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Before and After: Jana Bek’s Amazing Great Room Makeover

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(Written exclusively for Inside & Out by Jana Bek)

I recently refreshed two spaces in our home, and I’m excited to share them with you today!

Our great room and adjoining breakfast nook were long overdue for a makeover — they had some good foundation pieces but they did not flow with the light and airy aesthetic of the rest of our home. When refreshing these spaces, I really wanted to work with as many existing elements as I could, doing so enabled me to stretch my budget without compromising the designs. I hope my tips will help you to do the same in your own home!

First, let’s look at some before photos:

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Painting is one of the most affordable ways to refresh any room. Our spaces were a sad shade of yellow, but this soft white brightened up the rooms beautifully.

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Accent Pillows

Our sofa is a heavy chenille, and not the greatest shade of green, but patterned accent pillows in fresh shades of green, gave the sofa a new lease on life. If your master bedroom is feeling dated, new bedding and accent pillows will have the same effect!

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Flowers and Fauna

Adding greenery to a room instantly adds life, makes the space look lived in, and in turn inviting. I fell in love with these happy faux broad leaf palms as soon as I saw them. Adding them atop our mantle added interest and height. An added bonus is I don’t have to worry about watering them.

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Reimagining Items

The bookshelf in the great room looked too formal and again heavy for the aesthetic I was after – removing the glass doors instantly lightened them up. In our breakfast nook, between the chair and table legs, the space looked busy, a tablecloth was a simple solve.

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Rug to the Rescue

I’ve never been a fan of the tile in our breakfast nook but was not up for retiling. This round jute rug added the beach vibe I was after and draws attention to the dining area and away from the tile. If retiling isn’t in your budget, a rug can be a wonderful solution.

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Save vs. Spend

In our breakfast nook, the light fixture and chairs had to go. I found the vintage bamboo chairs at a local thrift store and painted them a fresh coat of white. Saving in this way enabled me to splurge on the jaw dropping Pottery Barn chandelier. It’s become quite the focal point and as we have an open floor plan it can be enjoyed from multiple rooms.

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The rooms are much more inviting and we love spending time in them more than ever before. I hope my insights & tips find a place in your home!

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Home Office Upgrade with Erin Gates of Elements of Style

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Office decor can quickly become an afterthought when it comes to home decorating. Since it’s a private space — often used by just one person — it can feel pointless to spend too much money decorating your home office.

But as Erin Gates knows, getting your office space right is crucial. Everything from lighting, to seating, to color can impact how much you get done in a day. We worked with Erin to give her new Boston-based office for Erin Gates Design and Elements of Style a little upgrade. We love how she used some of our classic office favorites — like our Daily System and Nash Swivel Chair — with a few unexpected decorative twists to show off her own style.

Read on to see more photos, plus get her expert tips to turn your office into a working wonderland.

Photos by Sarah Winchester

Featured in this office: Nash Leather Swivel Chair, Clift Glass Table Lamp, Silver Hammered Tray, Geode Bookends, Daily System

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1. When furnishing a home office, make sure you consider non-office specific furniture as a resource — small dining tables make great desks and dining chairs are a comfy (and pretty) alternative to desk chairs.

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2. Organization is the most essential part of a well-functioning home office, so be sure to utilize as many storage pieces as you think you will need. This includes file cabinets, dressers, drawers, baskets, and shelving. Skimping on this only leads to clutter, so assess all your “stuff” before buying furniture.

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3. Make sure to decorate in a way that makes you happy and motivated! A bold wall color or rug, a large pin board for inspirational imagery, and pretty window treatments do a lot to help you stay focused and inspired on your tasks.

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4. Good lighting is key to a comfortable work environment, so have multiple levels of lighting including ceiling fixtures, table lamps, and a floor lamp or sconces. And don’t just stick to desk lamps — if your desk is big enough, dress it up with a gorgeous glass or ceramic lamp in a pretty color!

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5. Always hang your drapes high to the ceiling, not right above the window! This rule applies to any room of the house, since it makes your ceilings look higher.  Make sure your curtains are the proper length, too — just kissing the floor is preferred. A seamstress or even your dry cleaner may be able to hem panels for you in no time.

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6. In your office or other high traffic areas in the home, use decorative trays to contain clutter or separate projects from each other.  That way you can just move your work from one room another easily.

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7. Bookshelves are a space that are ideal for pretty displays but often get incredibly cluttered. Buy matching baskets to conceal items you don’t need visible and invest in a few sets of decorative book ends to keep your books in check.  Mix in small art and sculptural objects to complete the vignette!

