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Hamptons Home Makeover: Clean, Crisp and Coastal Casual

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Above: York Bed, Lorne Shag Rug, Jordan Bone Table Lamp

The challenge: Transform a summer rental in the Hamptons into a spin on California Coastal style.

The solution: Clean and crisp neutrals, subtle pops of color and contrast through texture — flawlessly executed by Pottery Barn Design Services Specialists Maria Khromchenko and Mitchell Beeler at our 67th and Broadway store.


Above: Chatham collection, Awning Stripe Umbrella, Frog Drum Accent Tables

The spacious 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home needed design help in every single room — including the beautiful patio. “The home didn’t even have walls up yet during our on-site visit,” says Khromchenko. “It’s always a little challenging planning and visualizing a design for a home that hasn’t yet been completed. You want to make sure your design works well with the architecture of the space.”


Above: Pottery Barn Bathroom Accessories

The duo stayed in close contact with the home’s builder and project manager to help with any decisions that would affect the home’s cohesiveness and design. Floor finishes, lighting, hardware and paint choices would all have an impact on the furniture and accessories that they chose.

“It was very important to stay on the same page so that everything looks seamless, even with different teams working on different aspects of such a large project,” says Khromchenko.


Above: Delphine Trellis Pendant, Jolie Floor Lamp, Benchwright BenchChesterfield Bed, Devon Side Tables

Upholstered sofas, chairs, headboards and plenty of cozy accessories ensured that the new home felt comfortable and lived-in for new renters. A simple and sophisticated color palette feels soothing, and well-suited for an ocean-side locale.


Above: Carlisle Chairs, Helena Coffee Table, Tanner Console, Nori Hammered Table Lamps, Darien Cross Stitch Pillow, Leather PillowCarter Tray Folding Table

Careful fabric choices — such as the performance fabric upholstered Carlisle chairs for the living room — keep home maintenance easy. “Perennials is a perfect easy-to-clean performance fabric for renters,” says Khromchenko. “It lets you do the white without the worry.”

To learn more about our free at-home Design Services program, click here!

Plus, see more of our favorite makeovers here.

Before and After: The Ultimate Bathroom Remodel with Jonathan Stiers

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Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Jonathan Stiers of Stiers Aesthetic.


Eight years doesn’t sound very long until you realize it’s just two years shy of a decade. I bought my house 8 years ago, new and my master bathroom was complete with builder grade fixtures, lighting, brown walls, brown ceiling (Yikes!), and travertine tile, as far as the eye could see. She’s been a good bathroom but after almost a decade, she was begging for a refresh. (Keep scrolling to see the AFTER to this BEFORE!)


BEFORE1I knew I wanted to remodel my bathroom and open this dark and dreary space up, creating a light and airy, spa-like experience. My inspiration began, perhaps unknowingly with a Marilyn Monroe print that I purchased in a London art gallery six years ago. I could never find the right place for her in my house, until now. I’ve always had a love for the black and white glamor of 1940’s Hollywood. So, using Marilyn, and other stars as my inspiration, I created a design built around black, white and grey.


IMG_7909-USEThe first thing on my bathroom remodel want list was a classic pedestal tub from Rejuvenation. And while some feel subway tile is overused, I still love how classic and timeless it is.


IMG_7845-USEI decided to create a subway tiled accent wall, in a herringbone pattern, above the vanity. Pottery Barn’s Kensington Pivot Mirrors, Mercer Double Sconce and Towel Ring complete the look, taking my Hollywood vision to the next level.


I also carried the subway tile through to the shower. And while I was originally going to tear out the sheetrock-enclosed shower and replace with standard glass, I decided to do something that made more of a statement. I asked my contractor to sketch out something with paned glass and a black frame, almost like a giant paned-glass phone booth. The result exceeded my expectations and the shower holds it’s own against the larger than life, Hollywood stars that look upon it.


Bathroom Remodel Tips:

• When choosing paint swatches, look at them at various times throughout the day. I didn’t want a grey that was too blue so I looked at it in the morning, mid-day and night.

• If you decide to go with a dark floor, I always recommend going with a light ceiling. I chose white so the room felt larger and more open.

• Dimmer switches. Dimmer switches. Dimmer switches. There’s no better way to set the mood and create a spa-like experience. And sometimes in the middle of the night, you just don’t want to be blinded by 100w bulbs.

• Consult a professional if you’re unsure. My remodel required drilling in to my slab so that plumbing could be moved so using a professional was a must in this scenario.

