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4th of July Party Picks and Tips from the Pottery Barn Design Team

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Need inspiration for this weekend? We asked our design team to tell us what they’d need to throw the perfect 4th of July Party. Read on to hear about four of their dream parties and their top entertaining picks!


“Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays, because it’s all about casual entertaining. One of my favorite things to do is to load the pickup and head to the Oakland Hills for a view of the sunset and all of the fireworks from all different parts of the Bay Area.

“We’ll start by taking Palmetto Stacking Chairs off the back porch, and then load our folding Moroccan Tray Table (this will hold drinks and plates when we’re sitting down). We’ll head to Market Hall for our meal and drink supplies to store in what I’m calling the “entertaining station” — our Outdoor Party Bucket and Table (1). I’ll use our Rope Melamine with a Star Melamine Serving Set (2) for some stars and stripes.

“If it’s a big group, we can ask others to bring their own folding chairs and throw an American Flag Tablecloth (3) over a big folding table. I’ll also grab Hyannis Lanterns (4) from my backyard to light up the table when the sun goes down.

“If everyone pitches in, this can be set up and broken down very quickly. It takes little effort to take in the sights and celebrate the holiday in style!”


“I’ll host a rooftop party in the city. There are no fireworks allowed, but we’ll bring sparklers and write our names in the summer night sky. I’ll break out my Round Market Umbrella and load it with Cafe String Lights (1) and all of my leftover Christmas lights — and hang them up casually.

“I’ll keep my Galvanized Party Bucket (4) outdoors, filled with Tecates and Jarritos. A side table stocked with Clamato, sea salt, Tapatio and sliced limes and lemons will help turn those basic canned beers into delightful micheladas — served in Pottery Barn Rope Outdoor Highball glasses (2).

“I’ll bring a few of Glass Hurricanes (3) upstairs and layer them with red, white and blue corn tortilla chips, flanked by a serving bowl of my slow cooked pulled pork and freshly made (ahem, purchased) salsa for nachos.”


“I heard through the grapevine that a barge will be anchored off of Ocean Beach this year … with nothing but a few matches and POUNDS of fireworks. I’ll be there — who’s coming with me?

“I’d start my party at noon with some Kai Infinity Pool Floats (1) and mimosas. The trick will be balancing cups in the high tide! Afterwards, we’ll have more sparkling cocktails on shore with our Galvanized Metal Wagon Party Bucket (4) (it’s a struggle to get to this picnic — but well worth it in the end!)

“Everyone will be soaking up the sun on our Color Block Beach Towels (3), with snacks that we carried over on our Beachcomber collections and served on Beaded Melamine (2). At dusk, we’ll light our spot on the beach with Flameless Outdoor Candles.”


“I’d take over a picnic table in the park, and throw a couple of red striped Bonnie Indoor/Outdoor rugs (4) over them. They’re great, because you can hose them down after everyone spills their sauces.

“I’d use Vintage Wood Paddle Serving Sets to serve my salads and the Blonde Wood Pedestals (3) to display my favorite fried chicken and Mexican corn — slathered in sour cream, butter, queso fresco, lime and salt.

“A small Tuscan Planter filled with ice can hold beer and other refreshments, while Red LED Firework Branches (1) stuck in sand in our Grill Caddy (2) add festive light.”

Homes We Love: Hollywood Hills Garden from Lonny Magazine

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We’re firm believers that love is what makes a house a home — home is where the heart is, after all. But that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy getting inspired by (and occasionally jealous of) amazing spaces and style. One can dream, right?

That’s why we’re so excited to introduce a new series on Inside & Out: Homes We Love. Once a week, we’ll be featuring a beautiful space from Lonny Magazine. Take a look at this week’s dreamy space for home design inspiration — or maybe just a little eye candy.


This multitiered garden in the Hollywood Hills provides a restful year-round retreat in Los Angeles’s temperate climate. Topiaries and brick pavers and steps create the feeling of an Italian piazza.

Read more here. 

Photo credit: Patrick Cline/ Lonny





Picnic Time! A Sweet Summer Picnic for Two

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It’s the peak of summer — and for many of us, that means ridiculously hot day and deliciously warm nights. We love how Ashley Pepitone from Camp Makery styled this summery picnic with our Rattan Picnic Basket — perfect for warm nights outdoors. Macarons, watermelon feta salad, fresh baguettes and three of her favorite La Crema Winery wines combine in a beautiful, light meal that’s perfect for summer picnics.


