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Color Mix! Our Favorite Spring Color Palettes for Bedrooms

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As one of the most private rooms in the home, the bedroom is really where we can let our personal taste shine. It’s an oasis, a retreat and a sanctuary. We believe it’s the perfect place to stay true to your own style — and choosing just the right color palette is a huge part of that. Take a look at some of our favorite color palettes for Spring, below.

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Which colors are you going to add to your bedroom this season? Find just what you need here.

 

Easter Entertaining Made Easy

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Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Christy Hulsey, Colonial House of Flowers with Camp Makery
Photography: Rach Lea Photo

Whether it’s with 2 or 12, the best parties (at least in my experience) are the simple ones you actually enjoy. Thankfully, Tristen Needham from Design Studio South joined me with Colonial House of Flowers, Camp Makery and Rach Lea Photography to lay down the must have elements for a seriously stunning Easter affair. All of these tips make the most impact for the least amount of effort. Skip the stress! You can entertain for Easter and throw a party that’s inexpensive, chic, elegant, and polished in a flash.

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TIP: Use the same colored fresh flowers. Arrangements with flowers that are all the same color are impossible to get wrong. The blooms can quickly be grouped by themselves in baskets and containers. Clip and pop white tulips into a creative container like this Beachcomber Wood Handled Basket for a look that is hassle free and stunning. Shop at your neighborhood flower shop, snip a few petals from your garden. Add greens for a natural, organic look.

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TIP: Add candles for elegance. I usually stick with neutrals like white. When it comes to lighting up a festive party and setting the mood on the fly, it’s hard to beat the immediate impact of delicate votives.

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TIP: Allow guests to serve themselves at the bar. A drink dispenser full of a signature cocktail is fun and practical. Or, simply leave open wine bottles about the table and let guests fill their glasses while you mingle. It will go a long way towards saving you trips to the kitchen during the party. Sliced vegetables submersed in the water adds sophistication.

TIP: Always have the makings of a signature cocktail on hand. This one via From the Kitchen of Azure is a great take on a grown up punch that everyone will love:

1 bottle red wine (I like Cameron Hughes)
1 bottle margarita mix
2 quarts ginger ale
1 lime

Directions: Mix equal parts of the first three ingredients together. Chill. Squeeze have the lime over the punch just before serving. The remaining lime can be sliced to float in the dispenser or as a glass garnish.

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TIP: Stick with white dinnerware. Drab? Not on your life. White dishes are the basis of great tables. You can layer on napkins, place cards, a menu, a flower or even a cutting from your backyard.

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TIP: Keep the desserts simple. I have Brownie Brittle and pralines by the bag at all times. Add warm caramel sauce, fresh berries or whipped cream to the top, and these simple treats are instantly elevated to fit any event’s ambiance.

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Spring is the perfect season to get together with friends and family. Hopefully these tips will make it fun, intimate, warm, chaos-free and enjoyable — without breaking the bank, too!

Vendors:
Calligraphy:  Low Country Paper Co
Photographer: Rach Lea Photography
Styling: Design Studio South,

Flower Selection: Mark Jackson, Cutflower Atlanta
Floral Supplies: Syndicate Sales
Floral Design: Christy Hulsey, Colonial House of Flowers
Styling: Amanda Currier, Colonial House of Flowers
Small Bites: Brownie Brittle
Catering: Southern Soul BBQ
Pralines: From the Kitchen of Azure Rountree
Venue: Georgia State Railroad Museum

Our Favorite #PBpets from February!

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There were so many cute #pbpets on Instagram in February, it’d be impossible to choose a favorite. So, we didn’t! take a look at all of the adorable #pbpets we featured in the month of February — from Henri, to Steve, to Lotie — and tell us which one’s your favorite in the comments!

PS: Don’t forget to submit photos of your pet with your favorite Pottery Barn item using #pbpet on Instagram.

Henri the Frenchie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(via @thefrenchham)

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(via @juliakwait)

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(via @dana_a_green)

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(via @travelingotis)

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(via @kristen219)

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(via @teddybear_the_goldendoodle)

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(via @lotie_bear)

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(via @petfriendsofpgh)

See the top #PBpets of 2014 here. 

Simply Grove’s Simply Beautiful Living Room Refresh

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Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove — an oh-so-talented stylist, designer and blogger that we adore — just moved into a beautiful 1940s bungalow in Boise, Idaho with her family. We were thrilled to help her out with a little living room refresh to make her space feel warm, fresh, bright and homey.

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We love how Kirsten’s affinity for neutrals never feels boring. Our cable knit pillows and throws and jute rug add texture to the clean and bright space.

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A chunky knit pillow and a simple wire storage basket full of books turned this corner chair into the perfect reading nook.

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One of our new favorite prints now hangs on Kirsten’s living room wall. “It’s a constant reminder of what’s to come,” she says.

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Our mirrored pillar box can hold just about any kind of display — candles, accessories or items from nature. We love how Kirsten used it on her mantle, where she can swap things in and out with ease.

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“I love layering art on the mantle and on the ground, too,” she says. “Along with this wire storage basket for firewood, it creates plenty of interest.”

