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Sneak Peek: Sarah Dorsey’s Entryway Design

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Focusing on her entryway design was Sarah Dorsey‘s first task when moving into her new home. An entryway sets the tone for the rest of the house, and she knew that she wanted to make a great first impression.

Today we’re showing a sneak peek of Sarah’s new entryway, with glimpses of some of our favorite Pottery Barn organizational picks and her top tips for designing your entryway. Keep reading to see her new space and get inspired to decorate your home!

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Sarah’s Top Tips for Designing Your Entryway:

Think about how you want to feel right when you open your front door. “I wanted it to be bright and airy, with pops of pattern and color.” A white walls and ceiling contrast with a darker herringbone floor help to achieve this feel.

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Set the tone for the rest of your house. “Painting the wood in the entry was a huge decision — it would impact how the entire rest of the house would be painted. After several months of considering different combinations of paint and natural wood, I decided that the walls and ceiling should be painted white for continuity and consistency. The entry feels 100% brighter and I can’t wait to see what the entire house looks like after it’s painted!”

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Storage is key. Make sure you have the room to store keys, coats, bags, etc., close to the door in a tidy manner. Dorsey was careful to include hooks, shelves, drawers and open shelving so that everything is organized and easy to access.

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Understand how you plan to use the space. “I tried dozens of different layouts: more storage vs. less storage, seating vs. no seating, shelf vs. large organizational system. Ultimately, I thought about how we would use the space and tailored it around that. Now, we have a space that works for our family and how we use it!”

Our Top Tips for Choosing White Dinnerware (Plus, a Giveaway!)

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Our New, Expanded Collection of Great White Dinnerware
There are a lot of good reasons why we love our Great White Dinnerware collection: it’s beautiful, classic and quality dinnerware that will stand the test of time.

This season, we’ve expanded the collection to include anything and everything your tabletop might be missing. Designed and developed by our in-house design team, the new Great White additions acknowledge that different people eat different ways — and that means we all want something different out of our dinnerware. Our new additions complement every style of cooking, eating and living.

Our Favorite New Additions
We don’t know what it’s like at your house, but coffee is a staple here at PB HQ, so our designers added a brand new set of coffee mugs, cups, creamers and sugar bowls into this collection.

We’ve also made serving food easier — whether you’re having dinner for two or twelve — with additional platters and bowls, a soup terrine, pitcher and small bowls and plates for appetizers and sauces.

Why We Love White Dinnerware
When it comes to dinnerware, there’s something special about simple and classic white dishes. White dishes give you a clean slate when decorating — whether it’s for a dinner party or deciding on a new wall color behind your open kitchen shelves. Plus, serving food on white dishes highlights your meal beautifully — perfect for the Instagram-loving foodie.

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Great White Dinnerware Styles
Coupe: Slim in shape, but with a heavy and sturdy feel, the large size and high edges of Coupe make it great for serving.

Traditional: The original Great White — this classic shape never goes out of style.

Square: This style feels super modern and sleek, much like dinnerware in high-end restaurants.

Rim: The dainty flip on this style of Great White has a slightly old-fashioned feel, similar to antique, all-American dinnerware.

We’re so excited to offer you a beautiful collection with so much thought, time and care put into it by our design team. Whether you like to stick to one style, or mix and match, Great White has something for everyone. 

PS: Enter for a chance to win a set of Great White Dinnerware in the style of your choice! Fill out the form below for a chance to win. Good luck!

Official rules here.

This contest is now closed, thank you!

 

Pillow Fight!

