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Kate’s Casual Fall Elegance

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Kate Riley of Centsational Girl created this beautiful Fall tablescape. Read on for her thoughts on Fall dining and more!

What was your goal for this look?

“This table setting is my everyday casual look where I use a lot of basic white and incorporate pretty linens. During the holidays or for special occasions, I add a lot more flair with pops of color and festive accents!”

Where were these photos taken?

“This is my dining room in our home — it dresses up for formal settings or dresses down for casual ones like this.”

Why did you choose these Pottery Barn dishes?

“I was shopping for a basic white plate several years ago and came across the Caterer’s Plates at my local Pottery Barn. I loved that I could buy them separate from cups or bowls, and I bought one set of the dinner plates and salad plates. We’ve eaten our meals on them every night for years!”

How would you describe your style?

“‘Casual elegance’ is the term coined for my personal style. I’m a busy mom with an active family so it’s best to keep things as relaxed as possible, plus that style is so inviting for when friends and family come into our home. However, I do believe that things can be pretty too, so I use simple palettes, layered neutrals and seasonal botanicals to up the style factor for everyday living. I’m also a big believer in bringing the outdoors in, hence the olive tree clippings from my yard and white fall pumpkins scattered about.”

Any tips for a gorgeous table?

“Thoughtful layering is the key to setting a gorgeous formal table. Start with a pretty tablecloth or runner, and then at each place setting introduce colors and texture. For example start with a pewter charger, layer in a white plate, add on top an accent salad plate and then an unexpected embellishment on top, such as a clever napkin ring, a seasonal swag of some kind or a pretty place card. You can’t go wrong with an assortment of fresh flowers in the middle coupled with candles for ambiance as a centerpiece. Keep arrangements low to encourage lingering conversation so guests are not encumbered by elaborate displays.”

Why do you shop at Pottery Barn?

“Pottery Barn’s style very much fits my own, it’s casual, elegant, modern, yet comforting, the best kind of style for the best style of home!”

 

Learn more about Kate’s style when you read Centsational Girl. Love the look? Here are some suggestions for capturing Kate’s gorgeous style!

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Source: Photos courtesy Kate Riley of of Centsational Girl

See How Pottery Barn Fans are Decorating For Easter With Our Bunny Dessert Stands!

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To celebrate Easter, today we’re sharing some of the clever and pretty ways that Pottery Barn fans are decorating for Easter with our bunny dessert stands. From bookends to flower pedestals, we think you’ll be inspired by their creativity! Lara from Air Kissed shared this pretty vignette that gave the classic Easter basket and bunny a natural, subdued color palette. We love the effect.

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  Shirley at Housepitality Designs cleverly used two of the bunny stands as bookends on her mantel.
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  Kelly at The Party Dress used the Pottery Barn bunny dessert stands to hold candy that looks like peas and carrots. We’ll eat those “veggies”!
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  We love the bright, tropical colors in this Easter tablescape found on Around the House. Phyllis explains, “These cute little bunny stands are from Pottery Barn . . . I never got a chance to use these little fellas last year, so this is my chance.” We hadn’t thought about using these stands as a flower cloche — what a brilliant idea!
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  Lara from KDHamptons used one of the bunny stands as a prop for camellia flowers. Gorgeous!
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  Torie Jayne used a bunny dessert stand as a holder for her brightly hued washi tape. We love the idea of using the dessert stand in a craft room!
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How are you decorating with our bunny dessert stands? Leave a link to your best bunny dessert stand decorating moments to share your style with our readers.

Passover Stories and Our Seder Plate

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For millions of Jewish households,  Passover is the time to gather together to commemorate the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.  Passover begins on the 14th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, and Passover seder marks the perfect time to celebrate and observe the Passover story with family and friends over a good meal.

