Monthly Archives: September 2013

Monday Giveaway: Win a Halloween Treat Bag For Your Favorite Little Ghoul or Ghost

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Do you have a little one in need of a new treat bag for Halloween this year? Today, we’ve partnered with Pottery Barn Kids to offer 10 lucky Pottery Barn blog winners the chance to win one of the Pumpkin Treat Bags. Made of soft felt and lined with percale, these pumpkin treat bag will delight your little trick-or-treater with its big jack-o-lantern smile and pick-stitch detailing.



Want to see some of the other great bags? Check out the slideshow below.

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To enter the contest, just fill out the form below! (You can find the official rules here.)

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This Weekend, Prep For Fall With Pumpkin Bruschetta

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Make this fall-fabulous pumpkin bruschetta tonight. — Sweet Paul

Tour a family-friendly and charming home. — Apartment Therapy

These 12 rooms have breathtaking biews. — House Beautiful

We can’t get enough of Nicole’s new Victorian! — Making It Lovely

DIY to try: stencils as wallpaper. — PopSugar Home

Tour a Brooklyn fashion designer’s home. — Remodelista

Get Ready For Autumn: Fall Decorating Inspiration

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On a recent lunch stop at Napa’s gorgeous new restaurant The Thomas, we couldn’t help but linger at the restaurant’s windowsill displays, which boasted a bounty of autumnal decorating inspiration.

The sills were filled with a mix of cut glass vessels, antique blue books, and seasonal plants in orange, white, and wheat colors. The puffy dried florals in this photo are actually artichokes that have gone to seed. The orange pods may be more recognizable to most readers — they are Physalis alkekengi, more commonly known as Chinese lantern plants.

The color scheme for these vignettes is simultaneously a departure from and a reflection on traditional autumnal palette. The orange and wheat tones are classically fall, while the white and navy blue add modern pop to the look.


To try this look at home, we suggest the following

  • Head to the farmer’s market or local grocer to discover some unusual squash or pumpkin. Try turban, Lakota or Baby Boo squash, and white pumpkins such as the Casper pumpkin.
  • Try elevating the pumpkins or gourds in glass dishes, or framing them under one of our Glass Domes.
  • Purchase a bouquet of Chinese lanterns from the florist.
  • Take a walk in your neighborhood to find grasses or bushes that have gone to seed, and turned that delightful wheat-like color.
  • Stack similarly colored books together for your tablescape vignette or window display. You don’t have to stick with navy blue. Try black books for a more Halloween-themed vignette or add girly contrast with bright pink volumes. We also love the idea of purple, turquoise or deep brown books.


Source: Photos by Elka Karl

How-To: Arrange Mini Bouquets in Our Wooden Terrarium

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Kiana, owner of Tulipina, a boutique San Francisco-area floral design studio (see more of her work here and here) recently experimented with adding some out-of-the-box floral arrangements to the Pottery Barn Wooden Terrarium. The results? As usual, gorgeous.




Kiana writes, “One might usually put some potted green plants or herbs in a terrarium, but I wanted to put together something that would work well both open and closed, and that would catch the eye with color even from the corner of a large room.”SONY DSC
For this arrangement, she chose chestnut, sweet pea, craspedia, begonia, blushing bride, and maidenhair fern for her small vessels. To learn how to re-create the look at your home and in your Pottery Barn terrarium, check out the full post here.

The Celeste Chandelier in a Charming Cottage Dining Room

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Clarita, who blogs at The Cottage at 341 South, has a home graced with gorgeous style. We love her dining room, which is illuminated with the Pottery Barn Celeste Chandelier.o216293405
Clarita told us, “The Celeste Chandelier was a perfect fit for our dining room for many reasons! When my husband and I were remodeling our hundred-year old cottage, we wanted to preserve the aged, weathered look of the home but add updated function and style. There were many great textures to the room already, including the hardwood floor, the brick fireplace, and the wide baseboard trim, and we were searching for the perfect light to add to the room. When we found the Celeste chandelier it was a delightful fit! It adds a touch of glamour to the room without being overwhelming, but also ties in beautifully with the older look already present.”
To discover the incredible before and after behind this lovely dining room, head to The Cottage at 341 South.

