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Pattern Primer: Plaids vs. Checks

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Plaids. Tartans. Checks.  What is who and who is what?  It’s enough to make your head spin when it comes to identifying all the various patterns.  Fortunately, here is quick primer to ensure you always know the difference between a Black Watch and a gingham.

White and Red PlaidPlaid: Contrary to current vernacular, plaid refers to the material which a tartan pattern is printed on.  In the US, plaid and tartan are used interchangeably.  Tartan is made with alternating bands of colored threads woven as both warp and weft at right angles to each other. The weft is woven two under the warp, advancing one thread at each pass.  The resulting blocks of color repeat vertically and horizontally in a distinctive pattern of squares and lines known as a “sett” which is what gives each tartan their unique pattern.

Buffalo Check PlaidCheck: A check pattern can be identified from a tartan because it typically uses two colors.  Additionally, a check such as buffalo check, rarely involves variation in the width of the pattern.  The check size is consistent in both the horizontal and vertical plains which explains why the pattern has an exact repeat unlike a tartan.

Check out all of our tartan, plaid and check accessories here.

A Fabulous Front Door for Fall

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Adding seasonal decor around the home is one of our favorite things about celebrating fall. But we don’t want to keep all the fun inside! Your door is begging for a little love this time of year. What better way to share your seasons greetings with your friends, family and neighbors? We teamed up with Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers, to share a few fun and easy tips for creating seasonal curb appeal to your home. Trust us, your neighbors will thank you! 

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Tip 1: Add pops of unexpected details. Add personality by incorporating your favorite things. I can’t resist the Vince Metal Clad Accent Stool at the front door. Surprise—you can go from common to extraordinary in a minute! This is a critical element that makes guests feel relaxed and special.

Colonial House of Flowers

Colonial House of Flowers

Tip 2: Add candles and found greenery for elegance. It doesn’t get more beautiful than that. Take off all the leaves from the berry branches – they’ll wither quickly, but the berries will last for days. Plus, when it comes to setting the mood, you can’t beat the immediate impact of flickering candle light as seen through lanterns like the Wyeth Recycled Glass Lanterns! Add plenty of candles (or consider flameless candles) to those lanterns — its fall, after all! — and some freshly clipped seeds to complete the scene.

Colonial House of Flowers

Colonial House of Flowers

Tip: Use in-season florals in rich neutrals on doors. Palettes that are fall specific are impossible to get wrong especially when you put them at the entry. It’s easier than you think because with so many colors to choose from like navy, green, burgundy, golds, chocolates and more. Rose hips, amaranthus, bittersweets, olive branches and David Austin garden rose are a few of the florals you’ll find in fall. Guests are also sure to feel warm and welcome with simple wreaths. Try to imitate nature to avoid things feeling fussy and contrived. 

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Styling: Lavin Label

Wreaths Vine Garden Market

Photography: Kelli Boyd Photography

To get more ideas for your seasonal floral decor from Colonial House of Flowers, click here! And don’t forget to share your front door decor with us on Instagram! Tag your pics with #mypotterybarn and you’ll be entered to win a $100 PB gift card!

Liven Up your Halloween Bash with this Blackberry Smash

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TGIH – Thank Goodness It’s Happy Hour friends! This week we’re continuing our Friday Cocktail Series with a full-of-flavor Blackberry Smash crafted by Eden Passante from Sugar and Charm. Served in our Library Glassware, this refreshing sip is just too good to wait until Halloween to serve. We’re planning on whipping up a few this weekend – no skull accessories required, but they sure are fun!


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RECIPE: Blackberry Smash

For the blackberry simple syrup:

1 C water
1 C sugar
1 C blackberries

Put all ingredients over medium high heat until the blackberries start to burst and the mixture thickens. Remove from heat to cool. Makes 11 oz of simple syrup

1 1/4 ounce gin
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce blackberry simple syrup
crushed ice

Pack a rocks glass with crushed ice. In a shaker, mix the Gin, lemon juice and blackberry simple syrup together. Shake, pour over the crushed ice and finish with a drizzle of blackberry simple syrup on top.