• Lastly, add some life and color with fresh florals.


My bathroom must-haves:

Pottery Barn Hydrocotton Bath Towels in white

Pottery Barn monogrammed Oval Paperwhite Soaps. I placed mine in a silver-plated champagne bucket for a unique touch.

Pottery Barn Metal Etagere in chrome – perfect for when you’re short on extra shelving!

• Aesop hand soap and lotion

• Duckhorn 2012 Chardonnay (Napa Valley), to go along with your hot bath of course!


How to Design a Glamorous Interior with AphroChic

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Written for Pottery Barn by Jeanine Hays & Bryan Mason 
(Photography by Patrick Cline, as seen on

We had just moved into a 1,200 square foot, pre-war apartment in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. From the moment we stepped inside, we were inspired by the wonderful details of the architecture — tall ceilings, classic trim, bay windows. More than anything else, these structural bones are what inspired the design of the space. It was all so elegant, and when it came to furnishing the space, we didn’t know where to begin, but the theme was already in place: Brooklyn glamour. We would design an upscale space filled with art, classic furnishings, and a mix of colorful textiles — all the things we love. If you’re looking to add a little glamour to your own interior, here’s a few of our favorite tips to get you on your way.

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Create Areas Of Visual Interest

Every side table and console provides room for vignettes that will add visual interest to your space. Think of them as the subtext that will lend depth and meaning to your space. From a more practical perspective, these surfaces are the ideal places to display family heirlooms, travel finds, photos and other significant pieces. In our entryway, the console table became the perfect stage for art books like, The Gift, featuring photographs by our friend Delphine Diallo, a Bushwick-based photographer. And every Sunday morning the console become our DJ station, where we play our favorite family heirlooms — a collection of jazz albums passed down from Bryan’s great-grandmother.
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Accessorize With Art

When thinking accessories, we like to go beyond the usual suspects like cushions and vases, and instead start with art as a primary accessory. We chose pieces that complemented the black and white color palette of our living room. Neutral but classic, framed black and white prints became an essential part of our color story and a key building block for the style we wanted to represent.

Seen above: Leona Console Table, Pottery Barn art


Feature Classic Silhouettes

Pay attention to the lines and silhouettes of furnishings. They can absolutely add to your design aesthetic by evoking a period or even a part of the world. For a home with so many historic details, we chose pieces with beautiful lines, curves and hand-carved appeal to add to the design. In our dining nook, a solid wood pedestal table makes a big impact with its classic round shape — a perfect place for working, enjoying an intimate dinner or just having a long look out the window.

Seen above: Leona Cube Tables, Dawson Pedestal Table

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Mix In Unique Finishes

Glamorous spaces with large rooms are a great chance for you to have fun with a mix of finishes. Dark woods, light woods, brass, silver, they can all come together and work seamlessly within the right interior. We are always game to bring home a little bit of bling, so a mix of brass and deep, dark woods creates warmth in our black and white space.

Seen above: Dawson Pedestal Table

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?)

1. Zio & Sons

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)

5. Zio & Sons

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.

3. Zio & Sons

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.

7. Zio & Sons

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. 

Entryway Makeover Tips & Tricks with Camille Styles

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It doesn’t matter if you live in a tiny urban apartment or a spacious suburban home (or somewhere in-between!), your entryway is the first thing you and your guests see when you walk in the door. So, you want it to make the right statement — a statement about you and your home — whether it’s spacious and grand, or small and efficient.

This season, we worked with the amazing Camille Styles to pull off an entryway makeover that shows exactly how to take advantage of every inch in this hardworking space. Read on to take a look at how Camille revamped this beautiful entry using some of our favorite organization and decorating must-haves for the entryway, and get her amazing tips and tricks to help makeover your entryway!

Photography by Jessica Pages

Modern Rustic Bohemian Entryway Makeover

1. Get Personal
So your place doesn’t have a bonafide mudroom or elegant foyer? Don’t despair — with just a stretch of empty wall space, it’s easy to create an entryway that’s both functional and an expression of your personal style. Start by finding a bit of square footage by your front or back door, then determine what’s needed to make the space work for your lifestyle.

Seen above: Washed Velvet PillowBarclay SconceBeachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerPB Found Dough BowlRustic LadderOlivia BenchBlacksmith Umbrella StandBlacksmith Row of HooksFramed Chalkboard

Entryway Hooks

2. Hang Loose
The golden rule of entryway design is no secret: create hanging space. Hats, coats, dog leashes and grocery bags will easily find a home on a row of hooks, and there’s no better way to efficiently make use of that vertical real estate.

