Home Sweet Home: Turn Your Home Into a Haven with a Pottery Barn and Zillow Sweepstakes

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For most of us, a change in weather motivates a change in the rest of our surroundings, too. As fall slowly but surely arrives, and the air turns just a little bit crisper, it’s easy to start dreaming of piles of knit blankets, cozy pillows, shag rugs and fluffy duvets to stay warm.

This season, we’re here to help. We’ve partnered with Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen and Zillow for a sweepstakes that offers one lucky winner the chance to decorate their space with $15,000 in home furnishings from Pottery Barn.

Turn your home into a haven this fall — enter for a chance to win, here.

How to Throw a Mad Scientist Halloween Party

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Make no bones about it! Our Mad Scientist Halloween Party has everything to help you get experimental this Halloween. Take a look at our creepy collection and our favorite Mad Scientist Party tips, below!

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Need an easy solution for sweet treats? Buy gummies and candies in creepy, crawly shapes (We love these!) to display on trays and in bowls. Deviled eggs get some serious ick factor when topped with cross-cut green olives with pimentos — don’t they look like eyeballs?

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Bar time! Use food coloring to make your cocktails bright slime green, or mix wine cocktails in a deep blood red for a spooky chemistry set bar display.

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We love this quirky alternative to your average olive and cheese plate. Use toothpicks to attach cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, olives and basil in a molecular-model like display. (You’ll want to serve them on our Periodic Cocktail Platter, of course)

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Add something sweet to your drink station, too! Snap off strips from a bar of white chocolate and use icing to attach a dried cranberry to the top — voila! A creepy, bloody finger that’s perfect for garnishing cocktails.

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Popcorn is a great casual snack for parties — make your batch seem a little fancier with a side of different spices and cheeses for toppings, and serve with our Alligator Serve Bowl and Condiment Set.

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Make sure every spot in your house look extra spooky — we love to fill up bookshelves with candles, glowing skulls and every sort of Halloween knick knack you can imagine!

See all of our Halloween parties here.

A Delicious Cubano Recipe Served with Cameron Hughes Wine

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A great wine should always be accompanied by great food — but that doesn’t mean you have to cook up a Thanksgiving-style meal every time you want to pop open a bottle of good wine. We love how Alison Strickland of Two of a Kind put together this casual, delicious looking spread with a grilled Cubano sandwich, chips, three homemade dips and served it with a bottle of exceptional Cameron Hughes Wine. Take a look at her recipe, and some of our favorite serveware, below!

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Served with Pottery Barn’s Salerno GlasswareBelgian Linen Everyday Table RunnerGreat White Rectangular Serving Platter and Great White Square Divided Condiment Tray.

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“This Latin-inspired spread is perfect for two to four people, or can be doubled (or quadrupled) for a larger party. Make the dips in the morning and meal prep is a breeze. (Don’t worry about the guasacaca, a Venezuelan version of guacamole — it will retain it’s bright green color for days.) You can even assemble the sandwiches ahead of time and grill them just before serving, leaving plenty of time to kick back with a glass of Cameron Hughes Wine while entertaining.” -Alison

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Grilled Cubanos + 3 Easy Dips
Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

Grilled cubanos:
8 sweet Hawaiian rolls (homemade or store-bought), sliced in half horizontally
4 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
8 (1 oz.) slices Swiss cheese, cut in half
8 strips bacon, cooked
8 slices dill pickle
4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
8 ounces thinly sliced roasted turkey breast
coconut oil, for grilling

3 easy dips:
Guasacaca:
1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and quartered
1/2 small yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 serrano pepper, halved, seeded and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons white wine or rice vinegar
juice of 1 lime
1 1/2 cups fresh cilantro, stems removed
tablespoons olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Black bean dip:
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/2 small fresh jalapeño, halved, seeded and roughly chopped
juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Salsa fresca:
4 ripe tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
1 small fresh jalapeño, very finely chopped (remove seeds for a milder salsa)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 garlic cloves, minced
juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Corn tortilla chips, for serving

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Make the grilled cubanos:

Spread cut sides of rolls with mustard.

