Monthly Archives: September 2013

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.

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“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.

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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.

 

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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!

 

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

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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.”

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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.”

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

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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.”

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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

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.)

Thank you for reading, this contest is now closed.