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Mix & Match: Colorful Home Essentials

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There’s no need to stick to neutrals when you’re stocking up on home basics. Embrace your personal style and bring a little bit of color into your home! We love to mix and match these colorful home essentials — playing with different patterns and hues — to bring life and love into the home.

Stick to all warm hues or all cool hues to make it easy — or, if you’re willing to take a risk, just pick anything that’s crazy colorful and (you guessed it) mix and match.

Take a look at some of our favorites, below! mix and match


1. Baker Bird Duvet/ 2. Printed Zebra Rug/ 3. Salinger Upholstered Chair/ 4. Cardiff Tufted Armchair/ 5.  Silvia Embroidered Pillow Cover/ 6. Concave Reaction Wall Art


See more of our Mix & Match favorites here.


Paisley Gets Even Prettier

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Paisley isn’t your grandma’s fabric anymore. In fact, we hesitate to even call these new iterations in our latest collection paisley — the play on scale, color and pattern transforms this ancient Persian design. From plates, to pillows, to bedding, to rugs — the motif now feels distinct, modern and surprising.

What’s our favorite thing about these new pieces? They’re perfect for mixing and matching together. Mixing patterns is always a little intimidating — but these variations make it incredibly easy. We suggest starting out with the same tones (all cool tones or all warm tones) if you’re still feeling nervous.

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Want to learn more about the story behind our paisley designs? Take a peek behind the scenes into our San Francisco Art Studio here.

Learn more about the design process by watching this video, too.

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. 

DIY: Easy Terrarium-Style Flower Arrangement from Tulipina

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Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina
Photography by Nathan Underwood

Terrariums are traditionally used for potted plants, but I wanted to use this vessel to create a flower arrangement with bursts of color and beauty spilling out of it. I love the look of this terrarium from Pottery Barn — with the right flowers inside, I think that this would make a beautiful statement piece for any event. Take a look at how I did it, below. Note that when inside water-filled vessels, this arrangement will last for about 3 to 4 days.


1. Start in the back first — place the flowers in different sized and colored vases.


2. For this project, I created one detailed arrangement (inside the black pedestal vase) and then simply put some longer stemmed cut flowers in a bucket next to it. Since I wanted to fill the lower front of the terrarium with more colorful flowers, I placed some smaller vases in the front and filled them with big and bold flowers.


3. I wanted to be able to place some stems just here and there, so I used floral water tubes to keep them hydrated.


4. Lastly, for added color, I place some loose petals and foliage down on the surface of the terrarium.

See another of our favorite arrangements from Tulipina here. 

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.”

Ken fulk behind the scenes

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. 

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.

Console Decor

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