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Event Recap: Celebrating Our New Wedding Blog!

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Have you heard? We have a brand new place to get even more inspiring ideas to make your life beautiful. This time, we’re talking all about weddings, engagements and happily ever afters on our new blog, Have & Hold.

To kick off the launch of Have & Hold, we hosted a great party at one of San Francisco’s premier wedding planning studios: Blu Bungalow. 5 talented, local stylists set up stunning tables full of Pottery Barn product. Each table models one of our specific wedding styles.

Need inspiration for your wedding? Take a peek at each table, below, and don’t forget to check out Have & Hold.


Global Bohemian

Jamie Chang, owner of Mango Muse Events, used our Global Bohemian wedding style as inspiration for her table and vignette. Our new Sevilla Plates were the star of the show, but we love how she cleverly used our Vintage Keys as place holders, too.

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Modern City

Bold colors and mixed patterns set the tone for this Modern City table, designed by Susanne Capello of Chantal Events. Our Decadendron Sculpture usually lives on coffee table vignettes, but Capello put a creative twist on it for her table’s centerpiece.


Classic Traditional

This elegant, timeless vignette proves that simple doesn’t have to mean boring. Kaella Wilson of Kaella Lynn Events stuck to a basic color palette of whites and subtle metallic. The silver edges of our Caroline Dinnerware really helps to make this table setting shine.


Rustic Elegant

The talented planners at Every Elegant Detail took a more earthy approach to their table, inspired by our Rustic Elegant wedding style. We love how they left the table uncovered — the exposed wood complements our bright turquoise Cambria cups and plates perfectly.


Inspired Romantic

Elizabeth Bainbridge of 2 the 9s Events used bird motifs from our new Spring collection as a guide for her Inspired Romantic table. Our Bird Cage Drink Dispenser Stand feels right at home, and looks particularly festive when filled to the brim.

Don’t forget to visit Have & Hold for more details on our event, beautiful real-life weddings, inspiration and more.

10 Decorating Tips from Interior Designer Nicole Gibbons

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Whether you live in a massive mansion or a tiny urban apartment, decorating your home usually isn’t as easy as it looks. Everything from choosing pillows to painting walls requires attention to detail and a lot of work — it’s not for the faint of heart!


Photo courtesy of Nicole Gibbons

But interior designer Nicole Gibbons has mastered these challenges with excellent taste and a flair for the unexpected. That’s why we chose her for our In the Spotlight designer for February. This week, Gibbons did a Facebook chat with our fans to help them out with their design dilemmas and share some of her top decorating tips. We’ve compiled some of our favorite tidbits below — take a look and get inspired for your own home!

1. Don’t be afraid to mix materials in your kitchen. “Just make sure you contrast colors. For example, you could use a dark black granite on your counters and a white quartz on the island. If you’re going to use two different materials, use the same color on your cabinetry.”


2. Design your wall display to suit your style. “You can take different approaches when hanging a gallery wall. One is to hang your photos so that they’re all aligned in a symmetrical fashion. I like a more eclectic approach so I left a 3-inch width between each photo on at least one side in my living room.”

Tip: “I like to leave at least 10 to 12 inches of space from the top of the sofa to the bottom of the frames.”

3. Get creative when decorating a rented home. “I love stenciling walls in rental homes and apartments particularly because it’s super easy to do and paint over later, unlike wallpaper.”


4. Don’t toss an old chair — reupholster it! “When choosing your fabric, don’t be afraid to do something a little out of the box! Look at the color palette of your room and try and pull out one or two colors that work with your space. Or do a solid, fun, punchy color that’s a nice contrast to the rest of your decor.  If you’re afraid of color, you can never go wrong with a neutral. Try adding fun details like nailheads!”


