Sweet Paul’s Top 10 Fall Recipes

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In need of some new dishes to add to your fall repertoire this week? Take a page out of our Designer Spotlight Sweet Paul’s magazine — these 10 delicious fall recipes will have your guests (and your family!) asking for thirds in no time. Thanksgiving Turkey

1. My Turkey Recipe: Perfectly simple for Thanksgiving beginners.

Salted Caramel Cake

2. Salted Caramel Chocolate Layer Cake: A decadent flourish to end any meal! (Hey, bikini season is over — right?)

Sweet Potato Latkes

3. Sweet Potato Latkes: A luscious but light fall meal — pair with a fresh, green salad!

Marzipan Apples

4. Marzipan Baked Apples: We love this sophisticated, earthy take on a classic baked apple dessert.

Braised Beef Short Ribs

5. Braised Short Ribs: Slow cooked and rich in seasoning — this is the ultimate fall entrée.


6. Apple Beignets with Caramel Sauce: Honestly, who can say no to mini doughnuts?

Espresso Maple Bacon

7. Espresso Maple Lacquered Bacon: Need we say more? This could top everything from pancakes to pork roast.

Pumpkin Bruschetta

8. Pumpkin Bruschetta: A very autumn-twist on one of our favorite summer appetizers.

Mushroom and Sage Tart

9. Mushroom Tart with Sage & Asiago: We love this rustic tart for an easy fall dinner — just buy puff pastry from your local grocery store!

Cauliflower Soup

10. Roasted Cauliflower Soup: Take a break from heavy fall stews and treat yourself to this refreshing roasted and blended cauliflower soup this autumn.

See more of Sweet Paul’s recipes here, check out our Q&A with him here, and take a peek at our special feature with him on PotteryBarn.com, too.

Getting Ready for a Lovely Holiday with Mara Ferreria

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We love people who follow their passion.  Blogger Mara Ferreria of M Loves M chose design over law school and are better for it.  Her fresh and effortless approach to entertaining, fashion and design has made her blog a go-to for inspiration.  Plus we can’t get enough of seeing her His & Hers style posts with her hunky husband, Matthew.

With the holiday crush upon us, we turned to Mara to give us her unique spin on some festive decorations.  However, we couldn’t let her go without picking her brain on how she makes the holidays special.
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What are some of your top tips to when hosting friends & family during the holidays?

Make it personal! I’ll write letters to my guests a few weeks before the party and ask about any dietary restrictions or if they have any nostalgic holiday memories. It’s fun to include personal elements, like their favorite cookie or card game.

What’s your favorite holiday cocktail to serve?

My husband is known for his incredible mulled wine. It is the best thing ever. But we always need another cocktail option, and I usually make something with applejack. It has an incredible flavor and feels so seasonal!

What do you like to do to make your holiday table feel extra special?

I love adding bits of nature to our table to make it a little more rustic and charming.The morning before our party, I’ll walk my dog Ginger and pick up leaves and pretty branches in the neighborhood to dress up our table. Then I’ll add a bunch of tea light candles for a romantic and intimate setting.

What three songs must be on your holiday party soundtrack?

Nat King Cole “The Christmas Song,” The Carpenters “There’s No Place Like Home For the Holidays,” and Feist “My Moon My Man” not seasonal but it’s a good dinner party song!

What’s on your wish list this holiday season?

cozy robe and a good book!

Adorable right?  Check back next week to see the holiday tabletop Mara designed exclusively for us!

Velvet: Redefined

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Velvet isn’t just for the holidays anymore — we’re embracing this plush (and surprisingly durable!) fabric in every part of our homes this year.

Printed and washed velvet pillows in rich colors work in any room at any time of year. We’re all about the mix & match pattern right now, so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when finding just the right prints!

Our Performance Velvet Upholstery makes velvet an easy choice for families with children and pets — it’s one of the best fabrics for scratch-happy cats, and our Performance version will stand up to years of wear and tear from your little ones.

Not convinced? Get more inspiration here.

Halloween Mantel Decorating Guide from A Fashionable Hostess

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We know — it’s only the first official day of fall, but admit it, you’re at least a little bit excited about the change in seasons, too. Amanda Saiontz Gluck — the decorating and party expert behind Fashionable Hostess — loves fall, and couldn’t wait to decorate the fireplace mantel of her new home in Nashville for Halloween.

