Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Perfectly Adorable Pottery Barn Pets of Instagram

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How’s your pet enjoying the summer? Perhaps with a nap in a Pottery Barn outdoor chaise or lounging on a Pottery Barn desk? 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!

 

This adorable little chihuahua belongs to ashleycarolgolly, who  found Pixie lounging on an outdoor chaise.

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Are we seeing double? Instagram user ktnewms is getting the staredown from her boxers, Dexter and Gigi.

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Why hello there, cutie! kristie_bee notes, “I think Benson likes my new Pottery Barn rug almost as much as I do!”

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Getting work done might be a little tough with these adorable kitties lounging on your Graham Secretary Desk. Personally, we’re not sure if we believe the cincy_kitties, Paxton and Snider, when they claim that they’re “Getting work done on momma’s new desk.”

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Want to see your precious pet in an Instagram roundup? Tag your photo with #pbpets and you may see your puppy or kitty on the blog!

 

 

Alaina From The Everygirl Tells Us Why She Loves the Carlisle Sofa

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We’re huge fans of must-read site The Everygirl and its co-founder Alaina Kaczmarski. Alaina recently shared photos of her beautiful apartment with us, and we were delighted to see that she chose the Carlisle Sofa as one of the main focal points in her living room. Let’s hear what Alaina has to say about her decorating style and why she loves this sofa.

 

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Why did you choose this sofa?
The English roll arm has been my favorite style sofa ever since I saw it in Jenna Lyons’ Brooklyn townhome a few years ago. I love that it’s both comfortable and elegant.

 

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What’s your advice for choosing an investment piece like this?
Go with classic styles and neutral colors you’ve liked for years. If you’re anything like me and want to switch things up every few months, know that an investment piece is there to stay and needs to transcend your ever-changing taste.

 

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Why do you enjoy shopping at Pottery Barn?

I love the convenience of visiting the stores, the customer service, and the quality of the products!

 

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How would you describe your style?
Preppy but fun! I gravitate toward classics — white, black, navy, a roll arm couch and clean lines. But I love my share of polka dots, neon and sparkle.

 

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What’s most important to you when styling your living space?
Ample seating and a place for everyone to conveniently set their drink.

 

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Make sure to read more about Alaina’s home on The Everygirl!

All photos courtesy Stoffer Photography

Tour a New Home With Old-Fashioned Heart and Soul

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Step inside a newly constructed home with beautiful, antique-inspired character. — Country Living

Tour an easy, breezy Ojai home. — Apartment Therapy

Turn your home into a beachy getaway this summer with these tips. — PopSugar Home

Great decorating tips from the book Heirloom Modern! — Refinery29

Make this tonight: vegetable enchiladas. — Taste

You won’t believe what these plastic bottles were used to make. — Sweet Paul

Behind the Design: The Saybrook Outdoor Furniture Collection

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Outdoor furniture season is in full swing, which is why we recently visited Ted, a Pottery Barn furniture designer, to find out more about one of our favorite outdoor furniture collections — The Saybrook Collection.

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Ted told us, “The inspiration for this collection originally came from an antique wicker chair from a Belgian antiques dealer seen in Paris.  It was from the Belgian colonial period.  Distinctive features of this collection are the scoop shaped arm, the squared off (but still soft) shoulders of the backrest, and the egg-shaped woven feet. We also captured the weathered gray look of the aged wicker.”

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The furniture style was also inspired in part by the classic porch furniture from the American South, which was  influenced by this Belgian colonial period.

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Another reason we love the Saybrook Collection? Two words: maintenance-free. That’s right. Since the Saybrook Collection is crafted from a durable synthetic woven material and rust-proof aluminum frame, you don’t have to occupy precious summer hours with tedious furniture upkeep. So, while the Saybrook Collection replicates the look and feel of wicker, it’simpervious to sun, rain, heat and cold.

Do you own any pieces from the Saybrook Collection?

