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Wanderlust: Top Travel Tips from Photographer Jesse Leake

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Summer’s almost over — it’s time to start daydreaming about next year’s trips, don’t you think? We’ve got a serious case of end-of-summer wanderlust thanks to the beautiful travel photography of Jesse Leake — one of the newest additions to our photography shop.

Jesse travels the world year-round to a variety of locations — some of which might border on remote, and others that rival the most bustling cities we’ve ever seen. We sat down with this world traveler to get the scoop on his favorite places to travel, his tips for finding the perfect hotel and restaurant, plus lots more. Quench your wanderlust (for now, at least) by reading his Q&A, below!

(Above: Munnar, India by Jesse Leake)

Pottery Barn: What’s your favorite foodie travel destination?
Jesse Leake: It’s hard to beat the food available in San Francisco. Meals in Italy are fun, too — amazing pastas, the best tomatoes and great wine!

PB: What’s the secret to choosing a great restaurant in a new city?
JL: It depends where you’re traveling. I’ll ask friends who have been there before. I always travel with a Lonely Planet guidebook in hand, which is a great reference that’s usually budget minded for accommodations, restaurants, sights, etc. I’ll also ask locals what they recommend — look for the restaurants busy with locals.


(Above: Hoi An, Vietnam by Jesse Leake)

PB: How do you find just the right hotel in a new city?
JL: Location is always important for me. I want to stay somewhere that is conveniently located, near an area where I will be photographing a lot, and within walking distance of restaurants and sights. Most of my trips are 3 weeks to 2 months, so I’m usually looking for budget accommodations. Again, I resort to the Lonely Planet guidebook. Travel + Leisure magazine and Condé Nast Traveler are also great resources.

PB: How do you narrow down souvenirs to take home?
JL: I look for art or merchandise that is unique to the region or that they are known for. For example in Cuba – cigars, Ireland – crystal, Morocco – rugs, etc. Paintings are great, as they can be rolled up, tubed and carried on the plane. If you can afford it and have a use for it, it’s good to support the local economy by buying souvenirs.


PB: What’s your #1 shopping secret while traveling?
JL: In a lot of countries I visit, bargaining is expected. For example when buying rugs in Morocco or Turkey, cut the quoted price in half and that is generally a good place to start negotiating. Don’t show too much interest when you are bargaining for — be ready to walk away. In fact, if you do walk away, the price will drop as the seller follows you out the door.













(Above: Varanasi, India and Woman in Ranakpur, India by Jesse Leake) 

PB: How do you like to choose your next destination?
JL: I look for a place I haven’t been to that is rich in culture and off the beaten path.

PB: What’s the 1 dream trip you haven’t taken yet?
JL: RV camper trip across the US.

PB: What’s your favorite city that you’ve visited this year?
JL: My favorite city this year was Havana, Cuba.

PB: What’s your secret to looking like a local?
JL: Pack light on clothes, so you can buy locally once you arrive. Bring loose breathable clothing. Many locals in various countries won’t wear shorts. I recommend dressing down, leaving the designer clothes and flashy accessories behind. Most tourists will stand out regardless of their local attire. To blend in is more an attitude that anything else. Being humble, respectful and open minded with an adventurous spirit will open doors to a more intimate local experience. You may never look like a local, but you can befriend a local and gain access to local life. Learn how to say hello and thank you in the local language.

PB: If you could only visit one city for the rest of your life, where would it be?
JL: Country: I love Morocco for its beauty, adventure, food and people. City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the active beach life and the Brazilian people.

bio.portrait-3(Above: Photographer Jesse Leake

See more of Jesse Leake’s photography in Pottery Barn’s photography shop.


Hamptons Home Makeover: Clean, Crisp and Coastal Casual

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Above: York Bed, Lorne Shag Rug, Jordan Bone Table Lamp

The challenge: Transform a summer rental in the Hamptons into a spin on California Coastal style.

The solution: Clean and crisp neutrals, subtle pops of color and contrast through texture — flawlessly executed by Pottery Barn Design Services Specialists Maria Khromchenko and Mitchell Beeler at our 67th and Broadway store.


