Monthly Archives: December 2013

Guest Gift Picks: 5 Holiday Pottery Barn Presents from Designer Melanie Coddington

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The best gifts are the ones that your friends and family don’t even know they want — beautiful and luxurious objects that your loved ones wouldn’t think to buy for themselves, but would make each day just a little bit better.

Interior designer Melanie Coddington took this approach when choosing her favorite Pottery Barn gifts for this holiday season.  Take a look at her top 5 picks, below.

img45z1. Bone Inlay Bath Accessories. “Little luxuries for the bath make great gifts.”

gilttrays3. Gilt Trays. “I love creating little coffee table accessory compositions for my clients in trays like these.  The gilt finish on these is quite glam.”

olive wreath3. Live Olive Leaf & Myrtle Wreath. “This wreath is fresh, natural and understated.”

rusticlinens4. Rustic Luxe™ Linen Napkins. “Linen napkins make the perfect hostess gift.  Bring these to a party where the host has rustic meets elegant aesthetic.”

travelset5. Travel Set. “Just pop a sleeping pill, slip on the eye mask and avoid those scratchy airline pillows and blankets. Perfection for a long flight!”

You might also like: Guest Gift Picks: Elegant Holiday Presents from Designer Suzanne Tucker

A Globally Inspired California Home, As Seen in House Beautiful

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Executive Vice President of Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma Monica Bhargava has a stunning California home that exhibits her impeccable taste, and some of the best of the best of Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn designs. House Beautiful recently featured her beautiful home, and we’ve included some of our favorite parts of the story for you to look at today, on the Pottery Barn blog.


Bhargava’s global, collected design sense reigns in every room. We particularly loved this quote from Bhargava: “Someone once said that a home is like an autobiography, and my California living room is filled with things I love — a Beni Ourain rug, Indian sculpture, a wood mirror found at a local flea market.”
housebeautiful4The kitchen opens to the dining room and a family room. Neutral textiles and white walls give the home a refreshing, comfortable feel.

The kitchen’s open concept makes it a central hub for Bhargava’s family. The large island is where everyone ends up spending their time. “Everything is centered here,” Bhargava said in the interview. “I can put out the best hors d’oeuvres on another table somewhere else, and it doesn’t matter. Everyone goes right back to that island.”


Layered textiles in the family room give it a cozy, lived-in look. Natural materials mix textures and patterns in a way that feels subtle but purposeful.

housebeautiful1The master bedroom is a recent addition to the home. “We wanted a sanctuary,” said Bhargava in the interview.  A clean color palette and cozy textiles give the room a serene look.

Want to hear more about Bhargava’s design aesthetic? See the full story from House Beautiful.

Weekly Roundup: 12/14 -12/20

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Don’t worry — we’re not mad at you for missing some of our posts this week. In fact, we’ve made it easy for you to catch up on the last week at Inside & Out with our latest Weekly Roundup. Scroll down to check out the top links from this week!

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Tony’s Tips: 10 Ways to Plan the Perfect New Year’s Eve Party

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Don’t you want to send 2013 off right? We do too! This year, we decided it’s time to take matters into our own hands and plan a New Year’s Eve bash of our own. But a great New Year’s Eve party is an entirely different beast than the decadent holiday get-togethers we’ve been hosting over the past month, so we turned to our our resident entertaining expert, Tony, who revealed his professional insights to planning the perfect New Year’s Eve party. Read on to take a look at our favorite tips.


1. Get rid of your red and green. “Let’s ditch the red and green for some winter glitz on New Year’s Eve. Try a more elegant approach. Flood your buffet with clear glass, silver, white ceramics and a splash of mercury. “


2. Avoid dark beverages. “Mix your champagnes and white wines into a beverage tub so people can choose whatever they want. This isn’t really the time for red wine, especially because everyone’s going to be shaking their tail-feather — and you don’t want to have to get red wine out of your sequins or your sofa.”

