Our Most Spooktacular Tips, Tricks & Treats for Halloween!

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Happy Halloween! We’re starting off our day with our most SPOOKTACULAR tips, tricks and treats for one of our favorite holidays. Get the scoop on how to make your Halloween full of ghostly spirit! Whether it’s an amazing DIY Evil Lab bar from Honestly Yum, or a delicious “bloody” tomato soup from Two of a Kind — you can find it all here. 

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1. Halloween Gone Mad: Black, Silver and Green Halloween Decorating Ideas
2. Honestly Yum: Evil Drink Lab
3. The Dragon Flagon: Our Favorite Halloween Cocktail Recipe
4. 10 Tips for Setting Up a Candy Bar
4. Witches’ Brew: A Halloween Bar from Sweets & Celebrations
5. Interview with a Stylist: Get the Scoop on our Medieval Halloween Party
6. A Different Kind of Trick or Treat: Bloody Tomato Soup and Focaccia Fingers
7. How to Throw a Mad Scientist Halloween Party
8. Spooky & Chic Halloween Perfection

Halloween Gone Mad: Black, Silver and Green Halloween Decorating Ideas

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This month, the uber-talented Karson Butler Events and Laura Hooper Calligraphy teamed up to host a Halloween-inspired calligraphy workshop at Karson Butler’s beautiful studio in Washington DC. We love their unique Halloween decorating ideas!

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The playful decorations (including our Mercury Pumpkins and Periodic Cocktail Platter) go beyond the standard orange and black palette. “Our color palette included blacks, silvers and green,” says Emily Butler. “We wanted to steer clear of traditional orange and do something a bit different.”

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The best part about the mercury pumpkins they used? They work well all season long — Thanksgiving, almost up until Christmas! “We’re already planning an autumnal look of mixed metallics for our Thanksgiving table,” Emily says.

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Stunning flowers and greenery from Victoria Clausen Florals, mixed with some strategically placed dry ice and beakers add the perfect finishing touch.

Take a look at all of the photos + get more tips + learn how to sign up for a calligraphy class yourself on Glitter Guide!

Vendor Credits
Event Planning & Design- Karson Butler Events
Calligraphy- Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Photography- Sweet Tea Photography
Floral – Victoria Clausen Floral
Wine – ONEHOPE Wine
Decor – Pottery Barn
Small Beakers, Purple Apothecary Bottles- Karson Butler Events
Rentals - Party Rental, LTD
Linens- DC Rental
Periodic TableTotebagsCoasters – Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Pies – Pie Sisters

Paris, Je T’aime: Messy Nessy Chic’s Top Parisian Picks

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Once you visit Paris, it tends to make a place in your heart forever. Nothing quite beats the magic of this city — which is why it’s one of the places we love most. We asked one of our favorite Parisians, Vanessa Grall of Messy Nessy Chic, to tell us all about the little things that made her fall in love with her city.

Keep reading to learn about her favorite places in Paris. Plus, see all of our Paris items here.

Q: What do you think makes your city different from any other?
A: There’s just this constant feeling of nostalgia thrown at you every corner you turn, whether it’s recalling a favorite movie scene or just not quite being able to believe we’re not living in the 1930s or some other decade requiring a time machine. Woody Allen really did have that whole time-traveling thing on point with Midnight in Paris.

Q: Why did you decide to live where you live?
A: I’ve always been a big city girl (so far), but I think I need somewhere that doesn’t feel too competitive and fast-paced. In Paris, there’s room for the curious dilletante and the French are still all about perfecting the art of enjoying life. Honestly, sometimes I do wonder how this city manages to keep ticking though.

Q: What made you fall in love with your city?
A: I think it was my first ride on the back of my boyfriend’s scooter that did it.

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Favorite:

  • Lunch spot - Marché des Enfants Rouge – a hidden market, the oldest in Paris and a foodie’s dream. The hardest part is choosing which eaterie to settle in.
  • Place for a girl’s night out  – Dinner & cocktails at Le Depanneur, then head across the street at midnight to Le Carmen for dancing in a sumptuous mansion that was once the home of the French romantic composer, George Bizet.
  • Local date night – If it’s special occasion, there’s an Italian restaurant called L’Etage, hidden above a deli in St Germain. But we love a good Vietnamese too and it’s cheap as chips– our local is Dong Huong.
  • Place to think and wander – Montmartre at dusk and on Sundays, along the old inner city railway, Le Petite Ceinture, closed since 1934.
  • Secret about your city (secret spot, little known fact, etc. — it’s okay if you don’t have one!) There’s a secret view of Paris and the Sacré Coeur on the top of a real vineyard in the middle of the city. Not many Parisians even know about it. It’s called Butte Bergeyre, a quiet hilltop village hidden in the 19th arrondissement.

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Don’t forget to check out Vanessa’s blog, Messy Nessy Chic!

 

London Calling: London City Guide from Interior Stylist Lucy Gough

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London is a city that’s easy to fall in love with — all it takes is one ride on a double decker bus, one walk around the Royal Botanical Garden, or one visit to Big Ben. Then, you’ll always want to have a little piece of London with you. That’s why we created our special collection devoted to London this season — one of the cities we love most.

But since we’re not exactly locals, we talked to one of our favorite Londoners — stylist Lucy Gough — to learn more about the best places to visit in this amazing city. Keep reading for Lucy’s London City Guide, below.

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What do you think makes your city different from any other?
London is like nowhere else on the planet. It is full of incredible history and architecture — both traditional and modern. It is full of all sorts of people from all over the world, and people are mostly very tolerant of each other — which is one of the reasons why so many creative projects start here. There is inspiration around every corner, with free museums and galleries all over the city. Not to mention the acres of green space and all the entertainment! There is theatre, opera ballet, musicals and gigs every day and night of the week. One can never tire of London, if you ask me!