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1. Mercer Ikat Applique Pillow Cover, Ikat Embroidered Lumbar Pillow, Washed Velvet Pillow Covers, Kantha Embroidered Pillow Cover/ 2. Camden Blue Stripe Pillow Cover, Washed Velvet Pillow Covers, Cropped Suzani Pillow Cover/ 3. Ikat Embroidered Lumbar Pillow, Diamond Tile Phulkari Pillow Cover, Alana Printed Pillow Cover/ 4. Alana Printed Pillow Cover, Washed Velvet Pillow Covers, Cropped Suzani Pillow Cover/ 5. Cropped Suzani Pillow Cover/ 6. Mini Suzani Pillow Cover/ 7. Cropped Suzani Pillow Cover, Camden Blue Stripe Pillow Cover, Washed Velvet Pillow Covers/ 8. Washed Velvet Pillow Covers, Kantha Embroidered Pillow Cover, Mercer Ikat Applique Pillow Cover

See more of our Fall collection here. 

5 Ways with Wall Shelves

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When you’re living in a small home, floor space is at a premium. You can only fit so many chairs, tables and accessories into a tiny room before it starts to feel like it’s going to burst at the seams.

That’s why we love wall shelves — they’re one of our favorite space-saving solutions. Instead of taking up valuable room on your floor, they take advantage of a home’s often underestimated vertical space

Take a look at our top 5 ways we like to use wall shelves, and get inspired to decorate your home!

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Living. Tired of crowding your coffee table with all sorts of odds and ends? Clear the decks and put your favorite collectibles on display with wall shelves.

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Bedroom. This decorative ledge almost looks like a mantel, but it’s much more versatile. Use this for an arrangement of your favorite pictures, or install over a desk or vanity to hold perfume and jewelry.

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Office. Clutter piles up quickly in home offices. Use a wall shelf to get it up and off your desk and into organized compartments.

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Kitchen. When you love to cook, it’s easy for your kitchen counters to start filling up with all sorts of stuff. Clear some room for serving and prep with a few well placed wall shelves. This is a great solution for small kitchens that don’t have very many cabinets, too!

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Hallway. There’s no need to cram your entry console with framed pictures of your loved ones — give your hallway some breathing room and use a few wall shelves to open up floor space and draw the eye down your hallway.

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Small Space Styling Tips from Erin Gates of Elements of Style

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Small spaces present their own unique set of decorating challenges. Everything from furniture layout, to color palette, to accessorizing has an important impact on the way the room feels — much more so than more spacious rooms. Erin Gates of Elements of Style is certainly familiar with the issues that come with small spaces, and embraces those problems as decorating opportunities with beautiful solutions. Read on to get her top tips for styling small spaces!

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Gates’ first book, Elements of Style: Designing a Home and a Life, comes out October 7th and is available for pre-order.

Q: Sometimes styling a small space can be intimidating because people don’t want to just add more things to their home. What are your favorite ways to add style to a space without using too many items?

A: My number one piece of advice is to not fill a small space with small furniture and a bevy of small accessories! Think about maximizing your space with fewer, larger items that are functional but also grand: A rug that fills the space fully, regular scale chairs and sofas and BIG art — one big, fabulous work of art on a wall adds drama and makes a space look larger than a bunch of smaller pieces! Also consider painting your smaller spaces darker colors — it seems counter-intuitive but dark colors make walls recede and trick the eye into thinking they’re bigger.

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Q: What are some easy ways to add function and style to a small home?

A: Before you plan your room or buy anything be honest about how the space needs to function for you —not how it would function in an ideal world, but it YOUR real world! This is especially vital in a small home.  If you know your kids won’t put their stuff in a bunch of cute baskets, then it’s a waste to buy them even if they look cute on Pinterest — invest in a bunch of fun, awesome wall hooks instead! The most stylish home is one that serves you best AND reflects who you are as a family. When you have limited space it’s so important that everything not only serve a purpose, but also that it’s something you absolutely LOVE —the real estate in your living room is too valuable for it to be filled with a coffee table you are only so-so on. Wait for something you can’t pass up!

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Q: Do you have any suggestions for people who live in studios? How can you make it feel like a living room and a bedroom at the same time? 