Above: Chatham collection, Awning Stripe Umbrella, Frog Drum Accent Tables

The spacious 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home needed design help in every single room — including the beautiful patio. “The home didn’t even have walls up yet during our on-site visit,” says Khromchenko. “It’s always a little challenging planning and visualizing a design for a home that hasn’t yet been completed. You want to make sure your design works well with the architecture of the space.”


Above: Pottery Barn Bathroom Accessories

The duo stayed in close contact with the home’s builder and project manager to help with any decisions that would affect the home’s cohesiveness and design. Floor finishes, lighting, hardware and paint choices would all have an impact on the furniture and accessories that they chose.

“It was very important to stay on the same page so that everything looks seamless, even with different teams working on different aspects of such a large project,” says Khromchenko.


Above: Delphine Trellis Pendant, Jolie Floor Lamp, Benchwright BenchChesterfield Bed, Devon Side Tables

Upholstered sofas, chairs, headboards and plenty of cozy accessories ensured that the new home felt comfortable and lived-in for new renters. A simple and sophisticated color palette feels soothing, and well-suited for an ocean-side locale.


Above: Carlisle Chairs, Helena Coffee Table, Tanner Console, Nori Hammered Table Lamps, Darien Cross Stitch Pillow, Leather PillowCarter Tray Folding Table

Careful fabric choices — such as the performance fabric upholstered Carlisle chairs for the living room — keep home maintenance easy. “Perennials is a perfect easy-to-clean performance fabric for renters,” says Khromchenko. “It lets you do the white without the worry.”

To learn more about our free at-home Design Services program, click here!

Plus, see more of our favorite makeovers here.

Before and After: The Ultimate Bathroom Remodel with Jonathan Stiers

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Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Jonathan Stiers of Stiers Aesthetic.


Eight years doesn’t sound very long until you realize it’s just two years shy of a decade. I bought my house 8 years ago, new and my master bathroom was complete with builder grade fixtures, lighting, brown walls, brown ceiling (Yikes!), and travertine tile, as far as the eye could see. She’s been a good bathroom but after almost a decade, she was begging for a refresh. (Keep scrolling to see the AFTER to this BEFORE!)


BEFORE1I knew I wanted to remodel my bathroom and open this dark and dreary space up, creating a light and airy, spa-like experience. My inspiration began, perhaps unknowingly with a Marilyn Monroe print that I purchased in a London art gallery six years ago. I could never find the right place for her in my house, until now. I’ve always had a love for the black and white glamor of 1940’s Hollywood. So, using Marilyn, and other stars as my inspiration, I created a design built around black, white and grey.


IMG_7909-USEThe first thing on my bathroom remodel want list was a classic pedestal tub from Rejuvenation. And while some feel subway tile is overused, I still love how classic and timeless it is.


IMG_7845-USEI decided to create a subway tiled accent wall, in a herringbone pattern, above the vanity. Pottery Barn’s Kensington Pivot Mirrors, Mercer Double Sconce and Towel Ring complete the look, taking my Hollywood vision to the next level.


I also carried the subway tile through to the shower. And while I was originally going to tear out the sheetrock-enclosed shower and replace with standard glass, I decided to do something that made more of a statement. I asked my contractor to sketch out something with paned glass and a black frame, almost like a giant paned-glass phone booth. The result exceeded my expectations and the shower holds it’s own against the larger than life, Hollywood stars that look upon it.


Bathroom Remodel Tips:

• When choosing paint swatches, look at them at various times throughout the day. I didn’t want a grey that was too blue so I looked at it in the morning, mid-day and night.

• If you decide to go with a dark floor, I always recommend going with a light ceiling. I chose white so the room felt larger and more open.

• Dimmer switches. Dimmer switches. Dimmer switches. There’s no better way to set the mood and create a spa-like experience. And sometimes in the middle of the night, you just don’t want to be blinded by 100w bulbs.

• Consult a professional if you’re unsure. My remodel required drilling in to my slab so that plumbing could be moved so using a professional was a must in this scenario.

