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Pattern Primer: Plaids vs. Checks

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Plaids. Tartans. Checks.  What is who and who is what?  It’s enough to make your head spin when it comes to identifying all the various patterns.  Fortunately, here is quick primer to ensure you always know the difference between a Black Watch and a gingham.

White and Red PlaidPlaid: Contrary to current vernacular, plaid refers to the material which a tartan pattern is printed on.  In the US, plaid and tartan are used interchangeably.  Tartan is made with alternating bands of colored threads woven as both warp and weft at right angles to each other. The weft is woven two under the warp, advancing one thread at each pass.  The resulting blocks of color repeat vertically and horizontally in a distinctive pattern of squares and lines known as a “sett” which is what gives each tartan their unique pattern.

Buffalo Check PlaidCheck: A check pattern can be identified from a tartan because it typically uses two colors.  Additionally, a check such as buffalo check, rarely involves variation in the width of the pattern.  The check size is consistent in both the horizontal and vertical plains which explains why the pattern has an exact repeat unlike a tartan.

Check out all of our tartan, plaid and check accessories here.

A Fabulous Fall Front Door

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This autumn we asked you to show us your fall front door style on Instagram. We loved all of your #MyPotteryBarn snapshots and want to share our top 5 favorite moments. Thank you to everyone that participated! You definitely brought a smile to our faces and inspired us for the season.


📷: @rockymtnpearls


📷: @urbanskyonhigh


📷: @mccrary771


📷: @strappredhead


📷: @stamptramp

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Styling Your Media Center with Art

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We’re back with Ashley Pepitone from Camp Makery to help you with tips for a fall bedroom refresh! This time she takes on the media center to create a clean fresh look with art and decor.

Televisions in the bedroom. I know. There’s that old saying, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” That’s always kind of been my decorating motto, especially when it comes to electronics. We also have a television over our fireplace (horrors!) but there really wasn’t anywhere else to put it and let’s be honest– we use the television! A lot! So that begs the question: How do you “join ’em” and make your television fit into your décor, while avoiding a frat house chic look?

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It’s all about the gallery wall, my friends. Gallery walls are everywhere on Pinterest, design blogs, even your beloved PB catalog. As common as they are, tackling how exactly to make a good one come to life can be daunting and expensive. Here are my tips for working with electronics in a gallery wall.

1. Set the electronics lower than most of the art. If you can place your television at your seated (or prone position) eye level, that is best. Not only does it make you more comfortable while viewing, it takes some of the focus off of the television while you’re standing.


2. Work in some pieces that are at least as big as the electronics. If your TV is absolutely huge and this just isn’t an option, work a grouping in that are cohesive and give the look of one work of art. Here I used four of my Instagram prints, framed by the incredible team at Framebridge. Just make sure they are all the same size and framed in the same way and you will get the same effect as a larger piece.

3. Choose pieces that have meaning to you; Priceless doesn’t mean expensive. I paid very little for all of the art in my gallery wall. Again, the four photos are Instagram snaps of my baby girls. The paintings on the left and right are watercolors that I painted myself, framed using hardware store acrylic and brass findings!

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4. Invest in beautiful frames. Not every frame in your gallery has to be pricey, but if you use quality frames and mats your art will always look better. No matter whether it’s a valuable painting or a photo booth strip from a carnival.

5. Don’t be afraid to DIY. Try your hand at watercolors, like I did, or let your kiddos have at it with fingerpaints that coordinate with your color scheme. Whatever it is, make sure it’s personal and suits you before you worry about it suiting the room. And if you love that DIY acrylic frame, here’s the how-to!

You will need:

  • Two sheets of acrylic/plexiglass
  • Four brass nuts
  • Four brass bolts
  • Lighter
  • Nail
  • Pliers
  • Double-sided tape
  • Picture hanging wire

Camp Makery Media Center Makeover

Camp Makery Media Center Makeover

Camp Makery Media Center Makeover

Have your local hardware store cut down the plexiglass to your preferred size. Make sure to leave at least a 2″ border around whatever art you plan to frame. Remove the protective film from the plexiglass. Holding the nail with the pliers, carefully heat over flame until it is red-hot. Press into the plexiglass at the four corners. Make two more holes on just the piece of plexi that you will face the wall, about halfway down and where they will be hidden by your art. Thread your wire through and secure. Center your art and sandwich between the plexi, holding in place with the double-sided tape on the wall-facing sheet of plexi. Secure with your nuts and bolts.

Camp Makery Media Center Makeover

Voila! Cheap, easy, modern framing that lets your art be the star! Please head over to Camp Makery for the rest of this series, including tips on working antiques into your new classic décor, and how to make the perfectly imperfect bed!

(Photography by Ashley Bruschi)

A Fabulous Front Door for Fall

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Adding seasonal decor around the home is one of our favorite things about celebrating fall. But we don’t want to keep all the fun inside! Your door is begging for a little love this time of year. What better way to share your seasons greetings with your friends, family and neighbors? We teamed up with Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers, to share a few fun and easy tips for creating seasonal curb appeal to your home. Trust us, your neighbors will thank you! 

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Tip 1: Add pops of unexpected details. Add personality by incorporating your favorite things. I can’t resist the Vince Metal Clad Accent Stool at the front door. Surprise—you can go from common to extraordinary in a minute! This is a critical element that makes guests feel relaxed and special.

Colonial House of Flowers

Colonial House of Flowers

Tip 2: Add candles and found greenery for elegance. It doesn’t get more beautiful than that. Take off all the leaves from the berry branches – they’ll wither quickly, but the berries will last for days. Plus, when it comes to setting the mood, you can’t beat the immediate impact of flickering candle light as seen through lanterns like the Wyeth Recycled Glass Lanterns! Add plenty of candles (or consider flameless candles) to those lanterns — its fall, after all! — and some freshly clipped seeds to complete the scene.

