Summer Cocktail Time: Watermelon Mojito Recipe from Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers

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In need of a drink (or two) to kick off the long weekend? Look no further than this refreshing summer cocktail recipe from Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers. (PS: If you haven’t seen our feature with them yet, check out their dreamy beach party here and here.)

Watermelon, mint and a splash of white rum served in a mason jar mug — We couldn’t imagine anything more perfect for summer, can you? Read on to get the full recipe. Plus, don’t forget to check out their feature on PotteryBarn.com. 

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Watermelon Mojito
(Note: Can be also be served non-alcoholic)

Ingredients:
16 Mint Sprigs
2 Limes, juiced
2oz Simple Syrup
16oz Seedless Watermelon, cut into 1/2 inch cubes, plus 4 wedges to garnish
8oz of White Rum (optional — try Captain Morgan or Myers’ White rum)
2 Cups of Ice
1 Can of Club Soda (Replace club soda with one can of Sprite for non-alcoholic)

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Directions:
1. In a glass pitcher combine 12 sprigs of coarsely ripped mint leaves, juice from 2 limes, and simple sugar.
2. Blend watermelon cubes and add to the pitcher. Muddle until mint leaves are broken down.
3. Add rum, club soda, and ice cubes. Stir. (For non-alcholic version add Sprite and ice cubes only.)
4. Pour into mason jar mugs. Garnish with watermelon wedge and one sprig of mint. Enjoy!

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Our Favorite Summer #mypotterybarn Moments

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Let’s face it — real life does not look like a catalog. Who has time to steam their slipcovers and fluff their duvets every day?

But we also believe that real life can be just as (if not more!) inspiring and beautiful. That’s why we’re so excited to bring our #mypotterybarn gallery to life — where we’re inspired by you!

Take a look at some of our favorites (so far):
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We love how these #mypotterybarn photos show how summer style can happen in any space — whether you’re lucky enough to have a sunny patio or covered front porch, or just plan to add some color to your tabletop or apartment balcony.

Do you have a #mypotterybarn moment to share? Follow us on Instagram and upload your photo with #mypotterybarn (or upload straight to our gallery page) — all photos posted before June 10 will be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 Pottery Barn gift card!

See more details/official rules here.

American Summer Style: The Ultimate Beach Party with Kiel James Patrick & Sarah Vickers

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There’s few people that embody the sense of American style more than Kiel James Patrick. This East Coast fashion designer and lifestyle photographer has a strong dedication to American-made manufacturing, quality and style. Patrick and his fiancé, Sarah Vickers, encompass everything we love about a classic, timeless all-American aesthetic — the pair has a deep passion for creating imagery that reflects the style of halycon days past.

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We couldn’t think of a more perfect duo to host an all-American beach party bash — could you? As soon as the first sunny day struck the East Coast this spring, this talented team hit the beach with our favorite coastal and Americana serveware and party goods in tow. The result? One seriously stunning party that we’d love to get on the guestlist for.

Read on to check out more photos & some of Sarah & Kiel’s top tips! Plus, don’t forget to check out their feature on PotteryBarn.com. 

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1. Well-placed decorations: “Use your surroundings to inspire your decor. For our beach party, we fill Pottery Barn Galvanized Metal Party Tubs with sand and then simply place large American flags inside to add a splash of red, white and blue to the scene. Were big monogram fans — personalize the tubs by using wet sand and drawing your initials or something nautical, such as an anchor. For a real statement set out a whole line of many buckets for a big impact!”

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2. Get patriotic: “Keep beach party food simple and packable. We like to pack a picnic and wrap it in a festive red, white or blue blanket, or a big beach towel or tablecloth. Just tie the fabric at its corners for a picnic tote and blanket in one, and you have an easy-to-carry, stylish nautical spread!”

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3. It’s in the details: “Add a pop or two of color to turn your tumbler into a celebration. Fill oldfashioned ice trays with sparkling waterplace a blueberry or raspberry into each well, then put the trays in the freezer. It’s an easy way to make even water seem more fun. We love to add these cubes to lemonade and garnish the tumblers with colorful straws.”