• Lastly, add some life and color with fresh florals.


My bathroom must-haves:

Pottery Barn Hydrocotton Bath Towels in white

Pottery Barn monogrammed Oval Paperwhite Soaps. I placed mine in a silver-plated champagne bucket for a unique touch.

Pottery Barn Metal Etagere in chrome – perfect for when you’re short on extra shelving!

• Aesop hand soap and lotion

• Duckhorn 2012 Chardonnay (Napa Valley), to go along with your hot bath of course!


Q&A with Katie Armour of Matchbook Magazine

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Lifestyle guru Katie Armour is an arbiter of understated style. Along with founding the digital ‘zine sensation Matchbook Magazine, she also curates a collection of up and coming artists, runs her own blog The Neotraditionalist and lights up our Instagram and Pinterest feeds on the regular. We also share her obsession with pugs!

A recent relocation to Chicago and an engagement(!), means Katie is going to be hosting her first Thanksgiving in a brand new home and for some very special people in her life. She turned to Pottery Barn to set a chic timeless table, but we couldn’t let her go without getting her tips & tricks for effortless holiday entertaining.

What are some of your top tips to hosting Thanksgiving in a small home?

Stay organized and prepare in advance! We prep the majority of the meal before our guests arrive so my fiancé and I aren’t fighting for kitchen space. The cocktail ingredients are on our bar cart and the side dishes ready to serve. Embrace the coziness of your small space. Light candles and keep the meal simple, but scrumptious.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving cocktail to serve? 

This time of year I love to serve a Maple Bourbon Smash. They’re easy to make for your guests and taste delicious. We use 2 oz. Bulliet Bourbon, 1 oz. Vermont maple syrup, and 1 oz. fresh lemon juice. Combine everything in a ice-filled cocktail shaker and stir for 15 seconds. Strain the drink into an old-fashioned glass with ice (I prefer one big cube) and you’re done! I usually add a lemon twist for garnish.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes?

How to choose?! This year we’ll be serving balsamic-roasted brussels sprouts, garlic mashed potatoes, and corn bread. We may also add some sweet potato casserole to the mix–not ideal for the waist-line, but mouth-watering good.

Any tips for hosting a Thanksgiving with pets?

We keep our pug Alfred entertained (and out from underfoot!) with a new bone and his bed in a far corner. I like to think his monogrammed, plaid dog bed adds to the autumnal ambiance.

What are your favorite, easy, affordable tips to spicing up your home for the holidays?

1. Add greenery! I love fresh blooms in autumnal hues and a few well-placed pumpkins. White pumpkins or gold-painted pumpkins are my favorite.

2. Set the mood with tunes. We have a fun playlist for Thanksgiving and later Christmas that will be on regular rotation throughout the holiday season.

3. Swap out your everyday accessories for cozy, festive pieces. I love cable knit, plaid, or cashmere throws, velvet pillows in rich, fall colors, and colorful table linens that speak to the occasion.

You can shop some of Katie’s holiday must-haves RIGHT HERE!

How to Design a Glamorous Interior with AphroChic

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Written for Pottery Barn by Jeanine Hays & Bryan Mason 
(Photography by Patrick Cline, as seen on

We had just moved into a 1,200 square foot, pre-war apartment in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. From the moment we stepped inside, we were inspired by the wonderful details of the architecture — tall ceilings, classic trim, bay windows. More than anything else, these structural bones are what inspired the design of the space. It was all so elegant, and when it came to furnishing the space, we didn’t know where to begin, but the theme was already in place: Brooklyn glamour. We would design an upscale space filled with art, classic furnishings, and a mix of colorful textiles — all the things we love. If you’re looking to add a little glamour to your own interior, here’s a few of our favorite tips to get you on your way.

