Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

We Love SF: Genuine Soul Food and Live Jazz at 1300 Fillmore

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Even though 1300 Fillmore was designed with history in mind, it still has one foot firmly in the 21st century. Often noted as one of the best designed restaurants in San Francisco, the brainchild of David Lawrence and Monetta White manages to pay tribute to the Jazz Era of San Francisco’s Fillmore Street and the city’s current urban vibe all at once.


The restaurant consists of two distinct areas. Walk in the front door, and veer to the left, and you’ll be transported to a timeless jazz-style lounge. 1950s style leather furniture stands out against backlit black and white photos of jazz and blue legends.




Walk straight ahead past the hostess booth, and you’ll enter the more modern dining area (with plenty of jazz era undertones). A menu of authentic soul food and a live jazz band completes the experience.



Interior designer Colum McCartan designed the space to emulate what Lawrence and White love most about this neighborhood, this time period and this style of music. Custom furniture and light fixtures, warm wood and plush leather couches give the dining room the same relaxed but luxe vibe as the lounge and bar.



Next time you’re in San Francisco, visit 1300 Fillmore for live music, cocktails and genuine soul food. 

Glitter Guide Takes Over Pottery Barn’s Instagram

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Did you catch Glitter Guide‘s takeover of our Instagram this weekend? We had a blast seeing a sneak peek into a day in the life of the creative  gals behind this gorgeous site .  If you missed our first Instagram takeover, don’t worry — we’ve compiled our favorite shots and captions from our #pbtakeover with Glitter Guide, below.

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Good morning! It’s breakfast time. 

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#TGIF! Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses this weekend. 

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Picnic in the park. Taking a moment to relax and soak in the sun. 

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Pizza. That way. 

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Signs of summer: fairy lights! 

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Time to welcome the weekend with bubbles on the patio. 

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Morning! You can find us here today, reading magazines and beating the heat. 

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Warm weather calls for lunch alfresco! 

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Wine party prep. Happy weekend! 

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Margs + chips + salsa = the only way to properly survive the heat.

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Taking in this view. #lovecalifornia 

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Cocktail and cookie time!

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Wine tasting + warm nights outside.

We Love SF: The Incredible Mosaic 16th Avenue Steps

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Nestled into the hillside in San Francisco’s foggy Sunset neighborhood, a brightly colored staircase stands out like a diamond in the rough. 163 mosaic tiled stairs lead from one block, up a steep incline to the next block. Where did this magical staircase come from?


In 2003, the residents of this quaint neighborhood around 16th and Moraga started working on an elaborate mosaic design inspired by the tiled Santa Teresa Steps in Rio de Janiero.


Two local artists, Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher led the design process, creating a colorful sea to sky design. Although the steps were originally built in 1926, the neighborhood wanted to do something special that would add vibrant color to where they live.

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Over 300 people joined together to make the 163 mosaic riser panels, with over 200 sponsored tiles with names on them. A local tilesetting company set the panels into the staircases free of charge and tiled the step treads with a nonslip tile.


Now, this architectural gem draws visitors from all over the city, who want to climb from the fish-tiled steps at the bottom to the starry tiles at the top.

Next time you’re in San Francisco, visit the 16th Avenue steps at 16th Avenue between Moraga and Noriega.

See more of our favorite spots in SF.



Lunch in Style: South Coast Plaza Pottery Barn’s Garden Show Table

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We’re all about bringing the outdoors in at Pottery Barn. When the weather’s warm and the earth starts to bloom, allowing your indoor and outdoor spaces to meld seamlessly gives you a greater connection to the season.

South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show Luncheon at Pottery Barn

This year, our South Coast Plaza store in Costa Mesa, California, took that idea to heart when designing this stunning table for the media kickoff luncheon during the 25th Annual South Coast Plaza Garden Show.

Photography: Ryan Miller, Capture Imaging

South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show Luncheon at Pottery Barn

The show itself is an incredible sight. 75 different vendors create stunning garden installations and sell inspiring plants and tools to budding and expert gardeners. Dozens of seminars — including a keynote by John Gideon of HGTV’s Curb Appeal — allow visitors to learn more about the world of gardening.

South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show Luncheon at Pottery Barn

Our visual team designed a table at the South Coast Plaza Pottery Barn that would welcome and inspire local media. The succulent idea came from the latest cover of Sunset Magazine — the media sponsor for this wonderful event. The more contemporary style of the succulents, white flowers and ferns contrasted nicely with the rustic and natural elegance of our summer lanterns and accessories.

