Before and After! Sarah Dorsey Design’s Entryway Makeover

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With a little work, a lot of effort and some smart DIY skills, designer Sarah Dorsey completely transformed her new home’s entryway into a light and bright space. Keep reading for her full entryway makeover!

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What was once a cramped, awkward room is now a wonderful welcome into a beautiful home. Take a look at her entryway makeover and before and after photos, below.

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Before: Clunky wooden beams on the walls and ceiling made the room feel much smaller than it actually is.

After: As a lover of natural wood grain, Dorsey was torn about whether or not to paint the space. But after some debate, she ended up painting all of the wood beams white, and didn’t look back.

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Dorsey tore up the old tile and put in a new herringbone gray marble tile to elevate the room’s feel. We love the custom built-ins at the end of the room too! Perfect for storage, and our Wire Cubby Baskets help keep often-used items tidy.

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Dorsey put her DIY skills to the test and put together a gallery wall of her own art, along with our Metal Silver Letters.

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A DIY coat rack and our Collapsible Baskets provide an easy place to drop off coats, bags and umbrellas as soon as people walk in the door.

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Dorsey’s DIY mirror (Amazing, right?) sits over a handy wall shelf with our Eleana Recycled Bud Vases for a last minute freshen-up before heading out.

See Sarah’s full post here.

Giveaway! Get Your Beauty Sleep with Our NEW Asher Duvet

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Catch up on beauty sleep this fall thanks to our comfy, cozy, organic Asher Duvet. We love how this gray and white bedding captures a classic medallion motif in an updated interpretation. It’s perfect for master bedrooms, guest rooms (like this cute guest room, below!) and even teen rooms. This week, we’re giving away 10 of our Asher Queen Duvets in Gray and a set of matching Standard Shams so you can update your bedding for fall. Enter the giveaway for a chance to win, below!

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See official rules here.

This contest is now closed. Thank you!

Home We Love: Eclectic Living Room with a Bohemian Twist

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Eclectic style is anything but easy — it requires just as much balance, symmetry and harmony as more traditional spaces, but with a dash of quirky charm. That’s why we love this bright, beautiful and eclectic living room from Lonny Magazine

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Wood furnishings, brass accents, artworks, and a lofty fiddle-leaf fig tree combine in an unexpectedly cohesive, multipurpose space. What makes it work? A disciplined mix of colors and shapes. Read more about this living room and the rest of this bohemian-style house here.

End of Summer Beach Bonfire Recipes from Camp Makery

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Happy Labor Day Weekend! We’re excited about having an extra day to celebrate (or mourn?) the end of summer. This weekend, we’re headed to the beach for a bonfire, Camp Makery style. Check out this entire inspiring shoot (with plenty of Pottery Barn love) here, and get the beach-friendly recipes below!

Recipes written exclusively for Inside & Out by Tiffany Sauter of Camp Makery
Photographer: Christina Richards
Styling & Art Direction: Lauren Weems of Camp Makery

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Baked Veggie Chips
I was inspired to create this recipe because my clients are often asking me what chips are the healthiest and which ones will help them lose weight.  I often have to give out bad news, and now instead of just telling them there are no healthy chips, I can offer them this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups assorted Root Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, turnips, carrots, golden or red beets, sliced thinly (I used both a mandolin slicer and just a knife)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • A couple dashes of sea salt

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Preheat oven to 250°.  Toss the root vegetable slices with olive oil and salt.  Spread them out on a cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour.  Flip the slices and bake for another hour to 90 minutes, until slightly brown and crisp.  Let chips cool on a cooling rack.

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Nectarine, Heirloom Tomato, and Basil Salad
This is a seasonal and fun version of a caprese salad.  I love peaches and nectarines!

Ingredients

  • 3 nectarines or peaches, peeled, seeded and sliced
  • 3 heirloom tomatoes, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 12 sweet basil leaves
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

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Toss nectarines, tomato, and basil together with the balsamic vinegar.  Add mozzarella slices and serve.

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Ahi Poke Dip
I get hooked on poke every time I visit friends in Hawaii.  I end up craving it when I’m home, so now I make my own.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sashimi-grade ahi tuna
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, minced
  • 1 green onion, sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil

Dice tuna into large chunks.  Mix all ingredients together well and chill.

