Category Archives: How-To

3 Easy Tips to Refresh All White Bedding

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This post was written exclusively for Inside & Out by Jana Bek of Jana Bek Design.

A white duvet offers you a ton of versatility to change up the look of your bed as your tastes change. For this reason, white bedding and duvets are my go-to for clients’ bedroom designs and in my own home.

I love using all-white duvets that have an accent or border for a pop of hue and added interest. I’m using my new Pottery Barn Pearl Embroidered Duvet to show you how to layer on pattern and color to make this staple duvet even more beautiful!

1. Pick Your Palette

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I recommend finding a multicolored pillow you love and use it as your anchor.  In my master bedroom, the vintage barkcloth floral pillows are tying all of the happy hues together. Then, coordinate your other pillows to your anchor pillow.

2. Pattern Play

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To create interest, vary the pattern types in your throw pillows — here I have the navy dot pillows, floral, then the graphic Greek key lumbar. You could also do solid pillows, floral and a geometric or stripe print. This rule also ensures the prints do not compete or look redundant.

3. Size it Up

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I often get asked: What sizes (and how many) pillows I recommend for styling a bed? For a queen/full, I do two, 24-by-24 inch pillows in the back, then two, 20-by-20 inch pillows, and a lumbar or bolster pillow in the front. For a king, it’s the same, except I recommend three, 24-by-24 pillows in the back. To make sure your pillows are nice and full, buy an insert that is one size larger than your pillow cover — so, for a 24-by-24 pillow cover, use a 24-by-24 pillow insert.

Drape a colorful throw at the end of your bed and resist diving in to your gorgeous design!

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Easy, Chic Styling for Small Console Tables

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Styling is harder than it looks — somehow, even copying a catalog photo move for move still doesn’t always turn out right. We love Interior Designer Jana Bek‘s approach to styling — relax, and have fun with it! When you take a happy, natural approach to styling your home, it’ll feel natural and happy — even if it’s not catalog perfect.

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Take a peek at Jana’s easy styling tips for small console tables in an entry — one of the hardest parts of the home to tackle. Then, start stocking up on decor so you can practice and play in your own home!

(Photos by Meghan Cavanaugh Photography)

Easy Chic Styling for Small Console Tables

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Even if you have a petite console you want to style, it can still pack a pretty punch!

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Height always adds interest, so with a narrow table, a tall plant, (like the orchid seen in this Wichita Falls client’s home) accomplishes that without overwhelming the table, as a lamp might. Pottery Barn frames are another go–to of mine for height, as they have a few beautiful styles with interesting borders, like the pearl inlaid one seen here, which adds additional height to an 8×10 frame.

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If you are buying items online for a smaller space – pay close attention to dimensions – this Pottery Barn mercury tray is actually a vanity tray; just large enough to stash keys and small clutter.

Suggested decorative items:
Mother of Pearl Picture Frames, Brynn Mirrored Tray, Live Orchid, Clementine Homescent Collection

See more of Jana’s tips here. 

A Simply Beautiful (and Quite Charming!) Fall Tabletop + Win a Set of Our Cambria Dinnerware!

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Out with the old, in with the new! With the first day of fall officially behind us (adios, summer!), it feels like the perfect time to switch out our outdoor dinnerware for rich autumn hues. We love how deep olive green, bright pumpkin orange and a splash of sunflower yellow define the color palette for this lovely tabletop by Joelle Charming.

The simple but statement making arrangement features our Cambria Dinnerware (in a new Olive hue),  Perotti Flatware and Cliff Wood & Metal Lanterns.

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Plus, we LOVE this delicious, fall-inspired rum cocktail recipe she whipped up with Ron Zacapa 23 Rum:

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Ingredients:

Spoonful of raw sugar (to taste)
A few dashes of Angostura bitters
2 oz. of spiced rum
Orange peel

Instructions:

Muddle together the sugar and bitters in the bottom of a rocks glass and add the rum. Mix together with a spoon and add ice. Squeeze the juice from the peel of an orange on top, and serve cold.

Notes: 

You can also use sugar syrup or a sugar cube, if you prefer.

10 Decorating and Design Ideas from Pottery Barn’s Fall Catalog

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Believe it or not — we look forward to our catalogs coming out as much as you do! It’s such a treat to see all of our hard work come together, and these gorgeous books are chock full of great design inspiration.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite photos from our fall catalogs, along with great design tips from each space. Take a look at our top 10 decorating and design ideas from our fall catalog, below.

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1. Contrary to popular belief, your bed doesn’t have to go against a wall. If you have the space, push it out towards the middle of the room, and put a bench behind the headboard and at the foot of the bed for extra seating and storage.

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2. Not every dining table needs chairs! Use two benches and keep the ends of the table free from seating — it creates a communal vibe and allows for more circulation in the space.

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3. Sometimes art looks best when it’s not on the wall. Mix it up — instead of hanging all your art, lean larger pieces against the wall for a different point of view.

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4. Stick to a single color palette. We’re all for dramatic, contrasting colors in a room, but there’s something so chic about using a single color in various hues.

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5. Paint your trim and walls the same color. The color treatment gives traditional crown molding a more modern twist.

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6. Stagger height and texture in vignettes. Mix art, sculpture and display items in different shapes and sizes for visual interest.

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7. Make your coffee table do double duty. A trunk like this isn’t just a unique take on a coffee table — it also stores extra pillows, blankets or board games to keep clutter out of sight.

