Hello, Color! How to Use Sherwin-Williams’ Naval in Your Home Office

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Did you know blue can make you more productive? This expressive hue has a calming effective that’s proven to help people concentrate and get work done faster. That’s why we love using blue in home offices — especially deep, dark hues like Sherwin-Williams’ Naval. This color from the Sherwin-Williams Pottery Barn color palette makes a room feel serene, but still makes a statement — it works perfectly with subtle metallics and fresh, contrasting whites. Take a look at our favorite home office picks for Sherwin-Williams’ Naval, below.

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1. Ava Wood Desk/ 2. Decorative Star Mirror/ 3. Ryden Chair & Slipcover/ 4. Antique Silver Display Tray/ 5. Silver Plated Bamboo Clock/ 6. Homescent Collection, Gardenia/ 7. Harrison Bedside Task Lamp/ 8. Shelby Rug

PS: Get $15 off your order of $75 or more at Sherwin-Williams with this coupon. 

5 Ways with Wall Shelves

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When you’re living in a small home, floor space is at a premium. You can only fit so many chairs, tables and accessories into a tiny room before it starts to feel like it’s going to burst at the seams.

That’s why we love wall shelves — they’re one of our favorite space-saving solutions. Instead of taking up valuable room on your floor, they take advantage of a home’s often underestimated vertical space

Take a look at our top 5 ways we like to use wall shelves, and get inspired to decorate your home!

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Living. Tired of crowding your coffee table with all sorts of odds and ends? Clear the decks and put your favorite collectibles on display with wall shelves.

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Bedroom. This decorative ledge almost looks like a mantel, but it’s much more versatile. Use this for an arrangement of your favorite pictures, or install over a desk or vanity to hold perfume and jewelry.

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Office. Clutter piles up quickly in home offices. Use a wall shelf to get it up and off your desk and into organized compartments.

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Kitchen. When you love to cook, it’s easy for your kitchen counters to start filling up with all sorts of stuff. Clear some room for serving and prep with a few well placed wall shelves. This is a great solution for small kitchens that don’t have very many cabinets, too!

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Hallway. There’s no need to cram your entry console with framed pictures of your loved ones — give your hallway some breathing room and use a few wall shelves to open up floor space and draw the eye down your hallway.

You might also like: Small Space Styling Tips from Erin Gates of Elements of Style

Small Space Styling Tips from Erin Gates of Elements of Style

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Small spaces present their own unique set of decorating challenges. Everything from furniture layout, to color palette, to accessorizing has an important impact on the way the room feels — much more so than more spacious rooms. Erin Gates of Elements of Style is certainly familiar with the issues that come with small spaces, and embraces those problems as decorating opportunities with beautiful solutions. Read on to get her top tips for styling small spaces!

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Gates’ first book, Elements of Style: Designing a Home and a Life, comes out October 7th and is available for pre-order.

Q: Sometimes styling a small space can be intimidating because people don’t want to just add more things to their home. What are your favorite ways to add style to a space without using too many items?

A: My number one piece of advice is to not fill a small space with small furniture and a bevy of small accessories! Think about maximizing your space with fewer, larger items that are functional but also grand: A rug that fills the space fully, regular scale chairs and sofas and BIG art — one big, fabulous work of art on a wall adds drama and makes a space look larger than a bunch of smaller pieces! Also consider painting your smaller spaces darker colors — it seems counter-intuitive but dark colors make walls recede and trick the eye into thinking they’re bigger.

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Q: What are some easy ways to add function and style to a small home?

A: Before you plan your room or buy anything be honest about how the space needs to function for you —not how it would function in an ideal world, but it YOUR real world! This is especially vital in a small home.  If you know your kids won’t put their stuff in a bunch of cute baskets, then it’s a waste to buy them even if they look cute on Pinterest — invest in a bunch of fun, awesome wall hooks instead! The most stylish home is one that serves you best AND reflects who you are as a family. When you have limited space it’s so important that everything not only serve a purpose, but also that it’s something you absolutely LOVE —the real estate in your living room is too valuable for it to be filled with a coffee table you are only so-so on. Wait for something you can’t pass up!

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Q: Do you have any suggestions for people who live in studios? How can you make it feel like a living room and a bedroom at the same time? 

A: Studios are one the trickiest spaces to decorate because you want to be able to entertain a friend or two without it feeling like you’ve invited them to a cocktail party in your bedroom.  I love the use of bookcases and screens to divide a studio space into dedicated areas. Also it’s possible to use ceiling mounted tracks (like those in hospitals) to hang drapery panels into functional room dividers (even when sheer they do delineate “sleeping space” from “watching Scandal” space).

