Monthly Archives: July 2013

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. (1)

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.”


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.

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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.


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


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.


Where exactly is this outdoor space located in your home?

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


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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. 

Let’s Play Games! Summer Inspiration From Folk Magazine

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We’re excited to share an article from Folk Magazine!

This summer we wanted to offer our readers a look at some of our favorite summer pastime games that the citizens of the New England colonies and later states would’ve also played. Early New England pioneers may not have had the most time to play outside with their children, but it’s apparent that these are the types of games that their children would’ve played. From Boston to Philadelphia, New Englanders would’ve known about the sport of Bocce as passed down through the centuries by Egyptians and Romans, would’ve played a simple game of ring toss at local fairs and celebrations and would’ve cleared their lawns for a quick game of croquet in the later 1800s. So, take an opportunity this summer to play some of the sports of our ancestors and enjoy your free time in the same way they would’ve enjoyed theirs.

Bocce Ball The object of this game is pretty simple. There are four balls per team and one tiny white ball called a jack. Each team gets a chance to throw the jack to the center of a lawn and the closest to the middle gets to gofirst. Each team then takes turns trying to pitch a bocce ball, underhanded, toward the jack in an effort to get their ball closest to it. After each pitch, the team with the ball closest to the jack forfeits their turn to the other team so that they may try. Each team should try to get their ball closest to the jack and can knock the opposing teams ball out of the way to do so. After all of the balls have been thrown, the team with the ball closest to the jack wins.

Ring Toss Arrange 9 bottles of varying sizes and colors in a 3×3 square. Taking turns with three rings each, have participants stand ten paces away and try to ring as many bottles as possible. Best in 5 rounds wins.

Croquet The word “croquet,” referring to the game we now play today, first appeared in the registration of a document containing its rule in England in 1856. The game however traveled across the ocean with European citizens and became a beloved pastime in the New England states. The rules of this game are somewhat difficult to explain so after you pick up your croquet set, we suggest you visit

Lawn Darts We used a vintage set, often available at vintage fairs. The rules are simple and very similar to Ring Toss. Two competitors throw two darts each, at three round targets on the ground placed 15 paces from throwers. The rings are arranged much like a Mickey Mouse shape, with one large ring closest to the throwers—worth one point, should the thrower land one inside—and two smaller rings that should lie diagonally behind and to the left and right of the larger hoop—these rings are worth 3 points each. The best of 5 rounds wins!


Lawn Bowling Ten bottles are arranged in a triangle just like in regular bowling, the rules and scoring system is the same. We like to use a spare bocce ball to bowl.


Learn more about Folk Magazine on their site and make sure to subscribe to the print issue, too!

Our Linen Hemstitch Runner Gets Transformed For a Charming Bath

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We love to feature small spaces that have been transformed into something special thanks to thoughtful touches and creativity. When we saw Jenny Steffens’ Hobick’s charming small bathroom, featured on her site Everyday Occasions, we loved many elements of the space, including her clever use of a Pottery Barn product usually seen on a dining room table. Keep reading to see how she used it in the bath!


How did you get inspired to use the Linen Hemstitch Runner as curtains?
I went to my linen cupboard looking for inspiration from whatever I could find in there… old curtains, scraps of linen, etc. and noticed the runner — the rest is history!


How long would you say this project took? Were there any challenges?
It literally took me 5 minutes… only because I had to wait for the iron to heat up to press the seam before I sewed it. No challenges — sooooooo easy.


How did you decide to refresh your bathroom with neutral colors? (We love it!)

It is a small space. Tiny. I had tried a soft grey blue on the walls before, but it made the cramped space seem dingy. We wanted the bathroom to just feel clean and fresh — so I tried to keep it as simple and classic as possible… although it can be tempting to throw colors on the walls. I’m such a fan of tone-on-tone painted panelling, so painting the faux beadboard wallpaper cream to match the trim was an easy choice. I also think of “cream” as a color, so most of our house is a mixture of white, cream, ivory in all different shades, which is why I selected the white towels and curtains — I love to mix them.


Can you tell us a little more about the paintings in the bathroom?

I painted the “Seaside Seascape” while we were on vacation this spring in Seaside, Fl. It rained almost the entire time we were there, which made it difficult for our 1-year-old, Emma, to enjoy the beach, but it created the most mystical, misty views from the balcony of our house. Both my husband and I painted a piece – his hangs above our sofa in the living room.


What do you love about your bathroom since you’ve refreshed the look?

Since my husband and I both share the bathroom with our daughter, I needed the bathroom to be as simple and clean as possible. Though the colors are simple, I brought in rich details in the textured wallpaper, hemstitch trim on the cafe curtains (the runner!) and custom artwork. Now, we really do feel like it is a special part of our home — not just the tiny bathroom we have to share until we complete the new Master renovation next year. I’m crazy about the PB Newport Sink Console and hope to have two of them in our new Master Bath and one in our new Powder Room.