Console Decor

Create Areas Of Visual Interest

Every side table and console provides room for vignettes that will add visual interest to your space. Think of them as the subtext that will lend depth and meaning to your space. From a more practical perspective, these surfaces are the ideal places to display family heirlooms, travel finds, photos and other significant pieces. In our entryway, the console table became the perfect stage for art books like, The Gift, featuring photographs by our friend Delphine Diallo, a Bushwick-based photographer. And every Sunday morning the console become our DJ station, where we play our favorite family heirlooms — a collection of jazz albums passed down from Bryan’s great-grandmother.
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Accessorize With Art

When thinking accessories, we like to go beyond the usual suspects like cushions and vases, and instead start with art as a primary accessory. We chose pieces that complemented the black and white color palette of our living room. Neutral but classic, framed black and white prints became an essential part of our color story and a key building block for the style we wanted to represent.

Seen above: Leona Console Table, Pottery Barn art


Feature Classic Silhouettes

Pay attention to the lines and silhouettes of furnishings. They can absolutely add to your design aesthetic by evoking a period or even a part of the world. For a home with so many historic details, we chose pieces with beautiful lines, curves and hand-carved appeal to add to the design. In our dining nook, a solid wood pedestal table makes a big impact with its classic round shape — a perfect place for working, enjoying an intimate dinner or just having a long look out the window.

Seen above: Leona Cube Tables, Dawson Pedestal Table

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Mix In Unique Finishes

Glamorous spaces with large rooms are a great chance for you to have fun with a mix of finishes. Dark woods, light woods, brass, silver, they can all come together and work seamlessly within the right interior. We are always game to bring home a little bit of bling, so a mix of brass and deep, dark woods creates warmth in our black and white space.

Seen above: Dawson Pedestal Table

7 Essential Entertaining Pieces

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You’ve just moved into your first official “It’s all mine!” place — now what? The couch was delivered, the frames are hung and all the pillows are placed in their appropriate spots; it must be time for a party! (And the perfect excuse to stock up on all your entertaining must-haves.)

Don’t know where to start? No problem — we searched our site high and low to help you out. These 7 essential entertaining pieces help you host in style while you make memories with friends and family.

Top Entertaining Essentials 

1. Cheese Board
Nothing goes with a glass of chardonnay quite like a block of brie. Since charcuterie is a staple appetizer for any and all kinds of entertaining, you’ll need a cheese board for all the fixings. Our Marble Cheese Board is one of those simple, classic, serving pieces that goes with everything, and makes any kind of food look good.

2. Barware
Sometimes a party needs more than just wine. When that’s the case, sip on some whisky or mix up a mojito to serve in the Schott Zweisel Barware set. Made of shatter-resistant glass, the Highball and Double-Old Fashioned styles bring casual appeal to entertaining. (PS: You can get them monogrammed, too!)

3. Cocktail Shaker
It’s easy to shake off the day and make a bunch of martinis for friends when you have the right tools. The Harrison Cocktail Shaker is a piece that’s pretty and functional. Party on!

4. Chip and Dip Platter
Sometimes happiness is as simple as chips and dip (or veggies and dip for all you health nuts). That’s why something like this Rhodes platter is a definite necessity when it comes to entertaining

5. Serving Platter
Design tip to remember: Basics are best — especially when you’re buying for a new home! And shopping for basics is even better when they’re as beautiful as our Napoli Oval Serving Platter. It’s perfect for propping up a turkey at Thanksgiving or serving loads of bruschetta at a backyard bash.

6. The Perfect Bar
You’ll add an extra dash of grandiose to every cocktail hour when the Ludlow Trunk Cabinet is the star. Bar carts are trendy and adorable — but when it comes to your first home, a sophisticated, classic, durable and (most importantly) well-stocked bar will never go out of style.

7. Snack Bowls
So much of our focus on food for parties goes to the main meal. It’s important to keep guests happy with little bites to nibble on before the big dish, which means snack bowls are essential to keeping the peace. These Antique Silver Finish Snack Bowls with memorable messages are beautiful gifts to any hostess with the mostest.

See more essential items for moving in and making memories on our Pinterest board Your First Home.


How to Makeover Your Gallery Wall with Zio & Sons

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“Anyone can hang a picture, right?” That’s usually the first thought someone has before tackling a gallery wall on their own. Most of us have had to learn the hard way — it’s a lot more difficult than it looks.

