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Easy, Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipe from The Vegan 8

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Did you forget Valentine’s Day is tomorrow? It’s okay, we’ve been there! Don’t worry, we have a last minute Valentine’s Day Dinner recipe that will make your significant other think you’ve been planning for weeks — or, that you can enjoy on your own.

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This Poblano Pepper Cream Sauce and Pasta from The Vegan 8 looks particularly delicious in our Cambria Footed Bowl don’t you think? We love how Brandi from The Vegan 8 creates delicious, simple recipes that only use 8 (!) ingredients. Best of all, this comforting, decadent recipe comes together easily for a last minute Valentine’s Day dinner — the only serious prep requires soaking the cashews in boiling water for a couple hours.

Cashews? That’s right — this creamy decadent sauce is entirely dairy free. Trust us, you wouldn’t know it from the taste — but your body will thank you for it.

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Sweeten the deal with another ridiculously simple recipe — 1 bowl peanut butter chocolate chip cake (easily split between two people, but could happily be eaten by one).

Check out the full recipes + printable recipe card for both here.

Something New: Wedding Photographer Jose Villa’s Wedding Musts

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When you’re a bride-to-be, finding a good wedding photographer can start to feel more difficult than finding your Prince Charming. How many frogs do you have to kiss? If you’re lucky enough to find Jose Villa right off the bat, your answer is one. This incredibly talented fine art and wedding photographer has set the tone for what beautiful wedding photos consist of in today’s highly competitive marketplace. This, along with his fantastic style and taste is just one of the reasons why we chose to feature him In the Spotlight this month. [Check out his full feature on PotteryBarn.com here]

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Keep reading to see more of Jose’s amazing photos and learn about his favorite wedding ever, the wedding trends he’d love to see disappear, his top tips for perfect wedding photos and more.

PLUS, don’t forget to enter our special giveaway! We’re giving one lucky winner a $250 Pottery Barn gift card. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter!

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PB: What made you decide to focus on this field in particular?
JV: I have always loved photographing people… I love fashion, travel, food and cake, so this beats being a photographer for National Geographic any day!

PB: What’s one of the favorite weddings you’ve ever been to?
JV: There are many and I really can’t say there was only one. But one of the most amazing weddings that has stayed in my mind is a wedding I photographed in Cuba for a cute Canadian couple. She was a photographer and he was the sweetest groom on the planet. Being in Cuba was out of this world and being surrounded by such love from the couple and their 6 wedding guests was a dream come true for all of us involved. I will never forget this wedding.

PB: What’s the one thing a couple should know before going into an engagement/wedding shoot?
JV: I don’t like to prep my couples before a shoot because it makes them nervous. I do however tell them exactly where we will be shooting and what sort of backdrops we will be shooting it. Photographing in the right surroundings is very important and sets the mood. Location, Location, Location.

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PB: How do you like to choose engagement shoot locations?
JV: I first look at locations that set a good mood, then I choose a location based on the lighting, the surroundings and the tone that the backdrops will provide. Not only am I a photographer, but I’m also an art director.

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Jose’s Top Tips: 

Choose your photographer after you choose your location. I highly suggest a film photographer if you are having an outdoor wedding, and a digital shooter if the wedding will be indoors. The medium in which we photographers shoot helps with each lighting situation, so keep that in mind as you plan for your wedding day.

Have fun with your wedding, and make it personal. I’ve seen more and more dogs invited to the weddings and I’m loving that. Give me another fun thing to shoot!

Consider bright colors. I’m hoping the soft color pallete can take a break for a little while. Seems like more than 70% of the weddings I shot last year involved a soft color pallete. I’m looking forward to the colorful pallete and the edgy tones that we need for photography.

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See official rules here. 

Behind the Design: Our Exclusive Paper Invitation Collection with Wedding Paper Divas

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Our latest designs aren’t what you’d expect to see when walking into one of our stores — but they’re still meant to celebrate life and inspire beautiful living, just like all of our furniture, pillows, bedding and decor.

We’re so excited to introduce our new signature invitation collection, exclusively designed by Pottery Barn designers for Wedding Paper Divas!

These designs don’t just look good on paper (although that’s true too, of course) — all of our invitation suites are based on textiles and patterns that our talented in-house team designs themselves. Many of these patterns are inspired by historical illustrations that our team puts their own special Pottery Barn twist on to create new, innovative patterns — like the vintage-style Flora suite, above.