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Q: We love color, but too much of it can feel overwhelming in small homes. What are a few simple ways to make a small space feel bigger without going all white?

A: DO NOT FEAR COLOR IN SMALL SPACES! As I mentioned earlier, dark colors can be your friend in small spaces- but color can be a great way to define one space from another. Just don’t paint every room in your home a different shade — it feels too choppy and scattered.  You want to unify your spaces with an overall theme — say it’s grey — do a light grey in living areas and then a darker grey in the bedroom and maybe a blue-grey in the bath! I find guest rooms and powder rooms to be a great space to go a little crazy and experiment — either with wallpaper or bright color!

Photography courtesy of Erin Gates

Pottery Barn’s Weekly Roundup

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Another week, another 7 days of tips, tricks and home decor eye candy here at Inside & Out. This week, learn about one of our favorite florist’s tips for working with peonies, how to make one amazing batch of chicken and waffles and the story behind the design of one of our favorite San Francisco restaurants.

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It’s Peony Season!

Sweet & Savory: Chicken and Waffles Recipe from Two of a Kind

Life’s a Picnic! Celebrate Picnic Day with Our Favorite Outdoor Essentials

Let’s Go Local: Pottery Barn Hosts Our First Ever Makers Market

TGIF Happy Hour: The Campbell Country Julep

We Love SF: Newly Remodeled Outerlands Offers Cozy Refuge for SF Surfers

We Love SF: Newly Remodeled Outerlands Offers a Cozy Refuge for SF Surfers

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Known for its foggy days and proximity to the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco’s Sunset neighborhood is a bonafide surfer’s paradise set on the outskirts of the city. Outerlands, one of the neighborhood’s best known restaurants, was initially established as a refuge for surfers from the cold.

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Over time, an innovative but comforting menu established Outerlands as a go-to restaurant throughout the entire city, and the tiny restaurant soon outgrew its limited square footage.

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After a 5-month remodel, the restaurant has finally reopened. The larger space offers more seating and plenty of extra perks, but still maintains the same warm, rustic feel with reclaimed wood walls, rustic wood seating and bold wood and ceramic light fixtures.

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An expanded bar provides 10 extra bar stools for customers and a new and improved cocktail menu.

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Both small and large tables line the walls of the new space, offering 20 additional seats.

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A larger kitchen now allows the staff to bake more of the restaurant’s infamous bread for the breakfast, brunch and lunch menu.

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Owners David Muller and Lana Porcello designed the space themselves, combining their favorite parts of their beloved restaurant with extra square footage and selectively modern elements.

The next time you’re in San Francisco, visit the new Outerlands Restaurant at 4001 Judah Street.

TGIF Happy Hour: The Campbell County Julep

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Happy Friday! We’re getting ready for the happiest hour today — when the clock strikes 5, we plan on mixing up this fruity take on a classic mint julep. Strawberries, sweet tea and fresh mint complement bourbon and crushed ice perfectly in the Campbell County Julep. Mix one up in our Mason Jar Mug and head to the front porch — the weekend has officially arrived!

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Campbell County Julep

Ingredients:

1.25 oz. Bulleit® Bourbon
 3-5 fresh strawberries
 5-6 fresh mint leaves
 Sweet tea
 Crushed ice

Preparation:

 Muddle the strawberries and mint, add the Bulleit® Bourbon and stir.
 Add crushed ice and top with sweet ice tea.
 Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, add a small drinking straw, and serve with a napkin in our Mason Jar Mug.

You might also like: TGIF Cocktail Recipe: Green is the New Black

 

Let’s Go Local: Pottery Barn Hosts Our First Ever Makers Market

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Let’s face it — you can find all sorts of beautiful things in a Pottery Barn store, but jewelry usually isn’t one of them. But on the night of May 29th, things were looking a little different in our Chestnut Street store in San Francisco.

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For our first ever Makers Market, we worked with Square Market to host local, independent artisans to sell their handmade goods in our store and connect with the local community.

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Handmade jewelry, iPad cases, leather totes and graphic prints were artfully placed on Pottery Barn furniture throughout the store.

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The five local artisans — Honey & Bloom, Zelma Rose, Hellbent, DODOcase and Joshu+Vela — mixed and mingled with about 100 customers who couldn’t wait to learn more about their local artisan community.

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It was so inspiring to see such talented work from our San Francisco community — stay tuned for more!

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