Monthly Archives: September 2013

Incredible, Inspirational Pumpkin Designs

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We love to add a new twist on traditional fall pumpkin decorating, which is why we’re so thrilled with the in the new issue of Sweet Paul Magazine.


Crafter Dietlind Wolf used a hammer and cookie cutters to  create cut-out patterns in her pumpkin, then secured pieces with small bamboo skewers and toothpicks.Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 1.55.35 PM


Paul Lowe, Editor-in-Chief at Sweet Paul, covered his whole pumpkin with stamps from the Brimfield Flea Market.

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Crafter Jim Noonan used glue and glitter to create his sparkling pumpkin.

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Craft Editor Lova Blavarg made a V-shaped cut in her pumpkin and placed the top of an old purse in the hole. She then secured the chocolate money in place with a glue gun.

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See more incredibly crafted pumpkins on Sweet Paul!


Photography by Colin Cooke

Emily & Meritt For PBTeen Launches Today — We’re in Love!

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The new Emily & Meritt Collection for Pottery Barn Teen has us swooning.
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Whether you have a teenage girl in your home or not, there are definitely pieces from this collection that will work for any home. We’d recommend the Needlepoint Ship Pillow for a preppy guy’s bachelor pad, the absolutely exquisite Wardrobe Rack for your vintage-loving best girlfriend, and that cool Denim Chaise Lounge for . . . absolutely anyone!

For our current favorites from the collection, click each photo below.

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Design Destination: Stockholm, Sweden

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We’re excited to present a story from the new Fall issue of Sweet Paul! In the story Northern Delights, Will Taylor explores the architecture and design in Stockholm, Sweden. You can read more of the story in Sweet Paul’s Fall issue.



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I’d heard the city described as the Venice of the North for many years, yet when I stepped off the Arlanda Express train from the airport, I was still taken aback by its beauty. The cool and crisp air and a light dusting of snow were the only reminders of the chilly season as the sun was shining in a deceptively bright manner across a vivid blue sky.

Stockholm has a distinctly maritime feel thanks to its largely waterside location, which affords the city a laidback, refreshing, and surprisingly calm vibe for such a cosmopolitan destination. Unlike many of its southern European counterparts, Stockholm offered a urban vacation that left me feeling both inspired and relaxed by the end of my trip: there’s a generous offering of museums, galleries, restaurants, bars, and shops to explore yet everything is relatively compact, making it easy to explore on foot. Another benefit? I didn’t have to recreate scenes of elbowing my way through tourists as I’ve done in places like London and Florence; Stockholm is quite the opposite, especially outside of the busier summer season. I was able to leisurely explore the quiet cobbled sidewalks of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) and climb the hills of the Sodermalm in order to take in the stunning views of the Stockholm skyline. And all this in relative peace and quiet.

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On my first morning in the city I took a stroll from my hotel, Scandic Grand Central, across the water and into the Old Town. Although I live in Britain where there’s an abundance of history to devour, I was still excited to explore the original part of Stockholm—the part that was founded during the 13th century. As I walked the district’s narrow streets I found it hard not to imagine the footprints left by those who would’ve paced the very same streets in centuries gone by. Nowadays there are around 3,000 people living in the Old Town and most of the buildings date back to the 17th and 18th century—the dominant building is the King’s Castle. It was clear that this area of the city is popular with tourists, as one or two of the main thoroughfares were littered with tacky souvenir shops, but don’t let this deter you from the quaint discoveries that lie a little off the beaten bath.

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Almost as if it’s the antithesis to the quiet and quaint moments offered by the Old Town, the Sodermalm district gifted me a trendy, hip, and unique experience. It’s the place to visit for an eclectic mix of unusual, contemporary boutiques for fashion, design, and interior décor. I found that the product assortment (and the clientele!) in the stores on the Sodermalm tended to be trendier, younger, and more bohemian than in the downtown part of the city. It’s well worth setting side a day or two to be able to make the most of the diverse district at leisure. I enjoyed dipping in and out of the small boutiques; both Gotgatan and SoFo—the area south of Folkungagatan—are now a varied scene for daring and unexpected designs, not to mention a strong offering of vintage merchandise. If you enjoy people watching then pull up a chair outside a café and watch the myriad of fashion and design mavens going about their daily business. I wiled away an hour or two doing just this in Café String in SoFo—a charming place that’s decorated with vintage ‘50s and ‘60s designs (all of which are for sale, so you can buy your teacup or chair as a souvenir).

