Category Archives: Decorating

Give Thanks: Designers Owens + Davis Tells Us What They’re Thankful For

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Every holiday season, we find ourselves thinking about what we’re most grateful for in life. Isn’t that what’s great about Thanksgiving? It’s the perfect time to reflect on the good things in life.

This year, we’re giving thanks with some of our favorite designers in a new series. We asked them one simple question: What are you most thankful for this time of year?

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We love designer Becki and Nicole of Owens & Davis‘s answer: “We are most grateful at this time of year for the time spent gathered around family meals in our homes.”

With so many dinners, parties and other entertaining events during the holiday season, it’s important to step away from the chaos and spend time with those we love.

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Owens’ spread with our Vintage Wood Pizza Paddleboard and Vintage Wood Oval Tray is a simply tasty (and healthy!) way to kick off the holiday entertaining season. 

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PS: How gorgeous is her all white kitchen? Amazing!

PPS: What are you thankful for this year?

Instant Bedroom Refresh with Julie Blanner of Coordinately Yours

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Sometimes the smallest change can make the biggest difference. That’s what we love about this bedroom refresh from Julie Blanner of Coordinately Yours. Armed with a soft new throw and one of our favorite brass accent lamps, Julie gave her bedroom a mini-refresh without spending too much time (or money!). The cozy throw and warm light are perfect for the cold winter nights to come!

See Julie’s adorable new bedroom here:

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Amazing Autumn Centerpieces from Tulipina

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Text and styling by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina
Photography by Nathan Underwood

Autumn exudes an amazing variety of colorful and textural plants and flowers — the possibilities for the perfect autumn centerpiece are just limitless!

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For this inspirational shoot, I wanted to show the different simple ways one can take advantage of all the beauty that autumn offers using some of my favorite vessels from Pottery Barn: the Vintage Wood Footed Bowl, Voluminous Vases and Recycled Glass Vases.

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Using these simple and lovely glass vases in different sizes and shapes and this beautiful wooden pedestal, I came up with a few centerpieces that can adorn an autumn table for any occasion — from an escort card table for a wedding, to everyday entertaining.

Here, I used dahlia, amaryllis, ilex, pepper, privette, raspberry and artichoke.

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I simply grouped my flowers in a single variety and took advantage of their beauty in their individual vases clustered next to each other.

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This wooden pedestal is so lovely that I decided to create a full floral arrangement in it. It’s pretty shallow, so I placed a wooden bowl on top of it and then created an arrangement inside the bowl using a floral frog. I think this makes for a lovely centerpiece or statement piece for pretty much any occasion — don’t you?

Here, I used garden rose, spray rose, ranunculus, poppy, iresine plant (the red leaves), carnation, eucalyptus, nodding abutilon, dusky bells, fuchsia, and firethorn berries.

What’s your favorite autumn centerpiece?

Halloween Gone Mad: Black, Silver and Green Halloween Decorating Ideas

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This month, the uber-talented Karson Butler Events and Laura Hooper Calligraphy teamed up to host a Halloween-inspired calligraphy workshop at Karson Butler’s beautiful studio in Washington DC. We love their unique Halloween decorating ideas!

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The playful decorations (including our Mercury Pumpkins and Periodic Cocktail Platter) go beyond the standard orange and black palette. “Our color palette included blacks, silvers and green,” says Emily Butler. “We wanted to steer clear of traditional orange and do something a bit different.”

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The best part about the mercury pumpkins they used? They work well all season long — Thanksgiving, almost up until Christmas! “We’re already planning an autumnal look of mixed metallics for our Thanksgiving table,” Emily says.

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Stunning flowers and greenery from Victoria Clausen Florals, mixed with some strategically placed dry ice and beakers add the perfect finishing touch.

Take a look at all of the photos + get more tips + learn how to sign up for a calligraphy class yourself on Glitter Guide!

Vendor Credits
Event Planning & Design- Karson Butler Events
Calligraphy- Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Photography- Sweet Tea Photography
Floral – Victoria Clausen Floral
Wine – ONEHOPE Wine
Decor – Pottery Barn
Small Beakers, Purple Apothecary Bottles- Karson Butler Events
Rentals - Party Rental, LTD
Linens- DC Rental
Periodic TableTotebagsCoasters – Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Pies – Pie Sisters

London Calling: London City Guide from Interior Stylist Lucy Gough

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London is a city that’s easy to fall in love with — all it takes is one ride on a double decker bus, one walk around the Royal Botanical Garden, or one visit to Big Ben. Then, you’ll always want to have a little piece of London with you. That’s why we created our special collection devoted to London this season — one of the cities we love most.