This season, we want to make it a bit easier on you. We worked with the talented team at Zio & Sons — a New York City based creative company, specializing in all things visual — to get founder Anthony D’Argenzio’s expert take on how to create a gallery wall that suits your style perfectly. The result is fresh, fun and personal — we love how he used some of our favorite new wall art and accessories. (How gorgeous is that mirror?)

1. Zio & Sons

Read on to get Anthony’s top tricks for pulling off the perfect gallery wall, and shop his picks from this gorgeous shoot, below.

(Seen above: Leona Console Table, Sheepskin Rug, Paloma Round Mirror, Wood Gallery Single Opening Frames, Wood Gallery Oversize Mat Frames, Architect’s Smart Technology Table Lamp, Gold Leaf Feather Wall Art, Behind the Trees Wall Art)

5. Zio & Sons

1. Pick Your Focus 
Pick a statement piece of furniture as an anchor before composing your gallery around it. We chose a narrow brass console that nestles nicely against the wall, leaving plenty of empty space to work with.

8. Zio & Sons

2. Tell a Story 
Your wall should tell a interesting story. We found these vintage flower prints at a flea market in Paris and paired them with Pottery Barn’s modern white frames for a perfect mix of old and new. We also added antique oil paintings and framed personal photos to offset Pottery Barn’s contemporary art.

3. Zio & Sons

3. Add the Unexpected 
We picked up this hand-woven hat on the beach in Tulum, Mexico. It gives the wall a sense of character and an extra personal touch.

7. Zio & Sons

4. Mirrors Are Your Friends 
A mirror adds a fresh level of dimension and makes the space appear larger. Bonus points for one with unique details — we love this mirror’s thick leather strap for easy hanging.

2. Zio & Sons

5. Style It Up 
Once your wall is fully decorated, spruce up the surrounding area with plants and other accent items like this modern lamp, wicker chair, and cozy shearling hide.

See more of our gallery wall guides here. 

Entryway Makeover Tips & Tricks with Camille Styles

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It doesn’t matter if you live in a tiny urban apartment or a spacious suburban home (or somewhere in-between!), your entryway is the first thing you and your guests see when you walk in the door. So, you want it to make the right statement — a statement about you and your home — whether it’s spacious and grand, or small and efficient.

This season, we worked with the amazing Camille Styles to pull off an entryway makeover that shows exactly how to take advantage of every inch in this hardworking space. Read on to take a look at how Camille revamped this beautiful entry using some of our favorite organization and decorating must-haves for the entryway, and get her amazing tips and tricks to help makeover your entryway!

Photography by Jessica Pages

Modern Rustic Bohemian Entryway Makeover

1. Get Personal
So your place doesn’t have a bonafide mudroom or elegant foyer? Don’t despair — with just a stretch of empty wall space, it’s easy to create an entryway that’s both functional and an expression of your personal style. Start by finding a bit of square footage by your front or back door, then determine what’s needed to make the space work for your lifestyle.

Seen above: Washed Velvet PillowBarclay SconceBeachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerPB Found Dough BowlRustic LadderOlivia BenchBlacksmith Umbrella StandBlacksmith Row of HooksFramed Chalkboard

Entryway Hooks

2. Hang Loose
The golden rule of entryway design is no secret: create hanging space. Hats, coats, dog leashes and grocery bags will easily find a home on a row of hooks, and there’s no better way to efficiently make use of that vertical real estate.

Seen above: Washed Velvet PillowBlacksmith Row of Hooks, Vintage Kilim Pillow

Pottery Barn Entryway Lighting

3. See the Light
Whether it’s for a cozy reading nook or next to your bed, lighting matters. And in the case of your home’s entry, mounting a sconce by the front door is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Use an industrial design like this one to keep a light on for loved ones or house guests at night, and let it act as a striking metallic accent during the day.

Seen above: Barclay SconceBlacksmith Row of Hooks

Entryway Umbrella Stand

4. The Straight and Narrow
Not only does an umbrella stand come in handy on a rainy day, but it’s also a great place to store long, narrow items like rolls of wrapping paper, sports equipment and even a yoga mat. Set one by your front door for a storage solution that takes up little space but packs a major decorative punch.

