Monthly Archives: December 2013

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.

camper pillowSimply 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!

Weekly Roundup: 12/6-12/13

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Didn’t have time to read all the posts on Inside & Out this week? Hey, we get it — the holidays are crazy!
We’re here to help you out — catch up here in our Weekly Roundup.

  1. Tony’s Top 10 Tips: How to Decorate a Beautiful Holiday Home: Our resident entertaining expert reveals his professional tips and tricks for decorating your home during the holidays. (Hint: No holiday home is complete without a touch of faux fur!)
  2. DIY: How to Make a Gorgeous Holiday Wreath: Blogger and graphic designer Claire of Fellow Fellow guides us through the steps to designing your own beautiful holiday wreath.
  3. Gifts for Him: A Guide for the Most Impossible to Shop For GuyStill stuck on what to buy for the special guy in your life? No sweat. Our Gifts for Him guide has you covered.
  4. 8 Ways to Design the Perfect Holiday Table SettingTwo of our designers tell us how to create a holiday table setting with style, flair and plenty of personality.
  5. Local Edition: Favorites from the SFMade Holiday Gift FairAfter exploring the local artisans at the SFMade Holiday Gift Fair, we reveal our top picks and tips for gifting and using them in your home.
  6. Gifts for Her: Gifts for the Beautiful Women in Your Life: Every woman deserves just one, simply beautiful present for Christmas. We round up some Pottery Barn favorites to help you find the perfect present for the women in your life.

Plus: An inspiring interview with Williams-Sonoma CEO Laura Alber in Marie Claire. 

A Glam, Golden Mantel by The Glitter Guide

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Contrary to popular belief, your holiday mantel doesn’t have to be all red and green to feel festive. The stylish gold and silver palette on this beautiful mantel, styled by Caitlin Moran of Glitter Guide, proves just how versatile metallics can look with the right styling.

Moran used several of our favorite gold and silver pieces — some meant for the holidays, and some not — to design this pretty mantel vignette. Keep reading to get more details on a mantel design that could easily work in any home.

Photography: Kate Ann Photography
glitterguideIt sounds surprising at first, but metallics can actually act as a neutral in your home. Moran started off with a relatively neutral palette of browns and whites, but the soft golds and silver add —rather than detract — from her mantel’s details.

glitter3A cluster of starburst mirrors, including our Decorative Star Mirror creates an immediate focal point on the bare wall. The pointed star shapes actually draw the eye down towards the mantel below.

glitter4These Gold Herringbone Wax Candles add texture without straying from the metallic palette. We love how these look sophisticated but stay on trend, too.

glitterguidenov25-62Our German Glitter Christmas Garland feels especially playful when hung on a piece of contrasting rustic twine.

glitterguidenov25-68Moran filled one of our Madeline Metal Lanterns in a warm brass with a Mercury Glass Filler Ornament Set to match our Ornament Pine Garland. These lanterns could easily sit on the mantel year round, but Moran cleverly made use of them to showcase some extra holiday spirit.

See the rest of the photos here. 

Tell us: How did you decorate your mantel this year?

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Gifts for Her: Beautiful Gifts for the Women in Your Life

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  1. Dog Ring Holder. Help her keep her rings safe and sound with a jewelry holder that has plenty of personality.
  2. Vintage Bust Form. Trust us — every woman has had to deal with the pain of an impossibly tangled necklace. This Vintage Bust Form keeps her favorite necklaces in order, while adding some vintage style to the bedroom or closet.
  3. Studded Jewelry Box. Not sure what kind of jewelry she owns? This beautifully studded jewelry box is a great gift for that new woman in your life.
  4. Beaded Pouches. It’s impossible to have too many cosmetic cases. These beautifully beaded pouches could easily double as evening clutches, too.
  5. Luxe Cozy Robe. Robes are a great gift (I’d live in mine if I could), and this Luxe Cozy Robe comes in a soft microfiber that’s perfect for snuggling up after a hot bath.
  6. Bird Jewelry Dish. This sweet Bird Jewelry Dish adds a little bit of cheer to any dresser vignette.
  7. Faux Fur Throw. Our soft, warm Faux Fur Throws go with virtually any home’s style, and will give you the perfect excuse to cozy up on the couch with her.
  8. Glass Cloche Jewelry Storage. Everyday jewelry turns into an instant display with our Glass Cloche Jewelry Storage. Bonus points if you give her something to fill it with!
  9. Gold Leather Catchall. These glamorous gold catchalls work wonderfully for the busy woman in your life. Keep them by the front door, and she’ll never lose her keys again.

