Monthly Archives: October 2013

How-To: Create Unexpectedly Chic Seasonal Floral Arrangements

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Interested in creating an unexpected, yet undeniably sophisticated arrangement that will work for the autumn season? We caught up with the masterminds behind Crimson Horticulture Rarities to find out how to do just that.

 

Leigh and Allison of Crimson Horticultural Rarities recommend using unusual flora in darker, moodier colors to create your bouquet. For this bouquet we started with Pottery Barn’s Etched Mercury Glass Vase in a medium size. Using a vase with a larger mouth makes it easier to add some of the striking, unusual and large florals that were added to the arrangement.

For similar flowers to those we used, try adding

  • Castor bean plant
  • Black dahlias
  • Chocolate cosmos
  • Ornamental black grasses
  • Black ornamental pepper
  • Silver foliage such as eucalyptus

Keep reading for tips!

For a large arrangement like this one, instead of using a flower frog, try cutting a length of chicken wire and then crumpling it to fit inside the vase. This will help your flowers to hold their placement in the bouquet. Just slip stems through the holes in the chicken wire as you go.

 

Make sure to start with your biggest florals first to establish a framework, and then fill in with smaller florals. Remember to examine your arrangement from several angles to make sure you’re not overfilling in places or leaving gaps in other spots.

 

Cluster smaller vases around the finished bouquet to create a larger vignette.

 

 

Here are some more of Crimson Horticultural Rarities‘s top tips:

  • Choosing in-season flowers that are locally grown will ensure that your blooms last longer.
  • If something doesn’t look quite right, twist the flower or grass by the stem to change the direction of the placement
  • To change water in a large vase like this one, cradle it in one arm, cup the arrangement, and pour old water into a sink before refilling.
  • For a fun “super local” element, take a fall stroll through your neighborhood to look for unusual plants, branches, or other seasonal elements you can add to your arrangement.

How are you decorating with fall florals?

Source: Photos by Elka Karl

Spooky and Chic Halloween Perfection

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Mandy Kellogg Rye from Waiting on Martha has us inspired for Halloween entertaining this week thanks to her effortlessly chic and spooky party, which was also featured on Style Me Pretty Living. Mandy’s party is chock full of a variety of our favorite Pottery Barn Halloween items (some of which are still available here, so you can stock up for next year).
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Mandy writes, “Halloween is one of my absolute favorite holidays, mainly because it symbolizes the beginning of the whole holiday season: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. It’s high on my list for decorating, celebrating and entertaining. So this year, I’m planning a classic, grown up Halloween gathering.”
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She continues: “I tend to collect pieces that translate in many different ways. For example, I fully intend to use the black lanterns year round. And the gorgeous mercury glass pumpkins will be perfect for my Thanksgiving table. With the addition of inexpensive moss and moss branches, candles galore, and a few crows, spiders, and chains, I was able to achieve an elevated yet haunting ‘Halloween’ look and feel without going overboard.”

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Keep clicking to see all of the gorgeous images from this party!


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Photography courtesy Rustic White Photography

Our Favorite New Bedding For Chilly Nights Ahead

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Are the temperatures dipping in your hometown? We know that we’ve had to crank up the thermostat more than a few times this month already. Of course, our thoughts are drifting to the coziest, chic bedding in our line as a way to beat the chill this autumn and winter.

One of our favorite new duvets this season is the Chenille Floral Embroidered Duvet Cover and Shams in Gray. Woven of a cotton/linen blend, these lush-looking linens feature a standout floral embroidery pattern.
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Subtle but beautiful, wouldn’t you agree?
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Looking for something different? Keep clicking through to see some of our other favorite designs this season. From organic to flannel to fanciful prints, we have it all!

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Quick Switches Create the Perfect Fall Living Room

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Karen at Mother Rabbit Says recently shared some great tips on adding an autumnal feel to your home. She recommends that you “carve yourself a little ‘outfit change’ budget for your home several times per year — maybe spring, fall and Christmas. I am not talking about a total-makeover-sort-of-thing. I am talking about adding a few seasonal accessories for interest — and for fun.”

Karen used  heirloom pumpkins to introduce a fall feel to her coffee table, along with pillar candles.

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On the mantel, more pumpkins, mixed with pear branches, mercury glass, and glass tapers, create a gorgeous vignette.

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Karen writes,  “My seasonal ‘splurge’ this fall was the pumpkin pillows for the sofa. I love them, and the warm fall-feel they brought to the room.”

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Make sure to head over to Mother Rabbit Says to see more of Karen’s smart seasonal switches in her living rom.

Get Inspired By This Chic Home Office

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Look no further if you’re in search of home office inspiration. — Apartment Therapy

Throw a spooky Halloween cocktail party. — Taste

37 new ways to decorate your Halloween pumpkins. — Country Living

A Halloween punch recipe you have to see to believe! — Honestly Yum

New York designer Eric Cohler reveals his favorite things. — House Beautiful 

The best fall reading list for crafty types. — Centsational Girl

Some favorite ideas for cultivating an eerie Halloween atmosphere. — The Star

Prize Boards: Fantastic Inspiration For Pampering Your Four-Legged Friends

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When it comes to our customers, it’s safe to say that you’re all major animal lovers. That’s part of the reasons we’ve expanded our selection of gifts for pet lovers.  And of course, we couldn’t stop there — check out our love of four-legged friends on our Pinterest board PB Pets 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. This handsome golden retriever is posing with several of our pet-related products. To see the whole selection, click here.
  2. Is it even possible to get any cuter than this? This chocolate lab in a bike basket —  snapped by Ryan Hebert Photography — has us convinced that this little guy may be the pinnacle of cuteness.
  3. Need a refined way to tuck away your pet treats? Look no further than our Rhodes Pet Food Canisters, Made of stoneware with a glazed finish, they’re sturdy and handsome.
  4. This introspective kitty, captured by photographer Melissa Ross, has a perfect window seat to consider her thoughts (and passing birds and squirrels).