3. Stick to classic cocktails. “Keep it as elegant as you can, and stick to a simple gin or vodka martini. If you want to do something a little special, switch it up a little bit and make a Gibson instead of a martini, or throw a black olive in there and make it a Baltic martini.”

W14sp25 4. Keep your food light. “Stick with finger foods. You don’t want anything too heavy. Make it easy! Have just one hot finger food out of the oven, and have everything else out and ready to serve. Cheese, oysters on the half shell and olives are fresh and fabulous. If your guests are hungry after midnight, keep your favorite takeout menu on hand!”

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5. Be a good guest. “If you’re going to be a guest at someone’s house this New Year’s Eve, bring them a gift. You could bring a bottle of champagne, but dress it up with a stopper or tie a German Glitter Ornament around it. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the name of the person — choose an X and an O. The ornaments will last longer than the champagne. Or bundle six of our fabulous Schotts Zwiesel champagne flutes to bring with your bottle. Your host will probably need them. “

6. Don’t forget the men at the bar. “Make Champagne a little more masculine for your New Year’s and make a Black Velvet: Guinness and champagne”

7. Flameless candles are a must. “I’m going to say it again: Do yourself a favor and use flameless candles this year. The fire department is the last guest you want at your New Year’s party!”

ottoman:pillows8. Add sparkle to your sofa! “Every part of your home should shine. Add some rustic luxury to your home with our beaded pillows and a fur throw.”

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9. Glitz should be classy. “Not the disco ball type? Mercury your mantel! I love our Antique Mercury Glass Pillar Holders, and you can pair them with our LED string lights. A budget option is to run a white extension cord and use your leftover Christmas lights to set your candlescape aglow. Sprinkle some of our faux snow on top, if you were lucky enough to get it before it sold out.”

10. Mix décor and entertaining. “With buffet tables, your centerpiece can be any height. Use decor-taining ideas. Pair some of our great functional entertaining pieces with some other decor. Silver Malta Lanterns can be paired with a couple small Malta lanterns and an Antique Silver Three Tiered Stand. Offer the proverbial olive branch to your friends and family for the New Year and run an Olive Leaf Garland down the center of the table.”
Tell us: What are your New Year’s Eve plans this year?


Guest Gift Picks: Elegant Holiday Presents from Designer Suzanne Tucker

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Suzanne Tucker — interior designer, author and style maven — is known for her fantastic taste. All of her designs read as traditional and elegant, with unexpected modern and eclectic twists. So, it’s no surprise that her personal gifting picks from Pottery Barn follow the same aesthetic. Keep reading to check out her top 5 Pottery Barn gift picks for this season.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out Suzanne Tucker’s new book, The Romance of Design, in stores now.

decanter and ice bucket1. Library Decanter and Saddle Leather Ice Bucket and Tongs. “A wonderful gift for the man in your life: A stylish bar set with decanter, leather ice bucket and the chicest tongs!”

faux fur2. The Faux Fur Throw in Gray Ombre. “Who could resist this luscious fur throw?”

kantha3. PB Found Authentic Kantha Throws. “As a textile aficionado, I love these Indian kantha throws. They can be used as scarves, throws, blankets … And each one is a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind piece.”

luggage tags4. The Silver Plated Engravable Luggage Tag. “This silver-plated luggage tag is an affordable stocking stuffer, yet it is stylish, thoughtful and practical.”

orchids5. A Year of Live Orchids. “As an avid orchid lover, this would be a dream gift: To have one of these beauties arrive on your doorstep every month is truly the gift that keeps on giving.”

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Holiday Home Tour: Classic Christmas Decor

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Every December, Jonathan Stiers of the Stiers Aesthetic decorates his home to a T. Stockings hang from the mantel with care. Garlands smell and look fresh. The tree glows day and night. Sound like holiday heaven? It is — take a look at Stiers’ beautiful decorations for this year and get some ideas for your home.

mantelThe mantel sets the tone for the living room, with splashes of red and silver that coordinate with the rest of the room.

