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A Frighteningly Good Cocktail Recipe for Halloween

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The countdown to Halloween is officially on! Do you know what you’re going to be yet? To get you in the mood for the spooky season, we asked Eden from the ever-lovely blog Sugar and Charm to share some of her favorite Halloween cocktail recipes. Her creations are sure to be a hit at any haunted fete you throw this season. They’re frighteningly good!!

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RECIPE: Blueberry Lavender Martini

For the blueberry lavender simple syrup:

1 C water
1 C suger
2 T fresh lavender
1 C blueberries

Put all ingredients over medium high heat until the blueberries start to burst and the mixture thickens. Remove from heat to cool. Makes 11 oz of simple syrup

For the martini:

2 oz vodka
2 oz simple syrup
Lavender bitters
Crushed Ice

Mix 2 oz vodka and 2 oz simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Add lavender bitters and spring of fresh lavender to finish.

RECIPE: Skull Shot

1 1/2 oz of coffee vodka
1 oz bailey’s
1/2 oz espresso

Pour the coffee vodka into a shot glass. Slowly pour the bailey’s on top so it separates from the vodka. Drip in the espresso on top to create the marbled look.

Makes 1 shot.

Want to replicate this party?? Click HERE to get style tips and party ideas from Sugar and Charm using our new Halloween decorations! Happy Haunting!!

Velvet: Redefined

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Velvet isn’t just for the holidays anymore — we’re embracing this plush (and surprisingly durable!) fabric in every part of our homes this year.

Printed and washed velvet pillows in rich colors work in any room at any time of year. We’re all about the mix & match pattern right now, so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when finding just the right prints!

Our Performance Velvet Upholstery makes velvet an easy choice for families with children and pets — it’s one of the best fabrics for scratch-happy cats, and our Performance version will stand up to years of wear and tear from your little ones.

Not convinced? Get more inspiration here.

Halloween Mantel Decorating Guide from A Fashionable Hostess

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We know — it’s only the first official day of fall, but admit it, you’re at least a little bit excited about the change in seasons, too. Amanda Saiontz Gluck — the decorating and party expert behind Fashionable Hostess — loves fall, and couldn’t wait to decorate the fireplace mantel of her new home in Nashville for Halloween.

Read on to see more of her too-cute mantle, and get her fall decorating tips for your home!

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“I am all about a more sophisticated approach when it comes to decorating for Halloween. I love incorporating autumn colors, bright oranges and browns, and then adding in some playful accents — but my goal is to make sure it’s not too kitschy. My new fireplace mantel was the perfect place to bring my ideas to life!”

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“I started by laying a Pottery Barn Bittersweet Garland across the mantel. Then I staggered large pillar candles, pumpkins, and black candlesticks throughout (all from Pottery Barn’s newest Halloween collection). I chose this garland because of its beautiful colors and earthy elements — like the incredibly realistic pinecones! The leaves on the garland are complementary to the pops of orange in the pumpkins.”

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Candles at varying heights in black candleholders look festive and just slightly spooky when lit up at night.”

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“I took some of my favorite everyday brass Pottery Barn lanterns from my patio and incorporated them into the mix by placing them alongside lit pumpkins and a small ceramic pumpkin in front of my mantel. I love to place clusters of three to four items throughout my home for a splash of visual interest, like on my front porch or even on our front stairwell.”

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“I twirled some adorable Pottery Barn pumpkin garlands around the legs of my bar cart and then placed a large Pottery Barn orange pumpkin right on top. Come party-time this will be the perfect place for cocktails to be carted around!”

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How are you going to decorate for Halloween this year? Share your thoughts with us in the comments, on Fashionable Hostess, or by following @potterybarn and @fashionablehostess on Instagram!

Mix & Match: Colorful Home Essentials

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There’s no need to stick to neutrals when you’re stocking up on home basics. Embrace your personal style and bring a little bit of color into your home! We love to mix and match these colorful home essentials — playing with different patterns and hues — to bring life and love into the home.

