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.


Mary wrote, “We’re enjoying a lakeside picnic over the holiday weekend. I’m testing the theory that everything tastes better out of a 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.”

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

We love how this picnic is simple, beautiful and made for lounging with loved ones.

Make sure to read Mary’s post for more information on the delicious sides she prepared for this picnic.


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!


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!
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.
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.

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!

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.labor day food in boat 1



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.
Instagram user redant27 writes, “My old Bauer bowl and my new PB bowl hold my jewelry nicely.” We agree!
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.

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


ef0f9582fded11e28ace22000ae81dd4_7Instagram 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?


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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

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.
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!

Thank you for reading, this contest is now closed.

How-To: Make Giant Paper Flower Pinatas

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Ready for the ultimate outdoor party accessory? Tiffanie Turner at Corner Blog has created giant paper peony pinatas that would look amazing hanging from trees or pergolas at a summer party. And of course, if you can bear to break these beauties, you can also be rewarded with a pinata full of candy. (We’re not sure if we could actually use them as pinatas though — they’re too pretty!)


Tiffanie writes,  “I’m from the school of ‘if it didn’t take you a really long time to do, you didn’t do it right.’  . . . These beautiful piñatas are labor intensive, except for the one shaped like a partially opened peony.”

Though they might be labor intensive, they’re certainly gorgeous. (Don’t have the time to make one? You can buy them in Tiffanie’s Etsy shop, too.)



For the full instructions, head over to Corner Blog for all of the details!


Photos courtesy Tiffanie Turner

Tour A Classic Home With a Cottage Twist

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Today, we’re excited to present a house tour from one of our favorite bloggers, Julie Blanner, who blogs at Coordinately Yours. Julie was kind enough to invite us into her home, which she shares with her husband Chris and her three daughters Adalyn, Aniston and Isla. Keep reading to hear what she has to say about her style, favorite home projects and advice for creative moms.


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Can you describe your home a bit? 

We live in Kansas in a 2,700 square foot colonial home that was built in the 1960s. We fell in love with it because of some of the traditional elements, like the beams in the living room and the larger Southern style front porch.

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 Can you tell us a little more about yourself?

My career began in event planning and wedding coordination. I began blogging as an outlet to share my passions! I share ideas for effortless entertaining, DIY projects, thoughtful gifts and so much more. It’s been such a joy to reach a wider audience through my blog over the past few years. I am living my ultimate dream — wife, mom and lifestyle blogger!


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How would you describe your style?

I consider myself to be pretty minimalist with a mix of traditional and cottage style. I like to combine formal elements with more relaxed items, like the linen pillow covers in the living room or distressed farmhouse chairs in Adalyn’s room, to give it a cozy feeling, despite the size, and make guests feel relaxed.


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What are some of your favorite rooms in your home?

I really love our living room because it is a place where we can entertain, but also spend a lot of our evening playing with the girls. It’s the room that combines Chris’s and my style the best. He is more modern, while I tend to be more traditional. The room easily transforms by updating items on our bookshelves, changing pillow covers and artwork.

I also love Adalyn’s room. It’s so sweet to watch her read in her window nook, have a tea party with Aniston or play dress up in there, but it’s still sophisticated.


pottery barn pillows and throw


How do you enjoy your home? Is it more of a retreat, or more of an entertaining hub?

While we entertain often, I consider our home a retreat. It’s a place we can relax and enjoy our family and friends.  I like to think that anyone who walks in, immediately feels welcome and at home.


Are there any furniture pieces  or artwork that has an unusual or fun story?

I try to include something sentimental in each room, like the heirloom bibles on our living room bookshelves that recorded much of our family history, or the piece of driftwood in our master bathroom that Chris found on a monthlong trip away just after we married. The wardrobe in Aniston’s room has been in my family 6 generations. I love integrating old and new.


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I notice that you’re pretty minimalist in your use of art. What’s your decorating philosophy behind this decision?

There are a few reasons behind that! First, I can bore easily with decor, so it  provides an opportunity to change it frequently. I also tend to host a lot. Whether I’m hosting a shower or Thanksgiving, I’m bound to update the artwork to coordinate. I also find that it’s an easy way to transition your home with the seasons. For example, I had created deer sketches for the living room for fall and winter and updated them to coral for spring and summer. It gives the entire room a fresh aesthetic.

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What projects are you most proud of in your home?

I couldn’t be happier with the hardwood floors we had made. They are truly hand carved, at varying widths and with an oil finish rather than traditional varnish. They are really relaxed, yet stand out because they are so different. I’m also proud of the kitchen transformation with just paint, hardware and the pulley pendant lights from Pottery Barn. The mudroom has been our most functional transformation and just cost $300.

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What projects are you currently working on?

I’m currently finishing my office/sunroom and Isla’s nursery. I joke that I work one nap at a time.

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What is your advice for other busy moms who want to keep a beautiful home?

Be realistic. Choose slipcovered furniture so that you and your family can enjoy your home without worry, use lots of baskets for storage and just remember that they’re only little once. Find a way to make a space work for both you and them (like Adalyn’s room).

Take a tour of Julie’s entire home below, and make sure to read her blog, Coordinately Yours.

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All photos courtesy Julie Blanner


Share Your Favorite Home Decorating Projects and Pottery Barn Pieces on the Blog!

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Show off your gorgeous decorating style! Whether it’s a stunning Pottery Barn chandelier, cozy sofa or collection of frames on a gallery wall, we know that our customers and decorators have incredible style.
If you decorate with Pottery Barn and want your home or work to be considered for a feature on Inside & Out, please fill out our submission form and share photos documenting your unique Pottery Barn style. It could be a single signature Pottery Barn piece or a room full of favorite Pottery Barn furniture and accents — however you’ve decided to decorate, we’d love to see it.

To share your style, just click here.

Love the photo above? See more of this gorgeous space from Dawn — featuring some lovely Pottery Barn accessories — at Inspired Living in this post.