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More Than Just A Holiday …

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We know home is where the memories happen — the big moments, the small moments and everything in between. Life is a an accumulation of experiences intricately tied to each other through our familial bonds and friendly interactions.  As you venture out of your homes to shop, to meet friends or simply  to work off that extra piece of piece, remember to take a moment and relish.

Enjoy your long weekend and those tasty leftovers!



Glitter Guide’s Holiday Must Haves

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We all have that friend who always seems to knows what’s hip before everyone else.  She has an innate sense of style and is the go to person among your friend circle you check with before buying a gift.  Taylor Sterling, Founder of Glitter Guide, is one those people and we love her for it!  She fills the Glitter Guide with must haves for home and fashion all filtered through her unique sense of effortless style.  So we love that she agreed to curate some of her favorite gifts from our Holiday Gift selection with us.  We tasked Taylor and her crew to come up with an unique approach to celebrate the holiday and she didn’t disappoint!

Some people love wrapping presents while others don’t but who doesn’t love a party?  So why not combine both and throw a gift wrapping get together?  Everyone brings a roll of wrapping paper, a snack and a bottle – so simple but a great way to squeeze in some extra time with friends during the holiday rush.  We then asked Taylor to share a little insight into the holidays from traditions to avoiding stress.

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What is a tradition you have with your family during the holidays?
My family always takes a photo with us all crammed at the very top of the staircase on Christmas morning. It’s sort of hilarious these days since there are so many of us. It’s always an ordeal to get everyone to smile and to get the camera to auto-snap our picture. Those funny moments are ones I’ll always cherish.

Glitter Guide Gifting Potter Barn Bed & Bath 3Featured: Oversized Triangle Throw  // LED String Lights // Sheepskin Rug // San Francisco Pillow // NYC Crewel Embroidered Pillow 

Is there a family heirloom (old or new) that you love to display during the holidays?
My mom saved my old stocking from when I was a baby. It’s super sweet. Now I have it for my daughter. I love having special things to pass down to her.

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Do you have a tip for avoiding the holiday stress?
Just to go with the flow as much as possible. It’s hard to let go of your expectations for the holidays, but it’s important to remember that it’s really about spending time with loved ones and being grateful. That and having a glass of wine helps too!

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Need gift inspiration?  Check out our Top Ten Gift List as well as a host of other options to surprise and delight your loved ones this holiday season.

Photography: Em Scott

Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake from Sugary & Buttery

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Hummingbird cake is a traditional Southern dessert that goes back to the late 1970s.  The origins of the recipe are murky but lore has it that the first recorded version of the recipe appeared in Southern Living magazine in 1978.  Since then, the cake  has taken a life of its own and become part of the Southern dessert repertoire.  So when Melina of Sugary & Buttery presented us with a pumpkin version of this beloved recipe, we couldn’t wait to share!  We love seeing how traditions can be updated and this Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake is the perfect example!

Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake

Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake with Maple Buttercream


For the Cake:
Unsalted butter, for greasing
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup pecan pieces
1/2 can of pumpkin puree
1/2 cup crushed pineapple (about half a can), drained
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup canola oil

For the maple buttercream frosting:
6 sticks butter, room temperature
1 package cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup


Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 6-inch round cake pans and dust with flour.  Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake until fragrant and toasted, about 8 minutes. Let cool slightly, then roughly chop. Add the pumpkin puree and the crushed pineapple and mix well.

– Whisk the flour, the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Beat the eggs and granulated sugar in a separate bowl with a mixer on high speed until thick and light, 5 minutes. Gradually beat in the vegetable oil.  Sprinkle the flour mixture over the egg mixture, then gently fold to make a thick batter. Fold in the pecan-fruit mixture, then transfer the batter to the prepared pans.

– Bake until the cakes are firm and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in the pans on a rack and then invert the cakes onto the rack to cool completely.

Make the buttercream: Beat the butter in your electric mixer on medium high speed for about 5 minutes. Add the maple syrup and keep whisking. Scrape down sides if necessary. Add the cream cheese and the powdered sugar and keep beating for at least 5 minutes, or until buttercream has desired consistency.

– Once the cakes are cooled down completely (preferably over night), cut the tops off and cut each cake in 2 layers. Assemble and frost the cake and decorate with chopped pecans, if desired.


And be sure to share your traditions during our #BeHomeTogether campaign!  Upload your photos to Instagram, tag with @PotteryBarn and use the hashtag #behometogether to be entered to win a $2500 shopping spree.  Please see our complete rules for eligibility.

Looking for something specific?  Flip through our recipe archives for additional inspiration for your Thanksgiving dinner!

Photography: Sugary & Buttery

Celebrating Friendsgiving with HonestlyYUM

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Thanksgiving is officially one week from today and it seems that everyone we know is immersed in last minute travel details or the frantic scramble to accommodate visiting family.  However, what about those who aren’t going to spending time with their family over the holiday?  For most, the Thanksgiving weekend is filled with the family they made; the friends and loved ones who will gather over the long weekend to support, celebrate and embrace the new traditions they have created together.  This annual gathering of friends to celebrate Thanksgiving even now has a name, Friendsgiving – which we love!  We loved it so much that we teamed up with HonestlyYUM to help plan out the perfect Friendsgiving.