Place 1/2 slice cheese, 1 strip bacon (cut in half to fit) and 1 slice pickle (cut in half to fit) on bottom half of each roll. Then top each with cilantro, turkey, 1/2 slice cheese and top half of roll.

Brush coconut oil on outside of rolls.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Add 2-3 sandwiches to pan. Place a heavy fry pan on top of sandwiches and press gently to flatten. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, leaving fry pan on sandwiches while they cook, until grill marks appear and bread is toasted. Repeat with remaining sandwiches. Let cool slightly and cut each sandwich in half diagonally.

Make the guasacaca: Place avocado, onion, garlic, serrano pepper, vinegar and lime juice in a food processor and purée until smooth. Add cilantro and olive oil and continue to purée until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Make the black bean dip: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and purée until smooth. Taste and add additional salt and pepper as needed.

Make the salsa fresca: In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and toss gently. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

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Makeover Takeover! Pottery Barn Brings New Life to Larkin Street Youth Center’s Residences

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“Everyone deserves the dignity of home.” This poignant quote perfectly encompasses why we’re so passionate about working with the Larkin Street Youth Center in San Francisco.

For the past 30 years, this program has served the homeless youth of San Francisco with emergency shelters, education programs and transitional living facilities.

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This year, we were thrilled and honored to make over one of Larkin Street’s youth residences in San Francisco.

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Located in the Outer Richmond neighborhood, the building has 4 floors (and a roofdeck!) devoted to the 18-24 year olds who live here. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, this space (including 2 living rooms, 2 study rooms, 2 kitchens, a laundry room, a gym and a roof deck) got a complete makeover over the course of two days thanks to 2 teams of over 40 Pottery Barn associates.

Take a look at the total transformation, below!

BEFORE: The building had a stunning roofdeck (That view!) that was in good shape, but just needed a little love.

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AFTER: A new dining set, some succulents and other warm weather plants did just the trick.

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AFTER: This team also painted lattices bright white to add a little privacy to the sides of the roofdeck, while still preserving the view.

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BEFORE: The third floor living space had one random pink wall and poor lighting.

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AFTER: A coat of fresh paint, a new chandelier, our cozy and comfy Turner Sectional and other personal Pottery Barn touches turned this room into a chic, Southwest-inspired living space.

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BEFORE: The kitchen needed some help, too. Blue paint and a lack of communal space made the room feel disorganized and dingy, despite all the natural light.

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AFTER: A navy blue chalkboard wall contrasts beautifully with a coat of crisp white paint, while our expandable Banks Dining Table provides plenty of seating.

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BEFORE: We wanted to turn this third floor homework room into a space with sleek, adult style that would encourage good study habits and create a warm, quiet space to work.

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AFTER: This Pottery Barn Kids Teepee makes for the perfect reading nook, too!

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BEFORE: Downstairs, this living space needed some help, too.

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AFTER: It’s amazing what color can do! This accent wall of Sherwin-Williams Naval brought the room to life.

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BEFORE: Like the study room upstairs, this room had plenty of natural light.

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AFTER: White curtains filter the light just a little bit, and make this corner a cozy spot to read or catch up on homework.

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We all had an amazing couple of days volunteering for these inspiring members of our community. We couldn’t be more proud to support such a wonderful organization and group of people.

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Weekend Luxuries: Lazy Saturday Morning Coffee

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Weekend mornings just move a little slower, don’t they? Saturday mornings should be cherished and filled with as many lazy, cozy, coffee-filled moments as possible. This styled shoot expresses those moments perfectly.

Scroll down for more photos, plus an incredibly delicious rhubarb jam recipe! 