Why did you decide to live where you live? What made you fall in love with your city?
I moved to London 5 1/2 years ago because I met my English parter in Sydney, Australia (where I am originally from), so I sold everything I owned and moved over on a one way ticket! I also knew that I wanted to be an Interior Stylist and I thought London would be a good place to start a new creative career.

Favorites:
Lunch spot: Gabriel’s Wharf on the Southbank. While you relax and have some lunch, you can see St Paul’s Cathedral across the river — one of my favourite buildings in London, ever since I saw it in Mary Poppins as a child!

Place for a girl’s night out: I like to meet friends at the BFI on the Southbank (you can tell I live South of the river!). We will have dinner in the restaurant and then go and see a film and then have drinks at the bar.

Local date night: We live in Streatham in South-West London so we will either go to Wholemeal — a small vegan restaurant around the corner that serves consistently amazing “home cooked” style dishes. We might also go down to the new Brixton Village where you can find any cuisine imaginable under one roof. It is always busy and has been amazing for the local economy. It’s worth going even if you’re not local — people travel far and wide to visit the village!

Place to think and wander: One of the things I love most about London is that you don’t have to own a car. Public transport is brilliant (contrary to what a lot of people think), but most of all, you can walk to most places in central London. It’s wonderful to walk through all the back streets and discover hidden gems that you wouldn’t see if you were stuck on the tube. My favourite place to walk however would have to be The Rookery in Streatham. I can walk there from my house and I call it my secret garden. It looks like the garden in the film with an array of incredible plants and flowers, and lovely places to sit and have a coffee from the local coffee shop on the common.

Secret about your city: London is greener than you think! It’s not just cars, busses and cobblestones. London is the greenest city of its size in the world. Green space covers almost 40 per cent of greater London — 173 square km in total!

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Don’t forget to visit stylist Lucy Gough‘s fantastic blog to learn more about her adventures in London.

We Love Our Fans! Take a Look at Our Favorite Fan Decorating Tips from Instagram

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We love getting inspired by our fans! We’re constantly blown away by all of the creative twists you all put on our favorite Pottery Barn pieces.

Today, take a peek at our favorite decorating tips from Instagram fans, just like you:

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Consider your room’s architecture. Choose a nook for your desk, like Palm Beach Lately did with our Bedford Rectangular Desk. We love how this stylish duo made use of existing architecture (what would otherwise be an awkward space in the room) to create their home office. 

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Add light with mirrored furniture. Nicole Ciotti chose our Park Mirrored Bedside Table for her adorable bedroom and placed it next to a window to reflect light and space.

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Two is always better than one. When all else fails, stick to symmetry, even in outdoor spaces. Lifestyle LA‘s outdoor seating area with two of our Palmer Rope Chairs looks balanced and serene.

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Be playful. Decor doesn’t always have to be so serious! Copper & Walnut did just that with this fun but chic vignette featuring our Lily Task Table Lamp.

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Think outside the box. Does a bedside lamp always have to be a table lamp? Jenifer Janniere answered that question with a resounding “NO” in this beautiful bedroom featuring our Madison Glass Sconces.

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Functional can be beautiful. Hardwearing spaces like entryways can shine, too. Sarah Dorsey took that to heart in her amazing entryway makeover. Our Eleana Recycled Glass Bud Vases are the perfect finishing touch.

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All white doesn’t mean all bland. We love how Elizabeth Camp mixed up her crisp white and navy Grand Embroidered Duvet with our Silk Channel Quilt and a splash of pattern on her curtains.

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Pattern me pretty. Belle Maison knows the trick to mixing patterns just perfectly: stick to the same color palettes, and add in a dash of the unexpected — like our Alana Printed Pillow brings to this geometric mix.

Don’t forget to show us how you decorate your home with Pottery Barn! Use the hashtag #potterybarn on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our page.

New York, New York! Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling’s Favorite NYC Spots

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What a wonderful town — we love New York, and that’s why we’ve included it in our new City & State Shop this season. We asked one of the Big Apple’s experts — Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling — to share her favorite NYC spots and secrets.

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What do you think makes your city different from any other?
There’s an unbelievable energy about New York that I haven’t experienced anywhere else. I truly believe that if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!

Why did you decide to live where you live? What made you fall in love with your city?
Running a small business in New York City is an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. I love the people, the culture, the food, and the feeling that I’ll probably never see everything there is to see here!

Favorite lunch spot: Café Cluny
Favorite place for a girls’ night out: Rosemary’s
Favorite local date night: Palma
Favorite place to think and wander: Central Park
Favorite secret about your city (secret spot, little known fact, etc.): The covered bridge in Beekman Place is an Instagram-worthy hidden gem!

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Do you love New York too? Check out some of our favorite NYC product here:
1. New York City Mini Landmarks/ 2. New York City Embroidered Pillow/ 3. City & State Scented Candlepot/ 4. New York Times Framed Photography Brooklyn Bridge/ 5. New York State Embroidered Pillow/ 6. New York City Mug/ 7. New York City Sign Framed Print

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Don’t forget to take a look at Mackenzie’s blog, Design Darling, for more decor tips, picks and NYC favorites.

 

The Dragon Flagon: Our Favorite Halloween Cocktail Recipes

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Skip the tricks on Halloween — this year, we plan on treating ourselves with one of our favorite Halloween cocktails made with George Dickel Tennessee Whisky. The Dragon Flagon is perfect for Halloween entertaining — thanks to its convenient drink dispenser proportions for our Dragon Drink Dispenser Stand.

Get the full recipe for one of our favorite Halloween cocktail (you can print it by saving to your desktop, too!) below:

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