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.
A sweet (pun intended!) mom and daughter moment via @chocolateandlace.
Mom, grandma and baby at the beach — via @thevelvetyann.
Sleepy snuggles with mom and baby via @theseacannon.
Three happy generations — grandma, mom and daughter — via @labbott03.
Love this throwback (such a great #tbt snap) from @mjhgrams!
Matching mom & daughter flower crowns from @saturdayswithsophia.
Making memories in the kitchen — via @michelleandbrookeshop.
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.
What do you get the Mom who has everything for Mother’s Day? Or the one who insists she doesn’t need a gift? The answer’s easy (and trust us, anything but cliché) — flowers! Don’t flowers make everyone feel special? They’ll put an instant smile on her face. Plus, sneaking a Mother’s Day bouquet into a pretty vessel ensures that the gift lasts long after all the blooms wilt.
We love how Kiana Underwood of Tulipina paired her beautiful arrangements with some of our favorite vessels in these stunning shots. Our Voluminous Footed Bowl is the perfect accompaniment to her vibrant, blooming flowers.
Don’t worry — you don’t have to have Kiana’s amazing floral styling skills to pull this off. Just pick out a vessel (or two, or three!) that you know Mom will love, and head to your local flower stand or grocery store. Trim and size to each vase, and tie with a big bow or rustic twine to present at Mother’s Day brunch.
(Photography by Nathan Underwood)
See more amazing flower tips from Tulipina here.
Take a peek at more top Mother’s Day gifts here.
Have you been following House of Brinson‘s amazing guest room makeover? If you haven’t seen their process & progress in their upstate New York estate, Stony Ford, be sure to do so by following House of Brinson and #PBandStonyFord on Instagram. We were so excited to see the new wallpaper go up — what a transformation!
You can also get some of the back story behind this couple’s amazing project and home here.
We’re all for a great before and after (who can resist makeover magic?), but what’s particularly enchanting about the Brinson’s project is the history that they reveal and preserve along the way. The couple’s most recent endeavor — tearing down the layers and layers of the guest room’s wallpaper — disclosed several of the house’s secrets.
A signature from the person who originally hung the wallpaper in 1939 showed up behind one of the wallpaper panels.
Two gaps for one-time windows showed up at the back of the room, too — hinting at what may have once been Stony Ford’s original smoking room. “We’ve always wanted to know which room in the house was the Stony Ford Smoking Room. It’s kinda famous! Ulysses S. Grant smoked his last cigar in it,” says Susan Brinson.
What’s next? Brand new (and very dramatic!) wallpaper, fixtures, art and lots of finishing touches (like our Bailey Bedside Lamp, in the shot above). Want to see more? Read all about Susan and William Brinson’s most recent updates on House of Brinson.
Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove.
When spring hits, I always go into spring cleaning and organizing mode. It’s just a natural reaction to good weather… I guess. And after I spring clean, I always re-style my shelves. I love to create a fresh look in my space when the seasons change.
For spring decorating, I usually gravitate toward a look that is more minimal and clean. Everything that I style has a purpose. Meaning, I add less items that have more value. For instance, in one of my shelves, I placed a wooden candelabra that I inherited from a Danish family member. I displayed it next to a hand panted antique ceramic and let the two items shine for themselves. Another purposeful styling choice is stacking books or magazines and displaying one heavy item on top of the stack. This vessel from Pottery Barn is a perfect choice to place on my magazines.
Another detail that I love to add in the spring is plants. They create such happy moments in a home. And sometimes more is better. But don’t go too overboard or you may begin looking like the crazy plant owner!
Macrame has been back for awhile now and I’m still loving it. This Macrame vase from Pottery Barn is everything! Leave it empty or fill it with flowers. However you choose to accessorize it, it will make your space look that much more awesome.
I’m loving Olive Green for this season,too. I added it with this long wick candle from Pottery Barn. It’s simple and cool.
How do you plan to refresh your home for spring? Share your ideas and thoughts in the comments.
Get more ideas for spring cleaning and decor here.
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!
A burst of blue hydrangeas in one of our Tuscan Urns is just what we needed to brighten up a Tuesday afternoon. (via @tabithagrace21)
TGIF! We’re ready for a drink from our Brooke Bar Cart. (via @mcd378)
Our Cambria Dinnerware and Benchwright Dining Table complete this Easter table, don’t you think? (via @@modeleatsblog)
Our Serendipity Lumbar Pillow + Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow + Vince Side Table + two hysterical #pbpets = Instagram photo gold. (via @jcfrias)
Our Lucianna Duvet adds just the right touch to this beautiful spring guest room. (via @leerohrbaugh)
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!
When Susan and William Brinson started looking for a house, they knew it had to have one thing — character. Susan grew up in a military family, and craved a home that spoke to her in a way that the bland houses she spent most of her childhood in never did.
