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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!
Spring Bedding Tip 2

Tip: Be brave with patterned pillows — the angles in these two geometric patterns makes them work together despite their opposing hues.

Dining Table Display Spring Tip

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

Spring Living Room Display Tip

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.

2 Spring Bedding Tip

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.

How To: Decorate a Coffee Table for Spring

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Even if it’s still snowing outdoors, you can help spring get a head start in your home. Last week, two of our amazing in-house designers, Brett and Trudy, hosted a live video event to help you refresh your home for spring. [See a recorded version of this live event here.]

The talented duo had some fantastic tips for decorate a coffee table for spring — some of them illustrated in this video!

Want to decorate your coffee table for spring? Keep it simple and stick to a mix of 5 items:

A decorative box: For storage and height.

Botanical element (flowers, branches, plants, or even shells and stones): Something organic helps pull the entire look together.

Books: Stack them horizontally or vertically for visual interest.

Unique treasures: Mix textures, colors and metals for visual tension. Use something unexpected!

A tray: Gathering things together in a tray sets them apart and makes them feel special. Plus, it makes it easier to clear the coffee table when company arrives.

See more of our video how-to guides here.

New Year’s Resolutions: How To Organize Your Home Room by Room

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Who doesn’t feel extra motivated to organize your home come January 1st? But as the month wears on, it’s easy to lose steam, and let all of the home organization to-do’s slip to the bottom of the list. This year, we’ve gathered our favorite organization tips and tricks to make sure you can organize your home room by room — and actually (yes, actually!) make it happen. To top it off, our experts share how to make sure your home is organized year round. Read on to get their tips!

(PS: You can see more of the entryway makeover pictured below here.)


1. Stay Organized: How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

TIP: “Agreements we make with ourselves are easy to fudge: Find someone to commit to your decluttering goal with, whether it’s one person or a group,” says Professional Organizer Jennifer Phelps. “Everyone should set a goal — whether it’s a similar or different project — and hold each other accountable. Encourage each other, confess when you fall behind, and share rewards and celebrations!”

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2. Refresh, Renovate and Organize Your Living Room

TIP: “Often, I recommend clients remove everything from the room that isn’t essential, like the couch or TV,” says Professional Organizer Liz Jenkins. “Then, they can group together the decorative items, and donate or discard anything that doesn’t really speak to them or their current style and ‘shop’ from what’s left. Once things are back in place, you can identify holes in your décor and purchase accordingly.”


3. How to Organize Your Bathroom (and Actually Keep It Clean!)

TIP: Define problem areas. Under the vanity, drawers, medicine cabinets and bathroom shelving become automatic dumping grounds in many bathrooms. Take the time to sort through each space. “I recommend completely emptying the whole area, sorting what you have and then grouping like with like,” says Liz Jenkins. “You may find you have 8 bottles of hair spray but you didn’t realize it because they were scattered around in different spots.”


4. 8 Ways to Organize and Refresh Your Home Office

TIP: Paper is the biggest issue in home offices. Think about going digital as much as possible, but if you’d rather stick to hard copies, you’ll have to get organized. “Rarely does anyone enjoy filing and sorting through paper. But it’s a necessary evil,” Professional Organizer Amy Trager says. “Create paper systems that are realistic and reasonable. Don’t make a system that needs to be kept up on a daily basis if you know you won’t get to it more than once a week.”


5. Welcome Your Guests With an Impeccably Organized Entryway

TIP: Are you someone who leaves their mail to pile up for days, weeks or even months on the entry console? Try this trick: Put all of your (non-urgent) mail in a pretty basket in your entryway. Instead of stressing about it during the week, save it for a lazy weekend morning, when you can sort through it over a cup of coffee.

Bedroom Makeover: Luxurious Neutrals with Erin Gates

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New year, new look! January is all about fresh starts, and this January we want to help all of our fans and followers reimagine their home for a new year. We’ll be sharing our expert design tips and tricks, top helpful links from around the web, and exclusive makeovers from some of our favorite bloggers and designers.


Let’s kick off this week with one seriously stunning bedroom makeover from Erin Gates, featuring some of our favorite bedding: Our Morgan Duvet and our Caramel Ombre Faux Fur Throw.


Although we’re big fans of embracing color in the new year, we love how Erin used a neutral palette to create a calm and soothing space that still has plenty going on. A luxurious mix of patterns and textures completely transformed this bedroom — taking it from shabby to chic.


Take a look at the full bedroom makeover details (including before and afters) on Erin’s blog, Elements of Style.

(Photos by Sarah Winchester

Non-Traditional Holiday Decor: A Stunning Floral Arrangement That Goes Beyond Red & Green

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Written and styled exclusively for Inside & Out by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina
Photographed by Nathan Underwood Photography


I take any and every opportunity to use non-traditional holiday decor in my home — I tend to stay away from the traditional looks and color palettes for floral arrangements. Not everything must be gold, red, and green, and if you enjoy a more natural and neutral color palate, there is no reason not to create just that for your holiday centerpiece.