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Corn, Black Bean and Mango Salsa
Simple and yummy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed and roasted in the oven or 1 corn cob, boiled for 12 minutes and corn removed
  • 1 cup black beans, cooked or drained and rinsed from a can
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, torn
  • 1 lime, juiced

Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl and toss well.

How to Throw a Wine and Cheese Party

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We love wine and cheese parties (Who doesn’t?) — and fall is the perfect time to host one. This season, host a wine and cheese party with style — one that involves more than putting out a plate of pre-sliced singles. We had a #pbtwitterparty yesterday with our entertaining expert, Tony, to get his tips on how to throw a wine and cheese party with some Pottery Barn style.

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Say Cheese
Wine and cheese can get expensive. A good cheese costs a lot! To mix things up and stay on budget, we like to use more affordable cheeses in clever appetizers — like crostini or fondue.

Want to pair wine and cheese for tastings? This usually works best with contrasting (sweet + savory) or complementary (sweet + sweet) flavors. Mix up the types of cheeses you serve, too. Firm, soft, semi-firm and flavorful cheeses like gorgonzola.

Give your guests a little break from cheese with other snacks, too. We love to use our Round Vintage Pizza Paddle Board to serve charcuterie. Throw a handful of almonds, olives, dried berries, grapes and other fruit into little bowls. Tip: We’d avoid apples, since they can get brown, unless you squeeze some lemon on them!

Don’t forget that cheese can be a dessert, too! Choose a dessert wine and complement with honey and chocolate for a wine and cheese tasting after a dinner party. 

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Wine Me Up
Just because you’re hosting doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help. Turn your wine and cheese party into a potluck of sorts to make your life a little easier. Have every guest bring a bottle of their very favorite wine to share — assign red and whites to mix it up.

Turn it into a blind wine tasting to make it extra fun. We love this wine tasting party from Julie Blanner.

Worried not everyone will want wine? Serve a few champagne cocktails to keep things festive. Click here for inspiration and recipes.

Don’t forget non-alcoholic options! Martinelli’s Apple Cider is great to have on hand — serve it in flutes! Spritzers are a great choice too — try mixing simple bitters and soda water.

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Hostess with the Mostess
Make hostessing easy and have guests serve sangria, cocktails or spritzers themselves with this fabulous wine barrel drink dispenser.

Bring a stopper or corkscrew as a hostess gift, or wrap your wine in a new dishtowel with a pretty ribbon.

Use wine tags to label glasses so your guests don’t get mixed up. Use paper hangtags and tie them to glasses with raffia or rope. Or, make it super simple and ask a friend with good handwriting to write everyone’s names on the glasses with Sharpie — it comes right off in the dishwasher, trust us!

Happy National Dog Day!

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Happy National Dog Day! We’re so excited to announce the winner of our contest with Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen: Congrats to Maple & Magnolia‘s pup Riley! We can’t wait to see how much this cutie loves her prize. Make sure your furry friend knows you love them today, too. 

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PS: Don’t forget to submit photos of your PB Pet with the hashtag #pbpet on Instagram! You could be featured on the Pottery Barn Instagram.

 

Behind the Design: Our New Art Collection

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We’ve taken an entirely new approach to Pottery Barn’s art collection this year. Our collection has expanded, and we’re working hard to make sure everyone has a chance to buy beautiful, one-of-a-kind art for their homes.

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What’s new? Take a peek at our Art Shop — you might be surprised! We’ve separated pieces by style to make it easy, and each section is full of takes on text and type, elegant mirrors, inspiring abstract prints and stunning vintage reproductions, all made to order.

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 Like this print — originally a collagraph by Seattle artist Eunice Kim, Porous #24 is a giclée reproduction, made just for you, with the same detail and craftsmanship as the original.

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Or this playful gicleé print by artist Stephanie Sterjovski.

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 As you can tell by this post, we love Alicia Bock’s ethereal and modern photography style. “Paris is always a good idea” — we couldn’t agree more.

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Check out our new Art Shop to see more of our new, expanded collection — made just for you.