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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.)

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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

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. Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 12.03.45 PM

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.