#PBandStonyFord: Home Makeover with House of Brinson

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When Susan and William Brinson started looking for a house, they knew it had to have one thing — character. Susan grew up in a military family, and craved a home that spoke to her in a way that the bland houses she spent most of her childhood in never did.

“I told William: I want you to gasp a little when you walk in. There was only one house that made us gasp and it was this one,” she writes on the couple’s blog, House of Brinson.

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This upstate New York Greek Revival home was built in the 1850s — and now the Brinsons are tackling a full remodel in order to turn it into their dream home.

“The house was formerly owned by a famous horse breeder and has had many famous guests as a result,” says Susan. “Back in the 1860s the house was called Stony Ford so that’s what we’re calling it in 2015!”

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Among the numerous renovations, the couple is redoing the guest room — which they’ve named the Young Duchess Room, after one of the original owner’s horses. We’re excited to work with them to help transform this beautiful space!

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“Stony Ford sat empty for a number of years and so we do the renovation work. I never thought I’d remove so much wall paper,” Susan adds. “The house is a diamond in the rough! We’ll share the entire process with you from the down and dirty renovation to the fun decorating as we make Stony Ford our home.”

Follow along here on the Pottery Barn blog, at House of Brinson, and on Instagram with #PBandStonyFord.

Our Favorite Easter Decorating & Entertaining Ideas

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Tomorrow’s Easter — are you ready? We’ve compiled our favorite DIY projects, decorating tips and entertaining ideas to help you pull off one seriously awesome Easter in a flash. Read on for more!

Easter Entertaining Tips

1. A Coconut Cake Recipe Inspired by Our Latest Catalog
TIP: Serve something sweet. When the weather starts to get warmer, the heavy desserts we once craved during the winter don’t seem quite right anymore. That’s why we love this light, airy and fluffy coconut cake recipe from Melina of Sugary & Buttery — it’s perfect for a sweet treat after Easter brunch.

2. Easter Entertaining Made Easy
TIP: Use the same colored fresh flowers. Arrangements with flowers that are all the same color are impossible to get wrong. The blooms can quickly be grouped by themselves in baskets and containers. Clip and pop white tulips into a creative container like this Beachcomber Wood Handled Basket for a look that is hassle free and stunning.

3. A Turquoise, Gold & White Table Setting for Easter Lunch
TIP: Mix in casual dinnerware. Mixing in casual dinnerware is the key to pulling off a simple, elegant and practical Easter brunch or lunch — especially if you plan to take the party outside or make your Easter lunch a family affair with young kids.

4. Simple & Elegant DIY Easter Egg Decor
TIP: Add an element of DIY. These chic, chalky Easter eggs are ridiculously easy (it’ll take all of 5 minutes) and inexpensive — they added just the right touch of DIY to any table, and can help give your crazy, artificial looking plastic eggs a makeover.

5. Hop to It! A DIY Colorful Easter Dinner Party Setting
TIP: Stick to something simple. Start with basics for your Easter brunch table, like the Linen Hemstitch Table Runner. It’s a piece you can use for any holiday since it provides a neutral start to that works with most decor. Then, you can go crazy colorful with accents and accessories!

 

 

A Turquoise, Gold and White Table Setting for Easter Lunch

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Turquoise Easter Lunch Table

Written for Pottery Barn by Amanda of Fashionable Hostess
Photography by Alexandra Wolf

I love the idea of assembling a simple Spring table this Easter, accentuated by turquoise and pastels that give off a welcoming, yet casual, feel. Mixing in casual dinnerware is the key to pulling this off, especially if you plan to take the party outside or make your Easter lunch a family affair (with young kids). Then, to add the perfect Easter accent, I love these adorable Pottery Barn bunny candy dishes packed with pastel M&M’s.

Pottery Barn Easter Dishes

Read on to see how this Easter lunch table came together.

Easter Lunch Table

I created this Easter lunch look starting with white dinner plates layered under turquoise Pottery Barn salad plates — this provided the base for this turquoise and white color palette. I also created simple white arrangement consisting of white hydrangeas, tulips, and football mums.

Easter Donut Buffet Bar

For dessert I was inspired by my Pinterest board to do a donut buffet. I placed a tower of pink, white and sprinkled donuts (from Dunkin Donuts — don’t tell anyone!) on a cake stand alongside more Pottery Barn bunny candy dishes. I filled the bottom level of my cart with cocktail and champagne options should anyone choose to enjoy some spirits over lunch.

Easter Lunch Table Setting

Hopefully this Easter will be warm and sunny allowing everyone to take this party outside, although given this example, being indoors wouldn’t be the worst option either!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter!

Easter Donut Buffet Bar

See more Pottery Barn Easter lunch must-haves here.
See Amanda’s full post on Fashionable Hostess here.