Photography: Delbarr Moradi
Styling: Megan Shuler, Enjoy Events Co.

Wedding Paper Divas & Pottery Barn Traditional Lace

Paisley Lace

This lace pattern is actually based off of one of our paisley quilt patterns. The pattern is a long strip that repeats continuously on the quilt, so our design team reformatted and restricted to make it look like a single piece of delicate lace.

Wedding Paper Divas & Pottery Barn Classic Toile

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Inspired by our Matine Toile Bedding, our designers gave this a fresh update with new color palettes that feel much more dramatic on paper. The Matine Toile is an old late 19th century French Toile. It’s unusual in that there are no people and no story. Toiles usually told stories and have lots of characters — both human and animal.

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One of our most popular summer duvets has a delicate coral pattern that’s based off of hand-painted illustrations done in-house. Our team took the digital versions of those illustrations and restructured them to fit on a new card. Since the illustrations are so soft, our designers choose a strong and modern font for contrast.

Wedding Paper Divas & Pottery Barn Barbados Palm

Barbados Palm

Both this collection and our Flora collection took inspiration from 17th and 18th century botanical and scientific books/illustrations. Our designers use these as a base for our custom patterns, and hand illustrate new patterns which are scanned in and adjusted for new details and colors.

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Fauna

The rustic, yet elegant Fauna design features beautiful hand-drawn birds based off of one of our best selling duvets this spring. (Read the full story behind this pattern, here.) This suite is especially unique, as each piece of stationery features a different nature-inspired drawing.

Wedding Paper Divas & Pottery Barn Global Chic

Global Chic

This pattern actually stems from a plate in our holiday collection this year — the design team loved the pattern that the plates made when layered and stacked, so they replicated it and created a vector out of it to reproduce a brand new pattern.

See the full collection for yourself here.

Winter Dinner Party Recipes Made to Impress Your Guests

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Text for tips and winter dinner recipes from Simi Hansen of Wanderlust Catering

When I’m throwing a dinner party for my friends or family, I always choose to serve family-style. I think there’s something lush and indulgent about placing large beautiful platters of food in the middle of a table of your favorite people. Plating individual plates of food takes time, extra hands, and practice. If you’re not used to it, food can get cold before it’s ready to be served. Serving family-style eliminates that risk and gives you more time with your guests.

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For really striking platters, I take my inspiration from seasonal produce (even during the winter!) and try to incorporate as many colors as possible. For every season, there are interesting heirloom vegetables at my farmers market. For a winter dinner party, I look for purple heirloom carrots, orange “cheddar” cauliflower, and black radishes. These unexpected pops of color really draw people into the food.

Take a look at two of Simi’s custom recipes from this beautiful winter dinner party, below!

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo
Styling: Alexandra Phelps
Flowers: Studio Mondine
Paper goods: Cheree Berry Paper
Pottery Barn pieces: dinnerware, serveware, chargers, wooden pedestals, barware and snack bowls.

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BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS WITH A RED WINE DEMI

5 pounds boneless beef short ribs, cut in half
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 medium onions, chopped
3 medium carrots, peeled, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 750-ml bottle dry red wine (We use Coppola Claret. You really want a quality red wine here for best flavor.)
10 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
8 sprigs thyme
4 sprigs oregano
2 sprigs rosemary
2 fresh bay leaves
1 head of garlic, halved crosswise
4 cups low-salt beef stock

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Preheat oven to 200*F convection or 225*F. Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Working in small batches, brown short ribs on all sides. Be patient. Let the surfaces get a nice crust on them. Transfer short ribs to a plate. Pour off all but 3 Tbsp. drippings from pot.

Add onions, carrots, and celery to pot and cook over high heat, stirring often, until vegetables are browned. Add flour and tomato paste; cook, stirring constantly, until well combined and deep red, 2-3 minutes. Stir in wine and bring to a boil. Once all of the alcohol is cooked off (about 10 minutes), add beef stock. Bring to a boil then take off heat and pour into an oven-proof pan. Add short ribs and any accumulated juices. Add all herbs along with the garlic. Cover with parchment, then cover with foil. Place in the oven

Cook until short ribs are tender, 4-5 hours. Transfer short ribs to a platter. Strain sauce through a chinois from pot into a bowl. Spoon fat from surface of sauce and discard; season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Pour sauce back over short ribs and let the ribs cool in the sauce.