Seen above: Washed Velvet PillowBeachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerOlivia BenchBlacksmith Umbrella Stand

Entryway Kilim Rug

5. Cut a Rug
Kick your old doormat to the curb, and instead, opt for a runner that’s equally as functional and a lot prettier to look at. Since this area of your home gets the most foot traffic, choose a durable, low pile one for easy cleaning and to avoid tripping. Best of all? There’s no better way to add color, pattern and natural texture to your space than with a gorgeous, eye-catching rug.

Seen above: Cornwall Stripe Kilim Runner

Entryway Organization

6. Sit Back and Relax
You can never have too much seating, and even though it might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your entryway’s functionality, you won’t believe how useful a bench can be. Top yours with a cushion and patterned pillows for an inviting, comfortable place that’s perfect for tying up your laces or fastening Fido’s leash.

Seen above: Beachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerOlivia Bench

Entryway Makeover Organization

7. Neat and Tidy
For all those items you’re constantly bringing in and out of the house — mail, library books, scarves, cameras — set up a convenient place that makes them easy to grab on the fly. The cubbies built into this bench create ample storage space, ensuring you’ll never leave anything important behind.

Seen above: Beachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerOlivia Bench

Entryway Basket

8. Hideaway
To contain clutter or simply conceal any unsightly belongings, look to woven baskets as a universal solution. Slide yours into a cubby or perch them on a shelf for an easy, stylish way to stash sports equipment and those other loose items that always tend to pile up.

Seen above: Beachcomber Utility BasketOlivia Bench

Entryway Storage Sunglass and Key Bowl

9. The Bare Necessities
Perhaps the most important tip for designing a hardworking entryway is to provide a space that’s designated as a catch-all for out-the-door necessities. Here, a handmade dough bowl is used as a convenient vessel for receiving keys, wallets, phones, and anything else you wouldn’t dare leave the house without.

Seen above: PB Found Dough Bowl

Entryway Chalkboard

10. Sound Off
Since this is one area of the house that every family member is destined to pass through, consider mounting a chalkboard, dry erase board, or large notepad to the wall for easy messaging. More inclined to text one another? Use the surface to display words of encouragement, important reminders, or countdown to an exciting event.

Seen above: Framed Chalkboard

Pottery Barn and Camille Styles Entryway Makeover

See more of Camille’s tips and tricks on, and check out more of our favorite entryway must-haves here.

Black Radish Salad and Honey Gin Fizz Recipe from Sunday Suppers

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Did you catch see our dinner party with Karen of Sunday Suppers? If you haven’t, check it out here ASAP. Okay, ready? Good. Now, time to stop drooling over those amazing food photos, and tackle some of those recipes yourself. 036_2L0A07442L0A0744

walnuts and tarragon

Black Radish Salad
serves 2-4

3 to 4 small to medium black radishes
1/3 cup of walnuts, coarsely chopped
Olive oil
6-8 sprigs of fresh tarragon
Flaky sea salt
Cracked black pepper

Wash and dry black radishes and trim the ends. Starting with the wide, trimmed end, use a mandoline with a guard to carefully slice each radish into thin rounds, about 1-2mm thick.

On a family style platter, arrange the radish slices in an overlapping pattern of choice. Scatter with chopped walnuts and drizzle with good olive oil. Garnish with roughly torn fresh tarragon, freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste.


Recipe | adapted from Sunday Suppers, Recipes + Gatherings by Karen Mordechai


pink himalayan salt rim

For the Cocktail |
3 ounces gin
1/2 – 1 ounce honey sage syrup
Juice from 1 lime
5 ounces club soda
fresh sage leaves for garnish

Honey sage syrup |
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup water
5-6 fresh sage leaves

To make the syrup, combine the honey, water and sage leaves in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir until all of the honey has dissolved. Remove saucepan from heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature. Remove sage leaves from the saucepan and discard.