But since we’re not exactly locals, we talked to one of our favorite Londoners — stylist Lucy Gough — to learn more about the best places to visit in this amazing city. Keep reading for Lucy’s London City Guide, below.

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What do you think makes your city different from any other?
London is like nowhere else on the planet. It is full of incredible history and architecture — both traditional and modern. It is full of all sorts of people from all over the world, and people are mostly very tolerant of each other — which is one of the reasons why so many creative projects start here. There is inspiration around every corner, with free museums and galleries all over the city. Not to mention the acres of green space and all the entertainment! There is theatre, opera ballet, musicals and gigs every day and night of the week. One can never tire of London, if you ask me!

Why did you decide to live where you live? What made you fall in love with your city?
I moved to London 5 1/2 years ago because I met my English parter in Sydney, Australia (where I am originally from), so I sold everything I owned and moved over on a one way ticket! I also knew that I wanted to be an Interior Stylist and I thought London would be a good place to start a new creative career.

Favorites:
Lunch spot: Gabriel’s Wharf on the Southbank. While you relax and have some lunch, you can see St Paul’s Cathedral across the river — one of my favourite buildings in London, ever since I saw it in Mary Poppins as a child!

Place for a girl’s night out: I like to meet friends at the BFI on the Southbank (you can tell I live South of the river!). We will have dinner in the restaurant and then go and see a film and then have drinks at the bar.

Local date night: We live in Streatham in South-West London so we will either go to Wholemeal — a small vegan restaurant around the corner that serves consistently amazing “home cooked” style dishes. We might also go down to the new Brixton Village where you can find any cuisine imaginable under one roof. It is always busy and has been amazing for the local economy. It’s worth going even if you’re not local — people travel far and wide to visit the village!

Place to think and wander: One of the things I love most about London is that you don’t have to own a car. Public transport is brilliant (contrary to what a lot of people think), but most of all, you can walk to most places in central London. It’s wonderful to walk through all the back streets and discover hidden gems that you wouldn’t see if you were stuck on the tube. My favourite place to walk however would have to be The Rookery in Streatham. I can walk there from my house and I call it my secret garden. It looks like the garden in the film with an array of incredible plants and flowers, and lovely places to sit and have a coffee from the local coffee shop on the common.

Secret about your city: London is greener than you think! It’s not just cars, busses and cobblestones. London is the greenest city of its size in the world. Green space covers almost 40 per cent of greater London — 173 square km in total!

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Don’t forget to visit stylist Lucy Gough‘s fantastic blog to learn more about her adventures in London.

We Love Our Fans! Take a Look at Our Favorite Fan Decorating Tips from Instagram

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We love getting inspired by our fans! We’re constantly blown away by all of the creative twists you all put on our favorite Pottery Barn pieces.

Today, take a peek at our favorite decorating tips from Instagram fans, just like you:

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Consider your room’s architecture. Choose a nook for your desk, like Palm Beach Lately did with our Bedford Rectangular Desk. We love how this stylish duo made use of existing architecture (what would otherwise be an awkward space in the room) to create their home office. 

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Add light with mirrored furniture. Nicole Ciotti chose our Park Mirrored Bedside Table for her adorable bedroom and placed it next to a window to reflect light and space.

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Two is always better than one. When all else fails, stick to symmetry, even in outdoor spaces. Lifestyle LA‘s outdoor seating area with two of our Palmer Rope Chairs looks balanced and serene.

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Be playful. Decor doesn’t always have to be so serious! Copper & Walnut did just that with this fun but chic vignette featuring our Lily Task Table Lamp.

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Think outside the box. Does a bedside lamp always have to be a table lamp? Jenifer Janniere answered that question with a resounding “NO” in this beautiful bedroom featuring our Madison Glass Sconces.

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Functional can be beautiful. Hardwearing spaces like entryways can shine, too. Sarah Dorsey took that to heart in her amazing entryway makeover. Our Eleana Recycled Glass Bud Vases are the perfect finishing touch.

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All white doesn’t mean all bland. We love how Elizabeth Camp mixed up her crisp white and navy Grand Embroidered Duvet with our Silk Channel Quilt and a splash of pattern on her curtains.

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Pattern me pretty. Belle Maison knows the trick to mixing patterns just perfectly: stick to the same color palettes, and add in a dash of the unexpected — like our Alana Printed Pillow brings to this geometric mix.

Don’t forget to show us how you decorate your home with Pottery Barn! Use the hashtag #potterybarn on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our page.

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.