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4. Do knot forget the finishing touch: “We love the look that rope or twine accents add to a summer party. Create a simple napkin ring with twine decoratively knotted around a festive napkin — put your favorite Pottery Barn flatware inside.”

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Ready to party? We’ll be sharing recipes, decorating ideas and more of Kiel & Sarah’s top party picks, tips and tricks soon. But for now, we’ll leave you with their perfect Summer Party Playlist — a mix of classics and current hits that everyone will love:


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#PBLovesMoms: Design Mom at Pottery Barn!

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When you become a mom, sometimes it feels like you can never have anything pretty again — clothes, furniture, you name it.

Not so, says Gabrielle Blair, author of Design Mom: How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide. She believes that a well-designed home is a (practical) gift we can give our families.

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“Design isn’t some froufrou gloss or shiny veneer on life,” she writes. “It’s insisting on a solution (preferably an elegant one) and working carefully to make sure that solution works within whatever constraints you have — architectural, financial, or the fact that children live in your home.”

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We couldn’t agree more — and that’s why we were so excited to host Gabrielle at five of our stores for her book tour and a special Mother’s Day DIY!

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Using some of our favorite dinnerware, guests were able to try their hand at Gabrielle’s DIY “You are Special” plate — the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, don’t you think?

Don’t forget to check out Gabrielle’s book and her blog, Design Mom, for more tips, tricks, DIYs and other ways to make your home a better and more beautiful place.

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Our Favorite #PBLovesMoms Photos

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It’s almost Mother’s Day! Here at Pottery Barn, we’ve been celebrating moms all week long on Instagram with our #PBLovesMoms Contest. (PS: Click the link to enter now — there’s only one day left!) We’re loving all of the adorable photos that you’ve submitted with the most important woman (or women!) in your life. Take a look at some of our favorites (from fans just like you!) below.
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A sweet (pun intended!) mom and daughter moment via @chocolateandlace.

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Mom, grandma and baby at the beach — via @thevelvetyann.

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Sleepy snuggles with mom and baby via @theseacannon.

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Three happy generations — grandma, mom and daughter — via @labbott03.

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Love this throwback (such a great #tbt snap) from @mjhgrams!

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Matching mom & daughter flower crowns from @saturdayswithsophia.

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Making memories in the kitchen — via @michelleandbrookeshop.

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An intimate mom & daughter wedding day moment via @carolinemarie85.

What’s your favorite snapshot with Mom? We want to see it! Don’t forget, today is the last day to enter our #PBLovesMoms Mother’s Day Instagram Contest — click here to learn more.

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Idea with Tulipina Design

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What do you get the Mom who has everything for Mother’s Day? Or the one who insists she doesn’t need a gift? The answer’s easy (and trust us, anything but cliché) — flowers! Don’t flowers make everyone feel special? They’ll put an instant smile on her face. Plus, sneaking a Mother’s Day bouquet into a pretty vessel ensures that the gift lasts long after all the blooms wilt.

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We love how Kiana Underwood of Tulipina paired her beautiful arrangements with some of our favorite vessels in these stunning shots. Our Voluminous Footed Bowl is the perfect accompaniment to her vibrant, blooming flowers.

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Don’t worry — you don’t have to have Kiana’s amazing floral styling skills to pull this off. Just pick out a vessel (or two, or three!) that you know Mom will love, and head to your local flower stand or grocery store. Trim and size to each vase, and tie with a big bow or rustic twine to present at Mother’s Day brunch.

(Photography by Nathan Underwood)

See more amazing flower tips from Tulipina here.
Take a peek at more top Mother’s Day gifts here.

Cinco de Mayo Nacho Party with Camille Styles

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Okay, so we don’t really need an excuse to eat nachos — but we’ll take it! This year, we’re planning on celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a surprisingly elegant upgrade on the standard cheesy chip, thanks to this beautiful spread from Camille Styles.

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We love how Camille used our Striped Tassel Table Throw as a colorful backdrop for this eclectic spread. What makes this casual party stand out? Camille’s creative toppings take nachos to an entirely new level. Elevate this bar-style food with some seriously stylish ingredients. Try roasting your chicken with a subtle hint of cumin, make your own guacamole, add pomegranate seeds, buy fresh queso fresco from your local store, or use watermelon radishes to brighten things up.

