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Mix & Match: Upholstered Chairs

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You know that feeling when something’s missing? That happens in design all the time — a room just feels off until the right accessory, lamp or piece of furniture finds its place.

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Above: Radcliffe, Bristol, Lincoln

That’s why we love our upholstered chairs (including four brand new designs from our Fall collection!) — they’re designed to complement each other and the rest of our furniture collections, despite their distinct styles.

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Each of these chairs can mix and match with each other for a complementary seating set-up, or can thrown into virtually any room, in any style, to stand as a statement piece.

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Above: Cardiff, Thatcher, Salinger

Our favorite part? Each and every one of these chairs can be upholstered in a multitude of our beautiful fabrics for long lasting, custom style.

See all of our upholstered chairs here.  

How to Style a Console Table: Part 1

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This post was written exclusively for Inside & Out by Jana Bek of Jana Bek Design

Styling is my jam! From consoles to bookshelves, I love creating vignettes in my home and clients’ homes. But it’s more difficult than it looks — and I’ve found that a lot of my clients find it daunting. My first tip is to relax and have fun with it! Start by gathering up things you already own, then practice, be patient and play!

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A console table is a great place to start, since it serves multitude of functions. Here’s one of my favorite ways to style a console table — stay tuned for parts 2 and 3, soon!

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Sofa console tables are a great way to hide a sofa back or provide a perch for a book or beverage. When styling sofa tables I make sure items aren’t too high — I don’t want to obstruct the view looking into a space.

In this Salt Lake City client’s home, I used a beautiful grapewood branch to add interest. Its light visual weight doesn’t distract from the view to the living room. In any piece with shelves, like this Tanner Media Console, you’ll want to vary the shapes and textures of pieces.

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Here, you have the organic wood, bone box and ceramic bowl. The light colors contrast with the dark iron table beautifully. Also, by staggering items, the vignette feels airy instead of cramped. The glass shelves allow light to disperse through the piece, too.

Items: Tanner TableBone BoxInteresting Bowl

Photos by Jylare Smith

Stay tuned for more of Jana’s tips to styling consoles, soon!

Hello, Color! Sherwin-Williams’ Top Paint Picks for Fall

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Even though some of us have been stuck in a serious heat wave this week (80 degrees in San Francisco? Unheard of!), we’re still thinking about Fall here at PBHQ. Our new color palette of soft grays, lush neutrals and pops of warm and cool jewel tones is an easy transition from the heat of summer to cooler weather.

We spoke to Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, to learn more about what colors she loves for fall, what color trends she’s spotting right now and her favorite new painting technique. Read on for the full Q&A!

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What are some of your favorite colors in the new Sherwin-Williams palette for Pottery Barn?

My personal favorite is Mink (SW 6004, seen above), which I recently used on a pair of chairs in my master bedroom. Its purple undertones compliment the palette’s grays and whites. It also pairs well with sage green tones.

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I also love Naval (SW 6244, seen above). This classic color can be nautical, traditional or Americana. Its richness can create an understated mood in a library or masculine bedroom. Paired with crisp white, it can feel refreshing in any space.

See the full palette here.

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What sort of color trends are you seeing this year?

We are seeing monochromatic whites, black and white, as well as gray and white, paired with natural materials, from rope and woven baskets to large green leaf prints and plants.

Do any of these trends translate well into fall?

These looks are new, classic combinations that have staying power and can accommodate many design sensibilities. You can add fall colored accessories such as pillows and throws to change with the season.

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What colors are you tired of seeing?

Although beige is still popular and a great neutral, I think people have come to realize that there are other neutrals, such as gray, black and green, that can create the perfect backdrop for interiors.

What are some unexpected colors/uses of color you’ve seen lately?

I love the dip-dye trend. You take an object, such as a woven basket, and dip the lower third in paint. This works well with wooden candlesticks, wooden spoon handles or legs of a chair.

PS: Save $15 on your purchase of $75 or more at Sherwin-Williams!

Sneak Peek: Sarah Dorsey’s Entryway Design

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Focusing on her entryway design was Sarah Dorsey‘s first task when moving into her new home. An entryway sets the tone for the rest of the house, and she knew that she wanted to make a great first impression.

Today we’re showing a sneak peek of Sarah’s new entryway, with glimpses of some of our favorite Pottery Barn organizational picks and her top tips for designing your entryway. Keep reading to see her new space and get inspired to decorate your home!

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Sarah’s Top Tips for Designing Your Entryway:

Think about how you want to feel right when you open your front door. “I wanted it to be bright and airy, with pops of pattern and color.” A white walls and ceiling contrast with a darker herringbone floor help to achieve this feel.

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Set the tone for the rest of your house. “Painting the wood in the entry was a huge decision — it would impact how the entire rest of the house would be painted. After several months of considering different combinations of paint and natural wood, I decided that the walls and ceiling should be painted white for continuity and consistency. The entry feels 100% brighter and I can’t wait to see what the entire house looks like after it’s painted!”

