Monthly Archives: August 2013

Mary’s (Less) Labor Day Picnic

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When it comes to Labor Day, we love the idea of less labor for the day in question. That’s why we think Mary from Home is Where the Boat Is has struck gold with her brilliant Less Labor Day Picnic idea.

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Mary wrote, “We’re enjoying a lakeside picnic over the holiday weekend. I’m testing the theory that everything tastes better out of a jar.it certainly is convenient and more fun!”

 

Mary used the Mason Jar Drink Dispenser for her lemonade at the picnic. She told us, “I love the ease of use and casual look and feel of Pottery Barn’s Mason Jar Drink Dispenser. It’s ideal for a summer or fall picnic and especially fun for serving drinks in mason jars.”

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The Galvanized Metal Six-Bottle Caddy also came in handy for silverware, napkins and kebobs.

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We love how this picnic is simple, beautiful and made for lounging with loved ones.
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Make sure to read Mary’s post for more information on the delicious sides she prepared for this picnic.

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A Campfire Cocktail and S’Mores Party

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Looking for a fun evening party concept that will adult both the adult and kid sets? We talked to Jenny from Bloom Designs to discover the secrets to the success of her cocktails and s’mores party. We think it’s a perfect way to celebrate the end of summer, Labor Day or an early fall gathering. Keep reading to hear what Jenny has to say about this party!

 

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We love the idea of creating a s’mores/campfire party for Labor Day weekend. What would you say are the most important elements for the party?

To create a great s’mores bar, you need a variety of ingredients. Grocery stores now offer a good selection of flavored marshmallows.  Beyond traditional vanilla, you can buy strawberry, mint and even cinnamon roll. You should also offer a selection of chocolates.  For this s’mores bar, I had milk chocolate, dark chocolate and cookies and cream bars. Next, you need a few toppings options. From fresh and dried fruit to peanut butter, coconut, even crushed pretzels, the choices are endless. When selecting your options, pick items that work well together.  You want to your guest to be successful when creating their s’mores.  Other elements for a great s’mores/campfire party are pretty obvious- a big fire, a well stocked cocktail bar, comfortable seating (for this party, I bought some bales of straw) and good friends!

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What was your inspiration for the dessert bar? 

The inspiration for the dessert table and entire party came from the location.  The lower half of my backyard is filled with stunning oak trees and has been left very natural. It is the perfect setting for an outdoor campfire party.  Since it is both rustic and beautiful, I tired to carry that feeling throughout the party with pretty linens, wooden accessories and candle light.  I was even able to scheduled the party on a night that there would be a full moon. I really wanted to make sure my guest got the most beautiful outdoor evening possible. The location also influenced the neutral color scheme that I used for the decorations, invitations and even the appetizers and desserts. S’mores were the obvious choice for this party.

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Can you share the cocktail recipes? 

The Moon Punch was inspired by the color of the Harvest Moon that was out that evening. It is so easy to make.  Simply combine 3 cups of pineapple juice, 2 cups of orange juice and 2-3 cups of vodka to suit your taste. Chill and serve.

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What PB products do you consider as must haves for an outdoor party like this?

Pottery Barn has an amazing selection of tabletop items and serving pieces that can be used over and over again.  For this party, I love The Blonde Wood Pedestals, which are great for adding height to your table. You will definitely use these over and over again. I always use Pottery Barn’s Caterer’s Tablecloths for my dinner tables and the Rhodes Drink Dispenser Stand at my beverage station. On your dessert table, you should mix a variety of Great White Platters.  My favorite piece is the Great White Cheese Tray. Since it’s totally flat, it is perfect for displaying almost all desserts.  The Cheese Tray is the first piece I pull out when planning a party.  The best advice that I can give is to look around your home for pieces that add to your party’s theme and mood.  When I needed seating for an outdoor movie party, I took out my PB Basic Sofa.  The guests loved it!

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Melaine’s Marvelous Barbecue Style

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We are major fans of Melaine, the creative force behind My Sweet Savannah, and were inspired to share a late summer barbecue that she hosted. The details are fabulous — and the boat buffet is such a showstopper! Inspired to learn more about this barbecue? Check out the entire post on My Sweet Savannah.

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Melaine picked wildflowers and herbs for these pretty bouquets. A vintage suitcase elevates some of the buffet offerings in the boat.

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Melaine notes, “Days before the party, my husband and I stained our deck.Nothing like a party to get some projects done right?” (The deck looks great, Melaine!)

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For all of the details on this lovely barbecue, be sure to visit My Sweet Savannah.

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Savor the Last Days of Summer With These Instagram Snaps

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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.

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Instagram user redant27 writes, “My old Bauer bowl and my new PB bowl hold my jewelry nicely.” We agree!
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Instagram user kathleen_courtney added a new Pottery Barn Scroll Tile Rug to her living room. We love how it complements the color and style of the space.

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Instagram user philycheeese captured a sweet moment with our seaglass vase.
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Instagram user joannepaynterdesign notes, “Enjoying lunch outside with our new lantern and the company of 1 of our resident doves.”

 

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Instagram user one_nutritious_life shares a summer harvest bounty of herbs and tomatoes, displayed on our Linen Hemstitch Napkins.

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

Summer To-Do List: Meet Your Friends For a Picnic in the Park

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Who’s ready for a picnic?

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All summer long, we’re featuring ideas and inspiration for summer fun with our Summer To-Do List. Today, we’d like to inspire you to pack a picnic basket with a friend and hit your favorite city park. For this shoot, Rebekah of A&B Creative, who also styled our lawn bowling shoot, arranged for friends Courtney and Paige to meet at an historic fountain in Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Lake Merritt just celebrated Love Our Lake Day on Sunday, so it seemed like a perfect time to feature this “crown jewel” of the city.

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For this picnic, our Rattan Picnic Basket for 2 was the perfect choice. Stocked with wine glasses, plates, and cutlery, all it’s missing are the picnic goodies.

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Luckily, Rebekah stocked the picnic basket with yummy treats for Courtney and Paige.

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Courtney pops the bottlecap off the grapefruit soda with a Pottery Barn Lobster Bottle Opener.

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All photos were shot by Kirsten Julia Photography. 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.

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And after their picnic, the duo would head out to try the Vintage Lawn bowling Set. You can see photos from that adventure here.

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Want to see more from this shoot, including a video? Head over to Style Me Pretty Home to see more!

Lake Bell Shares Her Bohemian Chic Backyard

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Actress Lake Bell creates a gorgeous bohemian lounge space with the help of some Pottery Barn rugs. — Lonny

Get the Look: A Chinoiserie Desk Space — Apartment Therapy

Update a traditional home with unexpected color. — Sunset

Get inspired with these gorgeous living rooms. — Country Living

A diminutive, darling bath with style to spare. — House Beautiful

Tricks to add the illusion of space. — The Nest

10 secrets for growing an urban balcony garden. — Gardenista

Sleep on the Wild Side When You Win a Set of Leopard-Spotted Bedding

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Ready to add some animal magnetism to your bedroom? Our Leopard Comforter and Shams (available exclusively online) may be just what you’re looking for. Guaranteed to introduce extra personality to any space, these all-cotton pieces will have you seeing spots — in a good way.

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If you’re excited to try these trendy pieces in your bedroom, we’re giving one lucky fan the chance to win a comforter in their choice of size and two standard shams to accompany them.

For a chance to win, just fill out the form below (official rules here). Here’s hoping you’ll be seeing spots in your bedroom soon!

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