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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
There were so many cute #pbpets on Instagram in February, it’d be impossible to choose a favorite. So, we didn’t! take a look at all of the adorable #pbpets we featured in the month of February — from Henri, to Steve, to Lotie — and tell us which one’s your favorite in the comments!
PS: Don’t forget to submit photos of your pet with your favorite Pottery Barn item using #pbpet on Instagram.
Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove — an oh-so-talented stylist, designer and blogger that we adore — just moved into a beautiful 1940s bungalow in Boise, Idaho with her family. We were thrilled to help her out with a little living room refresh to make her space feel warm, fresh, bright and homey.
One of our new favorite prints now hangs on Kirsten’s living room wall. “It’s a constant reminder of what’s to come,” she says.
Our mirrored pillar box can hold just about any kind of display — candles, accessories or items from nature. We love how Kirsten used it on her mantle, where she can swap things in and out with ease.
“I love layering art on the mantle and on the ground, too,” she says. “Along with this wire storage basket for firewood, it creates plenty of interest.”
It’s amazing how a few, well-chosen accessories can totally transform a room, don’t you think? To see the rest of Kirsten’s living room refresh and more of her amazing designer tips visit her at Simply Grove.
To us, spring is less about the weather and more about a feeling (especially this year). Without fail, the end of February feels like the end of winter — even if Mother Nature doesn’t agree — and we want to jumpstart spring decorating in our homes so it feels fresh, clean and bright.
This year, we’ve encompassed that same ambiance in our spring catalogs. Pattern, color, print and plenty of light fill each and every page. Are you ready to start spring decorating? Take a look at some of our favorite tips from our latest catalog.
PS: Pick up a copy yourself from one of our stores to see even more spring decorating ideas!
Tip: Be brave with patterned pillows — the angles in these two geometric patterns makes them work together despite their opposing hues.
Tip: Use hurricanes to add height to your dinnertime display — just make sure they’re not too tall to talk over.
Tip: Mix and match new and old, expected and unexpected for a surprisingly beautiful display. We love the staggered heights of these found bottles.
Tip: There’s no need to keep your gallery wall uniform. Use different frame finishes and sizes for an eclectic, collected look.
Tip: Use stripes as a neutral — especially when it comes to bedding.
Need more decorating advice? Check out our free design services, and get personalized advice at our free class in all stores on 3/22/15 at 10:00AM, where you can learn simple and affordable ways to refresh your home with new accessories.
Even if it’s still snowing outdoors, you can help spring get a head start in your home. Last week, two of our amazing in-house designers, Brett and Trudy, hosted a live video event to help you refresh your home for spring. [See a recorded version of this live event here.]
The talented duo had some fantastic tips for decorate a coffee table for spring — some of them illustrated in this video!
Want to decorate your coffee table for spring? Keep it simple and stick to a mix of 5 items:
• A decorative box: For storage and height.
• Botanical element (flowers, branches, plants, or even shells and stones): Something organic helps pull the entire look together.
• Books: Stack them horizontally or vertically for visual interest.
• Unique treasures: Mix textures, colors and metals for visual tension. Use something unexpected!
• A tray: Gathering things together in a tray sets them apart and makes them feel special. Plus, it makes it easier to clear the coffee table when company arrives.