South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show Luncheon at Pottery Barn

The team worked with floral designer Jane P. Lok of White Lilac, Inc., to come up with foliage and flowers that would reflect this idea, the warmth of the season and our current designs.

South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show Luncheon at Pottery Barn

All of the floral vessels, table settings and decorative accessories for the table were found at Pottery Barn. Our visual team chose a combination of classic and rustic pieces to complement the more contemporary styled floral arrangements and succulents.

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The result? A stunning table that took everyone’s breath away!

We Love SF: Saint Frank Coffee

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As soon as you step in the front door, it’s clear that Saint Frank isn’t your average coffee shop. Nestled in a cozy storefront on Russian Hill’s charming Polk Street, Saint Frank’s clean and bright interior immediately beckons visitors inside.


Owner Kevin Bohlin had dreamt of owning a coffee shop for years before Saint Frank opened its doors. “I love the power and opportunity of coffee to facilitate connections between people, special experiences and culture,” he says.


Instead of the “fast food” mentality of chain coffee shops, Bohlin designed a space that revolves around the human side of coffee and would give people new expectations for what specialty coffee is all about.


Bohlin worked with friends Amanda Loper at David Baker Architects and Ian Dunn of Open Scope Studio to develop a design that would reflect his values and dreams for the business. The white quartz/silestone bar is the room’s focal point, and the diagonal white oak flooring and wainscoting draws the eye to this central workspace.


All of the big machines (water boilers, batch brewers, etc.) are stationed under the counter so that the space remains open and clean and emphasizes the relationship between the barista and the customer. “We don’t hide ourselves, our work, or our messes behind tall bars and equipment,” says Bohlin.

The next time you’re in San Francisco, visit Saint Frank at 2340 Polk Street.

All photos courtesy of Kevin Bohlin





Pottery Barn Celebrates Earth Week

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We celebrated Earth Week in full force here at Pottery Barn. In honor of Earth Day 2014, we’ve re-launched our Eco Shop online. Our new green leaf icon indicates products that have been developed and sourced with sustainability in mind.

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Inside our offices, we’re encouraging everyone to embrace a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Our incredible Eco Team put up signs made of recycle paper around PBHQ that provide tips to help us all become a little bit more green.


Some of our favorite signs displayed facts were about what we’re already doing at Pottery Barn, like installing water filtration systems at our corporate offices and using gift boxes in stores made entire out of post-consumer waste.

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The celebration hit a high point at the 5th anniversary of our Local Market, where PBHQ gathered for delicious local bites and live music. The all-cardboard Eco Team table was packed with people signing up for local volunteer opportunities (like working on our beautiful roof garden, or cleaning up San Francisco beaches) and writing their Earth Week pledges on recycled paper leaves. Each leaf was hung on an intricate cardboard tree, designed and built by our visual team in PBHQ’s lobby.


Pottery Barn’s Earth Week was a great success, and an eye-opening experience for everyone. We’re honored to work for a company that’s full of opportunities to give back to the community and the world.

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Don’t forget to check out our new Eco Shop to learn more about what’s green at PB.


What You Should Know About Organic Cotton

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Happy Earth Day! Today, we’re talking about an important side of our business that we don’t speak of enough: our responsibility to the planet. As part of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Pottery Barn is becoming more and more responsible in every single part of our business. We want to provide you with the most beautiful products for your home, inside and out.


Amping up the amount of organic cotton in our textiles is a big part of our sustainability program. In 2013, 13% of the cotton in our textiles was organic, compared to 11% in 2012. And we plan on doing even better.

We spoke to our Director of Sustainable Development to get the scoop on why using organic cotton is so important for people and the planet. Read on to learn more.


Organic cotton:

… reduces the amount of chemicals used in the cotton production process. This protects people, animals and the environment.

… involves rotating crops across different fields, which enriches the soil and improves biodiversity.

… produces cotton that’s more resilient to changes in the climate and weather and actually absorbs carbon.

… uses significantly less irrigated water, since most organic cotton crops are rainfed.

… produces significantly less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional cotton processes.


To learn more about organic cotton and Pottery Barn, visit our new Eco Shop.

“Big companies play a critical role in supporting the organic cotton market through their consistent purchasing decisions and influence over both suppliers and the public. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is definitely making a difference in helping the organic supply get to a greater scale.”

-Liesl Truscott, European and Farm Engagement Director of Textile Exchange.