Beautiful Blooms: Lush Pink and Green Flowers for a Nantucket Wedding

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Whether the weather agrees or not, spring has officially arrived — and with it, an abundance of beautiful weddings and blooming flowers. We have weddings and registry on the mind this time of year, which is why we were so excited to see this wedding with beautiful florals from Soiree Floral.

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Set against the pristine backdrop of Nantucket at the Nantucket Yacht Club, this beautiful East Coast wedding overflows with lush florals in white, pinks and a touch of green.

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From Julie Almand at Soiree Floral: “A soft, lush, garden-inspired look in shades of green, pink and white was chosen to complement the bridesmaid’s blush dresses. For the ceremony, the church was dressed up in lush garden-inspired greenery along the railings and inside the church. The aisles were graced with Nantucket baskets filled six lush blooms — a nod to Nantucket traditions.”

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“At the reception, the guests were greeted with an escort card display that doubled as favors created by Merrell’s mom. Guests entered cocktail hour with a spectacular view of the Nantucket harbor with drinks on the lawn and patio.”

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“For the reception, the team at Soirée Floral designed three different looks for the tables with mixed elevated and low centerpieces. To keep the look clean and crisp while still evoking romance, silver mercury and clear glass candlelight filled the room with a soft glow. The lush centerpieces of hydrangea, amaryllis, roses, belles of Ireland, freesia, orchids, snapdragons and ranunculus filled the room with a nod to late summer. Various sized vases filled with floating candles made for a dramatic atmosphere for guests to dance the night away.”

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Vendors:
Dress – Monique Lhuillier
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Suit – Paul Stuart
Bridesmaid Dresses – Donna Morgan
Photographer – Cary Hazlegrove
Florist – Soiree
Cake – Jodi’s Cakes
Reception Venue & Food – Nantucket Yacht Club
Ceremony Venue – St. Paul’s Church
Wedding Planner – Maggie Naylon, Nantucket Island Events
Rentals – Placesetters
Hair & Makeup – RJ Miller Salon
Placecards – Ellie Gottwald
Menus – Parchment Fine Papers 

Hop to It! A DIY Colorful Easter Dinner Party Setting

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Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Juli Vaughn

Whether it’s your first time hosting Easter Brunch or your 30th time, everyone can use some fresh inspiration. I find that as a color lover, I long for holiday decor that involves bright hues and surprising elements. I want to repurpose things in my home and give my guests something to talk about when the conversation about who got which candy in their Easter basket wanes.

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The first thing to keep in mind when you’re putting together your ideal tabletop is to ask yourself, “What is going to fill it up?” Is family-style food your thing? Is a killer flower arrangement? Are cute signs and place cards? You can have it all if you follow these tips.

Styling & concept: Juli Vaughn
Photography: Tulle and Grace
Hand Painted Easter Eggs: Ashley Pepitone

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1. Start with basics like the Linen Hemstitch Table Runner. It’s a piece you can use for any holiday but it provides a neutral start to any decor. I also used the Sketch Bunny Napkins which are playful, a neutral tone, and totally worth a splurge.

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2. Stick with one type of flower in medium sized modern glass vases. I used Parrot Tulips because they’re in season and very easy to find at a farmer’s market. An alternative to flowers is to fill a vase with organic carrots. The greenery at the top can serve as your floral element and you can eat them after Easter! If you use something like Aegean Clear Glass Vases you’ll have plenty of room to place food items around on the table as well.

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3. Repurpose home items and fresh produce for signage. I used the Serafina Vanity Mirror for an unexpected “Happy Easter” sign. I also used spray-painted carrots for place cards. Simply tape off the top of the carrot with painter’s tape, cover with 2 coats of metallic spray paint, and attach a piece of card stock paper for the place card. Voila! Instant conversation piece!

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4. Add pops of color by using Pressed Milk Glass Votives, Robin Eggs, or hand painted wooden eggs like these from my friend Ashley Pepitone.

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5. Embrace change. We all long for a picturesque table scape with perfectly placed napkins, shiny silverware, and calligraphy place cards. But, let’s be honest, we ALL place our cell phone right next to all that lovely as soon as we sit down. I say embrace the change and incorporate it into your decor by providing a cell pocket. I put this one together with color-coordinated scrapbook paper, scissors, and hot glue. The phone immediately has a home to sit in for easy access for all that Instagram-ing you might need to do, and yet it fits in with the table decor perfectly.

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Tell us: How are you going to decorate for Easter this year?

See more of our favorite Easter decorating ideas & items here.

Party Perfect: Justina Blakeney’s DIY Summer Party Decor

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Justina Blakeney knows that the perfect party doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Getting your DIY on will help keep money in your wallet — and it can give your party some personal flair with minimal effort. These DIY summer party decor ideas from Justina couldn’t be easier — and we love the life they lend to her stunning tablescape. Take a look and get inspired for your own summer party decor, below! 