“I told William: I want you to gasp a little when you walk in. There was only one house that made us gasp and it was this one,” she writes on the couple’s blog, House of Brinson.
This upstate New York Greek Revival home was built in the 1850s — and now the Brinsons are tackling a full remodel in order to turn it into their dream home.
“The house was formerly owned by a famous horse breeder and has had many famous guests as a result,” says Susan. “Back in the 1860s the house was called Stony Ford so that’s what we’re calling it in 2015!”
Among the numerous renovations, the couple is redoing the guest room — which they’ve named the Young Duchess Room, after one of the original owner’s horses. We’re excited to work with them to help transform this beautiful space!
“Stony Ford sat empty for a number of years and so we do the renovation work. I never thought I’d remove so much wall paper,” Susan adds. “The house is a diamond in the rough! We’ll share the entire process with you from the down and dirty renovation to the fun decorating as we make Stony Ford our home.”
Follow along here on the Pottery Barn blog, at House of Brinson, and on Instagram with #PBandStonyFord.
Justina Blakeney knows that the perfect party doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Getting your DIY on will help keep money in your wallet — and it can give your party some personal flair with minimal effort. These DIY summer party decor ideas from Justina couldn’t be easier — and we love the life they lend to her stunning tablescape. Take a look and get inspired for your own summer party decor, below!
Philodendron Leaf Chargers:
“Instead of (or in addition to!) traditional chargers use tropical Split-Leaf Philodendron leaves to under your dishes to create a pretty pop of green and an added layer of visual interest to your tabletop.”
Leafy Name Tags:
“Using twine, a leaf, a hole punch and a gold Sharpie, punch a hole in a leaf, write your guest’s name it with a Sharpie and thread the twine through the leaf and add it to the glass. It looks refreshing, can be used as a place-marker and throughout the evening guests will be able to keep track of their glasses, which means less washing!”
Leaf Wrapped Glasses:
“To avoid wet hands when cups get sweaty, use twine and a large tropical leaf (like a banana leaf) to wrap the cup in a leaf! It saves the hand from getting wet and looks very festive, too.”
“Succulents make great centerpieces, and furthermore, they make lovely take-aways for guest once the party is over. You can use any kind of vessel (even coconut shells!) and fill the bottom half with pebbles (succulents have shallow roots). Fill the rest with cactus soil and after planting your succulent, cover the top in white sand to help it look polished.”
Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers.
When Design Studio South and I set up our Pottery Barn Easter tablescape, we wanted to challenge the tired, expected spring pastel palette that we see too often. These chic, chalky Easter eggs are ridiculously easy (it’ll take all of 5 minutes) and inexpensive — they added just the right element to our table, and can help give your crazy, artificial looking plastic eggs a simple makeover.
PS: Don’t forget to check out the full tabletop & our tips here!
• Plastic Easter Eggs
• Stone Spray Paint
Lay out your plastic eggs. Open each egg and place the halves in a line.
Choose your paint colors. Tip: Select a paint with a texture, like stone (which is what we used here). The paint’s speckling gives each plastic eggshell a very au-naturale look.
Spray with your paint and let dry — that’s it!
Now celebrate with a glass of wine — you deserve it! In a matter of minutes you’ve crafted some seriously stylish DIY Easter eggs that are easy on your wallet and gorgeous on your table.
Photographer: Rach Lea Photography
Styling: Design Studio South
Floral Design: Christy Hulsey, Colonial House of Flowers
Styling: Amanda Currier, Colonial House of Flowers
Small Bites: Brownie Brittle
Pralines: From the Kitchen of Azure Rountree,
Calligraphy: Low Country Paper Co
Flower Selection: Mark Jackson, Cutflower Atlanta
Floral Supplies: Syndicate Sales
Venue: Georgia State Railroad Museum
At its roots, St. Patrick’s Day is really anything but the over-the-top neon green decor that we associate with the holiday today. To us, St. Patrick’s Day is a little more about honoring the holiday’s heritage with a little help from Mother Nature — lush green garlands, pops of real clover, and bursts of green and white hydrangeas. We love how these pins from our Luck of the Irish Pinterest board feel fresh, bright and perfect for Spring.
Take a look at our 7 (lucky number 7!) favorite pins for St. Patrick’s Day decor, below, and get more green & white inspiration with our Luck of the Irish Pinterest board.
1. via Inspired by This/ 2. via Ruffled/ 3. via yours truly/ 4. via Better Homes and Gardens/ 5. via Elizabeth Anne Designs/ 6. via Cecilee Starin/ 7. via Marie Elisabeth
You might also like these 2 easy DIYs for St. Patrick’s Day from Studio DIY.
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.
Which colors are you going to add to your bedroom this season? Find just what you need here.