Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Light, Airy, and Family-Friendly Living Room Update

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We recently caught up with designer Jana Bek of Jana Bek Design, whose clients, a young Salt Lake City family, were in need of a bright and airy living room space. Jana set out to realize this look while adding rustic touches to balance the lightness and provide some warmth.


For this room, Jana used the Tanner Console Table, which provided that same aesthetic she was looking for. She notes, “The industrial iron paired with glass shelves make it a substantial piece that also has an easy elegance to it. It is the perfect height for a sofa table as well! I love incorporating organic elements, like the driftwood piece here, when styling clients spaces because they add another layer of personality.”

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Keep reading for more of Jana’s advice for styling the perfect console table.

Object Shapes:
Vary the shapes in your vignette– round, square, organic, etc. Books and frames are often square or rectangle so break them up with other shapes to create interest.
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Think of your console as 1 piece that needs to be balanced. If you have a larger sculptural piece on one side of a shelf, directly below should be something lighter and on the other end of that shelf another ‘heavier piece’ to balance it all. Similarly, if you have a tall lamp on one side, put an matching lamp on the other side, or two tall frames on the other side to even it out.

Do not crowd any vignette — let the pieces breath. There should be space between all items.

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Include natural elements (coral, shell, wood) in your styling. It will make your space feel more lived in and collected. Get creative! Peruse Etsy, flea markets, use your children’s sculptures- all will add another layer of personality to your mix.

Make sure to check out more of Jana Bek’s styling on her website, Jana Bek Design.

Photos courtesey Jylare Smith

The Best Fall Bedding

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See which Pottery Barn bedding made the cut for best fall bedding. — PopSugar Home

This Scotland house tour has us craving a trip overseas. — Apartment Therapy

An eco-chic pub in the English countryside. — Remodelista

Give your home a rustic vibe with this easy DIY. — Refinery29

Natalie Chanin shares her favorite things about her home state. — Country Living

The best food for a tailgating party. — Taste

Tony’s Top Tips For Halloween Decorating (and Beyond!)

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We recently enjoyed a fun Facebook chat with Pottery Barn fans and our in-house design and entertaining expert, Tony! Here, we’re rounding up Tony’s great advice for decorating for the Halloween season, with questions that came directly from our fans!



What are Tony’s favorite picks for decorating for a Halloween party spread?

Are you having a spooky party? Then the Bug Cheese Knives and Spider Dispenser Stand are great. If it’s a family-friendly party, the  Cauldron Condiment Set is great. They’re a little less creepy. You can check out more of my top picks in this blog post, too.



How can you carry Halloween into Thanksgiving decorating?

An easy simple solution is to buy all of your gourds now. Faux gourds that have colors that can easily translate to both holidays works well. Neutrals with a pop of orange or gold work great for Halloween or Thanksgiving. All of our faux gourds  translate beautifully to the harvest season.



How does Expert Tony feel about whole-house holiday decorating, compared to just a room or two…I lean towards overdoing it!

We’re kindred spirits! I always love to overdecorate for the Halloween season. No room should be safe from Halloween decor. There are definitely options for everything from bedding to kitchen. A surprise Halloween element in your bathroom will always delight guests. Use Mr. Bones to greet friends in the entryway. Don’t stop with the obvious!

I have a practical question — what if my drink dispenser has a leaky tap? It’s a year old, so I can’t return it. Is there a way to fix it myself so my punch doesn’t drip on everything?

Yes! The most common reason the spigots drip is because of a malfunction in the silicone seal. After people use the spigot for a long time it can get loose. Inside the dispenser is a nut. Use a small adjustable wrench to tighten the threading around the silicone seal. If that doesn’t work, here’s our MacGyver solution: Find a decorative dish to put under the spigot, so there’s a pretty way to catch drips and protect your tablecloth.

I decorate huge for Halloween and have been collecting items for over 17 years now. What is a must have that can be used for fall and Halloween?

If you want to add a little bit of glitz, I love the mercury gourds for both Halloween and fall. For a slightly more traditional approach, our silk botanicals are an excellent option. I also am a huge fan of our Gourd Centerpiece Stand.  If you’re a collector, these are items you might want to pick up to add to your collection.



Any tips on how to decorate a small apartment for Halloween?

Your dining and living spaces should be the focal point. For everyday Halloween festive flair, add in any number of our fun Pumpkin Pillows to your sofa. On your dining table, choose our Dry Autumnal Tree  or the Burgundy Berry  Branch, centered in a vase on a seasonal table runner.


I’d love to add some vampire decor and ideas to my Halloween party.

I’m a big fan of True Blood and all things vampire. The best thing to do when it comes to food and drink: always go red. Red velvet cake and cocktails with a splash of cranberry and pomegranate seeds are great. If you display your food and drink on white with wood and a touch of black the colors will really pop. Make sure to also check out our Blood Bar Party.




Say Goodbye to the Iconic VW Bus & Hello to One of Our Van Ornaments With This Giveaway

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It’s so sad to say goodbye, but that’s what we have to do with the iconic VW Bus.

According to NPR, “Brazil is the last place in the world still producing the iconic vehicle, or ‘bus’ as it’s known by aficionados, but VW says production will end Dec. 31. Safety regulations mandate that every vehicle in Brazil must have air bags and anti-lock braking systems starting in 2014, and the company says it cannot change production to meet the law.”

And while we may have to bid adieu to seeing new VW Bus vans on the road, we can certainly see them on our holiday trees, thanks to our Van With Packages Ornament.

