Monthly Archives: October 2013

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.


“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.


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.

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!)


Runmom73 created a gorgeous table vignette with some of our pumpkins.


A multitude of mercury glass and mini skulls  complete this spooky vignette from Instagram user jcfrias.


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.”

Instagram user misskrysxo has created a lovely table centerpiece thanks to perfectly chosen candles and pumpkins.


Instagram user janicelpierce has created autumn doorway perfection with this look, wouldn’t you agree?


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.)




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.





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.”



Doesn’t that Warty Witches Brew look deliciously spooky? For extra-special Halloween ambience, Jessica used dry ice to accentuate her eerie drink.




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




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