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Last Minute 4th of July Recipes from Camp Makery

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It’s the Fourth of July! Hurray! We’re ready for sunshine, cool drinks and something tasty from the grill.

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But did you leave planning to the last minute? No problem. You and your family will get your fill with this adorable (and delicious) spread from Camp Makery! Red, white and blue hot dogs, pasta salad and ice cream with berries — summer foods at their finest.

Styling and recipes: Ashley Stanley, Camp Makery

Photography: Jessica Noelle Photography

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Hot Dogs with Red, White and Blue Toppings

For the “Red”
2 medium red bell peppers
1 onion
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil

Slice the onion into rings and the bell pepper into strips and place in a sauté pan with all of the remaining ingredients. Cover and sauté for 10 minutes or until the veggies are tender.

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For the “White”
2 onions
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup water
Gorgonzola cheese

Slice the onions into rings and place in a sauté pan with water and olive oil, cover and sauté for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove the lid and allow it the juices to evaporate.

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For the “Blue”
3 pounds of purple potatoes
4-5 sprigs fresh sage, chopped
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
4 green onion shoots, chopped
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon pepper
1 ½ cups of plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons mayo

Begin by cubing the potatoes, toss with olive oil, salt and sage and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Stir to rotate the potatoes and allow it to bake for another 7 minutes. Repeat this step another time. Remove from the oven when potatoes are tender. Set the potatoes aside or in a refrigerator to cool. While the potatoes cool, mix the sauce by combining the green onions, garlic powder, pepper, yogurt and mayo. Stir until fully mixed. After the potatoes have cooled to room temperature, pour sauce mixture over the potatoes and stir until fully combined

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Put each of these toppings on top of a fully cooked hotdog of choice and serve remaining potato salad as a side dish.

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Pasta Salad
Styling and Recipe by Leslie Marshall, Camp Makery

16 Ounces uncooked bow-tie pasta
8 Ounces uncooked cheese tortellini pasta
1 large diced red onion
1 pint halved cherry tomatoes
1 pint halved baby portabella mushrooms
6 ounces kalamata olives, chopped
1 English cucumber, quartered and sliced
8 ounces crumbled feta cheese
16-24 ounces Greek vinagerette

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Directions: Boil your pasta until al dente, drain and set aside. Make sure if you are boiling your tortellini in the same pot as your bow-tie pasta you read the directions on each pasta, so you don’t over-cook the tortellini. In a large bowl combine cooked pasta, onion, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, cucumber, feta cheese and vinaigrette. Gently toss with your hands or a pasta spoon. Chill salad in refrigerator over-night. You may find that the pasta will absorb a majority of the vinaigrette, so just add more to your pasta the next day.

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Finish off your Fourth of July feast with a big bowl of vanilla ice cream (try making it yourself, if you have the time), strawberries and blueberries — yum!

How to Host a Backyard Summer Wine Party: Part 1

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Warm summer weather doesn’t last forever — we’re trying to soak up every bit of sunshine while we can! That means hosting outdoors whenever possible — like this lovely backyard La Crema wine party from Caitlin Moran of Style Within Reach and Glitter Guide.

Photography: Krista A Jones
Florals: Intrigue Design + Decor

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The key to a successful summer party (or any party, for that matter) is creating maximum impact with minimal effort. Warm weather foods suit this mantra well.

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A pretty display of crisp grapes, good cheese, olives and almonds can give guests something to munch on while they sip their wine.

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Fresh melon cubes wrapped with prosciutto provide that perfect salty/sweet combination.

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Don’t forget a drink dispenser of water to cleanse the palette!

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A lush and green summer backyard like Caitlin’s doesn’t need a lot of decorating. A simple vase of hydrangeas and napkins in a fun pattern make the set up feel both elegant and festive.

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Our Galvanized Metal Caravan Bar Cart helped keep some of our favorite warm weather wines cool in the hot weather.

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Plus, the cart encourages guests to grab and serve themselves throughout the evening.

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A casual garland of leaves and hydrangeas by Intrigue Design + Decor dressed it up with just a dash of summer style.

Stay tuned for part 2 — with Caitlin’s favorite warm weather recipes — soon! 

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!”