Short ribs can be prepared up to two days before your event. Gently reheat them in a 300*F oven or on the stovetop over a low flame.

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BEET AND GOAT CHEESE MOUSSE CROSTINIA
makes 24-32 crostini

3 beets (about 3/4 pound total)
4 thyme sprigs
1/2 cup sherry vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 rosemary sprig
1 lb chevre
up to 1/2 tsp heavy cream (optional)
1 baguette, cut on the bias into 1/4″ thick slices
olive oil
salt
pepper
1 cup microherbs

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Preheat oven to 400*F. Scrub beets and trim tops and tails. Put in an oven-safe dish with 1/2 cup of water, a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper, a drizzle of olive oil, and thyme sprigs. Cover with parchment, then foil. Roast for 2 hours or until tender.

When the beets are cool enough to handle, rub them with your hands. The skins should easily peel away. Cut the beets into 1/4″ dice.

Simmer beets, sherry vinegar, sugar, and rosemary until nearly all of the liquid has evaporated. Let cool.

Note: We like to use different colors of beets: golden, chioggia, and red for visual interest. If you’d like to do the same, each color needs to be prepared and stored separately. Mix them gently right before service.

For the goat cheese mousse, whip goat cheese in a stand mixer until it becomes smooth. Add a few drops of heavy cream to lighten the mousse if needed. Place in a piping bag fitted with a star tip.

To make crostini, drizzle baguette slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toast in the oven for 3-4 minutes per side or until crisp but not brown.

All of this can be made up to two days prior to your event. To assemble, pipe a few swirls of goat cheese on one end of the crostini. Top with beets and garnish with a pinch of microherbs. Crostini should stay crisp for up to an hour.

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See the rest of this party here.
Find more of our favorite recipes here.

Guide to the Perfect Dinner Party: A Warm Winter Gathering

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After the holidays are over, it’s easy to quickly lose your entertaining gusto. Whether you’re burnt out or just can’t think of a good excuse to get everyone together, post-holiday winter entertaining is hard to envision — that is, until we saw this gorgeous winter dinner party.

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Everything from the warm, cozy setting to the abundance of winter produce makes this dinner party feel perfectly suited for the season. Who needs an excuse when the party is as fun and gorgeous as this?

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Keep reading to take a look at this party from the talented team of Wanderlust Catering, Edyta Szyszlo PhotographyAlexandra Phelps EventsStudio Mondine and Cheree Berry Paper — plus their expert tips to throwing a classy dinner party with ease and style.

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Invitations:

Are paper invitations outdated? Hardly! We’ve loved seeing them come back with a force — Cheree Berry’s beautiful invitations are lovely enough for everything from a simple affair to a formal event.

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“An email/phone RSVP works great for a casual affair, such as a backyard BBQ, kid’s birthday, even ancillary wedding events,” says Cheree. “Today, we recommend an email RSVP vs. a phone RSVP as not to interrupt work or family time.”

“Know your audience too.  A more senior crowd may not handle an electronic invite as well as a printed one,” says Cheree.

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Hostess Tips:

“The perfect dinner party should have at least these three things: good food, tasty drinks, and great conversation,” says Simi Hansen of Wanderlust Catering. “There’s nothing worse than a party where guests are too shy to get to know each other.

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  “Interesting food and drinks are the easiest way to get the conversation started,” says Simi. “Soft lighting and an appropriate soundtrack can also help set the mood.”

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  “So many tasks can be done the day before your party. Food prep, table setting, decorating, choosing music, flowers,” Simi says. “If you can get these things done early, all you’ll need to do day-of is put ice on the bar, open wine, heat and assemble food, and get yourself ready. Doesn’t that sound totally stress-free?”

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Decorating Tips:

“Be creative when choosing your bar location. It can be a buffet, a cart, a table, your countertop. Just be sure to choose a surface that’s large enough to hold beverages, ice, glassware, and any accouterments,” says Simi. “If you serve beer in bottles, you can eliminate pint glasses, which is one less thing to set up and clean up. If you’re serving a signature cocktail, make a pitcher for the bar so guests can help themselves.”

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“Building a solid collection of basic items like runners, vases, napkins and service platters is a smart investment,” says Allie of Alexandra Phelps Studios. “Plus, it’s fun to challenge yourself to find new ways to utilize them again and again.”