Hosting a Champagne Celebration

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Amanda at The Fashionable Hostess recently shared some lovely images from a champagne celebration tablescape that has us ready to raise our glasses in a formal toast.

Amanda writes, “There are so many occasions to celebrate – engagements, promotions, birthdays – and there is no better way to say ‘Congrats’ than with a Champagne Toast. I love to be the one to celebrate my friends and family successes when these exciting times arise, but putting together a full blown dinner party can get exhausting. Fortunately I found a happy medium – “A Champagne Celebration.”
For this celebration, Amanda curated a simple appetizer menu with a cheese platter, fresh baked olive bread and olives, accompanied by the best bubbly.
She noted, “For the table, a simple black and white theme with a minimalist floral arrangement and minimal plates and silverware — because I would rather we focus our efforts on the sipping anyways.”
Amanda chose the PB Great White Square Plates for the party, which fit perfectly into the table scheme.

You can catch up with all of Amanda’s decorating and entertaining pursuits when you follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Before and After: A Light and Lovely Family Room Makeover

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Brad of Brad Ramsey Interiors recently shared a great family room project that updated and beautified a home. Here’s a before shot of the room:



And here’s Brad’s lovely results.




Brad told us, “I was charged with designing a cozy family room for a family of four with two active teenage boys and two dogs. The challenge was to make the space beautiful for mom to enjoy, but not over the top or too flowery so the rest of the family would feel comfortable in it as well.”





Brad goes on to note, “I was excited to find several key pieces for the room from Pottery Barn. I layered a  Zonia Ikat Dhurrie Rug over a 9’x12′ Owen Herringbone Jute Rug to create a foundation for the rest of the colors and textures in the room. Add to that the rustic Hastings Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table and the Caden Nailhead Leather Stool floating over by the fireplace, and you can see how the Pottery Barn pieces add much of the character and texture to this room. And the most important part, my client loves it!”





Like what you see? Learn more about Brad Ramsey’s designs on Instagram and be sure to visit his website.


Have you added Pottery Barn pieces to your guest room? Make sure to share photos with us and you may be featured in an upcoming post on the blog!

The Adorable Pottery Barn Pets of Instagram

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We can’t get enough of Pottery Barn pieces, especially when they’re accompanied by an adorable four-legged friend. Be they cat, dog or other domesticated animal, we love it when they demonstrate their good taste by showing a preference for Pottery Barn products. 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. Today, we’re sharing a myriad of darling pets. It doesn’t get much cuter than this!


Peter Parker Stevenson, a Westie from Denver, writes,  “Disappointed by our #bakeabone disaster, me and #Rug tried to recover with a nap.”


Caught in a cat nap on Instagram user bex0423‘s lovely kitty looks rather stylish next to this Pottery Barn bedding.



We think this gorgeous kitty means business. Instagram user flmgp captioned this photo, “Saturday morning of leisure.”
Instagram user hcreekcc writes, “Cotton’s favorite place — his Chenille Jute Natural Rug!”
Share your favorite Pottery Barn finds and pets by taggin your Instagram pictures with #pbpets. We can’t wait to see them!

Tour an Amazing 1907 Schoolhouse Renovation

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Tour this gorgeous schoolhouse renovation. — Country Living

Figs are in season. Find out the best recipes for this fruit. — Taste

DIY dip-dye gingham bunting this weekend. It’s adorable! — Sweet Paul

10 travel tips for Barcelona. — Remodelista

Living room essentials for under $1000. — PopSugar Home

Ideas for decorating with woven textures. — BHG

Do you cook on a vintage or antique stove? — Making it Lovely