Category Archives: Decorating

New York, New York! Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling’s Favorite NYC Spots

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What a wonderful town — we love New York, and that’s why we’ve included it in our new City & State Shop this season. We asked one of the Big Apple’s experts — Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling — to share her favorite NYC spots and secrets.

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What do you think makes your city different from any other?
There’s an unbelievable energy about New York that I haven’t experienced anywhere else. I truly believe that if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!

Why did you decide to live where you live? What made you fall in love with your city?
Running a small business in New York City is an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. I love the people, the culture, the food, and the feeling that I’ll probably never see everything there is to see here!

Favorite lunch spot: Café Cluny
Favorite place for a girls’ night out: Rosemary’s
Favorite local date night: Palma
Favorite place to think and wander: Central Park
Favorite secret about your city (secret spot, little known fact, etc.): The covered bridge in Beekman Place is an Instagram-worthy hidden gem!

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Do you love New York too? Check out some of our favorite NYC product here:
1. New York City Mini Landmarks/ 2. New York City Embroidered Pillow/ 3. City & State Scented Candlepot/ 4. New York Times Framed Photography Brooklyn Bridge/ 5. New York State Embroidered Pillow/ 6. New York City Mug/ 7. New York City Sign Framed Print

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Don’t forget to take a look at Mackenzie’s blog, Design Darling, for more decor tips, picks and NYC favorites.

 

3 Easy Tips to Refresh All White Bedding

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This post was written exclusively for Inside & Out by Jana Bek of Jana Bek Design.

A white duvet offers you a ton of versatility to change up the look of your bed as your tastes change. For this reason, white bedding and duvets are my go-to for clients’ bedroom designs and in my own home.

I love using all-white duvets that have an accent or border for a pop of hue and added interest. I’m using my new Pottery Barn Pearl Embroidered Duvet to show you how to layer on pattern and color to make this staple duvet even more beautiful!

1. Pick Your Palette

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I recommend finding a multicolored pillow you love and use it as your anchor.  In my master bedroom, the vintage barkcloth floral pillows are tying all of the happy hues together. Then, coordinate your other pillows to your anchor pillow.

2. Pattern Play

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To create interest, vary the pattern types in your throw pillows — here I have the navy dot pillows, floral, then the graphic Greek key lumbar. You could also do solid pillows, floral and a geometric or stripe print. This rule also ensures the prints do not compete or look redundant.

3. Size it Up

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I often get asked: What sizes (and how many) pillows I recommend for styling a bed? For a queen/full, I do two, 24-by-24 inch pillows in the back, then two, 20-by-20 inch pillows, and a lumbar or bolster pillow in the front. For a king, it’s the same, except I recommend three, 24-by-24 pillows in the back. To make sure your pillows are nice and full, buy an insert that is one size larger than your pillow cover — so, for a 24-by-24 pillow cover, use a 24-by-24 pillow insert.

Drape a colorful throw at the end of your bed and resist diving in to your gorgeous design!

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Don’t Mess with Texas: Favorite Texas Spots from A Piece of Toast

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For those of us who have never visited Texas, it’s easy to imagine it as a dry, dusty place full of cowboy boots and hats. But of course, it’s so much more — and that’s why it’s one of the places we love in our City & State Shop this season. We decided to chat with two of our top Texas experts — Molly and Sally Miller from A Piece of Toast — to hear all about their favorite Texas spots and what made them fall in love with their state.

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What do you think makes your state different from any other?
What makes Texas noticeably different is the state pride and friendly people. Dallas is comprised of locals and transplants (which we are!) and it makes meeting new people fun and interesting.

Why did you decide to live where you live? What made you fall in love with your state?
The Tex-mex is what made us first fall in love with Texas but the amazing friends and family we have in the state is what has kept us here. Dallas is a great place to live – easy to get around, fantastic shopping, and an artistic community of creatives – but we would happily live in Houston or Austin someday!


Favorites:
Lunch spot: Velvet Taco
Place for a girl’s night out: Bistro 31
Local date night: Fireside Pies or Cane Rosso (both are pizza spots!)
Place to think and wander: The Katy Trail
Secret about your city: The fashion scene is pretty amazing. Chanel Paris-Dallas anyone?

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See more of these stylish sisters’ favorite things on their blog, A Piece of Toast.

 

Easy, Chic Styling for Small Console Tables

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Styling is harder than it looks — somehow, even copying a catalog photo move for move still doesn’t always turn out right. We love Interior Designer Jana Bek‘s approach to styling — relax, and have fun with it! When you take a happy, natural approach to styling your home, it’ll feel natural and happy — even if it’s not catalog perfect.

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Take a peek at Jana’s easy styling tips for small console tables in an entry — one of the hardest parts of the home to tackle. Then, start stocking up on decor so you can practice and play in your own home!

(Photos by Meghan Cavanaugh Photography)

Easy Chic Styling for Small Console Tables

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Even if you have a petite console you want to style, it can still pack a pretty punch!

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Height always adds interest, so with a narrow table, a tall plant, (like the orchid seen in this Wichita Falls client’s home) accomplishes that without overwhelming the table, as a lamp might. Pottery Barn frames are another go–to of mine for height, as they have a few beautiful styles with interesting borders, like the pearl inlaid one seen here, which adds additional height to an 8×10 frame.

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If you are buying items online for a smaller space – pay close attention to dimensions – this Pottery Barn mercury tray is actually a vanity tray; just large enough to stash keys and small clutter.

Suggested decorative items:
Mother of Pearl Picture Frames, Brynn Mirrored Tray, Live Orchid, Clementine Homescent Collection

See more of Jana’s tips here. 

A Simply Beautiful (and Quite Charming!) Fall Tabletop + Win a Set of Our Cambria Dinnerware!

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Out with the old, in with the new! With the first day of fall officially behind us (adios, summer!), it feels like the perfect time to switch out our outdoor dinnerware for rich autumn hues. We love how deep olive green, bright pumpkin orange and a splash of sunflower yellow define the color palette for this lovely tabletop by Joelle Charming.

The simple but statement making arrangement features our Cambria Dinnerware (in a new Olive hue),  Perotti Flatware and Cliff Wood & Metal Lanterns.

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Plus, we LOVE this delicious, fall-inspired rum cocktail recipe she whipped up with Ron Zacapa 23 Rum:

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Ingredients:

Spoonful of raw sugar (to taste)
A few dashes of Angostura bitters
2 oz. of spiced rum
Orange peel

Instructions:

Muddle together the sugar and bitters in the bottom of a rocks glass and add the rum. Mix together with a spoon and add ice. Squeeze the juice from the peel of an orange on top, and serve cold.

Notes: 

You can also use sugar syrup or a sugar cube, if you prefer.

Home Sweet Home: Turn Your Home Into a Haven with a Pottery Barn and Zillow Sweepstakes

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For most of us, a change in weather motivates a change in the rest of our surroundings, too. As fall slowly but surely arrives, and the air turns just a little bit crisper, it’s easy to start dreaming of piles of knit blankets, cozy pillows, shag rugs and fluffy duvets to stay warm.

This season, we’re here to help. We’ve partnered with Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen and Zillow for a sweepstakes that offers one lucky winner the chance to decorate their space with $15,000 in home furnishings from Pottery Barn.

Turn your home into a haven this fall — enter for a chance to win, here.

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.