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A Frighteningly Good Cocktail Recipe for Halloween

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The countdown to Halloween is officially on! Do you know what you’re going to be yet? To get you in the mood for the spooky season, we asked Eden from the ever-lovely blog Sugar and Charm to share some of her favorite Halloween cocktail recipes. Her creations are sure to be a hit at any haunted fete you throw this season. They’re frighteningly good!!

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RECIPE: Blueberry Lavender Martini

For the blueberry lavender simple syrup:

1 C water
1 C suger
2 T fresh lavender
1 C blueberries

Put all ingredients over medium high heat until the blueberries start to burst and the mixture thickens. Remove from heat to cool. Makes 11 oz of simple syrup

For the martini:

2 oz vodka
2 oz simple syrup
Lavender bitters
Crushed Ice

Mix 2 oz vodka and 2 oz simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Add lavender bitters and spring of fresh lavender to finish.

RECIPE: Skull Shot

1 1/2 oz of coffee vodka
1 oz bailey’s
1/2 oz espresso

Pour the coffee vodka into a shot glass. Slowly pour the bailey’s on top so it separates from the vodka. Drip in the espresso on top to create the marbled look.

Makes 1 shot.

Want to replicate this party?? Click HERE to get style tips and party ideas from Sugar and Charm using our new Halloween decorations! Happy Haunting!!

Velvet: Redefined

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Velvet isn’t just for the holidays anymore — we’re embracing this plush (and surprisingly durable!) fabric in every part of our homes this year.

Printed and washed velvet pillows in rich colors work in any room at any time of year. We’re all about the mix & match pattern right now, so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when finding just the right prints!

Our Performance Velvet Upholstery makes velvet an easy choice for families with children and pets — it’s one of the best fabrics for scratch-happy cats, and our Performance version will stand up to years of wear and tear from your little ones.

Not convinced? Get more inspiration here.

Halloween Mantel Decorating Guide from A Fashionable Hostess

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We know — it’s only the first official day of fall, but admit it, you’re at least a little bit excited about the change in seasons, too. Amanda Saiontz Gluck — the decorating and party expert behind Fashionable Hostess — loves fall, and couldn’t wait to decorate the fireplace mantel of her new home in Nashville for Halloween.

Read on to see more of her too-cute mantle, and get her fall decorating tips for your home!

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“I am all about a more sophisticated approach when it comes to decorating for Halloween. I love incorporating autumn colors, bright oranges and browns, and then adding in some playful accents — but my goal is to make sure it’s not too kitschy. My new fireplace mantel was the perfect place to bring my ideas to life!”

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“I started by laying a Pottery Barn Bittersweet Garland across the mantel. Then I staggered large pillar candles, pumpkins, and black candlesticks throughout (all from Pottery Barn’s newest Halloween collection). I chose this garland because of its beautiful colors and earthy elements — like the incredibly realistic pinecones! The leaves on the garland are complementary to the pops of orange in the pumpkins.”

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Candles at varying heights in black candleholders look festive and just slightly spooky when lit up at night.”

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“I took some of my favorite everyday brass Pottery Barn lanterns from my patio and incorporated them into the mix by placing them alongside lit pumpkins and a small ceramic pumpkin in front of my mantel. I love to place clusters of three to four items throughout my home for a splash of visual interest, like on my front porch or even on our front stairwell.”

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“I twirled some adorable Pottery Barn pumpkin garlands around the legs of my bar cart and then placed a large Pottery Barn orange pumpkin right on top. Come party-time this will be the perfect place for cocktails to be carted around!”

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How are you going to decorate for Halloween this year? Share your thoughts with us in the comments, on Fashionable Hostess, or by following @potterybarn and @fashionablehostess on Instagram!

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.

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: 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

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.”

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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

Want to see more? Check out House of Brinson’s takeover of @potterybarn on Instagram today!

Learn more about House of Brinson here.

Summer Color Trend: Coral and Turquoise

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Long gone are the days when coral and turquoise were only suited for homes in Florida or the Bahamas. This summer, we’re bringing these bright and beachy hues into every room in the house. A turquoise pillow on a neutral sofa, a splash of coral on an all-white bed or a mix of both on an outdoor rug will help you and your home embrace the new season.

Take a look at some of our favorite (and ridiculously easy) ways to update your home with coral and turquoise this summer.

Shop our favorite coral and turquoise pillows, rugs and dinnerware.
Plus, check out our new summer color palette from Sherwin-Williams. 
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