As part of our Style Your Summer Contest with La Crema Winery, we’re giving away everything you’ll need for outdoor entertaining this summer: outdoor drinkware, a bocce ball set, $250 and more! Enter here for a chance to win. Hurry — this contest ends July 7!

Styling and concept: Ashley Pepitone
Photography: Janet Howard Studio
Wine: La Crema Winery
Macarons: Ansley’s Macarons


Turning on the oven and cooking a big meal sounds like the last thing we’d want to do in the middle of a summer heatwave. That’s what makes an evening picnic sound so appetizing — snacking on light bites that require little to no prep with a cool glass of La Crema Pinot Gris on the side? Count us in! This watermelon-feta salad is a refreshing accompaniment to a warm baguette — just mix cubed watermelon, feta, mint and lemon juice together in a big bowl.


An outdoor lantern provides cozy candlelight as the sun sets.


Tip: Use citronella candles if you’re worried about bug bites! Pepitone also added basil to her beautiful bouquet to help keep bugs away, too.


What if your perfect picnic weather breaks into a sweet summer shower?


Take the picnic indoors — personally, we think there’s something very romantic about an evening picnic for two on the living room floor.


Don’t forget something sweet for dessert — in this case, Ansley’s Macarons and a glass of La Crema Rosé.

Product featured: Rattan Picnic Basket for 2, Picnic Table Stake, Rope Outdoor Dinnerware in White, PB Classic Outdoor Wine Glasses

Pottery Barn’s Weekly Roundup

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It’s almost the Fourth of July! Are you throwing a party? Or just taking it easy and spending time in the great outdoors? No matter what your plans are, we have inspiration and instructions to make your day absolutely perfect. Follow the links below to learn more!

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Small Space Styling Tips from Erin Gates of Elements of Style

5 Ways with Wall Shelves

Hello, Color! How to Use Sherwin-Williams’ Naval in Your Home Office

Go Team USA! Enter for a Chance to Win Our American Flag Pillow

Hurray for the Red, White and Blue! Start Prepping for Your Fourth of July Party

Fourth of July Recipe: America the Beautiful Strawberry Shortcake

Living Room Love: A Design Refresh in Alberta with Pottery Barn’s Carlisle Sofas

Living Room Love: A Design Refresh in Alberta with Pottery Barn’s Carlisle Sofas

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Ever get bored of your home’s decor? What once stood out as shiny and new can start to feel tired and old after it’s gone through the wringer. Yup, it’s time for a refresh.


Denise Nelson certainly knows that feeling. “I redesign my living room about every 5 years,” she says.  “I like to choose furniture pieces that are comfortable, stylish and don’t break the bank. That way I can have the option of changing my furniture for a new look.” We fell in love with her latest redesign — pictured here — on Instagram, and reached out for her top tips and styling advice.


One of Nelson’s daughters — Danielle Oakey — is an interior designer who can help her change up her living room’s look without straying from what she loves. “Sometimes it’s hard to get out of a decorating rut and move on to a more updated look,” Nelson says.


Previously, Nelson had one couch with two upholstered side chairs, which made the room feel very formal, so Oakey helped her choose two of our Carlisle Sofas. The pair offers plenty of seating for 6 people — important for a family with 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren!


We love how Nelson and Danielle Oakey Interiors chose our Walsh Console Table to complement the new design, too.


“Many people would second guess my white furniture with small grandkids — I’ve never sacrificed style because children are present,” says Nelson. “There’s nothing more adorable than my darling grandkids sitting on my gorgeous sofas!”

Fourth of July Recipe: America the Beautiful Strawberry Shortcake

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If you’re on the hunt for a great Fourth of July dessert, look no further than this citrus and strawberry shortcake recipe. This shortcake gets a fun twist with some limoncello and lemon zest. Read on for the full recipe from Camp Makery and try your hand at this delicious updated American classic!

