How to Style a Console Table: Part 1

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This post was written exclusively for Inside & Out by Jana Bek of Jana Bek Design

Styling is my jam! From consoles to bookshelves, I love creating vignettes in my home and clients’ homes. But it’s more difficult than it looks — and I’ve found that a lot of my clients find it daunting. My first tip is to relax and have fun with it! Start by gathering up things you already own, then practice, be patient and play!

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A console table is a great place to start, since it serves multitude of functions. Here’s one of my favorite ways to style a console table — stay tuned for parts 2 and 3, soon!

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Sofa console tables are a great way to hide a sofa back or provide a perch for a book or beverage. When styling sofa tables I make sure items aren’t too high — I don’t want to obstruct the view looking into a space.

In this Salt Lake City client’s home, I used a beautiful grapewood branch to add interest. Its light visual weight doesn’t distract from the view to the living room. In any piece with shelves, like this Tanner Media Console, you’ll want to vary the shapes and textures of pieces.

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Here, you have the organic wood, bone box and ceramic bowl. The light colors contrast with the dark iron table beautifully. Also, by staggering items, the vignette feels airy instead of cramped. The glass shelves allow light to disperse through the piece, too.

Items: Tanner TableBone BoxInteresting Bowl

Photos by Jylare Smith

Stay tuned for more of Jana’s tips to styling consoles, soon!

Home We Love: Cooking with Glamour in a Gold, Black and White Kitchen

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Today’s kitchens are more than just cooking spaces. Unlike the kitchens of the past, the modern kitchen is a dining room, bar, homework space and entertaining area combined. But even though it’s one of the hardest working rooms in the house, that doesn’t mean it can’t be glamorous!

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This stunning kitchen from Lonny Magazine proves our point. Showstopping Lucite and gold light fixtures take center stage against a bold black and white palette.

Read more about this kitchen here.

Print & Pattern: Inspiration for our Fall Pillow Collection

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This season, our pillow collection is all about color, texture and pattern. We spoke to one of our lead in-house textile designers, Sandra, to learn more about the inspiration behind this bold new look.

Most of the patterns in our new pillows have a distinctly global feel, and were inspired in-part by trips our design team took to Barcelona and Morocco. Two patterns in particular — Ikats and Suzanis — are traditional prints commonly found in these two regions.

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Our design team took those traditional patterns and updated them with unusual colorways for a Pottery Barn twist. Using current color trends with classic global patterns transformed their look and feel.

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One of our favorite pillows for the season, the Mercer Ikat, is based on a traditional Uzbekistani pattern, but the combination of navy, sunflower yellow and berry make it stand out. The pattern itself is made with a rustic linen tissue, appliqued and embroidered to the pillow for a casual look that doesn’t feel too precious.

To see the rest of our new pillow collection, click here.

Trend! Metallic Accents: Gold, Silver & Brass

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Trend alert! We’ve spotted glints and glimpses of metallic accents in the home. These hints of glamour add warmth and sparkle to any interior. Take a look at our top picks from the season, below!

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1. Gilt Charger/ 2. Vince Accent Stool/ 3. PB Gilt Frames/ 4. Lily Task Lamp/ 5. Decorative Star Mirror/  6. Theroux Mirror/ 7. Celia Jewelry Box/ 8. Meredith Brass Lantern/ 9. Perfect Shot Jewelry Hanger

Home We Love: An All-Seasons Porch in the Hamptons

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Whether you live in the Bahamas or Alaska — Mother Nature has a way of dampening our outdoor plans, even with the sunniest forecast.  That’s why we love screened-in porches, like this one in Sag Harbor, New York, shot by Lonny Magazine.

See the full story here.

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Cozy sheepskin throws over woven rattan chairs turn this indoor/outdoor room into a space for all seasons — you can experience the outdoors in comfort, rain or shine. A worn wood table makes this a great spot to read a magazine and drink coffee in the morning, or host an impromptu wine and cheese get-together. It’s the perfect expression of casual elegance. 

Read more about this beautiful home here, at Lonny Magazine. 

Hello, Color! Sherwin-Williams’ Top Paint Picks for Fall

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Even though some of us have been stuck in a serious heat wave this week (80 degrees in San Francisco? Unheard of!), we’re still thinking about Fall here at PBHQ. Our new color palette of soft grays, lush neutrals and pops of warm and cool jewel tones is an easy transition from the heat of summer to cooler weather.

We spoke to Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, to learn more about what colors she loves for fall, what color trends she’s spotting right now and her favorite new painting technique. Read on for the full Q&A!

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What are some of your favorite colors in the new Sherwin-Williams palette for Pottery Barn?

My personal favorite is Mink (SW 6004, seen above), which I recently used on a pair of chairs in my master bedroom. Its purple undertones compliment the palette’s grays and whites. It also pairs well with sage green tones.

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I also love Naval (SW 6244, seen above). This classic color can be nautical, traditional or Americana. Its richness can create an understated mood in a library or masculine bedroom. Paired with crisp white, it can feel refreshing in any space.

See the full palette here.

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What sort of color trends are you seeing this year?

We are seeing monochromatic whites, black and white, as well as gray and white, paired with natural materials, from rope and woven baskets to large green leaf prints and plants.

Do any of these trends translate well into fall?

These looks are new, classic combinations that have staying power and can accommodate many design sensibilities. You can add fall colored accessories such as pillows and throws to change with the season.

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What colors are you tired of seeing?

Although beige is still popular and a great neutral, I think people have come to realize that there are other neutrals, such as gray, black and green, that can create the perfect backdrop for interiors.

What are some unexpected colors/uses of color you’ve seen lately?

I love the dip-dye trend. You take an object, such as a woven basket, and dip the lower third in paint. This works well with wooden candlesticks, wooden spoon handles or legs of a chair.

PS: Save $15 on your purchase of $75 or more at Sherwin-Williams!

Sneak Peek: Sarah Dorsey’s Entryway Design

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Focusing on her entryway design was Sarah Dorsey‘s first task when moving into her new home. An entryway sets the tone for the rest of the house, and she knew that she wanted to make a great first impression.

Today we’re showing a sneak peek of Sarah’s new entryway, with glimpses of some of our favorite Pottery Barn organizational picks and her top tips for designing your entryway. Keep reading to see her new space and get inspired to decorate your home!

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Sarah’s Top Tips for Designing Your Entryway:

Think about how you want to feel right when you open your front door. “I wanted it to be bright and airy, with pops of pattern and color.” A white walls and ceiling contrast with a darker herringbone floor help to achieve this feel.

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Set the tone for the rest of your house. “Painting the wood in the entry was a huge decision — it would impact how the entire rest of the house would be painted. After several months of considering different combinations of paint and natural wood, I decided that the walls and ceiling should be painted white for continuity and consistency. The entry feels 100% brighter and I can’t wait to see what the entire house looks like after it’s painted!”

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Storage is key. Make sure you have the room to store keys, coats, bags, etc., close to the door in a tidy manner. Dorsey was careful to include hooks, shelves, drawers and open shelving so that everything is organized and easy to access.

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Understand how you plan to use the space. “I tried dozens of different layouts: more storage vs. less storage, seating vs. no seating, shelf vs. large organizational system. Ultimately, I thought about how we would use the space and tailored it around that. Now, we have a space that works for our family and how we use it!”