For the rest of the cocktails featured in this scary good bar scene, click HERE! For Eden’s tips & tricks for throwing the ultimate Halloween party click HERE.

And to shop our entire Halloween Barware Collection click right HERE!

(Photography by Madcitizen)

Choosing The Perfect Paint Color

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We are loving this bedroom refresh designed by Ashley Pepitone from Camp Makery!  Armed with some of our new textiles and Sherwin Williams’ new fall paint palette, Ashely gave her master suite a new look for the season. There are several key elements to a successful refresh, but to start we’re taking a peek into her tips for choosing the perfect paint color. Take it away Ashley!

Probably the most daunting aspect of designing a room is choosing the wall color. Paint isn’t as easy to change as a duvet or some drapes, so it’s easy to be anxious that you’re going to make the wrong choice. My best word of advice: Pick the paint color last.


Tempting as it may be to just get it done at the outset, you will almost always regret choosing your paint color first. By picking linens and artwork you really love before paint, you are giving yourself the best opportunity to ensure that everything looks cohesive and well-planned.


Choose your textiles first. Once you have your linens, fabrics, drapes and maybe a piece of art or two chosen, gather them all together and sit down with them in front of you. When you look at them together, what are the common hues between them? What color really jumps out at you the most?


After you know what general color family really speaks to you most, try to match it in a paint swatch book or in the store. I have a Sherwin-Williams swatch book that comes in very handy for this step! Now, this is important. Once I find the shade I love, unless it is already super light, I go two or three shades lighter and that is what I put on the walls. If you can’t figure out what color that would be in your swatches, bring the paint chip to the sales associate and ask them to mix your color but “cut it” by 25 or 50%. Purchase a sample first if you’re not sure.


The last thing to consider is texture. Sherwin-Williams offers a “true matte” in their Emerald paint line that is perfect for the bedroom. It looks soft and velvety on the walls. I was excited to try something other than eggshell or flat, and it did not disappoint!

Up next- another big time design challenge, creating a gallery wall that harmonizes with electronics!

(Photos by Ashley Bruschi

Halloween Mantel Decorating Guide from A Fashionable Hostess

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We know — it’s only the first official day of fall, but admit it, you’re at least a little bit excited about the change in seasons, too. Amanda Saiontz Gluck — the decorating and party expert behind Fashionable Hostess — loves fall, and couldn’t wait to decorate the fireplace mantel of her new home in Nashville for Halloween.

Read on to see more of her too-cute mantle, and get her fall decorating tips for your home!

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“I am all about a more sophisticated approach when it comes to decorating for Halloween. I love incorporating autumn colors, bright oranges and browns, and then adding in some playful accents — but my goal is to make sure it’s not too kitschy. My new fireplace mantel was the perfect place to bring my ideas to life!”

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“I started by laying a Pottery Barn Bittersweet Garland across the mantel. Then I staggered large pillar candles, pumpkins, and black candlesticks throughout (all from Pottery Barn’s newest Halloween collection). I chose this garland because of its beautiful colors and earthy elements — like the incredibly realistic pinecones! The leaves on the garland are complementary to the pops of orange in the pumpkins.”

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Candles at varying heights in black candleholders look festive and just slightly spooky when lit up at night.”

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“I took some of my favorite everyday brass Pottery Barn lanterns from my patio and incorporated them into the mix by placing them alongside lit pumpkins and a small ceramic pumpkin in front of my mantel. I love to place clusters of three to four items throughout my home for a splash of visual interest, like on my front porch or even on our front stairwell.”

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“I twirled some adorable Pottery Barn pumpkin garlands around the legs of my bar cart and then placed a large Pottery Barn orange pumpkin right on top. Come party-time this will be the perfect place for cocktails to be carted around!”