For a chance to win 1 of 10 of these ornaments, just fill out the form below! (Official rules here.)

Thank you for reading, this contest is now closed.

An Italian Adventure: Exploring Small Towns and Farms in Tuscany

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Have you dreamed about hopping a plane to Italy and then exploring the countryside in a Fiat? That’s exactly what one of our Pottery Barn merchants did, and Millie’s graciously sharing her photos, tips and trip highlights in our four-part series, An Italian Adventure. Today, Millie’s exploring some of the small towns and farms around Tuscany.


“The Tuscan cypress trees complemented the architecture and landscape perfectly.”



“This is one of my favorite photos from the trip. I love the mix of lavendar and cypress trees  next to these historic buildings.”




“The view from our Brunello tasting was stunning.”



“I adored the hand painted signage in UNESCO World Heritage Site towns San Quirico D’orcia and Pienza. I love the scale of these  signs — they are great inspiration for our wall art collection!”




An Italian Adventure: Lucca and Cinque Terre

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Have you dreamed about hopping a plane to Italy, and then exploring the countryside in a Fiat? That’s exactly what one of our Pottery Barn merchants did, and Millie’s graciously sharing her photos, tips and trip highlights in our four-part series, An Italian Adventure. Today, Millie’s exploring Lucca and Cinque Terre.


“I fell in love with almost every doorway in Italy. Hand painted tile house numbers, industrial lighting and hand forged iron work always surrounded by jasmine vines or roses.”



“The gardens of the Pfanner Palace in Lucca offer a nice stroll away from the cobble-stoned streets.”




“The most incredibly hydrangea hedges I’ve ever seen were found at the Pfanner Palace.”




“Walnut Ravioli – to die for. A trip to Italy almost requires that you eat pasta twice a day. Even then you could never try all the variations of pastas and sauces. Walnut ravioli is so delicious and I’ve never found it in the states!”

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“This was our Abnb apartment in Riomaggiore. I loved the fact that it was literally cut into the rock cliffs. The apartment was up about 200 incredibly steep stairs and down a few narrow corridors as you wound your way up to the top of the village. it would be almost impossible to get any large furniture in here — talk about small space solutions!”

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“We really enjoyed our beach day on the Mediterranean.”

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“The fresh seafood in Cinque Terre was amazing.”



“A view of the colorful harbor in Vernazza, with Cinque Terre’s famous terraced hills in the background. ”

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“This insanely amazing church in Monterosso was decorated with skeletons. But they weren’t scary, most seemed to be smiling. This was one of the craziest interiors I’ve ever seen. (Also, the wood skeletons are excellent halloween inspiration!).”
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An Italian Adventure: Chianti

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Have you dreamed about hopping on a plane to Italy and then exploring the countryside in a Fiat? That’s exactly what one of our Pottery Barn merchants did, and Millie’s graciously sharing her photos, tips and trip highlights in our four-part series, An Italian Adventure. Today, Millie’s exploring Chianti.



“I enjoyed tasting some chianti and trying out the cured meats from Antica Macelleria Falorni, a butcher shop open since the 1700s. ”


“A view of the countryside along our drive through Chianti.”




“Settling in in the small town of Montisi. This is the view from the bedroom window.”



“A scenic view of main street Montisi.”




“We found the most serene and beautiful apartment ever. It was the ultimate find on Airbnb. I wish I could move in! The blend of modern here mixed with the original stonework from the early 1400s was an incredible combination. The mix of styles and balance of old and new makes the space feel authentic and unique. something we always try to achieve when we build out catalogs!”


An Italian Adventure: Florence

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Have you dreamed about hopping a plane to Italy and then exploring the countryside in a Fiat? That’s exactly what one of our Pottery Barn merchants did, and Millie’s graciously sharing her photos, tips and trip highlights in our four-part series, An Italian Adventure. Today, we’re tagging along with Millie on her day in Florence.


“My first glimpse of the Duomo! Brunelleschi’s dome is the signature view of Florence’s skyline. Spotting this 500+ year-old feat of engineering strikes you with awe.”


“Anywhere I travel, I always make a stop in the central market. Florence’s market is a great place to see what goes into some of Italy’s most delicious food — and have some, too. The food stalls here are great for lunch!”



“Recommended by a local friend for a classic Bistek Fiorentina, Cammillo Trattoria did not disappoint.”


“Souvenir shopping in Florence. I brought back a pair of bright green leather gloves! Madova has been doing one thing incredibly well since 1919 — making fantastic leather gloves. The classic styles are updated each year with fun new colors. I like to think that Pottery Barn does the same thing with our classics, like the Textured Linen Pillow, PB Classic Towels, and Cambria Dinnerware.”


“Everywhere you look in Florence provides inspiration. You are enveloped by beauty, surrounded by works of art from the greatest masters of all time  in the architecture of the buildings and frescos in the churches. All of this inspires some of the most impressive chalk drawings i’ve ever seen.”streetartflorence


Make sure to check back tomorrow to see where Millie’s traveling to next!

Behind the Design: Snakes and Skulls, Oh My!

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Yesterday, we took a field trip across the hall at Pottery Barn HQ to visit with some of the talented in-house artists that create Pottery Barn’s incredible textile designs. These artists gave us a very seasonal peek at some of their latest creations.
Do you recognize the products that were inspired by the designs? We love how the artists’ creative vision was translated into a wide variety of products, from table runners to pillows. Click through the slideshow to shop for another original artistic creation from Pottery Barn.

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