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Weekend Luxuries: Lazy Saturday Morning Coffee

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Weekend mornings just move a little slower, don’t they? Saturday mornings should be cherished and filled with as many lazy, cozy, coffee-filled moments as possible. This styled shoot expresses those moments perfectly.

Scroll down for more photos, plus an incredibly delicious rhubarb jam recipe! 

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Post written and styled exclusively for Inside & Out by Ashley Pepitone
Photos by Janet Howard Studio
Pottery Barn products: Rhodes Coffee Mugs, Emma Salad Plates, Glass Sugar Bowl, Coffee Spoons, Pom Pom Hand Crochet Throw

I am a coffee drinker, through and through. There is nothing better to me than a slightly crisp early fall morning, sitting out on the porch with a giant mug of comfort and a cozy blanket. This knit pom-pom throw speaks my love language. It really is like throwing on your favorite chunky sweater — plus, the pom-poms add a touch of unexpected whimsy.

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I’m normally a savory gal when it comes to breakfast, but there is something so satisfying about making your own jam. The process is not difficult, but it does take some time. If I’m going to have something sweet for breakfast, I love any kind of sweet-tart fruit flavor.

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Here is the recipe I use for the delicious Raspberry Rhubarb jam you see pictured:

4 cups 1-inch pieces fresh rhubarb (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2-pint fresh raspberries
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Instructions: Combine rhubarb, sugar and lemon juice in a heavy large saucepan. Cover and refrigerate until juices form, stirring occasionally, at least 8 hours.

Bring rhubarb mixture to simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and boil until rhubarb mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Add raspberries and boil until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Add cardamom and stir well. Allow jam to cool completely before serving. Store (refrigerated) up to one week in air-tight container.

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10 Decorating and Design Ideas from Pottery Barn’s Fall Catalog

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Believe it or not — we look forward to our catalogs coming out as much as you do! It’s such a treat to see all of our hard work come together, and these gorgeous books are chock full of great design inspiration.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite photos from our fall catalogs, along with great design tips from each space. Take a look at our top 10 decorating and design ideas from our fall catalog, below.

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1. Contrary to popular belief, your bed doesn’t have to go against a wall. If you have the space, push it out towards the middle of the room, and put a bench behind the headboard and at the foot of the bed for extra seating and storage.

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2. Not every dining table needs chairs! Use two benches and keep the ends of the table free from seating — it creates a communal vibe and allows for more circulation in the space.

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3. Sometimes art looks best when it’s not on the wall. Mix it up — instead of hanging all your art, lean larger pieces against the wall for a different point of view.

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4. Stick to a single color palette. We’re all for dramatic, contrasting colors in a room, but there’s something so chic about using a single color in various hues.

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5. Paint your trim and walls the same color. The color treatment gives traditional crown molding a more modern twist.

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6. Stagger height and texture in vignettes. Mix art, sculpture and display items in different shapes and sizes for visual interest.

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7. Make your coffee table do double duty. A trunk like this isn’t just a unique take on a coffee table — it also stores extra pillows, blankets or board games to keep clutter out of sight.

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8. Face the light. Natural light makes all the difference in a room — enjoy it as much as possible! Turn your furniture to face the light and your view — it’ll make work more enjoyable, we promise.

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9. Combine your dining table and island. Don’t have a dining room? No problem. Use your table as the same space for prep, serving and eating in your kitchen.

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10. Fill up your fireplace. In many older homes and apartments, a fireplace is just for show. If yours has been sealed up, don’t let that space go to waste — we love how the firewood in this shot turned it into a work of art.

Autumnal Mulled Wine Recipe from Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha

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Have you started to feel that snap in the air yet? Mornings and evenings are a little darker, and leaves are falling from tree branches — fall is just around the corner. We love summer, but we’re pretty excited to welcome cooler weather and the change in season with cozy knits and warm beverages.

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This festive mulled wine recipe from one of our favorite bloggers, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha, is the perfect way to usher in autumn. “It’s my favorite cold weather cocktail,” says Mandy. “It’s sure to warm everyone’s hearts and tummies.”

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Keep reading to see Mandy’s delicious recipe, served with our Antique Silver Pitcher, Wine Me Up Bottle Opener and our Antique Silver Snack Bowl.