Need more home office tips? See some of our favorites here
Read more of Erin’s design tips on her blog, Elements of Style

Before and After: Guest Room Makeover with House of Brinson

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The incredibly talented Brinsons did a guest room makeover in their stunning 19th century home, called Stony Ford (you can read more about the history behind the Stony Ford home here). We were lucky enough to partner with this talented couple to help them decorate the space in their beautiful, unique style. Keep reading to see more of this jaw-dropping before and after!

Seen in this image: Maison Canopy BedLeona Brass Side TableKinsey Jewelry BoxMaison Canopy BedCrochet Shams, Belgian Linen Sheet Set, Organic Essential Blanket, Ellie Cashman wallpaper, vintage lamps, vintage rug, vintage armoire, Vince Accent TableSalinger Upholstered Chair

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Seen in this image: Maison Canopy BedLeona Brass Side TableKinsey Jewelry BoxMaison Canopy BedCrochet Shams, Belgian Linen Sheet Set, Organic Essential Blanket, Ellie Cashman wallpaper, vintage lamp

HOB_PotteryBarn_YD_BED_2Seen in this image: Maison Canopy BedLeona Brass Side TableKinsey Jewelry BoxMaison Canopy BedCrochet Shams, Belgian Linen Sheet Set, Organic Essential Blanket, Ellie Cashman wallpaper, vintage lamps

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The entire before and after process took William and Susan Brinson about five weeks — the fastest they’ve ever pulled something together. It’s an impressive timeline given the amount of work that had to be done to makeover the guest room and the limited workforce (aka William and Susan did most of the work themselves). “This is real and doesn’t just happen overnight,” says Susan. “Sometimes we bump into unexpected things, or a project we didn’t think would take as long takes 10 times longer than expected.”

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Transforming the room from before to after included removing two layers of wallpaper, securing plaster on walls, painting radiators, removing and stripping paint from all three doors, painting and wallpapering the room, decorating, accessorizing and styling.

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Seen in this image: Bailey Bedside Lamp

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The room’s decor was carefully selected to complement the statement-making wallpaper from Ellie Cashman. Susan and William wanted the wallpaper to stand out, and quickly found out how controversial the wallpaper and black wall color were among their fans.

We love how Susan addresses the wall color controversy here: “I feel like I owe y’all some kind of confessional video on why I decided to go with black as the room color. All the concerns you’d have about painting a room black, such as it’s going to be dark, the ceilings will look low, it’s too dark or depressing. I’ve considered it all and still went for it. The main reason: I used this very feminine wall paper from Ellie Cashman on the back wall, and that’s the star of the room. You walk in and WOW that wallpaper looks amazing. The best feature is this room is really large, so the black color didn’t close the room in. There is plenty of space to move around and all the natural light makes the room feel spacious as well. All in all, the black was a perfect subtle backdrop for furniture and complimented the wallpaper. I also kept the window treatments and bedding light and airy.”

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Seen in this image: Vince Accent TableSalinger Upholstered ChairRuched Faux Fur Throw

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Seen in this image: Salinger Upholstered ChairRuched Faux Fur Throw

Want to see more? Check out House of Brinson’s takeover of @potterybarn on Instagram today!

Learn more about House of Brinson here.

Summer Color Trend: Coral and Turquoise

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Long gone are the days when coral and turquoise were only suited for homes in Florida or the Bahamas. This summer, we’re bringing these bright and beachy hues into every room in the house. A turquoise pillow on a neutral sofa, a splash of coral on an all-white bed or a mix of both on an outdoor rug will help you and your home embrace the new season.

Take a look at some of our favorite (and ridiculously easy) ways to update your home with coral and turquoise this summer.

Shop our favorite coral and turquoise pillows, rugs and dinnerware.
Plus, check out our new summer color palette from Sherwin-Williams. 
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Our Favorite Summer #mypotterybarn Moments

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Let’s face it — real life does not look like a catalog. Who has time to steam their slipcovers and fluff their duvets every day?

But we also believe that real life can be just as (if not more!) inspiring and beautiful. That’s why we’re so excited to bring our #mypotterybarn gallery to life — where we’re inspired by you!

Take a look at some of our favorites (so far):
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We love how these #mypotterybarn photos show how summer style can happen in any space — whether you’re lucky enough to have a sunny patio or covered front porch, or just plan to add some color to your tabletop or apartment balcony.

Do you have a #mypotterybarn moment to share? Follow us on Instagram and upload your photo with #mypotterybarn (or upload straight to our gallery page) — all photos posted before June 10 will be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 Pottery Barn gift card!

See more details/official rules here.