Prized Boards: Summer Barbecue Recipes and Decorating Inspiration

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Just because the Fourth of July holiday is past doesn’t mean you need to slow down on your barbecues. In fact, we recommend that you amp up your barbecue and backyard get-togethers at least through Labor Day! Summer is all about outdoor entertaining, which is why we can’t get enough of our Summer Barbecues by Pottery Barn Pinterest Board.

 

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We’ve rounded up four of our current favorite images from the board. To learn more about them, keep reading.

  1. We love this idea for making individual drinks for your next barbecue from Material Girls. Just pre-mix them and serve in Mason jars! We recommend trying some spiked agua fresca for a refreshing summer cocktail treat.
  2. We love these charming barbecue invitations that Southern Curls and Pearls created for her best friend’s wedding shower. Elements like this can elevate a standard barbecue to something extra special!
  3. While the focus may be on the grill, don’t forget about dessert! With this recipe for this Mixed Berry Shortcake Parfait, your guests will finish the evening on a sweet note. (Just don’t tell them how easy this is to make!)
  4. Tablecloths can dress up even the most ho-hum of picnic tables. We love the layered look of this table, featured on 100 Layer Cake. To get this look, we suggest mixing patterns with our tablecloths and runners.

How are you continuing outdoor entertaining this month? Make sure to check out our Summer Barbecues by Pottery Barn Pinterest Board for more inspiration!

Dreamy Destinations: A Summer Stay in an Italian Home Rich With History

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Today, we’re dreaming of a vist to Tuscany, Italy, at the charming Villa Organi. Built on the ruins of the Roman fort of Cornelius Sulla in the first century. BC, the villa features a medieval tower built of stone, a museum inside and is immersed in the lush Tuscan countryside. Step inside for a quick tour of this beautiful property!

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Guests can relax in the swimming pool located on the property. Don’t forget to take time to smell the roses!

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The property is owned and hosted by Massimo and Monica, a couple that lives on site, and who, according to reviews from prior guests, are the perfect hosts.

 

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The home is within easy driving access to Florence, Piestoia, Lucca and Pisa. A rental car is recommended, as the location is rather remote. Good restaurants are within a few minutes, and the hosts are also available for hire to cook four-course meals for guests.

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Imagine eating breakfast under this leafy pergola.

 

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One guest wrote, “The highlight is undoubtably the organic garden which just teems with butterflies and gorgeous flowers as you are followed by the heady scent of jasmine in the evenings. The pool is wonderful and for those lazy hot Tuscan summer days it is hard to beat a glass of prosecco after a quick dip to cool down.”

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Relaxing, rustic interiors will help you to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing (and likely, eating amazing Italian meals).

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To book a stay at Villa Organi, contact Massimo and Monica through Airbnb.

 

Sherwin-Williams and Pottery Barn Will Help You Find the Perfect Paint Color

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Are you stumped when it comes to finding the perfect paint color? Overwhelmed by the overabundance of shades of blue, green or even white? Good news — thanks to our new partnership with Sherwin-Williams, you can find the right shade to work for your home as well as your favorite Pottery Barn furniture and accents. Our Sherwin-Williams Pottery Barn palette is carefully curated with a spectrum of carefully chosen colors perfect for our customers. (We’re especially loving the bold Naval hue, shown below.)

 

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Why a paint palette? We’ll attribute it to overwhelming requests. In fact, when it comes to our catalog photos, after our customers check out new products, the most frequently asked question is “What paint color is shown in the catalog photo?” Through this new partnership with Sherwin-Williams, we will be providing our customers with paint colors that coordinate with our furnishings, making decorating even more turnkey.

To keep these colors fresh, twice a year, Pottery Barn’s product development and creative services teams will work together to select a paint palette that reflects its product-design direction and style for the upcoming season. We’ll then let our customers know about how we’re using the current paint collection to complement our product line, and which colors are featured in catalog photography.

Excited to try our new Pottery Barn paint palette? We’re offering an exclusive $15 coupon valid on a $75 purchase at Sherwin-Williams stores to encourage you to try out this new paint palette. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get painting!