Category Archives: Decorating

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!”

Homes We Love: Charlottesville Balcony with Wild Style from Lonny Mag

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Wild thing! Loving the animal print trend but nervous about bringing it home? Don’t be afraid of this safari-style — just treat those cheetah and zebra prints like neutrals, as shown in this chic patio from Lonny Magazine.

A tall screen composed of shutters and a zebra-print rug give this outdoor patio in Charlottesville, Virginia, the atmosphere of a true outdoor room. The symphony of neutral, natural tones feels lush and safari-like against the greenery.

See the full story here.

Jewel Tones: Mixing Warm & Cool Hues

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Interior and architectural designer John Saladino once said: “In choosing colors, follow nature’s lead.” This timeless bit of advice certainly lends true to the color palette for our latest collection.

Cool blues, rich browns, fiery oranges and bursts of sunflower yellow punctuate soft whites and neutrals — each color palette of cool, warm and mixed tones feels bold but natural.

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Deep navy, bright sapphire and rich topaz — this season, our cool color palettes revolve around blue jewel tones.

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Our warm color palettes mimic the signature colors of bright autumn leaves. Use pops of orange, yellow and red to bring pops of vibrant and seasonal color into your home.

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Of course, nature doesn’t just define itself by cool and warm color palettes, which is why we picked each of these jewel tones to combine beautifully with one another. Don’t be afraid to mix warm and cool hues! The contrast creates just the right amount of drama.

You might also like: Guest Post: How to Pick a Color Palette for Your Home

Pottery Barn’s Weekly Roundup

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Summer entertaining tips, Santa Barbara barbecues, sticky bun recipes and more! This week, we were all about embracing the idea of easy summer entertaining here on Inside & Out. Great friends, good food, warm weather and wine — isn’t that all you need this time of year? Get inspiration + instructions for your next summer get together by clicking on the links, below!

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We Love Turquoise!

Home We Love: Dreamy Garden Patio from Lonny Magazine

Raspberry Ricotta Sticky Buns Recipe from Two of a Kind

Sweet Summer Nights: A Santa Barbara Barbecue with Some Pottery Barn Love

Evite Party Planner Jess Bailey’s Entertaining Tips for Summer

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

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!

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Homes We Love: Dreamy Garden Patio from Lonny Magazine

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It’s clear that we’re big fans of outdoor entertaining here at Pottery Barn. Whether it’s a backyard wine party or a picnic in the park, we love to make the most of warm weather while it lasts. To us, a great summer party can be just about anything — but casual elegance always wins out. Summer entertaining should be simple, easy and beautiful — that’s why we love this dreamy garden patio from Lonny Magazine.

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This stylish space encompasses everything we love about entertaining this time of year — the lush landscape requires little decoration, but we love how the paper lanterns and leaf-print pillows jazz up the shaded patio. The casual floral arrangement and drinking glasses reflect the lanterns’ jaunty hues.

Want to see more? Take a peek at the full story on this beautiful home, here.

Photo credit: Patrick Cline/Lonny Magazine

 

We Love Turquoise!

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Did you follow #pbcolorweek on the Pottery Barn Instagram last week? In honor of one of our favorite summer hues, we posted photos that revolved around this cheerful blue all week long. Take a look at some of our favorites below — and don’t forget to follow Pottery Barn on Instagram!

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From left to right: A turquoise door spotted in SF/Love the blue tint of our Jus de Fruits glass set/A clear turquoise sky in Santa Barbara/A beautiful Pottery Barn outdoor lunch set up/An airplane view of clear waters in the San Francisco Bay/Turquoise sea glass feels even more special in our Hanging Mason Jars/Summer meals taste even better on our Rope Outdoor Dinnerware/The perfect turquoise-accented outdoor spot/An amazing turquoise house spotted on the streets of San Francisco

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From left to right: Even cereal looks good on a set-up like this/A clear turquoise view from our Williams-Sonoma headquarters/Our Preppy Votives add a pop of turquoise to this coffee table vignette/The turquoise waters of Lake Tahoe seem even more beautiful with a Chambers Punch in hand/Another turquoise house spotted in San Francisco/Love this DIY turquoise place setting by Inspired by This on our wedding blog/Have you heard the story behind our homescent packaging? Check out the innovative design here/The Pacific Ocean has the perfect turquoise tint in this Santa Barbara view/Beautiful turquoise accents in this Home We Love from Lonny Magazine