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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. 

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.

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“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.”

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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. 

How to Makeover Your Gallery Wall with Zio & Sons

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“Anyone can hang a picture, right?” That’s usually the first thought someone has before tackling a gallery wall on their own. Most of us have had to learn the hard way — it’s a lot more difficult than it looks.

This season, we want to make it a bit easier on you. We worked with the talented team at Zio & Sons — a New York City based creative company, specializing in all things visual — to get founder Anthony D’Argenzio’s expert take on how to create a gallery wall that suits your style perfectly. The result is fresh, fun and personal — we love how he used some of our favorite new wall art and accessories. (How gorgeous is that mirror?)

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Read on to get Anthony’s top tricks for pulling off the perfect gallery wall, and shop his picks from this gorgeous shoot, below.

(Seen above: Leona Console Table, Sheepskin Rug, Paloma Round Mirror, Wood Gallery Single Opening Frames, Wood Gallery Oversize Mat Frames, Architect’s Smart Technology Table Lamp, Gold Leaf Feather Wall Art, Behind the Trees Wall Art)

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1. Pick Your Focus 
Pick a statement piece of furniture as an anchor before composing your gallery around it. We chose a narrow brass console that nestles nicely against the wall, leaving plenty of empty space to work with.

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2. Tell a Story 
Your wall should tell a interesting story. We found these vintage flower prints at a flea market in Paris and paired them with Pottery Barn’s modern white frames for a perfect mix of old and new. We also added antique oil paintings and framed personal photos to offset Pottery Barn’s contemporary art.

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3. Add the Unexpected 
We picked up this hand-woven hat on the beach in Tulum, Mexico. It gives the wall a sense of character and an extra personal touch.

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4. Mirrors Are Your Friends 
A mirror adds a fresh level of dimension and makes the space appear larger. Bonus points for one with unique details — we love this mirror’s thick leather strap for easy hanging.

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5. Style It Up 
Once your wall is fully decorated, spruce up the surrounding area with plants and other accent items like this modern lamp, wicker chair, and cozy shearling hide.

See more of our gallery wall guides here. 

Entryway Makeover Tips & Tricks with Camille Styles

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It doesn’t matter if you live in a tiny urban apartment or a spacious suburban home (or somewhere in-between!), your entryway is the first thing you and your guests see when you walk in the door. So, you want it to make the right statement — a statement about you and your home — whether it’s spacious and grand, or small and efficient.

This season, we worked with the amazing Camille Styles to pull off an entryway makeover that shows exactly how to take advantage of every inch in this hardworking space. Read on to take a look at how Camille revamped this beautiful entry using some of our favorite organization and decorating must-haves for the entryway, and get her amazing tips and tricks to help makeover your entryway!

Photography by Jessica Pages

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1. Get Personal
So your place doesn’t have a bonafide mudroom or elegant foyer? Don’t despair — with just a stretch of empty wall space, it’s easy to create an entryway that’s both functional and an expression of your personal style. Start by finding a bit of square footage by your front or back door, then determine what’s needed to make the space work for your lifestyle.

Seen above: Washed Velvet PillowBarclay SconceBeachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerPB Found Dough BowlRustic LadderOlivia BenchBlacksmith Umbrella StandBlacksmith Row of HooksFramed Chalkboard

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2. Hang Loose
The golden rule of entryway design is no secret: create hanging space. Hats, coats, dog leashes and grocery bags will easily find a home on a row of hooks, and there’s no better way to efficiently make use of that vertical real estate.

Seen above: Washed Velvet PillowBlacksmith Row of Hooks, Vintage Kilim Pillow

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3. See the Light
Whether it’s for a cozy reading nook or next to your bed, lighting matters. And in the case of your home’s entry, mounting a sconce by the front door is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Use an industrial design like this one to keep a light on for loved ones or house guests at night, and let it act as a striking metallic accent during the day.