Seen above: Washed Velvet PillowBlacksmith Row of Hooks, Vintage Kilim Pillow

Pottery Barn Entryway Lighting

3. See the Light
Whether it’s for a cozy reading nook or next to your bed, lighting matters. And in the case of your home’s entry, mounting a sconce by the front door is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Use an industrial design like this one to keep a light on for loved ones or house guests at night, and let it act as a striking metallic accent during the day.

Seen above: Barclay SconceBlacksmith Row of Hooks

Entryway Umbrella Stand

4. The Straight and Narrow
Not only does an umbrella stand come in handy on a rainy day, but it’s also a great place to store long, narrow items like rolls of wrapping paper, sports equipment and even a yoga mat. Set one by your front door for a storage solution that takes up little space but packs a major decorative punch.

Seen above: Washed Velvet PillowBeachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerOlivia BenchBlacksmith Umbrella Stand

Entryway Kilim Rug

5. Cut a Rug
Kick your old doormat to the curb, and instead, opt for a runner that’s equally as functional and a lot prettier to look at. Since this area of your home gets the most foot traffic, choose a durable, low pile one for easy cleaning and to avoid tripping. Best of all? There’s no better way to add color, pattern and natural texture to your space than with a gorgeous, eye-catching rug.

Seen above: Cornwall Stripe Kilim Runner

Entryway Organization

6. Sit Back and Relax
You can never have too much seating, and even though it might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your entryway’s functionality, you won’t believe how useful a bench can be. Top yours with a cushion and patterned pillows for an inviting, comfortable place that’s perfect for tying up your laces or fastening Fido’s leash.

Seen above: Beachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerOlivia Bench

Entryway Makeover Organization

7. Neat and Tidy
For all those items you’re constantly bringing in and out of the house — mail, library books, scarves, cameras — set up a convenient place that makes them easy to grab on the fly. The cubbies built into this bench create ample storage space, ensuring you’ll never leave anything important behind.

Seen above: Beachcomber Utility BasketCornwall Stripe Kilim RunnerOlivia Bench

Entryway Basket

8. Hideaway
To contain clutter or simply conceal any unsightly belongings, look to woven baskets as a universal solution. Slide yours into a cubby or perch them on a shelf for an easy, stylish way to stash sports equipment and those other loose items that always tend to pile up.

Seen above: Beachcomber Utility BasketOlivia Bench

Entryway Storage Sunglass and Key Bowl

9. The Bare Necessities
Perhaps the most important tip for designing a hardworking entryway is to provide a space that’s designated as a catch-all for out-the-door necessities. Here, a handmade dough bowl is used as a convenient vessel for receiving keys, wallets, phones, and anything else you wouldn’t dare leave the house without.

Seen above: PB Found Dough Bowl

Entryway Chalkboard

10. Sound Off
Since this is one area of the house that every family member is destined to pass through, consider mounting a chalkboard, dry erase board, or large notepad to the wall for easy messaging. More inclined to text one another? Use the surface to display words of encouragement, important reminders, or countdown to an exciting event.

Seen above: Framed Chalkboard

Pottery Barn and Camille Styles Entryway Makeover

See more of Camille’s tips and tricks on, and check out more of our favorite entryway must-haves here.

Laundry Room Organization with The NEAT Method

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Laundry is one of life’s necessary evils. But with the right space, it can feel like less of a chore. That’s why we recruited the talented gals behind The NEAT Method — using our Gabrielle Organization System and some of our other favorite accessories, this dream design duo added serious style and smart organization ideas to create one super gorgeous (who would’ve thought?) yet practical laundry room.

Read on to see the rest of the space and learn The NEAT Method’s top professional laundry room organization tips.

Photography by Michelle Drewes

TIP: Save the lower shelves for the products you are reaching for most often.

TIP: Create neatly labeled bins to separate your cleaning supplies from your garment care.


TIP: Purchase products to use that make you want to be in the space — laundry is a task, so it’s best to incorporate things that make it fun.

TIP: Keep the countertops clear so you have plenty of room to fold.


TIP: Make sure you have a conveniently located waste bin for lint and/or dryer sheets.

TIP: Commit a tray or jar for the items you find left in pockets.

TIP: Sorting saves time — incorporate hampers that allow you to separate colors from whites before laundry time.


TIP: Invest in pretty baskets that are functional and also aesthetically pleasing.