Read on to see more of her too-cute mantle, and get her fall decorating tips for your home!

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“I am all about a more sophisticated approach when it comes to decorating for Halloween. I love incorporating autumn colors, bright oranges and browns, and then adding in some playful accents — but my goal is to make sure it’s not too kitschy. My new fireplace mantel was the perfect place to bring my ideas to life!”

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“I started by laying a Pottery Barn Bittersweet Garland across the mantel. Then I staggered large pillar candles, pumpkins, and black candlesticks throughout (all from Pottery Barn’s newest Halloween collection). I chose this garland because of its beautiful colors and earthy elements — like the incredibly realistic pinecones! The leaves on the garland are complementary to the pops of orange in the pumpkins.”

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Candles at varying heights in black candleholders look festive and just slightly spooky when lit up at night.”

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“I took some of my favorite everyday brass Pottery Barn lanterns from my patio and incorporated them into the mix by placing them alongside lit pumpkins and a small ceramic pumpkin in front of my mantel. I love to place clusters of three to four items throughout my home for a splash of visual interest, like on my front porch or even on our front stairwell.”

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“I twirled some adorable Pottery Barn pumpkin garlands around the legs of my bar cart and then placed a large Pottery Barn orange pumpkin right on top. Come party-time this will be the perfect place for cocktails to be carted around!”

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How are you going to decorate for Halloween this year? Share your thoughts with us in the comments, on Fashionable Hostess, or by following @potterybarn and @fashionablehostess on Instagram!

A Perfect Fall Dinner Party (and WIN a $500 Pottery Barn Gift Card!)

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Last month we were thrilled to introduce our collaboration with celebrity interior designer Ken Fulk. His lust for life and flair for the dramatic are infection. We also love that you can inject just a little bit of Ken’s style into your daily life. This dining room table, designed by Holly Becker of the famed blog Decor8 is a perfect example. She incorporated the Ken Fulk table runner to create a lovely airy mood.

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If you’re loving this look too, you’re going to love Holly Becker’s refined design tips for your first fall party of the season! Combining saturated color with chic muted tones, she has mastered the art of creating a warm, inviting table with our #KenFulkXPB collection. Click here to get Holly’s design tips and enter for a chance to win a $500 Pottery Barn gift card!

Mix & Match: Colorful Home Essentials

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There’s no need to stick to neutrals when you’re stocking up on home basics. Embrace your personal style and bring a little bit of color into your home! We love to mix and match these colorful home essentials — playing with different patterns and hues — to bring life and love into the home.

Stick to all warm hues or all cool hues to make it easy — or, if you’re willing to take a risk, just pick anything that’s crazy colorful and (you guessed it) mix and match.

Take a look at some of our favorites, below! mix and match


1. Baker Bird Duvet/ 2. Printed Zebra Rug/ 3. Salinger Upholstered Chair/ 4. Cardiff Tufted Armchair/ 5.  Silvia Embroidered Pillow Cover/ 6. Concave Reaction Wall Art


See more of our Mix & Match favorites here.


Spotlight on Our Favorite Fall Foodie: Q&A with Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul

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For us, fall is all about food. As soon as the weather turns crisp, it’s hard not to crave all of the decadent dishes and comforting recipes that weren’t quite right for summer. That’s why we’re shining our spotlight on Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul this month. Over the past 6 years, the once little blog highlighting the Norweigan-born food and stylist’s favorite recipes and crafts exploded into a online magazine followed by millions and a print quarterly sold nationwide in specialty stores. Praised by the New York Times as a “trove of seasonal delights,” Sweet Paul is a visual feast of easy, elegant food and style that we can’t get enough of.

Xmas_GloggKeep reading to see Paul’s favorite fall entertaining tips, tricks and recipes!

Q: What are the first 5 ingredients you think of when someone says “fall”?
A: “Anything earthy and comforting: Mushrooms, polenta, nuts, root vegetables and apples.”

Q: What’s your favorite fall recipe of all time?
A: “I think it has to be beef bourguignon — it’s so simple to make, and it’s the perfect dish for a chilly fall evening.”

Q:  What do you consider a fall cocktail necessity?
A: “I love to make flavored simple syrups. It’s really easy, and gives any kind of cocktail a great flavor. Use cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and other seasonal spices to add a fall flavor to your favorite mixed drink.”