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  “Just like produce, flowers are seasonal too,” says Amanda of Studio Mondine. “Save money by buying in season. For this table, we mixed the wintry amaryllis with local camellia and some early-blooming quince.”

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Pottery Barn items used: Napoli Dinnerware, Tava Chargers, Harrison Wine Pull, Harrison Multiple Bottle Cooler, Harrison Bottle Coaster, Blonde Wood Paddle Pedestals, Metallic Snack Bowls.

See more of our entertaining tips and recipes to help you throw the perfect dinner party here.

 

Tiny Kitchen Organizing and Decorating Tips from Zio & Sons

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Small kitchen owners take heart! There’s hope for your tiny kitchen yet — turns out, you don’t need more square footage to have a stylish, functional and beautiful kitchen. The talented team at Zio & Sons — a styling and creative company based in NYC with expertise in small space living — proved just that when they took over the Pottery Barn Instagram this weekend.

We’ve gathered some of our favorite tips from their mini-kitchen makeovers (featuring some of our top kitchen organization designs) along with photos of their simple but stunning small kitchen. Take a look — it’s impossible not to get inspired!

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Tip: “Pick a clean and simple color scheme to open up your space. We choose classic whites, and wood organic tones, with hints of brass & blue.”

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Tip: “Don’t be afraid to maximize your wall space. We made this DIY pot rack using brass piping for an easy, yet space-saving wall storage solution.”

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Tip: “Every small space is different, thinking outside the box will make your kitchen your own. We installed these stemware racks to save counter space for whatever uncommon items we decide to display seasonally.”

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Tip: “Proper storage is key for small spaces. We use a vintage wire basket and PB containers for our everyday pantry items and dry goods. Don’t forget to display your artisan ingredients!”

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Tip: “We only have one drawer in our entire kitchen, which forces us to stay organized and rids us from unnecessary clutter. Only your most used items should take up the space around you. We keep our everyday PB silver in our one drawer for an easy reach”

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Tip: “Picking the best quality basics can help you live better. We mixed our vintage, blue and white china with durable PB silver for a timeless everyday look, while maintaining distinction. Curated finds like this corkscrew are elements that can make a house a home.”

See more kitchen organization tips here. 

Friday 5: From Bedroom Makeovers to Bean and Basil Soup — Our Top Blog Posts from January

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It’s almost February! Can you believe it? Us either. That’s why we’re enjoying the last of January by looking back at our top posts for the month. From bedroom makeovers to basil soup, it’s clear that we all craved a fresh start this year — and our guides were here to help you along the way.

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1.Easy, Clean, Healthy Recipe: Italian White Bean and Basil Soup.

This white bean tomato basil soup looks like just the right way to ease us off our holiday sugar rush — it’s filling, and takes minimal prep and cook time. Plus, we love how Brandi served it in our Vintage Wood Bowls with our Paros Chargers, Belgian Linen Hemstitch Napkins and Great White Dinnerware. It looks gorgeous!

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2. Bedroom Makeover: Luxurious Neutrals with Erin Gates

Although we’re big fans of embracing color in the new year, we love how Erin used a neutral palette to create a calm and soothing space that still has plenty going on. A luxurious mix of patterns and textures completely transformed this bedroom — taking it from shabby to chic.

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3. How to Organize Your Home Room by Room

Who doesn’t feel extra motivated to organize your home come January 1st? But as the month wears on, it’s easy to lose steam, and let all of the home organization to-do’s slip to the bottom of the list. This year, we’ve gathered our favorite organization tips and tricks to make sure you can organize your home room by room — and actually (yes, actually!) make it happen. To top it off, our experts share how to make sure your home is organized year round.

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4. January Designer Spotlight: Victoria Smith’s Favorite San Francisco Spots

Victoria Smith of SFGirlByBay’s passion for the city of San Francisco and her sophisticated style is part of why we chose her for our Designer Spotlight this month.

Victoria’s collected an incredible stockpile of must-do, must-see, must-taste, must-try activities after 20 years in the City by the Bay. Read on to learn about why she loves San Francisco — plus, get a glimpse inside her gorgeous Bay Area home.

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5. How to Reorganize Your Linen Closet with Mandy of Waiting on Martha

Baskets are the fastest way to keep your linen closet tidy, towels folded and bedding from falling off the shelves. Do what Mandy did and mix and match — some woven, some wire. “I love that you can see what the wire baskets are holding,” says Mandy. “Like my favorite striped beach towels!”