Local Edition: Favorites from the SFMade Holiday Gift Fair

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This weekend, we decided to check out the local goods at SFMade’s Holiday Gift Fair in San Francisco’s Fort Mason. SFMade is a fantastic non-profit that focuses on building the city’s economic base by supporting and developing local businesses. Local manufacturing — everything from chocolate, to tote bags, to ceramics — is the non-profit’s main focus.


The Holiday Gift Fair showcases some of the best up and coming artisans affiliated with SFMade — take a look at 5 of our favorites:


1. Drywell Art. Alyson Thomas’s quirky diagrams of meat products and cocktails certainly reflect her Texas upbringing and San Francisco sensibilities.

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We loved the idea of framing some of her smaller prints to hang above a bar or on a kitchen wall.

ladyalamo2. Lady Alamo.  This San Francisco studio designs most of its product around one character: Lady Alamo. This cute tote with the Painted Ladies in the brand’s namesake location (Alamo Square) was one of our favorites.

gooseberrypress3. Gooseberry Press. These hand-drawn maps of locations far and near make for perfect greeting cards or gifts. We also loved the larger prints — one for each city that’s near and dear to our hearts.

lilkoi4. lilikoi design + letterpress. Despite having an additional studio in Los Angeles, many of lilikoi’s adorable designs reflect its love for San Francisco. We stocked up on holiday gift tags for our Christmas presents this year, but also loved their San Francisco cards.

lilabdesigns5. Lila B Design.  It’s hard not to be blown away by Lila B’s intricate airplant and succulent designs, but it’s their eco-friendly initiatives that really impressed us.

lilabThe studio is a certified San Francisco Green Business, and conserves resources and waste by working with repurposed, organic and sustainably harvested materials.

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Tell us: Do you make an effort to shop locally? Why?

8 Ways to Design the Perfect Holiday Table Setting

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You’ve planned out your menu to a T. You’ve stocked up your bar with all the necessities. You’ve created the perfect playlist to set the mood. Your holiday party is almost ready, except for one thing — the table. When you’ve put this much effort into preparing the perfect holiday meal, you should make sure that your holiday table rises to the same level of excellence. Plain Jane placemats and plates just won’t do.

We talked to two of our expert designers, Trudy and Brett, to get the scoop on how they like to set their tables during the holidays. Read on for 8 of our favorite, easy tips to try this holiday season.

1. Add greenery to your display. Cut branches off the bottom of your Christmas tree and put them into your tablescape, or tie them to the back of your dining chairs with big red bows.

H13sp06RSreportage_ah-07182. Don’t be afraid to be irreverent in your mix. Find things around your home to mix into your tablescape. As long as you stick to a certain category or color, it’ll all come together beautifully.

3. Turn your place-card holders into takeaway items for guests as parting gifts. Try using a little potted plant or a small wrapped scented candle in a box with a bow.

H13sp17_Main_rep_3544. Choose a sparkling napkin ring. It’ll add little extra shimmer to your table. Tuck a small menu inside each one, so your guests can get excited for the meal to come.

H13sp53RSplacesetting_cat_cs_026. Give your plates some glitz. Use a food safe paint that sets in the oven, and paint simple designs in gold around the edges of all white dishes.

7. If you want to put candles in your centerpiece, choose flameless candles. They won’t die down, there’s no fire risk and their scent won’t interrupt the taste of your delicious meal.