A: Studios are one the trickiest spaces to decorate because you want to be able to entertain a friend or two without it feeling like you’ve invited them to a cocktail party in your bedroom.  I love the use of bookcases and screens to divide a studio space into dedicated areas. Also it’s possible to use ceiling mounted tracks (like those in hospitals) to hang drapery panels into functional room dividers (even when sheer they do delineate “sleeping space” from “watching Scandal” space).

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Q: We love color, but too much of it can feel overwhelming in small homes. What are a few simple ways to make a small space feel bigger without going all white?

A: DO NOT FEAR COLOR IN SMALL SPACES! As I mentioned earlier, dark colors can be your friend in small spaces- but color can be a great way to define one space from another. Just don’t paint every room in your home a different shade — it feels too choppy and scattered.  You want to unify your spaces with an overall theme — say it’s grey — do a light grey in living areas and then a darker grey in the bedroom and maybe a blue-grey in the bath! I find guest rooms and powder rooms to be a great space to go a little crazy and experiment — either with wallpaper or bright color!

Photography courtesy of Erin Gates

It’s Peony Season!

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Hurray, it’s peony season! From the looks of our Instagram feed, it’s clear we aren’t the only ones who love these luscious looking flowers (we love this shot from Sara Mueller with our Beachcomber Tray, below).

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We asked one of our favorite florists, Kiana Underwood of Tulipina, to share her best tips and tricks for working with these beautiful flowers. Read on to see her suggestions for using and caring for peonies!

Q: Everyone gets so excited when it’s peony season! What are your suggestions for working with this fragile flower? 

A: I actually don’t think that peonies are very fragile in comparison to other flowers, like gardenias! However, as with most flowers, you want to make sure that they are hydrated and are not placed in direct sunlight.

When I bring peonies back from the market, I trim their stems in an angle and place them in water somewhere cool — that is where they stay until I begin working with them.

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Q: What are your favorite flowers to include in peony arrangements?

A: Since peonies are such big flowers, I consider them to be statement flowers. They are sort of the star of the show and the focal point of the arrangement. So I like to use smaller flowers, such as mock orange (when in season), sweet peas, or ranunculus along with some foliage and possibly some type of fruit or berry branches for added texture and beauty.

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Q: What is the best way to keep an arrangement of peonies lasting as long as possible? 

A: The best way to keep any arrangement is to use flowers when they are not quite fully opened and at the end of their life. You don’t necessarily want to use closed buds either, but somewhere about halfway is usually the best bet for having your arrangement last long and continue to flourish.

Photos by N.R. Underwood

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Hello, Color! How to Decorate with Sherwin-Williams Paint’s Distance

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We love using deep, soothing blues in bedrooms. There’s something about the right shade of blue that feels comforting and refreshing all at the same time. Sherwin-Williams’ Distance, part of their color palette with Pottery Barn, is certainly one of these special hues.  Read on to see how we like using this rich but calming blue with some of our favorite bedroom decor.

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In rooms with a lot of natural light, Distance can often feel more concentrated and blue than it does on a swatch. Like any paint, make sure you test it out on one of the walls in your room before you start painting.

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Bedding: Look for a patterned duvet or comforter that’ll really pop against the vivid undertones of Distance. We love how the warm hues in our Maggie Floral Comforter complement blues so beautifully.

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Wall art: Now that you have color and pattern covered, stick to natural and metallic tones for the rest of the room so it doesn’t feel too overwhelming. These Eleanor Frameless Mirrors add just the right amount of glitz without taking away from your statement-making wall color and duvet.

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Lighting: Elements of intricate metalwork, like this Ramona Bedside Lamp, bring visual texture to the space.

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Accessories: Cozy up at night with a chunky knit throw in a soft, neutral color. We love this Oversized Tassle Throw in Ivory or Taupe — it’s the perfect way to stay warm on chilly nights.

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Rugs: Last but not least, make sure your feet stay cozy too with a soft, shag rug. Like the other elements in the room, the Dalton Shag Rug has a distinct texture without distracting from the bold color choices on your walls and bedding.

 

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