Stick to all warm hues or all cool hues to make it easy — or, if you’re willing to take a risk, just pick anything that’s crazy colorful and (you guessed it) mix and match.

Take a look at some of our favorites, below! mix and match


1. Baker Bird Duvet/ 2. Printed Zebra Rug/ 3. Salinger Upholstered Chair/ 4. Cardiff Tufted Armchair/ 5.  Silvia Embroidered Pillow Cover/ 6. Concave Reaction Wall Art


See more of our Mix & Match favorites here.


Paisley Gets Even Prettier

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Paisley isn’t your grandma’s fabric anymore. In fact, we hesitate to even call these new iterations in our latest collection paisley — the play on scale, color and pattern transforms this ancient Persian design. From plates, to pillows, to bedding, to rugs — the motif now feels distinct, modern and surprising.

What’s our favorite thing about these new pieces? They’re perfect for mixing and matching together. Mixing patterns is always a little intimidating — but these variations make it incredibly easy. We suggest starting out with the same tones (all cool tones or all warm tones) if you’re still feeling nervous.

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Want to learn more about the story behind our paisley designs? Take a peek behind the scenes into our San Francisco Art Studio here.

Learn more about the design process by watching this video, too.

Back to School, Grown-Up Style: Our Top Home Office Picks

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Back to school doesn’t just apply to kids these days. The official end of summer marks the official beginning of prime organization time in our book. Take a look at our top picks to bring new life to your home office this (sort of) school year! Pottery Barn Home Office Picks

1. Colorful Trays. Our Nova Woven Catchalls will keep even the smallest of desks from getting too cluttered.

2. Eye-Catching Art. Lupen Grainne’s stunning Peony Four print is just the right dose of dramatic and pretty to keep you inspired.

3. Comfy Seating. When you’re on deadline, you don’t want any excuse to leave your desk. Our Airgo Chair is so comfortable, you’ll be able to pull an all-nighter with no problem.

4. Plush Flooring. This new Anja Rug adds a bit of pattern and plushness to your desk space. We love how the neutral color palette will never go out of style.

5. Playful Accessories. Don’t be afraid to have fun in your desk area! These Agate Bookends in bright purple will always bring a smile to your face.

6. Storage. Go bold with your storage! Our Orange Lacquered Boxes will help keep things tidy while bringing a much-needed dose of color to the often all-neutral office palette.

7. Sturdy Surface. We’re particularly fond of our Ava Writing Desk. Its sleek lines and quality materials will stand the test of time.

8. Global Style. Our Indigo Brass Globe Stand adds just the right touch of scholarly style your desk needs.

9. More Storage. (Seriously, you can never have enough.) Our Chloe Canvas and Brass Boxes look just as good on a desk, slotted on shelves or tucked neatly under your desk.

See more of our home office must haves here.
Take a peek at this amazing home office upgrade with Erin Gates here.

5 Tips to Creating the Perfect #Shelfie

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What’s the secret to this #shelfie trend that’s been sweeping social media? We love how these little vignettes provide the perfect way to express personal home style on Instagram — no matter what kind of home you live in.  Although the shelfie originated on bookshelves, we like how they’ve expanded into every part of the home — these stylish displays work just as well on tiny coffee tables in urban apartments, as they do on expansive mantles in suburban mansions.

Ready to get inspired for your own shelfie style? Take a look at some of our #mypotterybarn favorites, below. Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 5.50.42 PM

1. Stick to cohesive colors. Pick a palette of 2-3 colors for sure-fire shelfie success. We love how this simple vignette uses all black, white and gold — with a splash of vibrant green from the succulent. (via @mandyandsuch)

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2. Remember: like likes like. Not sure where to start? When styled properly, a simple collection (even if it’s just all of your all-white dishes) makes for on dramatic shelfie. (via @m.a.beaulieu)Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 5.50.54 PM