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It’s amazing how a few, well-chosen accessories can totally transform a room, don’t you think? To see the rest of Kirsten’s living room refresh and more of her amazing designer tips visit her at Simply Grove.

Our Favorite #mypotterybarn Photos from February

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We’re ready to say goodbye to February, aren’t you? Here’s hoping that we can finally say goodbye to winter and hello to spring in March. But February wasn’t all bad — right? Cozy winter days, the first hint of spring flowers and plenty of hot cocoa and coffee made for some seriously cute #mypotterybarn photos on Instagram.

Take a look at some of our favorite fan photos from February below — and don’t forget to share your #mypotterybarn moments with us on Instagram!

PS: You can shop all of these images by clicking here.

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Hellooo lazy Sunday morning. This perfectly rumpled bed looks like just the spot to spend a snow day. (via @littleflowercottage on Instagram)

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White roses, round 1! This cheerful shot reminded us that we still have plenty of spring blooms to look forward to. (via @laurlovespink on Instagram)

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White roses, round 2! This lovely tabletop reminded us of one of our favorite design mantras: simple is beautiful. (via @stacey.kang on Instagram)

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Chunky knits and warm faux fur make this bed irresistible on a winter day. (via @nicole_prince on Instagram)

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A big bowl of coffee is the only way to wake up in the winter, don’t you think? (via @deborahstachelski on Instagram)

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This neutral reading nook is anything but boring. Stripes forever! (via @eyeforpretty on Instagram)

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White tulips, white lamp, white bedding — this bedroom is all about the first signs of spring.  (via @savorhome on Instagram)

5 Spring Decorating Tips from Our Latest Catalog

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To us, spring is less about the weather and more about a feeling (especially this year). Without fail, the end of February feels like the end of winter — even if Mother Nature doesn’t agree — and we want to jumpstart spring decorating in our homes so it feels fresh, clean and bright.

This year, we’ve encompassed that same ambiance in our spring catalogs. Pattern, color, print and plenty of light fill each and every page. Are you ready to start spring decorating? Take a look at some of our favorite tips from our latest catalog.

PS: Pick up a copy yourself from one of our stores to see even more spring decorating ideas!

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Tip: Be brave with patterned pillows — the angles in these two geometric patterns makes them work together despite their opposing hues.

Dining Table Display Spring Tip

Tip: Use hurricanes to add height to your dinnertime display — just make sure they’re not too tall to talk over.

Spring Living Room Display Tip

Tip: Mix and match new and old, expected and unexpected for a surprisingly beautiful display. We love the staggered heights of these found bottles.

2 Spring Gallery Wall Mixed Frames Tip

Tip: There’s no need to keep your gallery wall uniform. Use different frame finishes and sizes for an eclectic, collected look.

2 Spring Bedding Tip

Tip: Use stripes as a neutral — especially when it comes to bedding.

Need more decorating advice? Check out our free design services, and get personalized advice at our free class in all stores on 3/22/15 at 10:00AM, where you can learn simple and affordable ways to refresh your home with new accessories.

See our favorite decorating and design ideas from our Fall catalog.

A Coconut Cake Recipe Inspired by Our Latest Catalog

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When the weather starts to get warmer (I know — for some of us it feels like it might never move past freezing), the heavy desserts we once craved during the holidays don’t seem quite right anymore. That’s why we love this light, airy and fluffy coconut cake recipe from Melina of Sugary & Buttery — inspired by this cake on our Vintage Carved Wood Cake Stand from our latest Spring collection:

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Orange Coconut Cream Cake

For the cake:
2¼ cups cake flour
¾ cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of teaspoon salt
1½ sticks butter, at room temperature
6 egg whites
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Zest of 1 orange
1 vanilla bean

For the Frosting:
3 sticks butter, at room temperature
1 pack (8oz) cream cheese
1½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon milk
2 cups shredded coconut

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Make the Cake:
Preheat oven to 350° F and grease two 8-inch round cake pans; set aside.

Sift the cake flour into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the sugar, baking powder and salt and beat on low speed for 15 seconds to combine.

Cut the butter into pieces, add to the batter and beat on low speed for 1 minute, or until the mixture is coarse and crumbly.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg whites, condensed milk, orange zest and shredded coconut until combined.

Cut the vanilla bean lengthwise; scrape the seeds into the mixture and whisk.

Add half of the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat on medium-high for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, add the remainder of the wet ingredients and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds, or until the batter is well-mixed, light and fluffy.

Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the tops are firm and golden brown and spring back when pressed lightly in the center. Let the cakes cool completely in the pans on a wire rack.

Make the Frosting:
Beat the cream cheese with the electric mixer on high speed for about 5 minutes, scrape down sides.

Add sifted powdered sugar and keep beating on medium speed, then add the milk.

Cut the butter into pieces.

Turn the mixer back up to high speed and add the butter pieces. Keep beating for at least 5 minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy.

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Assemble the Cake:
Cut off the tops of the cooled cakes if necessary and layer them with the cream cheese frosting.

Frost around the cake, about ½ thick, and cover the cake with shredded coconut.

See more of our favorite recipes here.