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Ingredients:
4 cups apple cider
1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as La Crema Pinot Noir
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 star anise
4 oranges, peeled, for garnish

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Directions: Combine the cider, wine, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange and orange peel to each and serve.

See more of Mandy’s favorite fall picks here.

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Root Vegetable Pot Pie and Pumpkin Spice Lattes: Waiting on Martha’s Favorite Things About Fall

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Waiting on Martha’s founder, Mandy Kellogg Rye, lives by the mantra that “Life should be lived beautifully every single day.” We couldn’t agree more.  It’s this reason, among many others, that we’re featuring her In the Spotlight this month.

Read on for a sneak peek of her exclusive online feature at PotteryBarn.com, and stay tuned for the full feature LIVE tomorrow!

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What are three simple ways you like to change your home decor for fall? 

Switch up your pillows and blankets. Incorporate a cozy throw and a few different seasonal pillows and you’ll change the whole mood of your bed and couch.

Invest in a place setting change. I love shifting my place settings for autumn with seasonal dessert plates, napkins and placemats.

Restock the bar. When the leaves begin to change so do my cocktails. Instead of tequila and mint julep cups you’ll find bourbon in my decanter and my bar cart set for colder weather with leather, animal print, and tortoise shell accents.

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What’s your top entertaining tip for the season?

Rather than scrapping what you have and starting anew for the season, make small changes to your existing accents to ensure that the entertaining transition is enjoyable and affordable. Look outside for inspiration and most importantly, embrace the comfort of the season. Think warmth and heartiness.

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This month I can’t wait to: Throw on a pair of boots, a cozy sweater, and drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Design icon: Kelly Wearstler.

Favorite new color combination: It’s by no means new, but blue and white will forever be my favorite color combination.

Signature fall cocktail: Mulled Wine. (See the recipe here.)

Favorite fall dish: Root Vegetable Pot Pie.

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Stay tuned for more of Mandy’s favorite fall things and top Pottery Barn picks tomorrow!

Before and After! Sarah Dorsey Design’s Entryway Makeover

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With a little work, a lot of effort and some smart DIY skills, designer Sarah Dorsey completely transformed her new home’s entryway into a light and bright space. Keep reading for her full entryway makeover!

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What was once a cramped, awkward room is now a wonderful welcome into a beautiful home. Take a look at her entryway makeover and before and after photos, below.

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Before: Clunky wooden beams on the walls and ceiling made the room feel much smaller than it actually is.

After: As a lover of natural wood grain, Dorsey was torn about whether or not to paint the space. But after some debate, she ended up painting all of the wood beams white, and didn’t look back.

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Dorsey tore up the old tile and put in a new herringbone gray marble tile to elevate the room’s feel. We love the custom built-ins at the end of the room too! Perfect for storage, and our Wire Cubby Baskets help keep often-used items tidy.

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Dorsey put her DIY skills to the test and put together a gallery wall of her own art, along with our Metal Silver Letters.

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A DIY coat rack and our Collapsible Baskets provide an easy place to drop off coats, bags and umbrellas as soon as people walk in the door.

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Dorsey’s DIY mirror (Amazing, right?) sits over a handy wall shelf with our Eleana Recycled Bud Vases for a last minute freshen-up before heading out.

See Sarah’s full post here.

Giveaway! Get Your Beauty Sleep with Our NEW Asher Duvet

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Catch up on beauty sleep this fall thanks to our comfy, cozy, organic Asher Duvet. We love how this gray and white bedding captures a classic medallion motif in an updated interpretation. It’s perfect for master bedrooms, guest rooms (like this cute guest room, below!) and even teen rooms. This week, we’re giving away 10 of our Asher Queen Duvets in Gray and a set of matching Standard Shams so you can update your bedding for fall. Enter the giveaway for a chance to win, below!

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See official rules here.

This contest is now closed. Thank you!

Home We Love: Eclectic Living Room with a Bohemian Twist

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Eclectic style is anything but easy — it requires just as much balance, symmetry and harmony as more traditional spaces, but with a dash of quirky charm. That’s why we love this bright, beautiful and eclectic living room from Lonny Magazine

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Wood furnishings, brass accents, artworks, and a lofty fiddle-leaf fig tree combine in an unexpectedly cohesive, multipurpose space. What makes it work? A disciplined mix of colors and shapes. Read more about this living room and the rest of this bohemian-style house here.