Monthly Archives: November 2013

Miss Mustard Seed’s Clever Use of the Tanner Nesting Tables

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For our PINterior Decorating Challenge, we asked  five of our favorite bloggers to style one Pottery Barn item two ways. We’re wowed by all of the inspired ways that these five bloggers used the Tanner Nesting Tables. Today, we’re featuring Marian Parsons of Miss Mustard Seed.

We love how Marian used the Tanner Nesting Tables for a petite child’s desk.
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Marian’s first book, Inspired You, was published in November of 2012. Her work has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Women’s Day, Cottages & Bungalows, Flea Market Style and Romantic Homes.

 

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For her second space, Marian used these tables in the kitchen. (Please note: these products were not designed for use as or tested as shelves.)

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When we asked Marian for decorating advice, she told us, “If you’re not sure where to start when decorating a room, start with a fabric you love. Use it to set the color scheme, style or theme of the room, making it easier to then pick out paint, furniture and accessories.”

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Make sure to vote for your favorite by November 22nd at 11:59pm PT!

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To see Marian’s inspiration board, click here.

 

Perfectly Imperfect’s Outdoor & Interior Styling of the Tanner Nesting Tables

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For our PINterior Decorating Challenge, we asked  five of our favorite bloggers to style one Pottery Barn item two ways. We’re wowed by all of the inspired ways that these five bloggers used the Tanner Nesting Tables. Today, we’re featuring Shaunna West from Perfectly Imperfect.

For her first space, Shaunna created an incredible outdoor vignette. We’d love to spend some time here, wouldn’t you?
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Libations and good books . . . what more could you need?

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For the second look, Shaunna moved the Tanner Nesting Tables to the bath.

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We’re in favor of adding a spa-like environment to your home bath, and Shaunna hit all the right notes with this look.

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When we asked Shaunna for decorating advice, she told us, “Don’t decorate for anyone but yourself. Surround yourself with a space that’s completely you, and one that works for your family. Fill your home with things you love and pieces that matter. Then remember to sit down and enjoy it.”
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Make sure to vote for your favorite by November 22nd at 11:59pm PT!

 

To see Shaunna’s inspiration board, click here.

 

Decorchick Adds Versatility With the Tanner Nesting Tables

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For our PINterior Decorating Challenge, we asked  five of our favorite bloggers to style one Pottery Barn item two ways. We’re wowed by all of the inspired ways that these five bloggers used the Tanner Nesting Tables. Today, we’re featuring Emily Allison from Decorchick!.

 

For her first space, Emily used the tables for an entryway vignette. We love the way she styled them with fall foliage and mercury glass.

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For her second space, Emily used the tables in a cozier manner.

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When we asked Emily for decorating advice, she told us, “Whether black, charcoal gray or a bright, fun color, painting an interior door will add richness and depth to any room. It’s a quick and easy project that instantly adds a designer element to your home.” Decorchick!2

 

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To see Emily’s inspiration board, click here.

 

Home Stories A to Z Adds Coziness to the Tanner Nesting Tables

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For our PINterior Decorating Challenge, we asked  five of our favorite bloggers to style one Pottery Barn item two ways. We’re wowed by all of the inspired ways that these five bloggers used the Tanner Nesting Tables. Today, we’re featuring Beth Hunter —Home Stories A to Z.

For her first look, Beth used the Tanner Nesting Tables between a pair of matching chairs.
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For her second space, Beth switched it up and used the tables for dual level coffee tables.
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The multiple levels add plenty of room for displaying treasures or stashing gifts. ‘Tis the season after all! When we asked Beth for her decorating advice, she told us, “Don’t let fear or a restrictive budget hold you back from creating affordable luxury decor for your home. When it comes to decorating, be passionate about what you really love — embrace it and pursue it.”
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Make sure to vote for your favorite by November 22nd at 11:59pm PT! You can also see Beth’s inspiration board here.

Inspired Autumn Decorating From Our Instagram Fans

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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, make sure to follow 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 withlovefromcalifornia shares, “Thank you #potterybarn for making the perfect fall pillows to make this look work!”

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Instagram user calliewiens rightly notes, “Time to pull out the down comforter.”

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Instagram user Steward of Design notes, “Love that with my new neutral living room colors, I can now add seasonal pillows!”

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Instagram user 2ladiesandachair explains that she’s “Keeping it simple.” Simple, gorgeous and autumnal, we’d add.
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This lovely bed from shirleyrdh  features our All is Calm All is Bright Pillow Cover.

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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!

A Traditional Thanksgiving Gathering Filled With Seasonal Bounty

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We’re hoping for an invitation to this lovely traditional Thanksgiving gathering, styled by Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha. From the color palette to the menu to the styling, we are smitten with every detail. Of course, some key pieces from Pottery Barn add to this party’s appeal.

 

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When we asked Mandy about why she chose these pieces from Pottery Barn, she told us, “The Pottery Barn platters were an investment I made right after we got married. They make an appearance whenever I entertain and are the perfect size for larger dishes such as your Thanksgiving turkey or to hold a bevy of small bite appetizers.”

 

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Mandy also added, “When I first spied the Acorn Leaf Bowls I knew they would accent my Thanksgiving and fall tablescapes beautifully for years to come. Their warm brown coloring make them an instant classic, and they’re the perfect size to hold both soups and salads.”
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For more photos and the recipes used at this Thanksgiving gathering, head to Style Me Pretty.