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Post written and styled exclusively for Inside & Out by Ashley Pepitone
Photos by Janet Howard Studio
Pottery Barn products: Rhodes Coffee Mugs, Emma Salad Plates, Glass Sugar Bowl, Coffee Spoons, Pom Pom Hand Crochet Throw

I am a coffee drinker, through and through. There is nothing better to me than a slightly crisp early fall morning, sitting out on the porch with a giant mug of comfort and a cozy blanket. This knit pom-pom throw speaks my love language. It really is like throwing on your favorite chunky sweater — plus, the pom-poms add a touch of unexpected whimsy.

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I’m normally a savory gal when it comes to breakfast, but there is something so satisfying about making your own jam. The process is not difficult, but it does take some time. If I’m going to have something sweet for breakfast, I love any kind of sweet-tart fruit flavor.

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Here is the recipe I use for the delicious Raspberry Rhubarb jam you see pictured:

4 cups 1-inch pieces fresh rhubarb (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2-pint fresh raspberries
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Instructions: Combine rhubarb, sugar and lemon juice in a heavy large saucepan. Cover and refrigerate until juices form, stirring occasionally, at least 8 hours.

Bring rhubarb mixture to simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and boil until rhubarb mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Add raspberries and boil until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Add cardamom and stir well. Allow jam to cool completely before serving. Store (refrigerated) up to one week in air-tight container.

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10 Decorating and Design Ideas from Pottery Barn’s Fall Catalog

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Believe it or not — we look forward to our catalogs coming out as much as you do! It’s such a treat to see all of our hard work come together, and these gorgeous books are chock full of great design inspiration.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite photos from our fall catalogs, along with great design tips from each space. Take a look at our top 10 decorating and design ideas from our fall catalog, below.

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1. Contrary to popular belief, your bed doesn’t have to go against a wall. If you have the space, push it out towards the middle of the room, and put a bench behind the headboard and at the foot of the bed for extra seating and storage.

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2. Not every dining table needs chairs! Use two benches and keep the ends of the table free from seating — it creates a communal vibe and allows for more circulation in the space.

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3. Sometimes art looks best when it’s not on the wall. Mix it up — instead of hanging all your art, lean larger pieces against the wall for a different point of view.

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4. Stick to a single color palette. We’re all for dramatic, contrasting colors in a room, but there’s something so chic about using a single color in various hues.

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5. Paint your trim and walls the same color. The color treatment gives traditional crown molding a more modern twist.

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6. Stagger height and texture in vignettes. Mix art, sculpture and display items in different shapes and sizes for visual interest.

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7. Make your coffee table do double duty. A trunk like this isn’t just a unique take on a coffee table — it also stores extra pillows, blankets or board games to keep clutter out of sight.

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8. Face the light. Natural light makes all the difference in a room — enjoy it as much as possible! Turn your furniture to face the light and your view — it’ll make work more enjoyable, we promise.

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9. Combine your dining table and island. Don’t have a dining room? No problem. Use your table as the same space for prep, serving and eating in your kitchen.

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10. Fill up your fireplace. In many older homes and apartments, a fireplace is just for show. If yours has been sealed up, don’t let that space go to waste — we love how the firewood in this shot turned it into a work of art.

Autumnal Mulled Wine Recipe from Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha

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Have you started to feel that snap in the air yet? Mornings and evenings are a little darker, and leaves are falling from tree branches — fall is just around the corner. We love summer, but we’re pretty excited to welcome cooler weather and the change in season with cozy knits and warm beverages.

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This festive mulled wine recipe from one of our favorite bloggers, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha, is the perfect way to usher in autumn. “It’s my favorite cold weather cocktail,” says Mandy. “It’s sure to warm everyone’s hearts and tummies.”

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Keep reading to see Mandy’s delicious recipe, served with our Antique Silver Pitcher, Wine Me Up Bottle Opener and our Antique Silver Snack Bowl.

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Ingredients:
4 cups apple cider
1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as La Crema Pinot Noir
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 star anise
4 oranges, peeled, for garnish

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Directions: Combine the cider, wine, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange and orange peel to each and serve.

See more of Mandy’s favorite fall picks here.

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