Our Favorite #PBLovesMoms Photos

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It’s almost Mother’s Day! Here at Pottery Barn, we’ve been celebrating moms all week long on Instagram with our #PBLovesMoms Contest. (PS: Click the link to enter now — there’s only one day left!) We’re loving all of the adorable photos that you’ve submitted with the most important woman (or women!) in your life. Take a look at some of our favorites (from fans just like you!) below.
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A sweet (pun intended!) mom and daughter moment via @chocolateandlace.

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Mom, grandma and baby at the beach — via @thevelvetyann.

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Sleepy snuggles with mom and baby via @theseacannon.

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Three happy generations — grandma, mom and daughter — via @labbott03.

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Love this throwback (such a great #tbt snap) from @mjhgrams!

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Matching mom & daughter flower crowns from @saturdayswithsophia.

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Making memories in the kitchen — via @michelleandbrookeshop.

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An intimate mom & daughter wedding day moment via @carolinemarie85.

What’s your favorite snapshot with Mom? We want to see it! Don’t forget, today is the last day to enter our #PBLovesMoms Mother’s Day Instagram Contest — click here to learn more.

Our Favorite #mypotterybarn Photos of the Week

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Spring has sprung on Instagram! We’re loving the bursts of beautiful flowers, pops of bright colors and glimpses of sunshine that we’re seeing on the #mypotterybarn hashtag. Take a look at some of our favorite photos from this week on Instagram, and don’t forget to submit your photos using #mypotterybarn!

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A burst of blue hydrangeas in one of our Tuscan Urns is just what we needed to brighten up a Tuesday afternoon. (via @tabithagrace21)

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TGIF!  We’re ready for a drink from our Brooke Bar Cart. (via @mcd378

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Our Cambria Dinnerware and Benchwright Dining Table complete this Easter table, don’t you think? (via @@modeleatsblog)

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Our Serendipity Lumbar Pillow + Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow + Vince Side Table + two hysterical #pbpets = Instagram photo gold. (via @jcfrias)

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Our Lucianna Duvet adds just the right touch to this beautiful spring guest room. (via @leerohrbaugh

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Spring has sprung. The bulbs in Bosphorous Bowl are in full bloom! (via @ejsmont_ewelina)

Follow us on Instagram to see more!

Plus, don’t forget to submit your Pottery Barn style with #mypotterybarn on Instagram — we’ll regram our favorites!

Color Mix! Our Favorite Spring Color Palettes for Bedrooms

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As one of the most private rooms in the home, the bedroom is really where we can let our personal taste shine. It’s an oasis, a retreat and a sanctuary. We believe it’s the perfect place to stay true to your own style — and choosing just the right color palette is a huge part of that. Take a look at some of our favorite color palettes for Spring, below.
PotteryBarn_ColorMixesWhich colors are you going to add to your bedroom this season? Find just what you need here.

 

Our Favorite #PBpets from February!

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There were so many cute #pbpets on Instagram in February, it’d be impossible to choose a favorite. So, we didn’t! take a look at all of the adorable #pbpets we featured in the month of February — from Henri, to Steve, to Lotie — and tell us which one’s your favorite in the comments!

PS: Don’t forget to submit photos of your pet with your favorite Pottery Barn item using #pbpet on Instagram.

Henri the Frenchie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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See the top #PBpets of 2014 here. 

5 Easy (and Affordable!) Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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Anyone else feel those mid-winter blues this week? January’s half-way point has come and gone, and we’re just starting to realize how much cold weather we have left.

Have no fear — there are some incredibly easy and affordable ways to beat the winter blues until Spring arrives. Take a look at 5 of our favorites!
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1. Eat something sweet and sunny. The bright taste of lemon is an instant pick-me-up. These 27 delicious (and gorgeous) lemony dessert recipes (Hello, warm lemon pudding cake!) are a great place to start. (via Buzzfeed)

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2. Bring a little life into your home. It’s a fact — having a little bit of plant life makes even the dreariest day seem brighter. Create your own indoor jungle with this guide. (via Apartment Therapy)

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3. Play with pops of color. Just because it’s dull and gray outside doesn’t mean your home has to match. Paint one bright accent wall in one of your living spaces! Don’t want to paint? Try something temporary and super playful to brighten your mood, like this paint swatch wall! (via Poppytalk)

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4. Organize it! Clearing out all of the old junk from last year and starting with a blank slate is a lot of work, but well worth it, considering how it will make spending time indoors that much more enjoyable.  Use these expert tips to organize your home room by room.

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5. Treat yourself. Everyone deserves a little luxury! Take an hour to give yourself a little spa treatment — we love this easy avocado face mask. (via Sincerely, Kinsey)

Tell us: How do you like to kick the winter blues?