Colonial House of Flowers

Colonial House of Flowers

Tip: Use in-season florals in rich neutrals on doors. Palettes that are fall specific are impossible to get wrong especially when you put them at the entry. It’s easier than you think because with so many colors to choose from like navy, green, burgundy, golds, chocolates and more. Rose hips, amaranthus, bittersweets, olive branches and David Austin garden rose are a few of the florals you’ll find in fall. Guests are also sure to feel warm and welcome with simple wreaths. Try to imitate nature to avoid things feeling fussy and contrived. 

Colonial House of Flowers

Styling: Lavin Label

Wreaths Vine Garden Market

Photography: Kelli Boyd Photography

To get more ideas for your seasonal floral decor from Colonial House of Flowers, click here! And don’t forget to share your front door decor with us on Instagram! Tag your pics with #mypotterybarn and you’ll be entered to win a $100 PB gift card!

Liven Up your Halloween Bash with this Blackberry Smash

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TGIH – Thank Goodness It’s Happy Hour friends! This week we’re continuing our Friday Cocktail Series with a full-of-flavor Blackberry Smash crafted by Eden Passante from Sugar and Charm. Served in our Library Glassware, this refreshing sip is just too good to wait until Halloween to serve. We’re planning on whipping up a few this weekend – no skull accessories required, but they sure are fun!


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RECIPE: Blackberry Smash

For the blackberry simple syrup:

1 C water
1 C sugar
1 C blackberries

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

1 1/4 ounce gin
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce blackberry simple syrup
crushed ice

Pack a rocks glass with crushed ice. In a shaker, mix the Gin, lemon juice and blackberry simple syrup together. Shake, pour over the crushed ice and finish with a drizzle of blackberry simple syrup on top.

For the rest of the cocktails featured in this scary good bar scene, click HERE! For Eden’s tips & tricks for throwing the ultimate Halloween party click HERE.

And to shop our entire Halloween Barware Collection click right HERE!

(Photography by Madcitizen)

Choosing The Perfect Paint Color

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We are loving this bedroom refresh designed by Ashley Pepitone from Camp Makery!  Armed with some of our new textiles and Sherwin Williams’ new fall paint palette, Ashely gave her master suite a new look for the season. There are several key elements to a successful refresh, but to start we’re taking a peek into her tips for choosing the perfect paint color. Take it away Ashley!

Probably the most daunting aspect of designing a room is choosing the wall color. Paint isn’t as easy to change as a duvet or some drapes, so it’s easy to be anxious that you’re going to make the wrong choice. My best word of advice: Pick the paint color last.


Tempting as it may be to just get it done at the outset, you will almost always regret choosing your paint color first. By picking linens and artwork you really love before paint, you are giving yourself the best opportunity to ensure that everything looks cohesive and well-planned.


Choose your textiles first. Once you have your linens, fabrics, drapes and maybe a piece of art or two chosen, gather them all together and sit down with them in front of you. When you look at them together, what are the common hues between them? What color really jumps out at you the most?


After you know what general color family really speaks to you most, try to match it in a paint swatch book or in the store. I have a Sherwin-Williams swatch book that comes in very handy for this step! Now, this is important. Once I find the shade I love, unless it is already super light, I go two or three shades lighter and that is what I put on the walls. If you can’t figure out what color that would be in your swatches, bring the paint chip to the sales associate and ask them to mix your color but “cut it” by 25 or 50%. Purchase a sample first if you’re not sure.


The last thing to consider is texture. Sherwin-Williams offers a “true matte” in their Emerald paint line that is perfect for the bedroom. It looks soft and velvety on the walls. I was excited to try something other than eggshell or flat, and it did not disappoint!

Up next- another big time design challenge, creating a gallery wall that harmonizes with electronics!

(Photos by Ashley Bruschi

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. Especially when served from a Halloween bar that looks so frighteningly good!!

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Coffin cheese – Halloween genius!!

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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.

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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 killer party?? Click HERE to get style tips and party ideas from Sugar and Charm! Happy Haunting!!

Getting Ready for a Lovely Holiday with Mara Ferreria

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We love people who follow their passion.  Blogger Mara Ferreria of M Loves M chose design over law school and are better for it.  Her fresh and effortless approach to entertaining, fashion and design has made her blog a go-to for inspiration.  Plus we can’t get enough of seeing her His & Hers style posts with her hunky husband, Matthew.

With the holiday crush upon us, we turned to Mara to give us her unique spin on some festive decorations.  However, we couldn’t let her go without picking her brain on how she makes the holidays special.
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What are some of your top tips to when hosting friends & family during the holidays?

Make it personal! I’ll write letters to my guests a few weeks before the party and ask about any dietary restrictions or if they have any nostalgic holiday memories. It’s fun to include personal elements, like their favorite cookie or card game.

What’s your favorite holiday cocktail to serve?

My husband is known for his incredible mulled wine. It is the best thing ever. But we always need another cocktail option, and I usually make something with applejack. It has an incredible flavor and feels so seasonal!

What do you like to do to make your holiday table feel extra special?

I love adding bits of nature to our table to make it a little more rustic and charming.The morning before our party, I’ll walk my dog Ginger and pick up leaves and pretty branches in the neighborhood to dress up our table. Then I’ll add a bunch of tea light candles for a romantic and intimate setting.

What three songs must be on your holiday party soundtrack?

Nat King Cole “The Christmas Song,” The Carpenters “There’s No Place Like Home For the Holidays,” and Feist “My Moon My Man” not seasonal but it’s a good dinner party song!

What’s on your wish list this holiday season?

cozy robe and a good book!

Adorable right?  Check back next week to see the holiday tabletop Mara designed exclusively for us!

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!