3. Find a theme. We’re all for mixing and matching, but when all else fails, a theme can help smooth out your shelfie style. This mantle shelfie has a soothing, organic feel thanks to one of our found dough bowls and dried coral. (via @jenwidner)
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4. Add something vintage. Don’t just rely on new goodies to make your shelfie shine. We love how this shelfie combines one of our favorite lamps with a few select, curated vintage pieces. (via House of BrinsonScreen Shot 2015-08-25 at 5.51.27 PM

5. Be playful. Scrap the theme and just have fun! This shelfie plays with elements of the unexpected — the tiny succulents, framed photo and pieces of coral all work beautifully. (via Zio & Sons)

Don’t forget to show us your #shelfies on Instagram! Tag them with #mypotterybarn — we’ll regram our favorites. 

DIY: Easy Terrarium-Style Flower Arrangement from Tulipina

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Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina
Photography by Nathan Underwood

Terrariums are traditionally used for potted plants, but I wanted to use this vessel to create a flower arrangement with bursts of color and beauty spilling out of it. I love the look of this terrarium from Pottery Barn — with the right flowers inside, I think that this would make a beautiful statement piece for any event. Take a look at how I did it, below. Note that when inside water-filled vessels, this arrangement will last for about 3 to 4 days.


1. Start in the back first — place the flowers in different sized and colored vases.


2. For this project, I created one detailed arrangement (inside the black pedestal vase) and then simply put some longer stemmed cut flowers in a bucket next to it. Since I wanted to fill the lower front of the terrarium with more colorful flowers, I placed some smaller vases in the front and filled them with big and bold flowers.


3. I wanted to be able to place some stems just here and there, so I used floral water tubes to keep them hydrated.


4. Lastly, for added color, I place some loose petals and foliage down on the surface of the terrarium.

See another of our favorite arrangements from Tulipina here. 

Ken Fulk’s Top 5 Paint Color Tips

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“Color is a powerful thing,” says Ken Fulk. “I understand why people are afraid of color sometimes.”

But as someone whose motto is “Fear is the enemy of good design,” Fulk isn’t one to stray away from taking a risk. As part of his new, exclusive collection for Pottery Barn, Fulk also developed a custom color palette of his favorite Sherwin Williams paint colors for homeowners on the hunt for great color.

“There’s not a bad color in the bunch,” says Fulk. “You can pick anything and feel confident that it’s going to be a great color.” Each color also pays tribute to Fulk’s design ethos and personality: bold, beautiful, and complex.


“Colors have a story to them,” he says. “When you have colors that create the collection like we have with Pottery Barn and Sherwin Williams, it’s like a harmony that belongs together.”

Take a look at Ken Fulk’s top 5 color tips, below:

It’s okay to make mistakes. Color is the least expensive, most impactful thing that someone can do to alter a space with little to no risk. “That’s one thing I always tell people about paint in general,” says Fulk. “It’s only paint! It’s okay to make a mistake.”

Take baby steps. Color can have an impact even if it’s on a single wall. “It’s less time, less money and a little bit less of a commitment,” says Fulk.

Or, embrace it completely. “I love to be enveloped with color. I tend to want to paint out the trim, sometimes even the ceiling, because I think when color feels overwhelming or too busy it’s often because it’s contrasted too much,” says Fulk. “When you have big white trim around a color, there’s a lot of tension there. But when you take that trim and it becomes part of the color, the entire room becomes a part of the experience.”


Don’t be afraid of the dark. Dark deep colors can actually make a space feel bigger. “It’s almost as if the wall doesn’t exist,” says Fulk. “The wall sort of recedes, and you lose perspective on the space in a very interesting way.”

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Get stylish with stripes. Bold, horizontal stripes are an easy way to instantly transforms a space. “They’re modern, they’re sort of charming, and there’s a quaint quality that I think can fit many different spaces,” says Fulk, who often uses blue painter’s tape to create stripes on walls. “I like how they’re meant to look like they’ve been hand done. The imperfections are encouraged. And of course, if you make a big mistake, it’s only paint.”

Learn more about our collection with Ken Fulk here.