A fiesta like this deserves a festive atmosphere, too. Camille got super colorful with mix & match serving dishes and plenty of pattern.

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“A fiesta is the perfect time to pull out an eclectic mix of dishes,” she says. “I stuck to a color palette in hot shades of orange, pink, and coral to tie it together, then went crazy with pattern. The striped Mexican throw with fringe-y tassels was the perfect impromptu tablecloth.”

See the rest of Camille’s Nacho Party here.

Need a margarita recipe for Cinco de Mayo? This one’s our favorite.

#PBandStonyFord Home Makeover: If These Walls Could Talk

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Have you been following House of Brinson‘s amazing guest room makeover? If you haven’t seen their process & progress in their upstate New York estate, Stony Ford, be sure to do so by following House of Brinson and #PBandStonyFord on Instagram. We were so excited to see the new wallpaper go up — what a transformation!

You can also get some of the back story behind this couple’s amazing project and home here.

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We’re all for a great before and after (who can resist makeover magic?), but what’s particularly enchanting about the Brinson’s project is the history that they reveal and preserve along the way. The couple’s most recent endeavor — tearing down the layers and layers of the guest room’s wallpaper — disclosed several of the house’s secrets.

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A signature from the person who originally hung the wallpaper in 1939 showed up behind one of the wallpaper panels.

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showed up at the back of the room, too — hinting at what may have once been Stony Ford’s original smoking room. “We’ve always wanted to know which room in the house was the Stony Ford Smoking Room. It’s kinda famous! Ulysses S. Grant smoked his last cigar in it,” says Susan Brinson.

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What’s next? Brand new (and very dramatic!) wallpaper, fixtures, art and lots of finishing touches (like our Bailey Bedside Lamp, in the shot above). Want to see more? Read all about Susan and William Brinson’s most recent updates on House of Brinson.

#PBLovesMoms!

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner — are you ready? This year, we’re here to help you show the most important woman in your life how much you love her. We’re giving away 5 amazing Mother’s Day prize packages with the help of Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom!

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Here’s what you have to do:
1. Follow @potterybarn on Instagram.
2. Post a photo of you and the most important woman in your life (#tbt photos welcome!) with #PBlovesMoms and #contest on Instagram.
3. Enter your email here.

Plus, you could meet Gabrielle in person! Celebrate the launch of her new book, Design Mom, How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide at one of these four stores:

Seattle
Chicago
Atlanta
San Francisco Bay Area

Lonny Magazine’s Summer Brunch Recipes

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Did you catch Lonny’s colorful summer brunch party yesterday? The average mimosa and bagel bar was taken to a whole new level with the magazine editorial team’s stylish party tips and twists.

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Ready to take their ideas and turn out your own stylish fête? We’ve got everything you’ll need to host your own colorful brunch in Lonny’s Shop at PotteryBarn.com — plus, an easy group brunch recipe and one bubbly cocktail 

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Claudia’s Baked Eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil (plus more for bread)
2 spicy Italian sausages, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 white onion, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
6 eggs
½ cup ricotta cheese
Basil leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Crusty bread, toasted in grill pan

Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat olive oil in an oven-safe medium-size skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat. Cook sliced sausage for approximately 3 minutes per side until nicely browned.

Lower heat to medium and add garlic and onions; season with salt and pepper and sauté for 3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and bring to a boil; reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning.

Using a spoon, make six wells into the tomato sauce and gently crack eggs into the skillet. Place the skillet into the oven and bake until egg whites are set, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and add dollops of ricotta around the eggs. Sprinkle with basil leaves. Serve with toasted bread drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt.

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Bubbly Grapefruit Blossom
1 oz Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
1.5 oz Stellina Di Notte Prosecco

Glass: Champagne flute
Garnish: Grapefruit wedge
Prep: Pour each ingredient, with the exception of the Prosecco, in to a shaker.  Add ice, shake until chilled, strain into a flute and top with chilled Prosecco.

See the rest of the party here and here!