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8. Face the light. Natural light makes all the difference in a room — enjoy it as much as possible! Turn your furniture to face the light and your view — it’ll make work more enjoyable, we promise.

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9. Combine your dining table and island. Don’t have a dining room? No problem. Use your table as the same space for prep, serving and eating in your kitchen.

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10. Fill up your fireplace. In many older homes and apartments, a fireplace is just for show. If yours has been sealed up, don’t let that space go to waste — we love how the firewood in this shot turned it into a work of art.

How to Do Coastal Style Right: Q&A with Designer Tim Clarke

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Few people understand coastal style better than designer Tim Clarke. His Santa Monica, California-based office creates work that defines coastal living today. Whether it’s a small beach house on the California coast, or a celebrity mansion in the Mediterranean, Clarke understands that what makes a home look coastal is less about the aesthetic and more about the vibe.

Read on for this amazing designer’s top tips to bringing a coastal look into your home.

Photography: Noah Webb 

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Q: A lot of people are under the impression that coastal style has to involve a lot of rope, coral and nautical motifs. But does it always have to? How would you define coastal style?
A: I think coastal style is more about a feeling than actual objects and motifs. There is this feeling that’s created when you live at the beach, and it doesn’t have anything to do with shells, anchors, or red, white, and blue. It’s more about easiness, comfort and a laid back casual style.

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Q: What are some easy ways someone can bring a coastal feel into their home, even if they don’t necessarily live on the coast?
A: • Stripes: Whether large scale cabana or smaller scale multicolored stripes, nothing says coastal more.
• Bohemian flair: Add a little boho with Indian printed fabric or indigo batik fabric in pillows and curtains. Sometimes I even use it on the wrong side so it feels more faded and hippy.
• Natural fabrics: Solid, textured, natural fiber fabrics like chunky linen for upholstery.
• Barefoot friendly floors: Whether wide plank unfinished wood or slightly antiqued chalky limestone, the floors should make you want to take your shoes off.
• Gallons of white paint: Both matte and glossy. Maybe it’s a reference to boats or just that it looks clean and fresh with the blue ocean, but it always works.

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Q: What do you think the 5 most important elements of coastal style are?
A: 1. Easy: Nothing should be too precious, or fussy. No one should be ever be worried they are going to mess something up or that they can’t touch it.
2. Communal living: One giant room with multiple areas for gathering and activities that includes cooking, eating, playing games, and watching TV. Beach houses should encourage togetherness, not solitude.
3. Light: Natural light is a must and plenty of it. Coastal style should embrace nature, not keep it out.
4. Durability: Use outdoor fabrics, natural brass or stainless steel, and wood surfaces that look good as they age. The ocean climate is very abusive and you don’t want to be constantly doing maintenance.
5. Sense of place: Coastal style should come from the coast you are on, not one you visited on vacation. The light, landscape, and views out of the windows are completely different in Hawaii than California and color looks completely different because of that. A house should feel as though it grew from the earth it is on, not plopped on the lot by a helicopter.

In the Spotlight: Erin Gates from Elements of Style

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This season, we asked interior designer, stylist and blogger Erin Gates to share her expert tips and tricks for bringing bright colors, bold patterns and rich textures into our homes. Erin Gates is the founder and principal designer of Boston-based Erin Gates Design, and the author and editor behind the popular design blog, Elements of Style. From large homes in the suburbs to small condos in the city, she knows what it takes to design gorgeous spaces that blend new and old, high and low, and modern and traditional.

Be sure to check out her first book, due out October 7, 2014. Read on for some of our favorite bits from Erin’s interview, and snaps from her design portfolio.

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Q: What’s your favorite new hue for this fall? A: After a long, long love affair with grey, I feel like tans and taupes will be back. I’m doing my new master bedroom in tan and white instead of grey and white and it feels revolutionary for me!

Q: What’s one of your favorite ways to use texture? A: I absolutely love using grasscloth on walls — it works perfectly with traditional or modern style.

Q: What are your tips for mixing patterns? A: You need to consider the pattern type and make sure you aren’t combining too many of the same- a good balance is to mix a geometric with an organic pattern (florals, for example) and then a very small scale print or a solid. Putting two geometrics together looks too busy and harsh in my book.

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Photo by Michael Partenio

This month I can’t wait to … Complete the addition on our house — it’s been a long time coming!

The item at the top of my current wishlist is … A huge, pale, faded Oushak style rug for my bedroom.

Favorite fellow blogger … Emily Henderson is both funny and fantastically talented.

Interior design icon … I think Steven Gambrel is a genius. He can decorate my house anytime.

Most prized possession … My dogs. I’d do just about anything for them.

Signature cocktail … A nice cold glass of Pinot Grigio in summer or Cabernet Sauvignon every other season!

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Mix & Match: Upholstered Chairs

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You know that feeling when something’s missing? That happens in design all the time — a room just feels off until the right accessory, lamp or piece of furniture finds its place.

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Above: Radcliffe, Bristol, Lincoln

That’s why we love our upholstered chairs (including four brand new designs from our Fall collection!) — they’re designed to complement each other and the rest of our furniture collections, despite their distinct styles.

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Each of these chairs can mix and match with each other for a complementary seating set-up, or can thrown into virtually any room, in any style, to stand as a statement piece.

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Above: Cardiff, Thatcher, Salinger

Our favorite part? Each and every one of these chairs can be upholstered in a multitude of our beautiful fabrics for long lasting, custom style.

See all of our upholstered chairs here.