Q: What type of parties do you like to host (or attend!) in the fall?
A: “For me, fall is about simple get togethers with friends, good cocktails, plenty of wine, and delicious food. A great dinner party is all about the company.”

Q: What are your favorite entertaining secrets?
A: “Make people feel at ease, invite a good mix of people, and make food that you can cook beforehand — that way, you don’t have to slave away in the kitchen while your guests are there.”

SweetPaulStay tuned for more of Paul’s favorite fall recipes later this month — and don’t forget to check out Sweet Paul for even more fall foodie inspiration.

Behind the Scenes: A Pottery Barn Thanksgiving

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In the middle of the summer — when most of us are at the beach or the pool trying to stay cool — our catalog team has holiday on their mind. This July, when the California sun was at its peak, the team was working tirelessly in a beautiful barn in Bodega, California, putting one of our main Thanksgiving catalog spreads together.

Take a look at some of our favorite iPhone snaps from behind the scenes, below — and don’t forget to check out our latest catalog to see the incredible final results!


Rustic and lovely — this candle display would be so easy to accomplish at home.

IMG_4290The amazing set team set out a full Thanksgiving spread upstairs and rigged chandeliers from the beams of this 19th century barn in Northern California.
IMG_4289Inspiration for Thanksgiving side dishes, galore!
IMG_4288The wine wasn’t real, but all of the models cheered like it was! IMG_4284Another shot of the amazing beams and ceiling in the barn’s upstairs area. IMG_4283We loved this little bar set up! Olive branches are such a perfect, easy way to add greenery to a Fall display. IMG_4280Almost dinnertime! We all had to be patient while the team put finishing touches on everything.

IMG_4294The food looked delicious — but anyone on set was forbidden to steal a bite! :)


The photographer quickly runs through photos after the shoot, to make sure goatsYup, it was a real barn — goats and all! (Not seen above: a donkey, chickens and a very cute barn cat.)
DSC_0163A view from the exterior — such a gorgeous space!

Don’t forget to check out our latest catalog and our newest collection at Pottery Barn to see the final results from this stunning shoot.

Paisley Gets Even Prettier

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Paisley isn’t your grandma’s fabric anymore. In fact, we hesitate to even call these new iterations in our latest collection paisley — the play on scale, color and pattern transforms this ancient Persian design. From plates, to pillows, to bedding, to rugs — the motif now feels distinct, modern and surprising.

What’s our favorite thing about these new pieces? They’re perfect for mixing and matching together. Mixing patterns is always a little intimidating — but these variations make it incredibly easy. We suggest starting out with the same tones (all cool tones or all warm tones) if you’re still feeling nervous.

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Want to learn more about the story behind our paisley designs? Take a peek behind the scenes into our San Francisco Art Studio here.

Learn more about the design process by watching this video, too.

Back to School, Grown-Up Style: Our Top Home Office Picks

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Back to school doesn’t just apply to kids these days. The official end of summer marks the official beginning of prime organization time in our book. Take a look at our top picks to bring new life to your home office this (sort of) school year! Pottery Barn Home Office Picks

1. Colorful Trays. Our Nova Woven Catchalls will keep even the smallest of desks from getting too cluttered.

2. Eye-Catching Art. Lupen Grainne’s stunning Peony Four print is just the right dose of dramatic and pretty to keep you inspired.

3. Comfy Seating. When you’re on deadline, you don’t want any excuse to leave your desk. Our Airgo Chair is so comfortable, you’ll be able to pull an all-nighter with no problem.

4. Plush Flooring. This new Anja Rug adds a bit of pattern and plushness to your desk space. We love how the neutral color palette will never go out of style.

5. Playful Accessories. Don’t be afraid to have fun in your desk area! These Agate Bookends in bright purple will always bring a smile to your face.

6. Storage. Go bold with your storage! Our Orange Lacquered Boxes will help keep things tidy while bringing a much-needed dose of color to the often all-neutral office palette.

7. Sturdy Surface. We’re particularly fond of our Ava Writing Desk. Its sleek lines and quality materials will stand the test of time.

8. Global Style. Our Indigo Brass Globe Stand adds just the right touch of scholarly style your desk needs.

9. More Storage. (Seriously, you can never have enough.) Our Chloe Canvas and Brass Boxes look just as good on a desk, slotted on shelves or tucked neatly under your desk.

See more of our home office must haves here.
Take a peek at this amazing home office upgrade with Erin Gates here.