Photography: Jessica Noelle Photography
Recipe and styling: Ashley Stanley

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(Makes 10)

For the shortcake:
2 ½ cups flour
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 egg + 1 tablespoon water (for egg wash)

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For the strawberries:
2 pints fresh strawberries
3 tablespoons limoncello

For the Whipped Topping:
2 cups cream
8 ounces cream cheese
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons limoncello
1 cup sugar

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Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Next mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a mixing bowl with a fork until fully combined. Now add the milk, lemon zest and lemon juice and mix until just combined — do not overmix, since it’ll make the shortcake tough.

Flour a work surface and pat out the dough to a ¼ inch thickness. (Note: This is slightly less thick than traditional shortcake recipes because this recipe does not cut the shortcake biscuits in half).

Next, use a fun cookie cutter (we used one in a USA shape from Williams-Sonoma, but stars would be great, too) to cut out shapes and place the cut out dough on a baking sheet.  Brush the tops of the shortcakes with one egg mixed with a tablespoon of water. This will help keep the shortcakes soft.

Bake the shortcakes for 10-15 minutes or until the shortcakes are golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and allow the cakes to fully cool.

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While the shortcakes bake, slice two pints of strawberries and mix with 3 tablespoons of limoncello and set aside. If desired, save the first slice of the strawberry to cut into little strawberry heart garnishes.

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For the whipped topping, whip the cold cream until peaks form and it holds its shape, then set aside. Be sure to not overwhip or you’ll have butter instead of cream! Next, cream the cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest and limoncello until it is smooth with no lumps. Slowly fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture in bathces until it is fully combined and the mixture is smooth.

To assemble the shortcakes, place a generous helping of strawberries on top of one shortcake. Then spoon a generous amount of the cream mixture over the strawberries and top with another shortcake top. Place a strawberry heart on top of the shortcake and prepare to devour!

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Hurray for the Red, White and Blue! Start Prepping for Your Fourth of July Party

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Are you throwing a 4th of July party next week? This year, set up your table in style and aim for something a little more elegant. We love this tablescape designed by Star White from Camp Makery. Although the entire design uses a very patriotic scheme of red, white and blue, it has unexpected bursts of gold and geometric pattern.

Photography: Jessica Noelle Photography

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Star used our Rope Outdoor Dinnerware and Meredith Brass Lanterns to add functional glamour to the setting.

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One of our favorite parts of this beautiful set up is the stunning DIY ribbon chandelier — which is surprisingly easy to make. Take a look at Star’s DIY instructions below, so you can make one of your own!

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2 wreath frame hoops, 1 large, 1 small (found at Joann’s Fabric)
Ribbon without wire (2 spools of the 25 yard and 3 spools of the smaller gold ribbon)
Fishing wire
Hot glue
Measuring tape

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Step 1: Begin by creating the framework of the chandelier. This can be done by cutting 3 equal lengths of fishing wire and securing them evenly around the outer-most ring of your small wreath frame. Attach the fishing wire to your hook. Repeat this process to attach the larger wreath frame below, this time securing the fishing wire around the small wreath frame. You are shooting for the 2 frames to be balanced and not falling to one side when you hold up the hook.

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Step 2: Measure and cut your ribbon. The size of chandelier you want will determine the length of your ribbon. Cut a test ribbon to see if you like the length; then, proceed to cut enough ribbon to fill the circumference of the frame. I chose a sturdy (but wireless) ribbon in blue and white, as well as a thin gold ribbon to add a little flair! I cut each ribbon to 50 inches, and this created quite a large chandelier. Using your hot glue gun, begin attaching the ribbon along the outer-most wire of your large wreath frame.

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Step 3: Once the large frame is complete, begin pulling each ribbon up through the center of the wreath to then attach to the smaller frame. You will have to overlap the ribbon on the smaller frame. Be sure to stagger the order of the ribbon you are gluing to the small frame, instead of gluing one, then the one next to it, and so on. This will help keep the ribbon balanced and not get twisted or off-center. Check to see if each ribbon is securely glued in place, and add glue as needed. If your chandelier is going outside like mine, you will be grateful for the extra little effort (Kansas is WINDY, ya’ll!). Where you have it! A bold statement centerpiece that really adds a fun, visual focal point.

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Hooray for the red, white and blue! Tell us: How do you plan on celebrating the Fourth of July this year?