Afterwards, I walked to Hornsgatspuckeln and spent the afternoon exploring the galleries in the area. One of the most noteworthy was The Glassery, which is completely devoted to glass as an art form and shows work by independent glass artists from across the world.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 3.18.07 PMAs I walked back to my hotel down the hills of the Sodermalm I basked in view of the sunset. The city had already proved itself to be sophisticated and stylish at every turn. I smiled to myself as I thought how even the Stolkholm sunsets appeared to be designed to aesthetic perfection.

Discover Will’s restaurant and hotel recommendations when you read the rest of the story in Sweet Paul!

Photography by Will Taylor

Laura’s Fall Decorating Vignettes

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We’re ready for fall decorating — the more pumpkins, pinecones and early autumn florals the better. Laura Trevey at Bright, Bold and Beautiful shares our sentiment. She recently posted some great tips on creating autumn vignettes, and is contributing some of her tips and ideas to the blog today.

For this vignette, Laura used our Chevron Tray and Punched Ceramic Lanterns, which are currently sold out (try this one instead).

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Why did you choose these lanterns and tray?

“I love using trays to protect my table tops and this gorgeous Pottery Barn chevron tray is also a handsome statement piece. When I am creating vignettes, I group objects together with different heights. My Pottery Barn lanterns were the perfect choice for height and color.”


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What fall foliage is your favorite for fall decorating?

“I hardly ever purchase foliage for centerpiece arrangements and festive vignettes. I can usually find everything I need right in my backyard. For early fall, I just love these pastel rose colored sedum blooms. As we head into Winter, I incorporate more magnolia leaves, holly leaves and berries, and I love red nandina berries, too.”
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What advice could you offer for creating pretty, easy vignettes for fall?

“Use what you have. Have fun experimenting with different shaped objects. If you need more height, place one grouping on top of a stack of pretty coffee table books or magazines.”

Make sure to read more of Laura’s posts on her site,  Bright, Bold and Beautiful.

Photos courtesy Laura Trevey

Get the Look: A Chic Cabin

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  • Create a chic cabin look with these essential pieces. — PopSugar Home
  • Equestrian accents at home. — Apartment Therapy
  • Great inspiration for a Halloween party for the grown ups. — BHG
  • On your brunch menu: avocado toasts with tomatoes. — Taste
  • Are you decorating with orange? — Centsational Girl
  • These personalized DIYs will take your wedding to the next level. — Refinery29


Halloween DIY: Chalk Paint Boxes

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We’re excited to present a DIY from the Fall issue of Sweet Paul magazine that will be perfect for Halloween. This DIY was created by Lova Blåvarg, at 17-year-old Swedish-born designer whose beautiful craft and art projects are featured in the column Lova’s World.
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Chalk Paint boxes

I have always loved dressing up in costumes, but we don’t have Halloween in Sweden, so I was really excited to come to the US and have a chance to experience it (especially since I was allowed to wear my costume in school!). This year, I decided to make spooky chalkboard boxes for candy and other goodies.

1. Find tin boxes in different interesting shapes and sizes. (For example, I used an Easter egg tin box to make the dragon egg!)

2. Fill a big bowl with chalkboard paint. Dip and roll the boxes in the paint. Dipping gives a nice smooth effect compared to painting them.

3. Let dry.

4. Draw Halloween inspired designs with chalk on the boxes.

5. Fill with candy!
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Tip: When Halloween is over you can easily erase the drawings and use the boxes for tea and coffee and such things until next year!

Tony’s Top Halloween Must-Haves + a Giveaway!

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What are you craving for Halloween decorating? Have you started ordering your favorite Halloween items yet? Our Pottery Barn Halloween selection often sells out, so it’s smart to order now — especially since some of our selection is already sold out! We asked Pottery Barn’s tabletop designer, Tony, about some of his  favorite items this season.