Tropical Place Setting Summer Party

Philodendron Leaf Chargers:
“Instead of (or in addition to!) traditional chargers use tropical Split-Leaf Philodendron leaves to under your dishes to create a pretty pop of green and an added layer of visual interest to your tabletop.”

Summer Cocktail Recipe Justina Blakeney

Leafy Name Tags:
“Using twine, a leaf, a hole punch and a gold Sharpie, punch a hole in a leaf, write your guest’s name it with a Sharpie and thread the twine through the leaf and add it to the glass. It looks refreshing, can be used as a place-marker and throughout the evening guests will be able to keep track of their glasses, which means less washing!”

Spicy Margarita Recipe

Leaf Wrapped Glasses:
“To avoid wet hands when cups get sweaty, use twine and a large tropical leaf (like a banana leaf) to wrap the cup in a leaf! It saves the hand from getting wet and looks very festive, too.”

Summer Party Centerpiece

Living Centerpieces:
“Succulents make great centerpieces, and furthermore, they make lovely take-aways for guest once the party is over. You can use any kind of vessel (even coconut shells!) and fill the bottom half with pebbles (succulents have shallow roots). Fill the rest with cactus soil and after planting your succulent, cover the top in white sand to help it look polished.”

Don’t forget to check out Justina’s full feature on PotteryBarn.com!
See the rest of Justina’s summer party & tips here.
Get her recipes for this party here.

Party Perfect: Three Flavorful and Festive Recipes for a Summer Party

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Spicy Margarita Don Julio Justina Blakeney

When the weather’s hot (Summer’s coming, we promise!) it’s hard not to crave something simple, refreshing and thirst quenching. We love how Justina Blakeney‘s menu for her fabulous Summer party for Pottery Barn does just that. Smoky and spicy margaritas, cool and crisp watermelon agua frescas and easy crab guacamole and chips are all it takes to quiet an appetite on a hot summer day.

Take a look at Justina’s delicious recipes below, and see her full Pottery Barn feature (plus all the dinner/glassware in the photos) here.

Turquoise Summer Party

Photography by Danae Horst

Smoky Serrano Infused Margarita
Serves 6

For the Serrano-Infused Tequila:
1 medium sized serrano pepper
10 oz tequila (we used Don Julio Anejo)

Slice pepper in half lengthwise, leaving veins and seeds intact. Place pepper and tequila in a jar or bottle with a lid and let sit 24 hours (or longer, depending upon how spicy you like it).

For the Margarita:
1.5 cups fresh lime juice
1 orange, juiced
1/2 c simple syrup
1 c serrano infused tequila
1/2 c orange liqueur (Grand Marnier, triple sec, etc)
1 c soda water
Smoked sea salt
Lime wedges
Ice

In a pitcher, combine lime juice, orange juice and simple syrup- stir. Add tequila, triple sec, and soda water.

DIY Margarita Recipe

To prepare glasses, make a small slit in the lime wedges and place salt on a small plate or bowl. Run lime wedge around the rim of each glass, then dip glass into salt, turning until rim is coated.

Add ice to each glass and fill.

Summer Cocktail Recipe Justina Blakeney

Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca
Serves 6

4 cups watermelon, cubed, seeds removed
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
4 T sugar
Lime slices for garnish

Summer Spritzer Justina Blakeney

Add watermelon, lime juice, and sugar to blender pitcher. Puree until smooth. Serve over ice and garnish with lime slices.

Crab Guacamole Recipe on Pottery Barn Tray

Guacamole con Cangrejo: Crab Guacamole
Serves 6

2 perfectly ripe large avocados (or 3-4 small ones)
1/2 large white onion
1-2 roma tomatoes (depending on size)
1 bunch cilantro, washed and trimmed
1 lime
6 oz crab meat
Salt

Dice the tomato and onion and rough chop the cilantro- mix together in a small bowl. Set aside.

To prep the avocados, slice them in half lengthwise and remove the pits. Now make 4 lengthwise cuts to each half, without cutting through the skin, essentially scoring each half. This makes it easy to remove the flesh with a spoon. Once you’ve scored all your avocado, scoop the flesh out with a spoon into a large bowl. With a pastry blender or potato masher, mash the avocado slightly- there should still be chunks of avocado visible.

Crab Guacamole Recipe

Now, gently fold the tomato-onion mixture and the crab meat into the avocado, careful not to over mix or break up the crab meat too much. Add the juice of one lime, and salt, to taste. Serve with tortillas chips.

*Safety note: Because of the crab meat, be sure to keep this guacamole on ice during your party. 

See the rest of Justina’s summer party & tips here.