 

 

We reached out to a few friends and Pottery Barn fans to hear about their favorite elements of Passover seder. Here’s what they told us:

  • “Every Passover I join my family and good friends at my parent’s house as we read the story of Passover and share a beautiful meal together. I always volunteer to set the dining table with beautiful linens and special place settings. This year, I am going to surprise my mother by bringing home a new matzah plate. It will be a perfect addition to our family’s Passover table for years to come.” — Leslie
  • “The Afikomen is so much fun. It was great as a kid zooming through the house trying to find it and now it’s great watching my kids and my sisters’ kids hunting around.” — Robin
  • “Passover is always my favorite time of year to gather around with my family. This holiday is almost as much about the people sitting around the table as it is about the food you are sharing as everyone brings their own spin to the more traditional classics. It doesn’t matter how old everyone gets, finding the Afikomen is still a childhood tradition that we keep alive within our family. Passover brings out the inner Child in everyone!” — Jacqueline
  • “The second night of Passover we had an interfaith seder with friends and family. It was an opportunity for us to share believes with those who were not otherwise familiar with the tradition. We encouraged everyone to taste the elements on the seder plate if they were unfamiliar with them. There was a younger member of the dinner who decided to try the horseradish. We may have mentioned the texture was carrot-like. Well the poor child bit in to it like a carrot. Her face was red and tears welled up but she was otherwise ok. We all were horrified but after she recovered we all laughed about it and still tease her to this day.” — Meg
  • “Last year I hosted my first Seder and was so excited to put together the ingredients for the Seder plate. As we approached the part in the Seder when we taste the horseradish root, we all got quite the surprise . . . I had bought ginger root instead of a horseradish root!” — Jenna

 

To celebrate Passover with our fans, today we’re giving away 10 of our Seder plates. The Pottery Barn Seder Plate was designed to mimic the look of a leafy branch — a family tree branch, if you like, for a special family gathering. For a chance to win one of our Seder Plates, simply fill out the form below by 11:59 pm PT tonight and we’ll pick 10 winners at random.  (You can read the official rules here.)

Thank you, this contest is now closed.

Behind the Design: Caroline Dinnerware Collection

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While every Pottery Barn dinnerware collection is special, we have a major crush on the new Caroline Dinnerware Collection, available in silver or gold in our registry collection. We recently featured the silver Caroline dinner and salad plates in a Valentine’s Day tablescape, and they looked fabulous when dressed up with pink florals. That’s one of the great things about these dishes: however you accessorize them, they rise to the occasion. We stopped in and chatted with Pottery Barn designer Tony, the creative force behind the Caroline dinnerware design, to find out how he came up with the look.

 

 

Tony told us that the Caroline Dinnerware Collection was inspired by timeless registry designs, but given a modern twist.”We take classics and reinterpret them,” Tony told us. “We know that there are a lot of registry designs out there, but what we see that’s different is putting our twist on it. We wanted to put a more casual twist on a traditional feeling. It’s really about how people actually entertain and live. I think it’s a little more casual than having a very elevated sense of dishes that you only bring out once a year.”

 

 

The Caroline Dinnerware Collection is handcrafted with gently uneven rims  on the plates and bowls. Tony told us that the rims, and the metallic banding on them, was given a lot of consideration. “When we started we were hand painting the gold and silver,” he related. “We were experimenting with brushing the actual gold on the plates to get an artisan feel to the plates. We worked with the fabricators closely to get that hand painted feeling. ”

 

Whether used in a formal or casual setting, you can’t go wrong with the Caroline Dinnerware Collection. We know that if we were tying the knot, we’d be adding this collection to our registry posthaste!

How-To: Make Place Card Holders For Your Next Dinner Party

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Did you fall in love with the place card holders featured in our garden party tablescape? You’re not alone. We’ve already received several requests from readers for directions on how to create them.

 

 

They’re perfect for weddings, dinner parties or other gatherings where a place card is needed. Karen Ondracek of General Taxonomy has all of the details for her DIY.

 

Supplies 

 

  • Small wooden blocks (toy blocks worked well – I chose them in the spirit of reuse. You can buy small wooden blocks at craft and hobby shops.)
  • Vintage clip on earrings and/or vintage pins. Larger brooches & pins can be used to make holders for menus, welcome signs, etc.
  • Spray paint (Needed only if you wish to alter the color of your blocks or jewelery. You may wish to use a spray primer as well.)
  • Masking tape (Needed only if you are spray painting and wish to retain some original colors.)
  • Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks

 

Step 1:

Spray paint the wooden blocks to coordinate with your color scheme. I chose white. If you have wooden blocks that look great as found, skip this step.

 

Step 2:

 

Spray paint vintage jewelry to coordinate with your color scheme. Mask off any jewels or other areas that you want to retain their original appearance. I spray painted gold tone, brass and pearl elements of my jewelry silver. If all your jewelry looks great as found, skip this step.