5. Even if you love white, embrace a little color. “If you love all-white, choose white bedding that has an embroidered detail on it in a bright color. I love crisp, monogrammed white bedding with colorful embroidery. The Grand Embroidered Collection from Pottery Barn is great — I actually have it in Porcelain Blue, which is really soft but adds a subtle hint of color. It can really liven up a space. “


6. Think outside of the box for wall art. “If you’re not into traditional artwork like paintings or photography, try framing a textile. That can be really interesting. It can be a piece from your travels or just something you love. Or you can use a sculptural art piece or a large mirror. Mirrors are great for brightening up a room because they reflect light and make a space look larger. “

7. Mix and match your furniture styles. “I like to balance traditional pieces with more modern elements. So when you’re decorating around your mother’s sofa, try incorporating pieces that offer a nice contrast in style with cleaner lines that help create balance to the more ornate details of the sofa. “

8. Switch it up! I love changing things around. I think it’s really fun to change things around pretty frequently. Even if you don’t change your entire arrangement, maybe you swap out chairs. Take chairs from your dining room and switch them with chairs in your living room. Or restyle your table top. I change my coffee table styling almost every week, with different books, flowers and trays.

At the minimum, I’d suggest doing something at least every couple years to liven up your space. Get new curtains or a couple new throw pillows to switch up your look.

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Photo courtesy of Nicole Gibbons

9. Mix silhouettes. “So if you have a more angular sofa, try to use chairs with a more rounded silhouette or vice versa. And vice versa. If you have an old roll arm sofa, try to choose chairs that are more angular. The contrast is much more interesting.”

10. Edit, edit, edit. “A little editing can never hurt! The less is more approach can often be more impactful. But, if all else fails, hire a decorator!”

Read more about Nicole Gibbons at Pottery Barn. Plus, check out her blog for even more great design tips.

We Love SF: Coffee and Toast at The Mill

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There’s few foods more comforting than a slice of warm, freshly baked bread. Accompanied by a steaming cup of coffee, it becomes the perfect breakfast. This idea of comfort and familiarity is what helped found The Mill, a coffee and bread shop near San Francisco’s Alamo Square.


Every morning, Josey Baker (yes, that’s his real name) puts loaves of dough made with flour he grinds himself into the oven. At 9:00, customers start to line up for their freshly baked loaf.

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Luckily, there’s plenty of Four Barrel coffee while they wait. Baker also sells thick slices of the fresh bread, toasted, with a variety of daily toppings. (We love the homemade almond butter with honey drizzled on top.)

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While classic brick adorns the exterior, the interior of The Mill, feels fresh and contemporary. Custom wood shelves by Alex Palecko are filled with French presses and ceramic cups. People reading books and drinking coffee (rarely with laptops — The Mill is a plug-free, wi-fi free zone) sit at large communal tables.

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The beautifully designed space is also in the process of adding a parklet made of reclaimed wood to the front, so customers can enjoy their breakfast, lunch or snack outdoors.

Visit The Mill at 736 Divisadero Street, San Francisco

A Cozy, Contemporary Bedroom in San Francisco

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Blessed with a bright and open bedroom in her new San Francisco home, interior designer Jennifer Jones completely re-approached her decor as soon as she moved in. “My husband and I were thrilled to have such a spacious, light-filled bedroom to work with,” she says.


The new space required new furniture, and she started with our Raleigh Upholstered Square Bed. Jones took design cues from the room’s wood ceiling and chose a earth-inspired color palette of neutral fabrics and textiles. “Since I spend my days poring over colors and patterns for clients, I wanted a space that was neutral and calming to come home to,” she says.


The tailored, clean look of the Raleigh bed contrasts with the warm wood and vintage detailing on Jones’s vintage, mid-century nightstands. “The nailhead detail on the headboard adds just enough interest without feeling busy,” Jones says of the bed. “I’m a huge fan of natural fabrics too. We chose washed linen cotton for the bed upholstery since it has the look of linen with less wrinkles.”


The bed’s neutral color makes it easy for Jones to dress it up with whatever pillow, duvet or blanket she wants. “This bed is now our go-to spot for spending lazy mornings with our son and the family cat,” she says.

See more of Jones’s work at Niche Interiors.

Studio Tour: New Orleans Artist Elise Allen

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Elise Allen’s path to fine art didn’t exactly follow a straight line. Once a professional faux finisher in New York, she took a break from her career after getting married, having children and moving to New Orleans. It wasn’t until she met an inspiring fellow artist in the Big Easy that everything changed, and her painting career came to life. “The floodgates opened and I just kept painting and painting,” says Allen.


Eventually, she tried her hand at faux finishing again — focusing on Venetian plaster — but this time working on custom wood panels. “You can’t do Venetian plaster on canvas — there’s too much pressure when applying the plaster.”