IMG_2115_daytimeLive garlands over the windows add extra festivity to the space. “The smell of the fresh pine is just the icing on the cake,” Stiers says.

jonathanstiers2Since Stiers loves red, he tries to bring brilliant pops of it into his Christmas decorations every year. “It’s easy to do on the tree with ribbon and ornaments, but I also change out pillow covers, kitchen towels and table linens,” he says.

floralA burst of red faux hydrangeas on the coffee table ties the red accent color to every part of the room.

jonathanstiers3Although his traditional palette of red and silver means that Stiers can often use the same decorations, he always tries to find a few new things to keep the look fresh. This Hourglass Hurricane with faux berries adds a seasonal touch to a buffet.

stiers_treeThe tree is of course, the star of the show. Stiers used burlap ribbon to add visual movement to the design, and accented with splashes of red and silver. “It’s important to incorporate pieces that are reflective of your personality or hobbies,” he says. “Maybe it’s an Eiffel Tower Ornament because of your love for Paris, or a monogrammed frame ornament to showcase memories of family and friends.”


Even Stiers’ kitchen has a little holiday cheer, with a faux wreath, festive plants and a few well-placed red towels.

Tell us: Do Jonathan Stiers’ decorations fit with your style? How did you decorate your home for Christmas this year?

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An Inspiring Engagement Shoot With Plenty of Pottery Barn Love

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Wedding planner and stylist Jill La Fleur and Alea Lovely Photography planned this inspirational shoot for newly engaged couples starring several Pottery Barn accessories. La Fleur’s love for Fall initiated the idea for this shoot. “Being from Chicago originally, I absolutely love fall and was excited to do something a little different from what you normally see in California.”

alealovely-62A fiery red dress and our Martin Fair Isle Cozy Throw pay tribute to the season’s brightest hues and stand out against a neutral California backdrop.


alealovely-79Oso Flaco Lake, on California’s Central Coast, offered the team a secluded environment where they could bring their vision of an afternoon stroll, lakeside picnic and beach exploration to life.

alealovely-81“The lake is a bit of an undiscovered beauty and very romantic,” says La Fleur.

alealovely-95Our cozy knits and plaids from this season were a perfect match for the location. La Fleur mixed textures and patterns in clothing and props to create an elegant, stylish, cozy and casual setting.


She even used a Cozy Cable Knit Throw and a Jacquelyne Rattan Curve Lidded Basket to set up an impromptu picnic for the magnetic couple.

alealovely-97Behind the scenes tidbit: Although this inspirational shoot stars two models, their chemistry was so great that the models planned to get together for a date after the photo shoot.

Jessica Biel and Domaine Home’s Dream Holiday Decor

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The impressive combined resume (and impeccable style) of Jessica Biel and the team behind Domaine Home was bound to produce something amazing. Biel, actress and style maven, paired up with Domaine’s Editor-at-Large Estee Stanley and Director Mat Sanders to bring her vision of a holiday dream room to life.


Inspired by both old and new, Biel chose a palette that mixes traditional, mid-century and modern furniture with rustic and graphic elements to create a cozy elegance.

Jessica_Biel_for_Domaine_Home_3A ceramic cobra puts a surprising twist on a vignette of Pottery Barn Silver Mercury Glass Trees and Kingsley Etched Mercury Glass Pillar Holders. The splash of drama represents Biel’s personal style perfectly.

Jessica_Biel_for_Domaine_Home2The Coco Chanel-inspired tree is adorned with pearls, black ribbon and white leather flowers. Instead of a traditional topper, the team used a showy green garland.

Read the article on Domaine Home to see more photos and find expert tips to create your own holiday dream space.

Photo Credit: Chris Patey for Domaine Home

A Pottery Barn Christmas Tree With All the Trimmings

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It’s hard not to gush over a Pottery Barn Christmas tree. Whether it’s in the magazine or in the store, they’re always festive, fun and styled to perfection. But how can you get the same look in your home?
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Some of our best tree-trimming experts are actually found right in your local store. After a couple Christmas seasons at Pottery Barn, they’ve learned the ins and outs of how to make a Christmas tree look perfect. This year, as an extension of our complimentary in-home Design Services, a group of team members from our Burlingame, California store designed a beautiful Pottery Barn Christmas tree at a nearby home.