 

Tip: Try a few drops of eucalyptus oil mixed with a bit of hand lotion to remove any spray paint you might accidentally get on your skin, then wash with soap and water. Unless, of course, you are allergic or sensitive to eucalyptus.

 

Step 3:


Use hot glue to attach earrings and pins to woodblocks as shown.

 

For pins you want to create a narrow slot between the pin back and the block for the card. For large pins, you may need more than one block.

 

With the variety of jewelry styles & spray paints out there, these DIY place cards could work in many a tablescape. Have fun!

Thanks Karen! Make sure to check out her shop General Taxonomy for more arty and vintage goodness!

Outdoor Tablescape Inspiration: A Garden Party For Your Favorite Girlfriends

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The spring and summer seasons are perfect for celebrating the important people in your life, so why not throw a garden party for your favorite girlfriends? We also thought it would be a great time to try out Pottery Barn’s Caroline Dinnerware in a less formal setting.

We teamed up with Diva Pyari of Linea Carta and artist Karen Ondracek of General Taxonomy to throw a fun garden party, perfect for reuniting with friends over refreshing drinks and an English picnic-inspired menu. (Special thanks as well to Tom Tomkinson Weddings for photographing the entire affair.) We hope our outdoor tablescape inspires one of your own as well!

 


To try something similar, move your party to a lush lawn — it doesn’t have to be at your home, either. Try a regional nature preserve or a neighborhood park if you don’t have a lawn of your own. And while our folding chairs and teak table were sturdy and easily transportable, there’s no need to go to such measures. A picnic table in a grove can be just as good of a staging surface for your gathering.

 

To create an elegant yet relaxed and artful look to this table,  Pottery Barn’s new Caroline Dinnerware was the perfect choice. We love these dishes’ mix of vintage elegance and handmade appeal, thanks to the silver banding and organic, uneven rims. We layered the dishes over kraft paper runners, which were arranged horizontally over the PB Classic Linen Tablecloth.

 

 

Karen Ondracek created the place card holders using vintage clip-on earrings (we’ll have her DIY for them on the blog on Friday).

 

 

Diva Pyari’s Tiny Heart Linen Napkins added a pop of pattern to each setting, while heirloom silver set off the banding on the Caroline dishes nicely. Pyari also handpainted the garland around each dish in place of a charger.

For flowers, we chose a mix of hot pink spray roses, mixed with wax flowers and displayed in small vintage vases. We also took advantage of our California climate, sourcing additional florals and botanicals from our home gardens. Clustered together, these mini arrangements created a gorgeous focal point for the table.

 

 

Diva also created the hand-calligraphied table menu, displayed on one of Karen’s place card holders. If you’re inspired to try something similar, Diva offers starter calligraphy kits for sale in her shop.

 

 

Chances are good that you’ll need extra room for your drinks station, as we did. We hung tassel garland from The Flair Exchange above an antique wooden ironing board, which we decked out with a cake stand, silver tray, vintage glassware and bottles of  favorite cocktails. Bouquets of florals rounded out our drinks station. Diva made hand-lettered drinks tags for the bottles as well — this is a great way to add a special touch to your drinks station.

 


However you deck out your table, we hope that you choose to share your garden party with good friends. There’s nothing quite like a good meal, enjoyed in the outdoors and shared with some of your favorite people in the world.

All photos courtesy Tom Tomkinson Weddings

Special thanks to April, Magnolia, Diva and Dani for modeling!

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Sneak Peek: The Easter Bunny Makes an Early Appearance at Pottery Barn

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Pottery Barn just added a selection of Easter decor to the site, and we are crushing over all of the absolutely adorable bunnies. From table runners to egg cups, there are a variety of themed choices to create a woodland fairytale of a table this Easter.

 

Like many of you, we were curious as to how rabbits became associated with the Easter holiday. According to History.com, “The exact origins of this mythical mammal are unclear, but rabbits, known to be prolific procreators, are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called ‘Osterhase’ or ‘Oschter Haws.'”

Over time, this charming custom spread across the country, until the legend included the Easter Bunny’s delivery of candy and gifts to children. However this tradition evolved, we’re happy to add a variety of rabbits, in the form of cotton, ceramic, and metal to our table. See the slideshow below to shop for some of our favorites rabbits for your Easter table.

 

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