugs.

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The Isabella dinnerware collection resembles hand-thrown pieces a potter might make for her own table. Each weighty piece is glazed with traces of the terra cotta showing through at the edges. The blue shade will add a pop of color to your dining table, and serve as a worthy complement to your homecooked meals.

Want to win a set of these beautiful dishes? To enter, just fill out the form below. (Find the official rules here.)

Thank you for reading. This contest is now closed.