TIP: Incorporate a framed family photo, piece of artwork or fresh flowers that’ll make spending your time folding a little less of a chore.


TIP: Store powdered laundry detergent in clear glass jars and liquid detergent in a glass beverage dispenser!


TIP: A rug can make a typically cold laundry room feel warm and inviting.

TIP: Use the door to the room as a place to keep laundry room necessities.

On the hunt for more organization ideas? See some of our favorite tips and tricks here.

Before and After: Jana Bek’s Amazing Great Room Makeover

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(Written exclusively for Inside & Out by Jana Bek)

I recently refreshed two spaces in our home, and I’m excited to share them with you today!

Our great room and adjoining breakfast nook were long overdue for a makeover — they had some good foundation pieces but they did not flow with the light and airy aesthetic of the rest of our home. When refreshing these spaces, I really wanted to work with as many existing elements as I could, doing so enabled me to stretch my budget without compromising the designs. I hope my tips will help you to do the same in your own home!

First, let’s look at some before photos:



Painting is one of the most affordable ways to refresh any room. Our spaces were a sad shade of yellow, but this soft white brightened up the rooms beautifully.


Accent Pillows

Our sofa is a heavy chenille, and not the greatest shade of green, but patterned accent pillows in fresh shades of green, gave the sofa a new lease on life. If your master bedroom is feeling dated, new bedding and accent pillows will have the same effect!


Flowers and Fauna

Adding greenery to a room instantly adds life, makes the space look lived in, and in turn inviting. I fell in love with these happy faux broad leaf palms as soon as I saw them. Adding them atop our mantle added interest and height. An added bonus is I don’t have to worry about watering them.


Reimagining Items

The bookshelf in the great room looked too formal and again heavy for the aesthetic I was after – removing the glass doors instantly lightened them up. In our breakfast nook, between the chair and table legs, the space looked busy, a tablecloth was a simple solve.


Rug to the Rescue

I’ve never been a fan of the tile in our breakfast nook but was not up for retiling. This round jute rug added the beach vibe I was after and draws attention to the dining area and away from the tile. If retiling isn’t in your budget, a rug can be a wonderful solution.


Save vs. Spend

In our breakfast nook, the light fixture and chairs had to go. I found the vintage bamboo chairs at a local thrift store and painted them a fresh coat of white. Saving in this way enabled me to splurge on the jaw dropping Pottery Barn chandelier. It’s become quite the focal point and as we have an open floor plan it can be enjoyed from multiple rooms.


The rooms are much more inviting and we love spending time in them more than ever before. I hope my insights & tips find a place in your home!


Home Office Upgrade with Erin Gates of Elements of Style

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Office decor can quickly become an afterthought when it comes to home decorating. Since it’s a private space — often used by just one person — it can feel pointless to spend too much money decorating your home office.

But as Erin Gates knows, getting your office space right is crucial. Everything from lighting, to seating, to color can impact how much you get done in a day. We worked with Erin to give her new Boston-based office for Erin Gates Design and Elements of Style a little upgrade. We love how she used some of our classic office favorites — like our Daily System and Nash Swivel Chair — with a few unexpected decorative twists to show off her own style.

Read on to see more photos, plus get her expert tips to turn your office into a working wonderland.

Photos by Sarah Winchester

Featured in this office: Nash Leather Swivel Chair, Clift Glass Table Lamp, Silver Hammered Tray, Geode Bookends, Daily System

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1. When furnishing a home office, make sure you consider non-office specific furniture as a resource — small dining tables make great desks and dining chairs are a comfy (and pretty) alternative to desk chairs.


2. Organization is the most essential part of a well-functioning home office, so be sure to utilize as many storage pieces as you think you will need. This includes file cabinets, dressers, drawers, baskets, and shelving. Skimping on this only leads to clutter, so assess all your “stuff” before buying furniture.


3. Make sure to decorate in a way that makes you happy and motivated! A bold wall color or rug, a large pin board for inspirational imagery, and pretty window treatments do a lot to help you stay focused and inspired on your tasks.


4. Good lighting is key to a comfortable work environment, so have multiple levels of lighting including ceiling fixtures, table lamps, and a floor lamp or sconces. And don’t just stick to desk lamps — if your desk is big enough, dress it up with a gorgeous glass or ceramic lamp in a pretty color!

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5. Always hang your drapes high to the ceiling, not right above the window! This rule applies to any room of the house, since it makes your ceilings look higher.  Make sure your curtains are the proper length, too — just kissing the floor is preferred. A seamstress or even your dry cleaner may be able to hem panels for you in no time.

