Halloween isn’t just for Kids!

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One of our favorite parts about Halloween, aside from the tasty treats, is sipping on a festive cocktail as we prepare our costumes for the night.  This year you’ll find us indulging in these Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolates made with Don Julio Tequila and the spices of the season.

We love how Mandy Kellogg Rye from Waiting on Martha has added some black magic to the cocktail with Ancho Chili Powder and Cayenne Pepper to give it a spicy kick and a bold devilish taste! Click here see what else makes this spooka-licious drink extraordinary.

Waiting on Martha Cocktail

Waiting on Martha Cocktail

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How to Style your Tabletop for a Wedding Celebration

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Close friends and delicious food are essential to a celebration, but thoughtful details and creative touches give a party its style. Using our Cambria Dinnerware, the ladies from Ruffle Blog created three different and distinctly beautiful table settings. Whether you’re throwing an elegant affair or a laid-back post-nuptial brunch, we’re sure these tablescapes will inspire your special day.

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How to make a Gin Punch

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It’s time to break out your punch bowl and mix up one of our favorite festive drinks crafted by Mandy Kellogg Rye from Waiting on Martha! If you’re hosting this year’s holiday party, the Ginny Gin Gin Punch will be the perfect signature drink, made with Tanqueray and Oleo Saccharum. Wait, what’s Oleo Saccharum?  Click HERE to find out and get this delicious recipe that’s beloved by all—even those who claim to not like gin-based drinks! Waiting on Martha Ginny Gin Gin RecipeWaiting on Martha Ginny Gin Gin Recipe

(Photography by Rustic White)

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Styling Your Media Center with Art

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We’re back with Ashley Pepitone from Camp Makery to help you with tips for a fall bedroom refresh! This time she takes on the media center to create a clean fresh look with art and decor.

Televisions in the bedroom. I know. There’s that old saying, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” That’s always kind of been my decorating motto, especially when it comes to electronics. We also have a television over our fireplace (horrors!) but there really wasn’t anywhere else to put it and let’s be honest– we use the television! A lot! So that begs the question: How do you “join ’em” and make your television fit into your décor, while avoiding a frat house chic look?

Camp Makery Media Center Makeover

It’s all about the gallery wall, my friends. Gallery walls are everywhere on Pinterest, design blogs, even your beloved PB catalog. As common as they are, tackling how exactly to make a good one come to life can be daunting and expensive. Here are my tips for working with electronics in a gallery wall.

1. Set the electronics lower than most of the art. If you can place your television at your seated (or prone position) eye level, that is best. Not only does it make you more comfortable while viewing, it takes some of the focus off of the television while you’re standing.


2. Work in some pieces that are at least as big as the electronics. If your TV is absolutely huge and this just isn’t an option, work a grouping in that are cohesive and give the look of one work of art. Here I used four of my Instagram prints, framed by the incredible team at Framebridge. Just make sure they are all the same size and framed in the same way and you will get the same effect as a larger piece.

3. Choose pieces that have meaning to you; Priceless doesn’t mean expensive. I paid very little for all of the art in my gallery wall. Again, the four photos are Instagram snaps of my baby girls. The paintings on the left and right are watercolors that I painted myself, framed using hardware store acrylic and brass findings!

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4. Invest in beautiful frames. Not every frame in your gallery has to be pricey, but if you use quality frames and mats your art will always look better. No matter whether it’s a valuable painting or a photo booth strip from a carnival.

5. Don’t be afraid to DIY. Try your hand at watercolors, like I did, or let your kiddos have at it with fingerpaints that coordinate with your color scheme. Whatever it is, make sure it’s personal and suits you before you worry about it suiting the room. And if you love that DIY acrylic frame, here’s the how-to!

You will need:

  • Two sheets of acrylic/plexiglass
  • Four brass nuts
  • Four brass bolts
  • Lighter
  • Nail
  • Pliers
  • Double-sided tape
  • Picture hanging wire

Camp Makery Media Center Makeover

Camp Makery Media Center Makeover

Camp Makery Media Center Makeover

Have your local hardware store cut down the plexiglass to your preferred size. Make sure to leave at least a 2″ border around whatever art you plan to frame. Remove the protective film from the plexiglass. Holding the nail with the pliers, carefully heat over flame until it is red-hot. Press into the plexiglass at the four corners. Make two more holes on just the piece of plexi that you will face the wall, about halfway down and where they will be hidden by your art. Thread your wire through and secure. Center your art and sandwich between the plexi, holding in place with the double-sided tape on the wall-facing sheet of plexi. Secure with your nuts and bolts.