Pour enough pink salt onto a small plate to cover it (remaining salt can always be poured back into it’s container). Run the cut side of a slice of lime around the rim of the glass. Dip the rim into the salt on the plate so that it adheres to the glass.

Fill the glass with a few sage leaves and ice cubes, then add gin, 1/2 ounce of syrup and lime juice, stirring well. Pour in club soda, stirring a bit more, then taste and determine if the drink has enough sweetness. If not, add a bit more. Garnish with an extra sage leaf and serve. Enjoy!

Simple & Rustic Dinner Party with Sunday Suppers

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A great dinner party doesn’t require many ingredients. Good food, delicious drinks, a perfect playlist and a comfortable atmosphere are all you really need to ensure a successful night. Karen Mordechai, founder of Sunday Suppers, is an expert on simple living and entertaining. That’s why we worked with her to host a rustic and food-focused dinner party with some of our favorite dinnerware and serveware.
DIY Herb Bundle 2

karen headshotKaren’s love for fresh ingredients is reflected throughout her work, including her book, Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings. We love how she serves bold, seasonal ingredients on our favorite white dinnerware so the color of each grape, papaya and piece of prosciutto truly pops.
Simple Rustic Beautiful Fall Dinner PartyFall Dinner Party Cocktail

Rustic White Fall DinnerBlack Radish Salad 2Ready to host your own simple and rustic dinner party? We have everything you need to get started. Read on for Karen’s favorite decor, music, and more:

1. Karen’s Dinner Decor Must-Haves: Keep it simple. White dinnerware never goes out of style!

TIP: Choose something colorful for your main dish — white dishes will make brightly colored recipes extra Instagram-worthy.

• Caterer’s 12-Piece Dinnerware Set
• Rhodes Ceramic Drink Dispenser Stand
• Rhodes Ceramic Crock
• PB Classic Belgian Flax Linen Tablecloth
• Salerno Stemless Wine Glass
• Great White Oval Platter
• Great White Coupe Serving Bowls
• Marble Cheese Board
• Tivoli Flatware
• Great White Cake Stand
• Colorful Cafe Glassware
• Blonde Wood Paddle Pedestal
• PB Classic Drink Dispenser

Sunday Suppers Pottery Barn Dinner Party 4

Cheese Platter Party Fall

TIP: Searching for cheese platter perfection? Choose a variety of flavor profiles and textures so there’s something for everyone — sweet, soft, salty, savory.
Branzino Dinner for FallMood-Setting Party Playlist: Your playlist will do wonders to help set the tone for the evening!

TIP: Choose music that’s upbeat, but is best suited for background noise rather than an all-out dance party (at least until you’ve cleared the dishes).

Sunday Suppers Pottery Barn Dinner Party 1

Want the recipes? Stay tuned! We’ll share Karen’s cocktail and dinner recipes from this beautiful dinner later this week.

DIY Herb Bundle: Rather than go with traditional flowers, Karen composed a simple bundle of seasonal greens and herbs for a fresh, fragrant addition to the table setting. As the meal prepared was Mediterranean in theme, she chose to include the following: Eucalyptus branches, olive branches, and rosemary sprigs

TIP: Don’t be afraid to forage in a nearby field or forest should either be accessible to you. The beauty of this bundle is its malleability to the seasons and environment.

To assemble, simple arrange the leaves and branches as you would like, so that there is a balance amidst the assortment, and cinch the base of the branches together in your hand. Then, using fishing wire or strong twine, tie this base together tightly so that the base is secure but the leaves still have room to breathe at the top. Then, using a thick white rope, tie a tight double noose knot around the base of the bundle, leaving plenty of lax rope available for hanging. Finally, using a ladder, find an appropriate hook or fixture from which to hang the bundle, the height of which can be adjusted to your preferences.

Sunday Suppers Pottery Barn DIY Herb Bundle

Simple and Beautiful Fall Dinner Setting

Rustic and Linen Fall Dinner Party

Ready for more? We’ll share Karen’s Mediterranean-themed entree and fresh citrus cocktail recipes later this week. For now, see more of Karen’s work at Sunday Suppers.

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