“Our Halloween selection is about as whimsical as I’ve ever seen it,” Tony told us. Here are Tony’s Top Halloween picks this year.

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(Psst . . . need some inspiration? Check out the Pottery Barn Pinterest board, A Spooky Halloween.)


For this giveaway, we’re offering one lucky reader the chance to win the Skull Drink Dispenser Stand and the Glass Drink Dispenser. To enter, just fill out the form below (official rules can be found here). You can download the Blood Orange Margarita recipe here!

Thank you for reading, this contest is now closed.

Prized Boards: Autumnal Inspiration

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Can you feel the crackle of fall in the air? We certain can, which is why we’re so excited to be pinning images of pumpkins, mum, leaves and other iconic autumnal imagery on our newest Pinterest board, Autumnal Decorating by Pottery Barn.



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

  1. We love the idea of using an old trophy cup to showcase one of our favorite fall fruits—persimmons! If you’re not familiar with this fantastic fruit, learn more about it on Taste.
  2. Here’s another fun vessel idea for displaying fall foliage: a beer stein! Whether it’s metal or ceramic, this is the perfect season to break it out.
  3. Ah, lovely! This farmhouse table (which looks quite similar to our Sumner Dining Table) is absolutely stunning. The colors here are perfection, and we love the contrast of the more classic gingham upholstery on the chairs with the shibori-look blanket.
  4. Mums are perhaps the flower of fall, and we love how they’ve been paired here with more delicate pink roses. The white mini pumpkins are the perfect accompaniment to the bouquet.

Want to feel even more inspired? Head over to our newest Pinterest board, Autumnal Decorating by Pottery Barn.

Get the Look: West Bridge Restaurant’s Industrial Chic Design

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On our must-dine list at the moment is West Bridge in Cambridge, MA. Head chef Matthew Gaudet made Food & Wine’s 2013 Best Chef List, so you know the food is going to be fabulous. We’re also pretty smitten with the decor choices, which were curated by crème.




Justine Hand at designskool has the lowdown on the design, if you want to find out more about the restaurant’s origins, decor, and more. You won’t believe what business this building housed in a previous life!




We love the monochromatic color palette, which is broken up by bold art and the unique rope chandeliers.



To capture the essence of this restaurant’s spirit, we’ve handpicked a few fantastic pieces from our current Pottery Barn selection.
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Photos courtesy Justine Hand

This Effortlessly Stylish Bedroom Was a Labor of Love

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Kristen Vincent, a family photographer based in San Diego, CA, recently shared these lovely photos of her daughter’s room, which she styled with some Pottery Barn pieces as well as a good dose of DIY creativity.

Kristen notes, “This room was another labor of love working side by side with the amazing ladies of Bungalow 56. The design inspiration for this room was to create a space that would be comfortable for a teenager, but also sophisticated enough to use  for years to come.” We caught up with Kristen to learn more about the inspiration for this space.

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How did you decide on the furniture and accent pieces you used in the room?

“These would be the pieces she would take with her to college and her first apartment We wanted it to flow with the rest of the home and still have a bit of a beachy vintage feel.”


How did you decide on the wall color?

“We chose a pale blue color for the walls that Katelyn helped choose. (We had to talk her down from the idea of having bright purple walls.) This seemed like a good compromise and was still a fun, youthful color. The rest of the room was a surprise, Katelyn was out of town and came home to a room that had been completely redecorated as a reward for good grades.”


Can you tell us a little about the furniture you distressed?

“The dresser and nightstand were oak and we spent hours hand painting and distressing those pieces a creamy white and replaced the knobs with mercury glass ones  to add a whimsical touch. Shelves made from old pallets are a great home for her books and keepsakes.”


Can you believe that these shelves were made from pallets? We love the creativity and vision!


What Pottery Barn pieces did you use?

“The pieces we used from Pottery Barn are the metal table lamps, the burlap shades and the accent pillows on the bed.”


What do you love about this room? 

“I love that it doubles as a beautiful and comfortable room for guests when they visit from out of town. She loves how relaxing and cozy the bed is. When she first walked in after we surprised her she said, ‘I love it! It feels like I’m at a spa!'”


Photos courtesy Kristen Vincent