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How are you going to decorate for Halloween this year? Share your thoughts with us in the comments, on Fashionable Hostess, or by following @potterybarn and @fashionablehostess on Instagram!

Back to School, Grown-Up Style: Our Top Home Office Picks

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Back to school doesn’t just apply to kids these days. The official end of summer marks the official beginning of prime organization time in our book. Take a look at our top picks to bring new life to your home office this (sort of) school year! Pottery Barn Home Office Picks

1. Colorful Trays. Our Nova Woven Catchalls will keep even the smallest of desks from getting too cluttered.

2. Eye-Catching Art. Lupen Grainne’s stunning Peony Four print is just the right dose of dramatic and pretty to keep you inspired.

3. Comfy Seating. When you’re on deadline, you don’t want any excuse to leave your desk. Our Airgo Chair is so comfortable, you’ll be able to pull an all-nighter with no problem.

4. Plush Flooring. This new Anja Rug adds a bit of pattern and plushness to your desk space. We love how the neutral color palette will never go out of style.

5. Playful Accessories. Don’t be afraid to have fun in your desk area! These Agate Bookends in bright purple will always bring a smile to your face.

6. Storage. Go bold with your storage! Our Orange Lacquered Boxes will help keep things tidy while bringing a much-needed dose of color to the often all-neutral office palette.

7. Sturdy Surface. We’re particularly fond of our Ava Writing Desk. Its sleek lines and quality materials will stand the test of time.

8. Global Style. Our Indigo Brass Globe Stand adds just the right touch of scholarly style your desk needs.

9. More Storage. (Seriously, you can never have enough.) Our Chloe Canvas and Brass Boxes look just as good on a desk, slotted on shelves or tucked neatly under your desk.

See more of our home office must haves here.
Take a peek at this amazing home office upgrade with Erin Gates here.

5 Tips to Creating the Perfect #Shelfie

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What’s the secret to this #shelfie trend that’s been sweeping social media? We love how these little vignettes provide the perfect way to express personal home style on Instagram — no matter what kind of home you live in.  Although the shelfie originated on bookshelves, we like how they’ve expanded into every part of the home — these stylish displays work just as well on tiny coffee tables in urban apartments, as they do on expansive mantles in suburban mansions.

Ready to get inspired for your own shelfie style? Take a look at some of our #mypotterybarn favorites, below. Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 5.50.42 PM

1. Stick to cohesive colors. Pick a palette of 2-3 colors for sure-fire shelfie success. We love how this simple vignette uses all black, white and gold — with a splash of vibrant green from the succulent. (via @mandyandsuch)

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2. Remember: like likes like. Not sure where to start? When styled properly, a simple collection (even if it’s just all of your all-white dishes) makes for on dramatic shelfie. (via @m.a.beaulieu)Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 5.50.54 PM

3. Find a theme. We’re all for mixing and matching, but when all else fails, a theme can help smooth out your shelfie style. This mantle shelfie has a soothing, organic feel thanks to one of our found dough bowls and dried coral. (via @jenwidner)
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4. Add something vintage. Don’t just rely on new goodies to make your shelfie shine. We love how this shelfie combines one of our favorite lamps with a few select, curated vintage pieces. (via House of BrinsonScreen Shot 2015-08-25 at 5.51.27 PM

5. Be playful. Scrap the theme and just have fun! This shelfie plays with elements of the unexpected — the tiny succulents, framed photo and pieces of coral all work beautifully. (via Zio & Sons)

Don’t forget to show us your #shelfies on Instagram! Tag them with #mypotterybarn — we’ll regram our favorites. 

Ken Fulk’s Top 5 Paint Color Tips

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“Color is a powerful thing,” says Ken Fulk. “I understand why people are afraid of color sometimes.”

But as someone whose motto is “Fear is the enemy of good design,” Fulk isn’t one to stray away from taking a risk. As part of his new, exclusive collection for Pottery Barn, Fulk also developed a custom color palette of his favorite Sherwin Williams paint colors for homeowners on the hunt for great color.

