Tuesday, March 29, 2011

TUESDAY: Inspiring Spaces by Pottery Barn?

Yes, I know I typically focus on designers on Tuesdays; and further, some tend to roll their eyes when they hear the words Pottery Barn when relative to good design. But I got my Pottery Barn Summer catalog in the mail today, and the front cover immediately inspired me ... so I figured it was worth sharing with all of you!

Now, lets just take a minute to peruse these separate boxes shall we? Each is so beautifully layered, perfectly balanced, and although manicured for retail ... this could easily be something you'd want for yourself, right? Before I even opened up the catalog, I looked at the cover for at least 10 minutes. The large vintage canteen in the top left box, the stone look sconce in the lower right box, the display stands in the middle left and top right boxes were all calling my name! Once you open up the catalog, you get hit with the real beauty though:


That cabinet is a beauty isn't it? Now when I was in Texas, these were all over the place. In fact, you couldn't move without bumping into one. Given that I haven't been back there in 3-years, I'm not sure if that's still rings true - but if you're itching to buy one, Pottery Barn has you covered, so long as you're willing to order catalog only. I'm in love with that painting you can barely see peaking the top, and the wooden barrel trough too! Lots of prop items in this shoot that aren't for sale at the store or in the catalog. Two words: NOT. FAIR.

Though I'm not a fan of the bedding, inspiration abounds in this season's catalog on nearly every page. I'm a big fan of layering, as many of you well know, and I think that having antique shutters as the base layer (as done here behind the mirror) is absolutely genius.
I find this to be incredibly blissful, don't you? Romantic, even. The Terracotta Urn is another prop not for sale ... someone really should write them about this, don't you think? 
Love the rough texture and beautiful color of the kilim pillows against the white upholstery of the sofa. With my new sofa coming soon, (look for pictures!!!) I'm definitely keeping this in mind.
And while I may never have my dream vacation house with a seaside sleeping porch/bunk room, Pottery Barn has certainly inspired the look of it when and if they ever pick my numbers in the lotto! Oh, and those lanterns - not props, and very reasonably priced HERE.
It's hard not to be inspired by a vignette created in a space so naturally beautiful, right? But I was inspired by the large pieces of driftwood used as art, the succulents in the concrete clam shell, and that amazing candle hurricane filled with sand and shells and adorned with rope atop the table. Do I hear the scrambles of my blog friends rushing out to recreate? I hope so - I'd love to see this look on a budget.
Another inspiring vase in the far left of this photo. A jug, half wrapped in jute and casually filled with wildflowers from the garden. Stick that in the file for the Lewiston Tour of Kitchens.
I've seen this before, but I don't know where. Did you spot it? Look at the top right. See it now? They used old maps as rolling shades! Isn't that clever? A great way to add some color, and maybe even a little nostalgia.
The perfect bar.
The perfect seaside entry. Love the ship model on the floor next to the kooboo basket. Again, a prop that isn't for sale.
And while I'm really loving these paintings that aren't for sale, the combination of fabrics in this photo has me thinking Pottery Barn might have been inspired by Ralph Lauren! What about you?

If you didn't get your catalog in the mail, you can pick one up at your local PB store, or view it online HERE.