Monthly Archives: December 2013

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.

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1. 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!”

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

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3. 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.”

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

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5. 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.”

You might also like: Gifts for Him: A Guide for the Most Impossible-to-Shop-for Guy

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.

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

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Live 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.

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Since 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.

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

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Although 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.

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The 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.”

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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?

You might like:A Pottery Barn Christmas Tree With All the Trimmings

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.”

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A 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.

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Oso 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.

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

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Our 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.

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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.

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Behind 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.

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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.

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A 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.

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The 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.

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

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All 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.

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

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

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Our 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.

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In-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.

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

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Of course, the kids loved it too!

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Special 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.

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But 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.”

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Indigo’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.”

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The 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.

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Just 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.”

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During 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.

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“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.”

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

Holiday Giveaway: Win One of Our Camper Embroidered Pillows!

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We really get into the Season of Giving here at Pottery Barn (I mean, have you seen our Gifts of the Day?). With Christmas right around the corner, it was high time for a giveaway. This time, we’re giving away 10 of our Camper Embroidered Lumbar Pillows. This embroidered pillow has a graphic twist on the classic Airstream that almost looks like a vintage postcard. The long shape makes it extra comfy and perfect for cozying up on the couch for a Christmas movie marathon.

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Simply enter via the form at the bottom of this post, and we’ll choose 10 lucky winners. You can find the contest rules for this giveaway here.

This contest is now closed. Thanks for entering!