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6. In your office or other high traffic areas in the home, use decorative trays to contain clutter or separate projects from each other.  That way you can just move your work from one room another easily.


7. Bookshelves are a space that are ideal for pretty displays but often get incredibly cluttered. Buy matching baskets to conceal items you don’t need visible and invest in a few sets of decorative book ends to keep your books in check.  Mix in small art and sculptural objects to complete the vignette!

Need more home office tips? See some of our favorites here
Read more of Erin’s design tips on her blog, Elements of Style

How to Hang Wallpaper: DIY Tips and Tricks from House of Brinson

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Written exclusively for Inside & Out by House of Brinson

Wallpaper is a wonderful addition that adds drama and texture to any room. But where do you start to learn how to hang wallpaper? How much of a DIY is hanging wallpaper? I’ve hung wallpaper in all of our apartments and now our new house (see the final result here). Even though we had to remove two layers of old paper through out our entire house, I still love wallpaper!

Removing Wallpaper
If you have to remove wallpaper, these tips should help.


First, get some good music. Removing wallpaper takes a while. It might feel like forever, but the hard work is worth it.

Get the right tools. A wallpaper scorer will put tiny holes in the wall paper you want to remove, helping steam or paste remover work faster. This is a must have.

Depending on your wall type you’ll need wallpaper paste remover to help dissolve the glue, and/or a steamer. We used an industrial garment steamer which worked really well. If you have drywall, go light on the steam, it can ruin your walls if they get too wet. But if you have plaster, steam away. Some rooms required only steam, and others worked faster with the paste remover. It really depends on the paper that’s being removed.

Hanging New Wallpaper
Items to consider before starting.


If you don’t want to do a whole room, consider papering a feature wall. This is easier for DIY and on the wallet. You don’t have the turn corners when hanging, it’s pretty straight forward. Some wallpaper can really add up and become expensive. Papering one wall helps with cost and you still get all the impact.

When selecting a wallpaper design, consider scale (make sure you order a sample or see the paper in person). Large scale patterns in smaller spaces can add drama and create interest. Or a small scale in a large space can create visual texture. Think about the design impact and scale. Is the paper a traditional design but the scale is huge, modernizing the way the paper looks? I love that many wallpaper designers are modernizing how we think about using wallpaper in our homes.

If you are hanging the wallpaper yourself, research how easy or hard it is to hang. I put some of my experience below, and some tips for buying wallpaper that is within your skill set. Hanging wallpaper is a two person job, make sure you have a DIY partner you communicate well with, cause that wallpaper paste dries fast!

Choosing Wallpaper
Terms to know when selecting wall paper.


• Unpasted vs pasted. When I was a kid I only remember wallpaper coming with glue on the back, but now I realize you can get unpasted (no glue) paper too. Most of the papers I like are unpasted, coming from small makers or British manufactures. Some companies recommend you apply the glue to the back of the paper and in other cases you can apply the glue right to the wall. I find applying the glue to the wall pretty easy.

• Untrimmed paper. I was recently fawning over this European paper and when I read the specs I realized it was untrimmed, meaning on the left or right side of the paper length has to be cut before hanging. I’m pretty handy and have a lot of experience working with wall paper, but I will not take on untrimmed wall paper as a DIY. There is too much room for error and the wallpaper is too expensive to mess up. Hire a pro for this one.

• Weight of paper. I find heavier weights of paper easier to hang. They don’t wobble around as much and hold their shape when aligning the pattern. If you are a beginner, consider starting with a heavier weight.

• Repeat. The larger the repeat the more waste you have. When calculating the amount of paper you need and how much your project will cost. Larger scale patterns tend to have larger repeats. I personally love a large scale pattern, it so unexpected when you enter a room! Also with advanced digital printing, I recently hung wallpaper that had very little waste (see photo above — that’s all that was left!) because each strip was custom printed, so they calculated where the repeat was going to align. I was really impressed with the price, plus very little waste was created! If you see a paper is printed digital, it’s a good thing.

Get Started
Things you should know before starting to hang your wallpaper.


Start rested. You heard me correctly! You will be doing math, and cutting with a razor blade and standing in awkward positions on a ladder. Start rested and take a break every four strips of so.

Have all your supplies handy.

Have two ladders, just in case.

Plastic fold out table, or work table is helpful. We have a few of those plastic 4 x 8 ft tables in our basement. It’s so nice to have a dedicated work surface you know is clean.