This unique technique is now Allen’s artistic mainstay. Making each piece requires hours and hours of careful work. “There’s up to 200 layers of plaster per piece,” says Allen. “Venetian plaster is very thin, so there’s a lot of layering, and layering and layering.”


“I like the abstract element of Venetian plaster,” she says. “I like what comes up when I’m working on it. Every pass brings up something new and interesting,” she says.


She has two studios that she works out of: A small work studio off her bedroom at her house. “I work on smaller pieces there. I like that because I can work early in the morning or late at night.”

“I usually work on 4 to 5 paintings at once. I work on something, let it dry, and then work on something else,” Allen says. “Sometimes I get stuck, and then leave it for a few weeks until I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and get inspired again.”


Allen also works in a studio in downtown New Orleans, on Julia Street (pictured in this post). “It’s a huge, open space. There’s great light and it’s very peaceful and relaxing,” she says. “I keep a very calm place, and I think you can see that through my paintings.”


Despite the dramatic transition from the Manhattan art scene to New Orleans’ vibrant artistic community, Allen loves the beauty and color of New Orleans — it constantly inspires her. “Every time I walk around the neighborhood, I see a new house and a new color. I’m constantly surprised and inspired by the beauty around me.”

See more of Elise Allen’s art at Pottery Barn.




Our Best Pet Picks, Chosen by PB Pets

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Did you forget Fido this Valentine’s Day? Your PB Pet might forgive you with a little extra pampering, even if it’s belated. Our furry friends deserve lots of love too — especially considering how much they love us. Take a look at our top pet picks for your dog or cat, along with some of our favorite PB Pets.

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Danielle Moss’s little Chihuahua mix, Buddy, loves his bed  — almost as much as his friend Minnie does.

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Of course, some pups (like Henri the Frenchie) prefer human bedding to their own. Can’t say we blame them!

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This little dachshund has great taste — the Corbett Ikat Stripe Pillow is one of our favorites. If your little pup likes pillows, get a personalized one that he can call his own.


Tip: Think carefully when choosing a dog bed’s size. You don’t want your pet to feel squished or overwhelmed by space — it may impact if it uses its new sleeping spot.


Pet food and toy storage is always tricky. How do you make sure it stays fresh, safe, out of the way and look slightly attractive? Ceramic cannisters help solve that problem. Treats and puppy chow stay fresh and dry in these containers. Plus, they’re beautiful enough to keep out on a counter or open shelving.


Tired of your dog spilling food all over the floor? A heavy, cast-iron bowl stand will stand up against the most enthusiastically eating pup.

Check out even more PB Pet tips. Plus, don’t forget to post your best Pottery Barn Pet pictures on Instagram and tag it #PBPet — we may repost it!

We Love SF: State of Grace at the Grace Cathedral

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On its own, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco is a stunning work of architecture and design. Built in 1849 during California’s Gold Rush, the church has survived two major earthquakes and the city’s Great Fire. Walk in the massive front doors, and a cavernous space — complete with incredibly high ceilings and stained glass windows — will greet you.

All the markings of a carefully maintained church are there, but if you manage to visit before February 28th, you’ll spot something slightly surprising — over 20-miles of beautifully colored ribbon hanging from the tip top of the cathedral.

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The breathtaking display, titled “State of Grace,” was designed and built by artist Anne Patterson. Patterson’s work is based on her relationship with music and color. “I have what’s called synesthesia,” Patterson says. “When I hear music, I see colors and shapes. It’s like a crossing over of different senses.”

Although Patterson initially conceptualized the installation for the 100-year anniversary of the Cathedral’s men and boy’s choir, the installation’s display dates have been extended to accommodate enthusiastic visitors.

“The whole concept came about because I spent so much time in the Cathedral watching people interact with the space,” says Patterson. “The first thing people do is look up. One, because its such a grand space. But also because it’s a spiritual place. People want to connect with a higher power.”

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The ribbons address both of those aspects. Using a series of catwalks around the Cathedral ceiling, Patterson hung 20 miles of ribbon from the top of the space. Long ropes were laid out on the ground, and carefully labeled to determine where each color of ribbon should go. “It wasn’t just willy-nilly,” says Patterson. “We spent a lot of time laying out the composition of colors.”

