Category Archives: Decorating

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.

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.

Home We Love: A Chandelier You Won’t Want to Miss

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There are a lot of amazing things going on in this beautiful kitchen from Lonny Magazine — but in our opinion, there are only three words that should describe this space: Spanish. Galleon. Chandelier.

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The crisp black and white palette of this modern country kitchen in Sag Harbor, New York only draws attention to the bold and unexpected chandelier hanging from the ceiling. It’s a daring choice, but the space’s clean lines and simple color palette help to pull it off.

Read more about this space here. 

How to Do Coastal Style Right: Q&A with Designer Tim Clarke

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Few people understand coastal style better than designer Tim Clarke. His Santa Monica, California-based office creates work that defines coastal living today. Whether it’s a small beach house on the California coast, or a celebrity mansion in the Mediterranean, Clarke understands that what makes a home look coastal is less about the aesthetic and more about the vibe.

Read on for this amazing designer’s top tips to bringing a coastal look into your home.

Photography: Noah Webb 

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Q: A lot of people are under the impression that coastal style has to involve a lot of rope, coral and nautical motifs. But does it always have to? How would you define coastal style?
A: I think coastal style is more about a feeling than actual objects and motifs. There is this feeling that’s created when you live at the beach, and it doesn’t have anything to do with shells, anchors, or red, white, and blue. It’s more about easiness, comfort and a laid back casual style.

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Q: What are some easy ways someone can bring a coastal feel into their home, even if they don’t necessarily live on the coast?
A: • Stripes: Whether large scale cabana or smaller scale multicolored stripes, nothing says coastal more.
• Bohemian flair: Add a little boho with Indian printed fabric or indigo batik fabric in pillows and curtains. Sometimes I even use it on the wrong side so it feels more faded and hippy.
• Natural fabrics: Solid, textured, natural fiber fabrics like chunky linen for upholstery.
• Barefoot friendly floors: Whether wide plank unfinished wood or slightly antiqued chalky limestone, the floors should make you want to take your shoes off.
• Gallons of white paint: Both matte and glossy. Maybe it’s a reference to boats or just that it looks clean and fresh with the blue ocean, but it always works.

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Q: What do you think the 5 most important elements of coastal style are?
A: 1. Easy: Nothing should be too precious, or fussy. No one should be ever be worried they are going to mess something up or that they can’t touch it.
2. Communal living: One giant room with multiple areas for gathering and activities that includes cooking, eating, playing games, and watching TV. Beach houses should encourage togetherness, not solitude.
3. Light: Natural light is a must and plenty of it. Coastal style should embrace nature, not keep it out.
4. Durability: Use outdoor fabrics, natural brass or stainless steel, and wood surfaces that look good as they age. The ocean climate is very abusive and you don’t want to be constantly doing maintenance.
5. Sense of place: Coastal style should come from the coast you are on, not one you visited on vacation. The light, landscape, and views out of the windows are completely different in Hawaii than California and color looks completely different because of that. A house should feel as though it grew from the earth it is on, not plopped on the lot by a helicopter.

In the Spotlight: Erin Gates from Elements of Style

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This season, we asked interior designer, stylist and blogger Erin Gates to share her expert tips and tricks for bringing bright colors, bold patterns and rich textures into our homes. Erin Gates is the founder and principal designer of Boston-based Erin Gates Design, and the author and editor behind the popular design blog, Elements of Style. From large homes in the suburbs to small condos in the city, she knows what it takes to design gorgeous spaces that blend new and old, high and low, and modern and traditional.

Be sure to check out her first book, due out October 7, 2014. Read on for some of our favorite bits from Erin’s interview, and snaps from her design portfolio.

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Q: What’s your favorite new hue for this fall? A: After a long, long love affair with grey, I feel like tans and taupes will be back. I’m doing my new master bedroom in tan and white instead of grey and white and it feels revolutionary for me!

Q: What’s one of your favorite ways to use texture? A: I absolutely love using grasscloth on walls — it works perfectly with traditional or modern style.

Q: What are your tips for mixing patterns? A: You need to consider the pattern type and make sure you aren’t combining too many of the same- a good balance is to mix a geometric with an organic pattern (florals, for example) and then a very small scale print or a solid. Putting two geometrics together looks too busy and harsh in my book.

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Photo by Michael Partenio

This month I can’t wait to … Complete the addition on our house — it’s been a long time coming!

The item at the top of my current wishlist is … A huge, pale, faded Oushak style rug for my bedroom.

Favorite fellow blogger … Emily Henderson is both funny and fantastically talented.

Interior design icon … I think Steven Gambrel is a genius. He can decorate my house anytime.

Most prized possession … My dogs. I’d do just about anything for them.

Signature cocktail … A nice cold glass of Pinot Grigio in summer or Cabernet Sauvignon every other season!

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