This wine trough is simply lovely. I love the natural look of the wood and I think it could give a new twist to any holiday entertaining, and be used as either a centerpiece or just an arrangement for a buffet table. I used a few of these at a cocktail party which was held at a woodworker’s shop, and it turned out perfectly!

For the palette, I chose more subtle colors as well as decided to use some tomato vines from my garden which complemented the natural look I had in mind.

Flowers: peony, ranunculus, anemone, rose, porcelain berry vine, tomato vine, privet,

Note: To ensure that you don’t have any water leakage, you will need to line the insert for this trough. In general, unless you are sure that a vessel is watertight, always do a quick fill test to determine if any lining may be necessary.

Holiday Table Decorating Tips: 4 Tips to Using Everyday Dinnerware This Season

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Let’s be honest — we’d all love for our holiday dinner tables to look like a winter wonderland, but sometimes it just isn’t realistic. Decorating your table with a limited amount of time and budget requires a clever mix of everyday essentials and select holiday flair.

We love these holiday table settings for their mix of pretty red + white basics that can be used year round, with a few chargers, napkin rings, appetizer plates and napkins mixed in for holiday cheer. Are you on the hunt for easy holiday table decorating tips? Read on to get our top four tips, below:
holiday table decorating tips

1. Accent white dinnerware with festive chargers. You don’t need to buy a full set of dinnerware to make your holiday dinner party feel special. We love using glimpses of metallic — like these gold leaf chargers — to add just a little sparkle and shine. Bonus: These can be used year round!

2. Mix and match textiles you can use every holiday. Red or neutral table linens (especially when paired with a fun napkin ring) will add the perfect pop to your existing table setting.

3. Invest in a set of colorful dinner plates. We love using color year round! Whether you decide to go with red, blue, green or more — investing in a set of brightly colored plates means you only need a few accessories for the holidays.

4. Use appetizer plates as accents. Dress up your table with festive appetizer/salad plates for the season — they’re a little more affordable than a full dinner set, and easy to match with any of your dinnerware!

Curious about our top classic dinnerware picks? Be sure to check out Great WhiteCambriaGabriella and the new Napoli.


How to Make a Long Lasting Centerpiece and Planter with Tulipina

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Written exclusively for Inside & Out by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina
Photos by Nathan Underwood

When it comes to floral arrangements, many people are concerned that the money they
spend doesn’t go very far given fresh cut flowers don’t last more than 4-5 days. So, I
decided to create a planter for those who would prefer to have a long-lasting
centerpiece or planter, using Pottery Barn’s Antique Silver Serve Bowl.

Even at your local market or grocery store, there is quite an array of different plants to
combine and create into an eye-catching and longer lasting arrangement. There are a
variety of beautiful mini-rose plants available at the market, so with a quick stop at
Trader Joe’s and my local nursery, I was able to find plans of different colors, shapes,
and textures to create this planter.

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I particularly like this silver bowl and the writing that is etched on the rim: “Together with
friends and family is always the happiest place to be” – it is the perfect motto for the
holiday season.

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I chose two shades of mini-rose plants, maidenhair vine, waffle plant (for the lovely
purplish foliage), a small hydrangea, rosemary, and finished with the lovely stephanotis
plant for a delicate and beautiful aroma.

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It has been two weeks and the planter is still intact and beautiful, and it only needs
water every 2-3 days.

Take a look at more of Kiana’s amazing centerpieces here.

Transitional Table Decor: Take Your Table from Fall to Winter

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December’s officially here! We couldn’t be more excited to start the countdown to Christmas — but our home decor has some catching up to do. Thanksgiving was just a few days ago, so it doesn’t feel quite right to pack every bit and piece of our fall decor away yet.

gold charger fall table

This stunning tabletop does a perfect job of bridging the gap between the end of fall and the beginning of winter. Glints of gold contrast with rustic linens and classic white dinnerware in a casual, luxe setting.

fall to winter table


fall to thanksgiving table

Mixed and matched glassware and staggered candlesticks bring an additional element of interest. The bear salt and pepper shakers add just the right touch of whimsy, too.

gold charger white plate

fall flowers


How will you transition your home decor from fall to winter?

cheese plate 2

fall bouquet

bear salt and pepper

Designer: Wedding Mode
Flowers: Sprout
Catering:  Otto’s
Photography: Amber Vickery

Pottery Barn items: Gold Leaf Charger, Napoli Dinnerware, Napoli Oval Serving Platter, Bear Salt & Pepper Shakers, Fox Napkin Rings, Cast Leaf Lidded Serve Bowl

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!


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.



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.


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


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?