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Each piece of red ribbon plays a special part in the installation — visitors to the church wrote their dreams, prayers and wishes on the ends of the ribbons before they were hung (see photo below).

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If you’d like to visit the installation yourself, make your way to Grace Cathedral in San Francisco before February 28, 2014.  Patterson suggests experiencing the display at one of the Cathedral’s free yoga classes on Tuesdays. “As people start doing yoga, the heat from everyone rises and the ribbons dance with the heat,” says Patterson. “It’s amazing to see.”

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The Power of the Perfect Accessory

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While the perfect piece of furniture can certainly make a space shine, often it’s the right accessory that can make or break a room’s ambiance. The perfect accessory is powerful — it speaks volumes about the room, and the person who chose it. We spoke to interior designer Suzanne Tucker to learn the ins and outs of accessorizing properly.

Take a look at her 5 top tips for accessorizing, below.


Include accessories that engage the senses. “We should all live in spaces that entice and delight our senses,” says Tucker. “Every room in the house can incorporate seductive elements that not only please the eye, but also the touch, the nose and the ear: a soft cashmere throw, a beautifully embroidered pillow, a fragrant candle or bouquet of flowers.”


Function doesn’t always have to come into play. Sometimes the best accessories don’t make a lot of sense. That dog sculpture doesn’t have to serve a purpose — you just have to love it.


However, function is key for decorative lighting. “When choosing lighting, the accessory and functionality are inextricably linked,” says Tucker. “Lighting greatly affects mood, so it should be flattering as well as functional.” Mix and match lighting — don’t be afraid to play with style! But most importantly, make sure each piece works and serves its purpose.


Avoid matchy-matchy accessories. It’s always great when things coordinate, but you don’t have to match everything perfectly in each and every room of your house. “An accessory should tie into a room’s overall mood and feel, but decorating isn’t a game of matching every color perfectly,” says Tucker. “Often times a bold or playful contrast … is just what brings out the personality and interest in a room.”

Old is new again. “I always encourage my clients to have at least one piece of age in a room,” says Tucker. “The patina and imperfections of such items speak to me of character and life lived, they bring soul to a room.”

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Set the Mood: 5 Sweet Valentine’s Day Cocktails

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Whether you’re hosting a quiet dinner for two, or hoping to woo your crush at a group event, the right cocktail can make or break your Valentine’s Day.

Impress your valentine with more than just a bottle of wine — these 5 cocktail recipes were made for flirting!

Berry Bliss


4 oz. Once Upon a Vine™ Chardonnay
10 muddled blueberries
1 oz. maraschino liquor
Half muddled rhubarb stalk
1 oz. lemon juice
Dark berries

Directions: Build in a cocktail shaker.  Strain over ice into a wine glass and garnish.

We suggest serving it in our Eclectic Pressed Glass Goblets.

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Parisian Affair

Parisian Affair

2.5 oz Stellina di Notte® Prosecco
¾  oz. Smirnoff® Raspberry Flavored Vodka
Pomegranate seeds

Directions: Combine in glass.  Top with pomegranates.

We suggest serving it in our Schott Zwiesel Stemware Flutes.


Afternoon Delight

4 oz. Baileys® Vanilla Cinnamon
4 oz. brandy
3 oz. chai tea
Serve with sugar cookies

*recipe yields four drinks

Directions: Combine ingredients in a teapot until warm. Stir into teacups. Serve with sugar cookies on the side.

We suggest serving it in our Great White Teapot and Latte Mugs.


Cinnamon Crush

1 oz. Baileys® Vanilla Cinnamon
½ oz. Goldschlager® Cinnamon Schapps
Edible gold flakes (optional)

Directions: Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Strain into a shot glass.  Sprinkle with gold flakes.

We suggest serving it in our Library Glass Barware Shot Glass.

GODIVA Minty Kiss

1 oz. GODIVA® Dark Chocolate Liqueur
½ oz. Crème de Menthe
½ oz. Bulleit® Bourbon
¼ oz. cream
Fresh mint sprig for garnish

Directions: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain contents into a cocktail glass and garnish with fresh mint sprig.

We suggest serving it in our Schott Zwiesel Martini Glass.

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