“There’s not a bad color in the bunch,” says Fulk. “You can pick anything and feel confident that it’s going to be a great color.” Each color also pays tribute to Fulk’s design ethos and personality: bold, beautiful, and complex.


“Colors have a story to them,” he says. “When you have colors that create the collection like we have with Pottery Barn and Sherwin Williams, it’s like a harmony that belongs together.”

Take a look at Ken Fulk’s top 5 color tips, below:

It’s okay to make mistakes. Color is the least expensive, most impactful thing that someone can do to alter a space with little to no risk. “That’s one thing I always tell people about paint in general,” says Fulk. “It’s only paint! It’s okay to make a mistake.”

Take baby steps. Color can have an impact even if it’s on a single wall. “It’s less time, less money and a little bit less of a commitment,” says Fulk.

Or, embrace it completely. “I love to be enveloped with color. I tend to want to paint out the trim, sometimes even the ceiling, because I think when color feels overwhelming or too busy it’s often because it’s contrasted too much,” says Fulk. “When you have big white trim around a color, there’s a lot of tension there. But when you take that trim and it becomes part of the color, the entire room becomes a part of the experience.”


Don’t be afraid of the dark. Dark deep colors can actually make a space feel bigger. “It’s almost as if the wall doesn’t exist,” says Fulk. “The wall sort of recedes, and you lose perspective on the space in a very interesting way.”

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Get stylish with stripes. Bold, horizontal stripes are an easy way to instantly transforms a space. “They’re modern, they’re sort of charming, and there’s a quaint quality that I think can fit many different spaces,” says Fulk, who often uses blue painter’s tape to create stripes on walls. “I like how they’re meant to look like they’ve been hand done. The imperfections are encouraged. And of course, if you make a big mistake, it’s only paint.”

Learn more about our collection with Ken Fulk here. 

How to Makeover Your Gallery Wall with Zio & Sons

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“Anyone can hang a picture, right?” That’s usually the first thought someone has before tackling a gallery wall on their own. Most of us have had to learn the hard way — it’s a lot more difficult than it looks.

This season, we want to make it a bit easier on you. We worked with the talented team at Zio & Sons — a New York City based creative company, specializing in all things visual — to get founder Anthony D’Argenzio’s expert take on how to create a gallery wall that suits your style perfectly. The result is fresh, fun and personal — we love how he used some of our favorite new wall art and accessories. (How gorgeous is that mirror?)

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Read on to get Anthony’s top tricks for pulling off the perfect gallery wall, and shop his picks from this gorgeous shoot, below.

(Seen above: Leona Console Table, Sheepskin Rug, Paloma Round Mirror, Wood Gallery Single Opening Frames, Wood Gallery Oversize Mat Frames, Architect’s Smart Technology Table Lamp, Gold Leaf Feather Wall Art, Behind the Trees Wall Art)

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1. Pick Your Focus 
Pick a statement piece of furniture as an anchor before composing your gallery around it. We chose a narrow brass console that nestles nicely against the wall, leaving plenty of empty space to work with.

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2. Tell a Story 
Your wall should tell a interesting story. We found these vintage flower prints at a flea market in Paris and paired them with Pottery Barn’s modern white frames for a perfect mix of old and new. We also added antique oil paintings and framed personal photos to offset Pottery Barn’s contemporary art.

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3. Add the Unexpected 
We picked up this hand-woven hat on the beach in Tulum, Mexico. It gives the wall a sense of character and an extra personal touch.

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4. Mirrors Are Your Friends 
A mirror adds a fresh level of dimension and makes the space appear larger. Bonus points for one with unique details — we love this mirror’s thick leather strap for easy hanging.

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5. Style It Up 
Once your wall is fully decorated, spruce up the surrounding area with plants and other accent items like this modern lamp, wicker chair, and cozy shearling hide.

See more of our gallery wall guides here.