Win a Mauviel Copper Fry Pan to Celebrate Chuck Williams’ 99th Birthday

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Did you know? On his first buying trip to France in 1959, Chuck Williams sought out Mauviel, a small, family-owned operation that uses traditional production techniques for its copper pots and pans. Today, Williams-Sonoma customers can still buy Mauviel’s French copper cookware.

Enter for a chance to win one an 8-inch Mauviel Copper Fry Pan from Williams-Sonoma, today!

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Happy Birthday Chuck! Win a Set of Williams Sonoma Cooking Tools

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Did you know? In 1956, Chuck Williams opened his first store in Sonoma, California. Although it was originally a hardware store, he added kitchen and cooking tools to transform it into a culinary destination. “That was the real beginning of the business — a kind of accident,” he says.

Celebrate Chuck’s happy accident with one of our favorite Williams-Sonoma cooking tool sets, the All Clad Stainless Steel 7 Piece Cooking Set.

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Win a Set of Williams-Sonoma Cookware Set to Celebrate Chuck Williams’ 99th Birthday

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Chuck Williams’ 99th Birthday celebration continues! Here’s fun fact #2: Chuck fell in love with Paris’s smallest cooking shops, and was inspired to bring the love of fine cooking and quality cooking tools — from gleaming pots and pans, to shiny spatulas, to tiny wooden spoons — to America. 

Today, enter for a chance to win one of your very own Calphalon Elite 3-Piece Fry Pan & Sauté Pan Set:

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Win One of Our Paris Prints to Celebrate Chuck Williams’ 99th Birthday

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Happy Birthday, Chuck! We’re celebrating the 99th birthday of Charles “Chuck” Williams, the founder of our sister store Williams-Sonoma, with giveaways of our favorite Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma product all day long.

Did you know? The inspiration for Williams-Sonoma began when Chuck took his first trip to Paris in 1953. “It is a city that is a delight to get lost in—one that gives me pause and causes me, at any given moment, to think how lucky I am to be in Paris,” he says.

To celebrate Chuck’s love for Paris, we’re giving away one of our Red Balloons in Paris Framed Print by Rebecca Plotnick to a lucky fan!

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Happy 99th Birthday Chuck Williams!

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Charles “Chuck” Williams, the founder of Williams-Sonoma, is often called a pioneer of the American kitchen. Today, we’re celebrating his 99th birthday with a tribute to our absolute favorite cook, chef and founder.

PS: Don’t forget to check out our giveaways all day long, to celebrate Chuck’s birthday!

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Although he always had a love and affinity for food and cooking, this love turned into a more defined passion after Williams’ first visited Europe in 1953. He immediately fell in love with Paris, and was greatly inspired by the French cooking culture — wandering around the city’s tiny cooking shops helped stoke the fire that created a true culinary destination.

“I never really got over that trip,” Chuck says. “And all these years later, I know that every trip I have ever taken … has been an extension of that first trip to Paris in 1953.”

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After moving to Sonoma, California, Chuck met a group of friends that all shared a deep love for cooking — beyond the typical processed or no-prep foods that were common in post-war America. After purchasing an old hardware store in downtown Sonoma, he turned part of it into a little shop of his own, and added some kitchen and cooking tools to the stock. “That was the real beginning of the business,” he says. “A kind of accident.”

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He kept the store’s name simple: Williams-Sonoma. “If you stop to think about it, it wasn’t a good choice,” he says. “A lot of people did have trouble getting it right. Some called it Sonoma-Williams, and even more call it William Sonoma and think my name is Bill Sonoma.”

The now iconic pineapple logo was developed by a local artist in Sonoma, which he had seen atop the gateposts of grand houses and interpreted as a symbol of hospitality.

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Chuck’s business, which set a standard for customer service, took off and helped fuel a revolution in American cooking and entertaining that continues today.

Today, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a multi-channel specialty retailer of high quality products for the home that now includes Williams-Sonoma, the Pottery Barn brands (Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen), West Elm, Mark & Graham and Rejuvenation.

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Happy 99th Birthday Chuck!

 

Easy, Chic Styling for Small Console Tables

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Styling is harder than it looks — somehow, even copying a catalog photo move for move still doesn’t always turn out right. We love Interior Designer Jana Bek‘s approach to styling — relax, and have fun with it! When you take a happy, natural approach to styling your home, it’ll feel natural and happy — even if it’s not catalog perfect.

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Take a peek at Jana’s easy styling tips for small console tables in an entry — one of the hardest parts of the home to tackle. Then, start stocking up on decor so you can practice and play in your own home!

(Photos by Meghan Cavanaugh Photography)

Easy Chic Styling for Small Console Tables

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Even if you have a petite console you want to style, it can still pack a pretty punch!

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Height always adds interest, so with a narrow table, a tall plant, (like the orchid seen in this Wichita Falls client’s home) accomplishes that without overwhelming the table, as a lamp might. Pottery Barn frames are another go–to of mine for height, as they have a few beautiful styles with interesting borders, like the pearl inlaid one seen here, which adds additional height to an 8×10 frame.

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If you are buying items online for a smaller space – pay close attention to dimensions – this Pottery Barn mercury tray is actually a vanity tray; just large enough to stash keys and small clutter.

Suggested decorative items:
Mother of Pearl Picture Frames, Brynn Mirrored Tray, Live Orchid, Clementine Homescent Collection

See more of Jana’s tips here. 

A Simply Beautiful (and Quite Charming!) Fall Tabletop + Win a Set of Our Cambria Dinnerware!

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Out with the old, in with the new! With the first day of fall officially behind us (adios, summer!), it feels like the perfect time to switch out our outdoor dinnerware for rich autumn hues. We love how deep olive green, bright pumpkin orange and a splash of sunflower yellow define the color palette for this lovely tabletop by Joelle Charming.

The simple but statement making arrangement features our Cambria Dinnerware (in a new Olive hue),  Perotti Flatware and Cliff Wood & Metal Lanterns.

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Plus, we LOVE this delicious, fall-inspired rum cocktail recipe she whipped up with Ron Zacapa 23 Rum:

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Ingredients:

Spoonful of raw sugar (to taste)
A few dashes of Angostura bitters
2 oz. of spiced rum
Orange peel

Instructions:

Muddle together the sugar and bitters in the bottom of a rocks glass and add the rum. Mix together with a spoon and add ice. Squeeze the juice from the peel of an orange on top, and serve cold.

Notes: 

You can also use sugar syrup or a sugar cube, if you prefer.