Concept and Styling by Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha

Photography courtesy Rustic White Photography

Tour a Chic Loft With Great Lighting

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This cool loft benefits from gorgeous Pottery Barn lighting. — Apartment Therapy

These gorgeous flowers found a home in our Tuscan Urn. — Tulipina

22 cozy ways to decorate for fall. — Country Living

3 ways to step up your home’s style. — PopSugar Home

These hand-dipped beeswax candles would really make your Thanksgiving table shine. — Sweet Paul

A fall reading list of books you’ll love. — Anthology

Letter Perfect: Win One of Our Alphabet Mugs!

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Honestly, we can’t get enough of the Alphabet Mugs.
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They’re the perfect holiday gift for everyone from office buddies to favorite aunties, and we love that each stoneware mug features a different shape, handle style and letter design. Thinking about giving one of these mugs to a special someone this holiday season? Here are a few ideas on how to present your gift:

  • Fill the mug with your favorite mini chocolates to satisfy a friend with a sweet tooth.
  • Pair the mug with a pound of roasted coffee and a small bottle of maple syrup (if you haven’t added maple syrup to coffee yet you must try it).
  • Buy two mugs for a newlywed couple and include a gift certificate to their neighborhood cafe.
  • For a favorite niece or nephew, add a tin of cocoa and a bag of mini marshmallows.

 

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To celebrate the season of gift giving, we’re giving away one mug each for 10 lucky fans. To enter, just fill out the form below (find the official rules here).

Thank you for reading, this contest is now closed.

How to Throw a Craft Party: 5 Easy Tips For Hosting a Fun Evening With Friends

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With its early nightfalls and chilly temperatures, it’s sometimes a challenge to fill up the evening hours in late autumn. One way to really make the most of that time, though, is to host a craft night for friends, co-workers, or family members. That’s what we recently did, and a great time was had by all. Here’s all that you need to try something similar at your home.

 

1. Choose your location. This might be your home, or it might be a space that lends itself more naturally to your nightly craft. For our group, we chose Handcraft Studio School. This workshop space hosts  incredible craft classes and is also available for rent as an event space. Since Handcraft Studio School also features monthly open crafting nights, we simply arranged for our evening party to coincide with that month’s craft night. Check in your hometown or neighborhood for a similar space that might be available for rent for your group.

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2. Don’t forget food and refreshments! Simple appetizers, finger food and a selection of beverages will offer your party goers sustenance as well as an icebreaker moment when they arrive and help themselves to nibbles. The selection needn’t be overthought. For our night, bread, crackers, a variety of cheeses, olives, and fruit were more than enough — and wine never hurts either!

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3. If your group doesn’t know each other well, assigned places are always a thoughtful touch. Not only will this help to organize your group, it will also provide new arrivals or distant acquaintances with a visual aid when they’re chatting with one another.

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4. Choose a craft that’s fun and engaging, but also allows time for social engagement. For our night, we made painted leaf and acorn garlands (check back soon for the DIY),which even the most novice crafters could execute with ease. This allowed everyone plenty of time for chatting and getting to know one another. No awkward silences allowed!

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5. Create a craft project that guests can finish at the party. We all have half-finished projects sitting in a closet at home. By creating a project that guests can easily execute in the time frame allotted for the party, they’ll leave with a sense of accomplishment, and no worry of filling their drawers with another to-do list item.

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Have you hosted a craft party recently? What are your favorite tips for creating a great experience for your friends?

 

This Pottery Barn Table Will Transport You to a Winter Wonderland

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Yesterday, we provided you with a peek of the fantastic table that Pottery Barn created for the DIFFA Dining by Design event. Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) is one of the largest providers of funding for HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States, and DIFFA’s Dining by Design events are a wonderful charity event for the program, as well as an opportunity for attendees to get up close and personal with the one-of-a-kind table installations.

 

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This year, Pottery Barn created a table design, overseen by our in-house tabletop designer, Tony, and the table provided a gorgeous, dramatic vision of a winter tablescape. Tony noted, “We wanted to do an over-the-top inspirational table to delight and inspire, yet keep in our wheelhouse of styling and product design that is so intrinsic to the PB brand. Conversational whimsy paired with quiet luxury and punctuated drama set a tone appropriate for an event named Dining by Design.”

The table that Pottery Barn designed for the event was carefully planned, designed, and prepped over six months, with the theme of a whimsical winter wonderland dining experience.

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The galvanized steel tabletop was balanced on three redwood tree stumps, while gabion cages were used as a backdrop of pinecones and candlelight. Lit, flocked Christmas trees set atop a custom-built wood pergola added an over-the-top sense of fantasy.

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The Gabriella dinnerware plates created a natural base for the table setting, while the flatware was displayed in a birch log that was drilled especially for the flatware pieces. The flax-colored linen napkins added to the layered, luxe look, and emphasized the natural theme of the table.

 

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The faux fur mats were hand sewn by Pottery Barn’s in-house textile designer, while the twig stemware was created specifically for the Dining by Design event.

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An olive tree seedling wrapped in burlap and set in glass vases topped each place-setting, and also served as gifts for guests.

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We’re so thrilled by this gorgeous table! Kudos to Tony and his team for creating such an incredible table design for this year’s Dining by Design event.

Photo courtesy Alli Pura Photo