Want to see more of our pet pins? Head over to our Pinterest board PB Pets by Pottery Barn.

How-To: Decorate For Halloween With Unique Floral Vessels

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One of our favorite florists, Kiana Underwood, recently showcased some fun floral arrangements that are perfect for Halloween.

Kiana writes, ” I want to show you two ways you could use serving dishes as vessels for some festive Halloween fun! I decided that this Pottery Barn Cauldron Punch Bowl (sold out online but available in-store) and Cauldron Condiment Set would be fun to fill with flowers for a Halloween party.”

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Kiana notes that for  this floral arrangement, you’ll only need mini pumpkins and some flowers or berries. For this arrangement, Kiana used white pumpkins, though any gourds you love would look  lovely. Bittersweet berries and Chinese lanterns completed Kiana’s floral choices, though any autumnal flowers would also work.

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For all of the steps and the final arrangement, head to Kiana’s blog, The Naked Bouquet, and enjoy your Halloween floral arrangements!

Decorating Inspiration: An Edgar Allan Poe-Inspired Halloween

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We love the idea of a themed Halloween party (such as yesterday’s featured retro dessert party), which is why we’re excited to pair some of our favorite Pottery Barn Halloween decorations with some of 19th century American writer Edgar Allan Poe’s most spooky and mysterious tales and poems.
Poe’s most famous work, perhaps, is the narrative poem “The Raven,” which features a mysterious talking raven. These Crow on a Wire String Lights perfectly reflect the tone of the poem.
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“The Gold-Bug,” a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, tells the tale of a man bitten by a gold-colored beetle, and whose slow descent into possible madness also involves a hunt for buried treasure. We think our Lizard and Stag Beetle Snack Bowls reflect the tale well.
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Poe’s tale “The Black Cat,” told by a shady narrator, reveals a murder mystery through its carefully unspooled and frightening plotline. Our Cat Ground Stake is a perfect match for the tale, down to the feline’s frightening facial expression and single eye.
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Do you have a favorite tale from Edgar Allan Poe? Have you thought about incorporating that story into a Halloween gathering? Tell us about it in the comments!

Create a Retro-Inspired Halloween Party With These Tips From Wants & Wishes

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Debbie from the blog Wants & Wishes teamed up with us to create a fantastic retro-inspired Halloween party. Inspired to try something similar? We caught up with her to find out more about this fun party.

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How did you hit on the vintage retro theme for this party?
To create a vintage retro party theme I wanted something spooky while still fun and whimsical. To accomplish a vintage retro theme keep the color scheme simple with black, orange and white, but mix patterns like stripes and polka dots together.

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What would you say is the easiest dessert you made for this party?
The easiest desserts are the Rice Krispie treats, especially the Oreo ones! You can add any candy or cookie crumbled up and make a whole new “flavor”. The Rice Krispies only take 10 minutes tops! Garnish with spooky toppings like sprinkles, candies and frosting or toys.

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Why do you love to throw parties with Pottery Barn items?

I love using Pottery Barn items when throwing a party, as they carry unique and fun items that compliment any design or theme! I love floral sprays and that one special item the makes your party shine, which can always be found at Pottery Barn. Their cauldron bowl & Spider Dispenser are the perfect example of that. They add a spooky yet whimsical feel to the vintage retro party. Last year I fell in love with Pottery Barn’s birch tree branches with black leaves…. It was the perfect touch to my sophisticated black and white Halloween party.

 

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What was your inspiration for using the drink dispenser in an unusual way?
I loved the lanky spider legs and thought the drink base would be perfect for a platter base or a large glass bowl because the large bowl would look like an oversized spider. It’s the perfect size to fill with your Trick or Treat candy.

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What’s your advice for throwing a Halloween party that’s both kid-friendly and lots of fun for grown ups, too?

Everyone loves good food and having fun. I always like to make some treats that will please both audiences (children and the young at heart) or make a couple variations to hit each age group.

Another great way to ensure both adults and kids have fun is having games that interact everyone together for only part of the time. This will create memorable memories for both. Then the rest of the time allowing the parents to chat with the other adults and having some “time off” and getting to know new neighbors and friends. I have found that by not over scheduling and being willing to go with the flow of you party will make a fun time for all of your guests.

 

 

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We love the free printables! Do you have a favorite?

I have so many favorites! I love the witch with the retro stars/diamonds around her and also the potion bottle that is overflowing with skull bubbles.

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Thanks Debbie! Make sure to check out the entire post on Wants & Wishes for more great tips for throwing a fabulous Halloween bash.

 

 

 

Autumn and Halloween Decorating Inspiration From Instagram

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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 kelseyjoysowers admits she’s “A little bit pillow obsessed.” (There’s nothing wrong with that in our book!)
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Runmom73 created a gorgeous table vignette with some of our pumpkins.
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A multitude of mercury glass and mini skulls  complete this spooky vignette from Instagram user jcfrias.
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Instagram user stormybeach81 explains “My husband made me this awesome birthday cake from a Williams-Sonoma mix and pans and placed on the Pottery Barn Claro Cake Stand. I was so impressed I had to decorate the table.”
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Instagram user misskrysxo has created a lovely table centerpiece thanks to perfectly chosen candles and pumpkins.
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Instagram user janicelpierce has created autumn doorway perfection with this look, wouldn’t you agree?
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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.