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And remember that we want to hear how you are celebrating the holidays!  Be sure to upload your favorite holiday moments to Instagram, tag @potterybarn and include the hashtag #behometogether for your chance to win a $2500 shopping spree!  Click here for complete rules and eligibility.

Photo Credit: Ivan Solis

Share Your Traditions With Us To Win $2500

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Whether you call it your pad, nest or abode, your home is a special place; even more so during the holidays.  It’s where laughter is had, food shared and memories made.  Home is the heart of tradition and we love that we contribute in our small way in helping you and your family craft those meaningful moments.  With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we are asking you to share your traditions with us.


Entering the contest could not be more simple.  Post a picture highlighting your Pottery Barn style on Instagram, tag @PotteryBarn and include the hashtag #behometogether for a chance to win a $2,500 Pottery Barn shopping spree.  Enter as many times as you want now through November 29, 2015.  Be creative.  Have fun.  Remember we are celebrating YOUR unique sense of style and tradition!

The contest winner will be randomly selected on 11/30/2015.  Please see our complete rules for eligibility.

Host A Moscow Mule Party

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We love Christy from Colonial House of Flowers! After the amazing and inspiring curb appeal story she created for us last month, we knew we had to invite her back to share more of her pin-worthy ideas. Christy didn’t disappoint creating a beautiful Moscow Mule Bar, perfect for Fall dinner parties with the help of her partners in design, Lavin Label and The Vine Garden Market. Here are some simple tips for recreating this lush look.


Tip 1: Use the same color fresh flowers on tables.

It’s easy to get arrangements that are all the same color right. Cut and put seasonal earth tone millets, Queen Anne’s lace and local greens in a creative container like this Carolina Vase or Mood Moss in a found dough bowl for a look that’s effortless and stunning.  Add them loosely for a natural look.


Tip 2: Add candles and found greenery for elegance.

Rather than traditional Fall foliage try fresh trimmed succulents and air plants. It doesn’t get more beautiful (or easy) than that. Plus when it comes to setting the mood, you can’t beat the immediate impact of flickering lantern light like the Wyeth Recycled Glass Lanterns. Put fresh clipped kernels and tons of candles everywhere!


Tip 3: Tray of drinks.

Easiest way to impromptu conversation? You know, we like to mingle. The Fretwork Rim Mirror Tray full of a signature cocktail that guests make themselves invites just that! Scratch the paper and used hand lettered signs in seasonal fruit like apples or limes to add savoir faire.


Monica’s Moscow Mule

Step 1: Combine 2 oz of Ketel One Vodka and 1 oz of Fresh Lime Juice and pour into Moscow Mule Copper Mug over Ice


Step 2: Top with Ginger Beer and garnish with Mint


Step 3: Enjoy!

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Photography: Kelli Boyd Photography


How To Make Adult Butterbeer

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If you have no idea what butterbeer is, don’t worry because we had to ask Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha for explanation too.  When she proposed the recipe, all of us in the office envisioned a drink only Homer Simpson could love, but we were quickly informed that the drink is actually based on another fictional man-child favorite, Harry Potter.  While traditionally nonalcoholic, Mandy created an “adult” version for us that will soon have you toasting your fellow muggles.  Click here to get this Hogswarts worthy brew recipe.

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Halloween isn’t just for Kids!

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One of our favorite parts about Halloween, aside from the tasty treats, is sipping on a festive cocktail as we prepare our costumes for the night.  This year you’ll find us indulging in these Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolates made with Don Julio Tequila and the spices of the season.

We love how Mandy Kellogg Rye from Waiting on Martha has added some black magic to the cocktail with Ancho Chili Powder and Cayenne Pepper to give it a spicy kick and a bold devilish taste! Click here see what else makes this spooka-licious drink extraordinary.

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How to make a Gin Punch

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It’s time to break out your punch bowl and mix up one of our favorite festive drinks crafted by Mandy Kellogg Rye from Waiting on Martha! If you’re hosting this year’s holiday party, the Ginny Gin Gin Punch will be the perfect signature drink, made with Tanqueray and Oleo Saccharum. Wait, what’s Oleo Saccharum?  Click HERE to find out and get this delicious recipe that’s beloved by all—even those who claim to not like gin-based drinks! Waiting on Martha Ginny Gin Gin RecipeWaiting on Martha Ginny Gin Gin Recipe

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Cheers to the Perfect Fall Cocktail

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Apple season is here and we couldn’t be more thrilled! We are welcoming autumn with a series of deliciously good  cocktail recipes, crafted by Mandy Kellogg Rye from Waiting on Martha. First up is this crisp Rummy Spiced Cider made with Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum. It’s filled with our favorite flavors of fall and can be served both hot or cold. Click here for the ingredients and instructions for crafting this festive drink. (And don’t forget, this is the first of many seasonal recipes to come!)

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