Seen above: Barclay SconceBlacksmith Row of Hooks

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4. The Straight and Narrow
Not only does an umbrella stand come in handy on a rainy day, but it’s also a great place to store long, narrow items like rolls of wrapping paper, sports equipment and even a yoga mat. Set one by your front door for a storage solution that takes up little space but packs a major decorative punch.

Seen above: Washed Velvet PillowBeachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerOlivia BenchBlacksmith Umbrella Stand

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5. Cut a Rug
Kick your old doormat to the curb, and instead, opt for a runner that’s equally as functional and a lot prettier to look at. Since this area of your home gets the most foot traffic, choose a durable, low pile one for easy cleaning and to avoid tripping. Best of all? There’s no better way to add color, pattern and natural texture to your space than with a gorgeous, eye-catching rug.

Seen above: Cornwall Stripe Kilim Runner

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6. Sit Back and Relax
You can never have too much seating, and even though it might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your entryway’s functionality, you won’t believe how useful a bench can be. Top yours with a cushion and patterned pillows for an inviting, comfortable place that’s perfect for tying up your laces or fastening Fido’s leash.

Seen above: Beachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerOlivia Bench

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7. Neat and Tidy
For all those items you’re constantly bringing in and out of the house — mail, library books, scarves, cameras — set up a convenient place that makes them easy to grab on the fly. The cubbies built into this bench create ample storage space, ensuring you’ll never leave anything important behind.

Seen above: Beachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerOlivia Bench

Entryway Basket

8. Hideaway
To contain clutter or simply conceal any unsightly belongings, look to woven baskets as a universal solution. Slide yours into a cubby or perch them on a shelf for an easy, stylish way to stash sports equipment and those other loose items that always tend to pile up.

Seen above: Beachcomber Utility BasketOlivia Bench

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9. The Bare Necessities
Perhaps the most important tip for designing a hardworking entryway is to provide a space that’s designated as a catch-all for out-the-door necessities. Here, a handmade dough bowl is used as a convenient vessel for receiving keys, wallets, phones, and anything else you wouldn’t dare leave the house without.

Seen above: PB Found Dough Bowl

Entryway Chalkboard

10. Sound Off
Since this is one area of the house that every family member is destined to pass through, consider mounting a chalkboard, dry erase board, or large notepad to the wall for easy messaging. More inclined to text one another? Use the surface to display words of encouragement, important reminders, or countdown to an exciting event.

Seen above: Framed Chalkboard

Pottery Barn and Camille Styles Entryway Makeover

See more of Camille’s tips and tricks on CamilleStyles.com, and check out more of our favorite entryway must-haves here.

Laundry Room Organization with The NEAT Method

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Laundry is one of life’s necessary evils. But with the right space, it can feel like less of a chore. That’s why we recruited the talented gals behind The NEAT Method — using our Gabrielle Organization System and some of our other favorite accessories, this dream design duo added serious style and smart organization ideas to create one super gorgeous (who would’ve thought?) yet practical laundry room.

Read on to see the rest of the space and learn The NEAT Method’s top professional laundry room organization tips.

Photography by Michelle Drewes
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TIP: Save the lower shelves for the products you are reaching for most often.

TIP: Create neatly labeled bins to separate your cleaning supplies from your garment care.

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TIP: Purchase products to use that make you want to be in the space — laundry is a task, so it’s best to incorporate things that make it fun.

TIP: Keep the countertops clear so you have plenty of room to fold.

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TIP: Make sure you have a conveniently located waste bin for lint and/or dryer sheets.

TIP: Commit a tray or jar for the items you find left in pockets.

TIP: Sorting saves time — incorporate hampers that allow you to separate colors from whites before laundry time.

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TIP: Invest in pretty baskets that are functional and also aesthetically pleasing.

TIP: Incorporate a framed family photo, piece of artwork or fresh flowers that’ll make spending your time folding a little less of a chore.

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TIP: Store powdered laundry detergent in clear glass jars and liquid detergent in a glass beverage dispenser!

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TIP: A rug can make a typically cold laundry room feel warm and inviting.

TIP: Use the door to the room as a place to keep laundry room necessities.