H13sp53RStablescape_supercat_cs_01x8. Use different levels when displaying food. Set piles of books on a buffet or sideboard and cover them with a tablecloth. Place each of your serving dishes on different piles — the height will add interest and drama to your dinner party.

Gifts for Him: A Gift Guide for the Most Impossible-to-Shop-For Guy

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Gifts for Him Guide

  1. Saddle Leather Cuff Link Box. Essentially the man’s version of a jewelry box, this cuff-link box can keep your man’s favorite accessories tucked away in style.
  2. Stag Decanter. Bring his inner bartender to life thanks to this stunning decanter — perfect for his favorite whiskey or bourbon.
  3. Richmond Catch All. This sleek catch-all is a subtle hint to the guy who can never find his keys.
  4. Saddle Leather Travel Backgammon Set. A travel backgammon set might just encourage the well-traveled man in your life to take an opponent (ahem, you) on his next long trip.
  5. Saddle Leather & Canvas Toiletry Case. Keep him and the bathroom nice and tidy with this sturdy leather and canvas toiletry case.
  6. Vinturi Wine Aerator. He gets to tinker around with a new tool, you get to drink wine — what’s not to like?
  7. Vintage NFL Antique Silver Beer Stein. Drinking beer never looked so good. Don’t forget the coasters!
  8. Dartboard Set. This mahogany dartboard set will outfit his man cave with something the whole family can enjoy.
  9. Gramophone Music Station. Think beyond the average speaker — our gramophone music station puts a playful twist on the bland iPhone speakers of years past.

Tell us: What are you giving the men in your life this year?

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DIY: How to Make a Gorgeous Holiday Wreath

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Today’s wreaths are quite different from the faux-flocked pine and candy red foil of the past.  Now, our Christmas wreaths and garlands celebrate nature with seasonal foliage and flowers that could have easily been gathered from our own backyards.

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Claire of Fellow Fellow designed this wreath out of foliage and berries found at her local flower market, a basic wreath ring and green florist wire. With just a little bit of effort, she turned a few plant cuttings into a beautiful, handmade holiday decoration for her front door.

homemade wreath

Take note — look for sturdy plants, sticks and berries when hunting for winter foliage for your wreath. Fragile leaves and flowers are more difficult to work with, and won’t last as long. Choose plants with plenty of greenery to help fill in any empty spots or gaps showing florist wire.

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Jump on over to Fellow Fellow to get the full step-by-step instructions on Claire’s DIY Wreath.

Tell us: Will you be making any of your own home holiday décor this year?

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Tony’s Top 10 Tips: How to Decorate a Beautiful Holiday Home

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We’re all about the holidays here at Pottery Barn. The smell of pine trees, twinkling lights, Christmas ornaments and mugs of steaming cocoa — what’s not to love? Making our homes feel like Christmastime is what we do best, and we want to make yours feel warm and welcoming too!
tonyOur entertaining and tabletop expert Tony (above) answered all of your holiday decorating questions live, on Facebook. Here’s a few of our favorite tips that can help you decorate your home for the holidays.

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1. Find a signature holiday cocktail. “My cocktail this year is the Manhattan. It’s a great three-ingredient cocktail that everyone can make in their own way. I like using Bulleit Rye Bourbon in a Library Martini Glass — I feel a little smarter drinking out of mine!”

red accent living room

2. Think outside the box for your home’s holiday color palette. “I don’t think you have to do one color for your entire home. I like the idea of making each room a little unique. But if you’re going to do it, keep a specific color. You could do your living room in just reds, so it doesn’t feel too overly Christmas contrived. Red and green look fabulous together, but do touches of it.”

holiday chat recap 3. Be bold with your centerpieces. “When you’re not sitting down to dinner, adding a few of these objects makes a great focal point in your dining room. But when you do entertain, you can pull them off and intermix them into your mantel, your side tables or your buffet. They’re just so versatile!”

4. Use a centerpiece to distract from unsightly surfaces. “Change the focal point. Add a fabulous centerpiece for height on your dining room table. Use battery operated candles and mercury glass. Instead of a runner, run a garland down the center of your table.”