Read on to see just how they did it, and their tips and tricks for getting the same look in your home.

IMG_9035 copyThe team brought  all of the homeowner’s purchased supplies and decorations — including one of our Faux Blue Spruce Lighted Trees — to the house.

IMG_9026 copyAll of the team’s in-store techniques came into play. Fishing line, green gardening wire, pliers and twine were must-haves to create a successful Christmas tree design.

IMG_9024 copyThe team brought in metallic Pottery Barn ornaments in all shapes and sizes to work around the chosen gold and white color palette.

IMG_9030 copyGreen gardening wire blends into the tree and helps keep the twig garlands and accents in place.

IMG_9070 copyOur Eiffel Tower Tree Topper fit the tree’s theme perfectly. Plus, the extra-wide base ensures that it’ll stand sturdily at the top of the tree.

IMG_9072 copyIn-store, most of the trees are loaded up with quite a few ornaments for a full look. While the team aimed to use a little less décor for this in-home tree, they still suggest trying to hang something on almost every branch. When it comes to a beautiful Christmas tree, more is more.

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Fishing line helps keep the bigger Woodland Creatures (including the Hedgehog in this photo) in place.  While most of the ornaments come with metal hooks, this team used twine instead for a rustic touch.

IMG_9046The home’s resident black cat, Tacos, was a big fan of our cozy Faux Fur Tree Skirt.

IMG_9062 copyOf course, the kids loved it too!

IMG_9078 copySpecial thanks to Catherine, Ashley, and Kevin from the Pottery Barn Burlingame store! 

Sneak Peek: Pottery Barn’s 2014 Indigo Spring Collection

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Today, we’re giving you an exclusive sneak peek of our Spring Collection for 2014. Follow Pottery Barn on Pinterest, and take a look at our Spring Preview Pinterest board. Click on each photo on the board, and you’ll be able to shop the collection before anyone else.

Here on the blog, we wanted to tell you a little bit about our new color story: Indigo. We spoke to one of our expert textile designers, who filled us in on what it was like working with such a refined hue.

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Blue (and indigo in particular) is a refreshing color. In psychological studies, blue has a calming, tranquil affect — the same feeling we get when we look at a clear lake or the ocean. It’s a natural color to gravitate to after months of cold weather and dark skies.

pottery barn living roomBut for whatever reason, some of us still get nervous about using it in our homes. “Blue shouldn’t be scary to introduce into your house,”  says Pottery Barn textile designer Sandra. “It’s just like wearing a pair of jeans. It’s very pretty, classic and easy to work with.”

candle votivesIndigo’s rich, deep hue allowed Pottery Barn designers to treat it like a neutral when creating this collection. “Indigo evolved into a neutral for us. Gray and blue is gorgeous,” says Sandra. “You can also introduce red into indigo for more of an Americana feel. There’s really not a lot you can’t pair with it.”

spring previewThe collection mixes textures, colors and patterns with its signature indigo hue. “Flax linens and ivories look fresh with indigo, like a white t-shirt and jeans,” says Sandra. Many of the textiles also combine patterns with influences from Japan, India and traditional America.

cambriafootedJust like it does on a good pair of jeans, indigo offers a gradation of colors as it’s washed and worn down.  “We played a lot with tonalities of blues,” says Sandra. “Indigo blooms when it’s washed.”

paisleyDuring the photo shoots, the designers found that adding a touch of black — through wood, iron or finishes — provided a complementary focal point to the indigo. It’s a simple but impactful decision that’s easy to implement in anyone’s home.

lights“You don’t have to change very much when using blue in your home,” says Sandra. “It’s not that hard to infuse with existing wood, leathers and fabrics.”

cambria pileDon’t forget to check out our new indigo collection and much more of our Spring 2014 Collection Preview exclusively on Pinterest!