Camp Makery Media Center Makeover

Voila! Cheap, easy, modern framing that lets your art be the star! Please head over to Camp Makery for the rest of this series, including tips on working antiques into your new classic décor, and how to make the perfectly imperfect bed!

(Photography by Ashley Bruschi)

Cheers to the Perfect Fall Cocktail

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Apple season is here and we couldn’t be more thrilled! We are welcoming autumn with a series of deliciously good  cocktail recipes, crafted by Mandy Kellogg Rye from Waiting on Martha. First up is this crisp Rummy Spiced Cider made with Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum. It’s filled with our favorite flavors of fall and can be served both hot or cold. Click here for the ingredients and instructions for crafting this festive drink. (And don’t forget, this is the first of many seasonal recipes to come!)

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(Photography by Rustic White)

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Q&A with Katie Armour of Matchbook Magazine

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Lifestyle guru Katie Armour is an arbiter of understated style. Along with founding the digital ‘zine sensation Matchbook Magazine, she also curates a collection of up and coming artists, runs her own blog The Neotraditionalist and lights up our Instagram and Pinterest feeds on the regular. We also share her obsession with pugs!

A recent relocation to Chicago and an engagement(!), means Katie is going to be hosting her first Thanksgiving in a brand new home and for some very special people in her life. She turned to Pottery Barn to set a chic timeless table, but we couldn’t let her go without getting her tips & tricks for effortless holiday entertaining.

What are some of your top tips to hosting Thanksgiving in a small home?

Stay organized and prepare in advance! We prep the majority of the meal before our guests arrive so my fiancé and I aren’t fighting for kitchen space. The cocktail ingredients are on our bar cart and the side dishes ready to serve. Embrace the coziness of your small space. Light candles and keep the meal simple, but scrumptious.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving cocktail to serve? 

This time of year I love to serve a Maple Bourbon Smash. They’re easy to make for your guests and taste delicious. We use 2 oz. Bulliet Bourbon, 1 oz. Vermont maple syrup, and 1 oz. fresh lemon juice. Combine everything in a ice-filled cocktail shaker and stir for 15 seconds. Strain the drink into an old-fashioned glass with ice (I prefer one big cube) and you’re done! I usually add a lemon twist for garnish.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes?

How to choose?! This year we’ll be serving balsamic-roasted brussels sprouts, garlic mashed potatoes, and corn bread. We may also add some sweet potato casserole to the mix–not ideal for the waist-line, but mouth-watering good.

Any tips for hosting a Thanksgiving with pets?

We keep our pug Alfred entertained (and out from underfoot!) with a new bone and his bed in a far corner. I like to think his monogrammed, plaid dog bed adds to the autumnal ambiance.

What are your favorite, easy, affordable tips to spicing up your home for the holidays?

1. Add greenery! I love fresh blooms in autumnal hues and a few well-placed pumpkins. White pumpkins or gold-painted pumpkins are my favorite.

2. Set the mood with tunes. We have a fun playlist for Thanksgiving and later Christmas that will be on regular rotation throughout the holiday season.

3. Swap out your everyday accessories for cozy, festive pieces. I love cable knit, plaid, or cashmere throws, velvet pillows in rich, fall colors, and colorful table linens that speak to the occasion.

You can shop some of Katie’s holiday must-haves RIGHT HERE!

A Fabulous Front Door for Fall

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Adding seasonal decor around the home is one of our favorite things about celebrating fall. But we don’t want to keep all the fun inside! Your door is begging for a little love this time of year. What better way to share your seasons greetings with your friends, family and neighbors? We teamed up with Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers, to share a few fun and easy tips for creating seasonal curb appeal to your home. Trust us, your neighbors will thank you! 

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Tip 1: Add pops of unexpected details. Add personality by incorporating your favorite things. I can’t resist the Vince Metal Clad Accent Stool at the front door. Surprise—you can go from common to extraordinary in a minute! This is a critical element that makes guests feel relaxed and special.