Don’t hold back on the amount of wallpaper paste you use, be generous.

Only use sharp razor blades/box cutters to trim paper. I recently hung 12 panels and changed my blade four times. If the blade is not sharp it will drag the paper creating a cut that is not clean. Have extra blades handy.

Talk about your work process before you start. You can always change it, or make adjustments. What do I mean by this? We normally have a person hold the top, close to the ceiling, and a person on the bottom, closer to the floor. The person at the top aligns the pattern middle-ish, and then the person on the bottom starts below that working their way to the floor, while the person at the top continues to the ceiling. When we first started we didn’t establish where the start point was and who was going to align first. Talk about being uncoordinated! Discuss how you will work together before you start. Trust me on this, it will make the whole experience better.

HOB_PotteryBarn_YD_Wallpaper_MeasureFeeling inspired to hang wallpaper? Check out House of Brinson’s amazing final wallpapered room here.


Before and After: Guest Room Makeover with House of Brinson

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Have you ever seen a before and after as dramatic as this?BEFOREFINAL1HOB_PotteryBarn_YD_BED_AFTER
The incredibly talented Brinsons did a guest room makeover in their stunning 19th century home, called Stony Ford (you can read more about the history behind the Stony Ford home here). We were lucky enough to partner with this talented couple to help them decorate the space in their beautiful, unique style. Keep reading to see more of this jaw-dropping before and after!

Seen in this image: Maison Canopy BedLeona Brass Side TableKinsey Jewelry BoxMaison Canopy BedCrochet Shams, Belgian Linen Sheet Set, Organic Essential Blanket, Ellie Cashman wallpaper, vintage lamps, vintage rug, vintage armoire, Vince Accent TableSalinger Upholstered Chair


Seen in this image: Maison Canopy BedLeona Brass Side TableKinsey Jewelry BoxMaison Canopy BedCrochet Shams, Belgian Linen Sheet Set, Organic Essential Blanket, Ellie Cashman wallpaper, vintage lamp

HOB_PotteryBarn_YD_BED_2Seen in this image: Maison Canopy BedLeona Brass Side TableKinsey Jewelry BoxMaison Canopy BedCrochet Shams, Belgian Linen Sheet Set, Organic Essential Blanket, Ellie Cashman wallpaper, vintage lamps

HOB_PotteryBarn_YD_SideTable_BoxSeen in this image: Leona Brass Side TableKinsey Jewelry Box

The entire before and after process took William and Susan Brinson about five weeks — the fastest they’ve ever pulled something together. It’s an impressive timeline given the amount of work that had to be done to makeover the guest room and the limited workforce (aka William and Susan did most of the work themselves). “This is real and doesn’t just happen overnight,” says Susan. “Sometimes we bump into unexpected things, or a project we didn’t think would take as long takes 10 times longer than expected.”

BEFORE4HOB_PotteryBarn_YD_Desk_AFTERSeen in this image: Desk ChairBailey Bedside Lamp

Transforming the room from before to after included removing two layers of wallpaper, securing plaster on walls, painting radiators, removing and stripping paint from all three doors, painting and wallpapering the room, decorating, accessorizing and styling.


Seen in this image: Bailey Bedside Lamp



HOB_PotteryBarn_YD_Chair_1_AFTERSeen in this image: Vince Accent TableSalinger Upholstered ChairRuched Faux Fur Throw

The room’s decor was carefully selected to complement the statement-making wallpaper from Ellie Cashman. Susan and William wanted the wallpaper to stand out, and quickly found out how controversial the wallpaper and black wall color were among their fans.

We love how Susan addresses the wall color controversy here: “I feel like I owe y’all some kind of confessional video on why I decided to go with black as the room color. All the concerns you’d have about painting a room black, such as it’s going to be dark, the ceilings will look low, it’s too dark or depressing. I’ve considered it all and still went for it. The main reason: I used this very feminine wall paper from Ellie Cashman on the back wall, and that’s the star of the room. You walk in and WOW that wallpaper looks amazing. The best feature is this room is really large, so the black color didn’t close the room in. There is plenty of space to move around and all the natural light makes the room feel spacious as well. All in all, the black was a perfect subtle backdrop for furniture and complimented the wallpaper. I also kept the window treatments and bedding light and airy.”


Seen in this image: Vince Accent TableSalinger Upholstered ChairRuched Faux Fur Throw


Seen in this image: Salinger Upholstered ChairRuched Faux Fur Throw

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