Monthly Archives: October 2013

Decorating DIY: 3 Bewitching Book Decorating Ideas For Halloween

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When it comes to Halloween decorating, we love to combine classic Halloween decorations with something every well loved home should have: a great collection of books. As Cicero famously noted, “To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.” (We couldn’t agree more.)

To celebrate our love of all things Halloween, here are a few Halloween book decorating ideas, along with our ideas for pairing them with some Pottery Barn Halloween items.

Little House on the Corner has a great DIY for making spooky book covers. We’d stage these with our Crow on a Wire String Lights.

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For an even easier book decorating idea, try buying a set of themed Halloween books in orange and black, like this collection from Etsy seller thevintagebirdnest. We think they’d look fantastic stacked next to our Punched Terra Cotta Luminary Owl Lantern.

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We’ve also been keen on decorating with book wreaths. This Halloween Book Page Wreath from Etsy seller pagesandprose is so chic. It would look perfect on your front door, especially if our Etched Mercury Glass Pumpkins flanked it on either side of your doorway.

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Do you decorate with books? Tell us your favorite vignette ideas in the comments!

Tour an Elegant, Feminine Studio

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We adore this studio apartment from a Tilton Fenwick design assistant. — House Beautiful 

Leaf art you’ll absolutely love. — PoppyTalk

Last-minute Halloween decorating ideas. — Country Living

Tips for turning your home into a sanctuary this season. — PopSugar Home

Tour a travel inspired home. — Apartment Therapy

Make this black feather wreath for Halloween. — Sweet Paul

Showcase a Collection With the Perfect Buffet

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We couldn’t help but admire tonihammersley‘s stunning collection of vintage jadeite, which she showcased in the Pottery Barn English Country buffet she’d purchased a few years ago.  The white finish of the buffet beautifully highlights the unique green of the jadeite. (Take a peek at Martha Stewart’s jadeite collection for more information on the history of this fascinating American glassware.)

 

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Whether with open shelving or glassed doors, buffets are a wonderful way to display collections or show off your favorite dining or serveware. We’re rounding up a few of our current favorite buffets that Pottery Barn currently carries, and while the English Country Buffet shown here is no longer available, we’re confident you’ll find a buffet you’ll absolutely love from the selection below.

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A Wonderfully Witchy Halloween Party

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Jessica Wilcox from Modern Moments Design recently shared this stunning Halloween party, and we’re eager to re-create some of her fun effects at our own Halloween bash.

 

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Jessica notes, “Pottery Barn’s style is very classic and timeless and I absolutely fell in love with their Witches Brew Table Runner.  This is an item that can be used year after year. I also selected several other pieces that coordinated with the Witches Brew Table Runner, including the Cauldron Condiment SetWitches Brew NapkinsSpell Salad Plates, and Cauldron Punch Bowl with Ladle. All of these items together make the perfect Witches Brew Collection.”
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Doesn’t that Warty Witches Brew look deliciously spooky? For extra-special Halloween ambience, Jessica used dry ice to accentuate her eerie drink.

 

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We love that Jessica chose a caramel apple bar for her dessert table. What a fun idea!

 

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Make sure to check out the entire party at Modern Moments Design!

Gather Outdoors For a Fabulous Fall Dinner Party

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Melaine at My Sweet Savannah knows that the end of summer doesn’t signal the end of outdoor dinner parties. When a perfectly mild evening comes along, it’s time to take advantage of the weather with an outdoor dinner party. Melaine created an autumnal vignette for the party with fall foliage, pumpkins and white pumpkin plates she’d purchased at Pottery Barn a few seasons ago.

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There are so many gorgeous elements to this dinner party, including Melaine’s use of log slices as chargers. What an easy and inexpensive way to create a wow statement on a fall table!

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Melaine created the place cards on her home printer with card stock which she cut and folded for name tags.

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How do you celebrate the fall season? Have you thrown any outdoor dinner parties this autumn? Make sure to check out the post on My Sweet Savannah for all of the details and styling secrets for this party.

Add a New Tradition to Your Thanksgiving Holiday Table With This Giveaway

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Thanksgiving is all about gathering with family to celebrate traditions both old and new. And this year, we’re inviting you to add a new tradition to your Thanksgiving celebration with our Fresco Turkey Stoneware Plates.

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Whether paired with a mix of fall-colored Thanksgiving dinnerware or simple white china, these plates will stand out on your table. Another element we love from this table setting? The elegant calligraphy  name tags attached to the red pears.

We’re offering five fans the opportunity to win a set of these plates. To enter, just fill out the form below, and make sure to also let us know if you add special name tags to place settings to your Thanksgiving table.  (Official rules found here.)

Thank you for reading, this contest is now closed.

 

A Harvest-Inspired, Spooky Halloween Dessert Table

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Tammy Mitchell of Pink Peppermint Prints  recently styled a dessert table at  The Homestead at Bridle Creek, and we love the results!

Tammy writes, “I found this pumpkin patch and KNEW I had to use it for the dessert shots.  The pops of orange were too perfect against the black and white decor. They had an amazing antique stove for rent on the property and I couldn’t believe my eyes when it was black and white!  I love it when things work out like that…it’s like magic! ”

 

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Tammy used the Bone Footed Plate to showcase her tombstone-adorned cupcakes. They look delicious, don’t they?

 

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Tammy notes, “I hope you are feeling inspired and ready to host your very own Halloween party!  With such great pieces from Pottery Barn it makes the job easy!” Thanks for the inspiration, Tammy!

A Vampire-Themed Halloween Gathering

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Looking for an easy way to add some personalized pizazz to your Halloween party? Bird’s Party Blog recently shared one of Pottery Barn’s great decorating secrets — free  printables!

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Pottery Barn’s printables that Bird’s Blog featured are part of our Blood Bar Party. From vampire-themed cut outs to red vampire fanged mouths to attach to drinking straws, this is one party your Halloween guests won’t soon forget.

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Make sure to also head over to Bird’s Party Blog to learn more about her favorite Pottery Barn party ideas. And tell us in the comments if you’ve ever used one of our party suggestions at your home!

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Behind the Design: Our Incredible November Photo Shoot

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Talk about dreamy dinner party locations. We were swept away by the dramatic November Pottery Barn catalog cover. Curious as to where it was shot? If you’re from Maine, you might recognize the location.

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The catalog cover was staged on Sunday River Bridge, also known as Artist’s Covered Bridge. The most painted and photographed covered bridge in Maine, it’s located on Sunday River Road in Newry, Maine. Sunday River Bridge, an 87-feet-long Paddleford truss bridge, was built in 1872. The bridge was closed to traffic over 50 years ago, with a new bridge located downstream. This makes it a perfect destination for artists, sightseers, and even wedding planners. We’re huge fans of this wedding, photographed by Andree Kehn, that took place on the Sunday River Bridge.

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We’ve shot Pottery Barn catalog covers in some unusual places, but this may be our current favorite. And who wouldn’t want to get an invitation to a dinner party that took place on this beautiful covered bridge?