On the hunt for more organization ideas? See some of our favorite tips and tricks here.

Spring Decorating: Bookshelf Display Tips from Simply Grove

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Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove.

When spring hits, I always go into spring cleaning and organizing mode. It’s just a natural reaction to good weather… I guess. And after I spring clean, I always re-style my shelves. I love to create a fresh look in my space when the seasons change.

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For spring decorating,  I usually gravitate toward a look that is more minimal and clean. Everything that I style has a purpose. Meaning, I add less items that have more value. For instance, in one of my shelves, I placed a wooden candelabra that I inherited from a Danish family member. I displayed it next to a hand panted antique ceramic and let the two items shine for themselves. Another purposeful styling choice is stacking books or magazines and displaying one heavy item on top of the stack. This vessel from Pottery Barn is a perfect choice to place on my magazines.

Another detail that I love to add in the spring is plants. They create such happy moments in a home. And sometimes more is better. But don’t go too overboard or you may begin looking like the crazy plant owner!

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Macrame has been back for awhile now and I’m still loving it. This Macrame vase from Pottery Barn is everything! Leave it empty or fill it with flowers. However you choose to accessorize it, it will make your space look that much more awesome.

I’m loving Olive Green for this season,too. I added it with this long wick candle from Pottery Barn. It’s simple and cool.

How do you plan to refresh your home for spring? Share your ideas and thoughts in the comments.

Get more ideas for spring cleaning and decor here. 

Simply Grove’s Simply Beautiful Living Room Refresh

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Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove — an oh-so-talented stylist, designer and blogger that we adore — just moved into a beautiful 1940s bungalow in Boise, Idaho with her family. We were thrilled to help her out with a little living room refresh to make her space feel warm, fresh, bright and homey.

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We love how Kirsten’s affinity for neutrals never feels boring. Our cable knit pillows and throws and jute rug add texture to the clean and bright space.

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A chunky knit pillow and a simple wire storage basket full of books turned this corner chair into the perfect reading nook.

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One of our new favorite prints now hangs on Kirsten’s living room wall. “It’s a constant reminder of what’s to come,” she says.

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Our mirrored pillar box can hold just about any kind of display — candles, accessories or items from nature. We love how Kirsten used it on her mantle, where she can swap things in and out with ease.

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“I love layering art on the mantle and on the ground, too,” she says. “Along with this wire storage basket for firewood, it creates plenty of interest.”

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It’s amazing how a few, well-chosen accessories can totally transform a room, don’t you think? To see the rest of Kirsten’s living room refresh and more of her amazing designer tips visit her at Simply Grove.

5 Spring Decorating Tips from Our Latest Catalog

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To us, spring is less about the weather and more about a feeling (especially this year). Without fail, the end of February feels like the end of winter — even if Mother Nature doesn’t agree — and we want to jumpstart spring decorating in our homes so it feels fresh, clean and bright.

This year, we’ve encompassed that same ambiance in our spring catalogs. Pattern, color, print and plenty of light fill each and every page. Are you ready to start spring decorating? Take a look at some of our favorite tips from our latest catalog.

PS: Pick up a copy yourself from one of our stores to see even more spring decorating ideas!
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Tip: Be brave with patterned pillows — the angles in these two geometric patterns makes them work together despite their opposing hues.

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Tip: Use hurricanes to add height to your dinnertime display — just make sure they’re not too tall to talk over.

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Tip: Mix and match new and old, expected and unexpected for a surprisingly beautiful display. We love the staggered heights of these found bottles.

2 Spring Gallery Wall Mixed Frames Tip

Tip: There’s no need to keep your gallery wall uniform. Use different frame finishes and sizes for an eclectic, collected look.

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Tip: Use stripes as a neutral — especially when it comes to bedding.

Need more decorating advice? Check out our free design services, and get personalized advice at our free class in all stores on 3/22/15 at 10:00AM, where you can learn simple and affordable ways to refresh your home with new accessories.

See our favorite decorating and design ideas from our Fall catalog.