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Storage is key. Make sure you have the room to store keys, coats, bags, etc., close to the door in a tidy manner. Dorsey was careful to include hooks, shelves, drawers and open shelving so that everything is organized and easy to access.

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Understand how you plan to use the space. “I tried dozens of different layouts: more storage vs. less storage, seating vs. no seating, shelf vs. large organizational system. Ultimately, I thought about how we would use the space and tailored it around that. Now, we have a space that works for our family and how we use it!”

Our Top Tips for Choosing White Dinnerware (Plus, a Giveaway!)

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Our New, Expanded Collection of Great White Dinnerware
There are a lot of good reasons why we love our Great White Dinnerware collection: it’s beautiful, classic and quality dinnerware that will stand the test of time.

This season, we’ve expanded the collection to include anything and everything your tabletop might be missing. Designed and developed by our in-house design team, the new Great White additions acknowledge that different people eat different ways — and that means we all want something different out of our dinnerware. Our new additions complement every style of cooking, eating and living.

Our Favorite New Additions
We don’t know what it’s like at your house, but coffee is a staple here at PB HQ, so our designers added a brand new set of coffee mugs, cups, creamers and sugar bowls into this collection.

We’ve also made serving food easier — whether you’re having dinner for two or twelve — with additional platters and bowls, a soup terrine, pitcher and small bowls and plates for appetizers and sauces.

Why We Love White Dinnerware
When it comes to dinnerware, there’s something special about simple and classic white dishes. White dishes give you a clean slate when decorating — whether it’s for a dinner party or deciding on a new wall color behind your open kitchen shelves. Plus, serving food on white dishes highlights your meal beautifully — perfect for the Instagram-loving foodie.

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Great White Dinnerware Styles
Coupe: Slim in shape, but with a heavy and sturdy feel, the large size and high edges of Coupe make it great for serving.

Traditional: The original Great White — this classic shape never goes out of style.

Square: This style feels super modern and sleek, much like dinnerware in high-end restaurants.

Rim: The dainty flip on this style of Great White has a slightly old-fashioned feel, similar to antique, all-American dinnerware.

We’re so excited to offer you a beautiful collection with so much thought, time and care put into it by our design team. Whether you like to stick to one style, or mix and match, Great White has something for everyone. 

PS: Enter for a chance to win a set of Great White Dinnerware in the style of your choice! Fill out the form below for a chance to win. Good luck!

Official rules here.

This contest is now closed, thank you!

 

Pillow Fight!

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1. Mercer Ikat Applique Pillow Cover, Ikat Embroidered Lumbar Pillow, Washed Velvet Pillow Covers, Kantha Embroidered Pillow Cover/ 2. Camden Blue Stripe Pillow Cover, Washed Velvet Pillow Covers, Cropped Suzani Pillow Cover/ 3. Ikat Embroidered Lumbar Pillow, Diamond Tile Phulkari Pillow Cover, Alana Printed Pillow Cover/ 4. Alana Printed Pillow Cover, Washed Velvet Pillow Covers, Cropped Suzani Pillow Cover/ 5. Cropped Suzani Pillow Cover/ 6. Mini Suzani Pillow Cover/ 7. Cropped Suzani Pillow Cover, Camden Blue Stripe Pillow Cover, Washed Velvet Pillow Covers/ 8. Washed Velvet Pillow Covers, Kantha Embroidered Pillow Cover, Mercer Ikat Applique Pillow Cover

See more of our Fall collection here. 

5 Ways with Wall Shelves

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When you’re living in a small home, floor space is at a premium. You can only fit so many chairs, tables and accessories into a tiny room before it starts to feel like it’s going to burst at the seams.

That’s why we love wall shelves — they’re one of our favorite space-saving solutions. Instead of taking up valuable room on your floor, they take advantage of a home’s often underestimated vertical space

Take a look at our top 5 ways we like to use wall shelves, and get inspired to decorate your home!

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Living. Tired of crowding your coffee table with all sorts of odds and ends? Clear the decks and put your favorite collectibles on display with wall shelves.

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Bedroom. This decorative ledge almost looks like a mantel, but it’s much more versatile. Use this for an arrangement of your favorite pictures, or install over a desk or vanity to hold perfume and jewelry.

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Office. Clutter piles up quickly in home offices. Use a wall shelf to get it up and off your desk and into organized compartments.

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Kitchen. When you love to cook, it’s easy for your kitchen counters to start filling up with all sorts of stuff. Clear some room for serving and prep with a few well placed wall shelves. This is a great solution for small kitchens that don’t have very many cabinets, too!

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Hallway. There’s no need to cram your entry console with framed pictures of your loved ones — give your hallway some breathing room and use a few wall shelves to open up floor space and draw the eye down your hallway.

You might also like: Small Space Styling Tips from Erin Gates of Elements of Style