H13spG09fur_homepage_sa-025. Faux fur adds instant luxury. “Any way you cut it, adding faux fur to your sofa and living room landscape adds so much dimension and texture to your home. I hope you’re curling up on the couch with one of these and a hot toddy!”


6. Feeling cozy is as mental as it is physical. “Add a touch of nostalgia to create coziness. ‘Tis the season for sentimentality. Put out some Santa pieces on a buffet, and keep treats, sweets and cookies out so that the casual nibbler can enjoy themselves. Put out a pot of hot cocoa to welcome your family into the kitchen. Serve it in an Alphabet Mug — one for each member of your family!”

7. Get creative when hanging your stockings.
“Really, there’s no rule as to where you should hang your stockings. If you don’t have a fireplace, we suggest hanging them going up the staircase, or on the back of your dining room chairs. Make sure that you have a stocking for everybody in your family. And I mean everybody — I have a stocking for each of my two cats!”

st judes candle

8. Get your hostess gift right. “Instead of (or in addition to) the requisite bottle of wine, bring a scented candle that will last long after your dinner. Give back and choose a St. Jude’s candle — this year giving back is giving.”

benchwright9. Show off a distressed dining wood table. “Do a runner down the middle instead of an entire tablecloth. Pick a runner that shows off your table’s beautiful wood. Our Benchwright Table has been designed to have a level of distress and uniqueness. Every dent and ding tells a story. Celebrate the imperfection.”

10.  Keep open concept spaces neutral. “You can always change the look with artwork, accessories and all your personal décor. But having to repaint a wall is a big Christmas bear.”

Holiday Hosting: Create a Welcoming Guest Room for Family and Friends

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For most of us, the holidays are time for family. And that often means hosting mom and dad, brother and sister, aunt and uncle, grandma and grandpa (or all of the above!) in our homes until the New Year.

Part of being a good holiday hostess is setting up your home in a way that welcomes your guests in comfort. Instead of waiting for your sister-in-law to ask for an extra towel, set out a pile of fluffy new ones so she doesn’t feel like she has to bother you. It’s the little things that make a difference — and your loved ones will appreciate it!

We spoke to interior designer Kendall Wilkinson to get her expert advice on how to prepare your home for overnight guests this season. Read on for a Q&A with her tips, and see what items you may need before the holidays arrive.

H13sp12Raleigh_v1_mv-045Q: What do you think are the most important amenities to have on hand for guests?

A: Crisp sheets, a comfortable bed, a good reading light and lots of fluffy towels


Q: What sorts of things do guests not like to ask for? What can hosts help provide? 

A: I always try to be prepared in case my guest has forgotten an essential item  — I have spare toothbrushes on hand, lovely soaps, shampoo and the like.  I put out extra blankets and pillows in the guest room, and in the kitchen, set out coffee and tea for early risers.

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H13sp11CortonaRusticLuxe_v1_mv-118Q: What extra amenities can make a guest room/bathroom feel a little extra luxurious, without a lot of effort?

A: It’s really thoughtful to personalize the space for guests — set out books or magazines your guest might enjoy, fresh flowers or a carafe filled with water.

Q: What are a few logistical things homeowners should prepare for with older family members or young children?

A: If I have guests with small children, I always make an extra effort to make them feel welcome.  I will place stuffed animals on their beds and pull out some of the picture books I read to my boys when they were younger.  For older guests, I try to accommodate them in a room which doesn’t require navigating a lot of stairs (and perhaps one located a bit further from my active boys!).


Q: How can holiday decor help guests feel welcome?

A: One’s home should be welcoming throughout the year but it somehow seems even more important during the holidays.  I adore all of the festive decorations — greenery, metallic sparkle, the twinkle of lights.  It’s magical, even more so when sharing the season with friends and family.

More: See Kendall’s stunning interior designs. 

Tell us: What special items do you like to put out for guests during the holidays?