Colonial House of Flowers

Colonial House of Flowers

Tip 2: Add candles and found greenery for elegance. It doesn’t get more beautiful than that. Take off all the leaves from the berry branches – they’ll wither quickly, but the berries will last for days. Plus, when it comes to setting the mood, you can’t beat the immediate impact of flickering candle light as seen through lanterns like the Wyeth Recycled Glass Lanterns! Add plenty of candles (or consider flameless candles) to those lanterns — its fall, after all! — and some freshly clipped seeds to complete the scene.

Colonial House of Flowers

Colonial House of Flowers

Tip: Use in-season florals in rich neutrals on doors. Palettes that are fall specific are impossible to get wrong especially when you put them at the entry. It’s easier than you think because with so many colors to choose from like navy, green, burgundy, golds, chocolates and more. Rose hips, amaranthus, bittersweets, olive branches and David Austin garden rose are a few of the florals you’ll find in fall. Guests are also sure to feel warm and welcome with simple wreaths. Try to imitate nature to avoid things feeling fussy and contrived. 

Colonial House of Flowers

Styling: Lavin Label

Wreaths Vine Garden Market

Photography: Kelli Boyd Photography

To get more ideas for your seasonal floral decor from Colonial House of Flowers, click here! And don’t forget to share your front door decor with us on Instagram! Tag your pics with #mypotterybarn and you’ll be entered to win a $100 PB gift card!

Liven Up your Halloween Bash with this Blackberry Smash

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TGIH – Thank Goodness It’s Happy Hour friends! This week we’re continuing our Friday Cocktail Series with a full-of-flavor Blackberry Smash crafted by Eden Passante from Sugar and Charm. Served in our Library Glassware, this refreshing sip is just too good to wait until Halloween to serve. We’re planning on whipping up a few this weekend – no skull accessories required, but they sure are fun!


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RECIPE: Blackberry Smash

For the blackberry simple syrup:

1 C water
1 C sugar
1 C blackberries

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

1 1/4 ounce gin
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce blackberry simple syrup
crushed ice

Pack a rocks glass with crushed ice. In a shaker, mix the Gin, lemon juice and blackberry simple syrup together. Shake, pour over the crushed ice and finish with a drizzle of blackberry simple syrup on top.

For the rest of the cocktails featured in this scary good bar scene, click HERE! For Eden’s tips & tricks for throwing the ultimate Halloween party click HERE.

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(Photography by Madcitizen)

Choosing The Perfect Paint Color

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We are loving this bedroom refresh designed by Ashley Pepitone from Camp Makery!  Armed with some of our new textiles and Sherwin Williams’ new fall paint palette, Ashely gave her master suite a new look for the season. There are several key elements to a successful refresh, but to start we’re taking a peek into her tips for choosing the perfect paint color. Take it away Ashley!

Probably the most daunting aspect of designing a room is choosing the wall color. Paint isn’t as easy to change as a duvet or some drapes, so it’s easy to be anxious that you’re going to make the wrong choice. My best word of advice: Pick the paint color last.


Tempting as it may be to just get it done at the outset, you will almost always regret choosing your paint color first. By picking linens and artwork you really love before paint, you are giving yourself the best opportunity to ensure that everything looks cohesive and well-planned.


Choose your textiles first. Once you have your linens, fabrics, drapes and maybe a piece of art or two chosen, gather them all together and sit down with them in front of you. When you look at them together, what are the common hues between them? What color really jumps out at you the most?


After you know what general color family really speaks to you most, try to match it in a paint swatch book or in the store. I have a Sherwin-Williams swatch book that comes in very handy for this step! Now, this is important. Once I find the shade I love, unless it is already super light, I go two or three shades lighter and that is what I put on the walls. If you can’t figure out what color that would be in your swatches, bring the paint chip to the sales associate and ask them to mix your color but “cut it” by 25 or 50%. Purchase a sample first if you’re not sure.


The last thing to consider is texture. Sherwin-Williams offers a “true matte” in their Emerald paint line that is perfect for the bedroom. It looks soft and velvety on the walls. I was excited to try something other than eggshell or flat, and it did not disappoint!

Up next- another big time design challenge, creating a gallery wall that harmonizes with electronics!

(Photos by Ashley Bruschi

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. Especially when served from a Halloween bar that looks so frighteningly good!!

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Coffin cheese – Halloween genius!!

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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.

IMG_2811RECIPE: 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 killer party?? Click HERE to get style tips and party ideas from Sugar and Charm! Happy Haunting!!