Pottery Barn Inspiration

Monday, January 18, 2010

As I was browsing through my Pottery Barn catalog last week, I started thinking about inspiration and what inspired ME personally. Even if your tastes run more modern than "rustic farmhouse", I think we can always learn something from a Pottery Barn catalog... even if it's just about the styling. This can apply not only to your home, but also your WEDDING! Above, a late-summer or autumn centerpiece of rustic berries, lemons, and teddy bear sunflowers. This one has the look and feel of a winery... and what is more romantic than that for your wedding day?

The shot above is a great example of building your centerpieces around a particular style and collection, vs. an over-abundance of flowers. Think outside the box... if you're having a rustic, garden-inspired event, add stones and watering pitchers to your tablescapes for an innovative display.

This shot is a perfect example of what Pottery Barn does so well in their styling... it looks effortless. It doesn't look like a floral designer came in to arrange everything... it's just a grouping of gorgeous orange ranunculus displayed alongside french bread loaves and green pears for another pop of vibrant color.

This mantle is a lovely example of how to mix materials in any display! This one includes so many different styles... mirror finishes, dark iron/bronze, chippy white woods, clear glass, birds nests, and spring branches. The final effect is charming, whimsical, and feels "collected" without trying to be too matchy-matchy.

The above image is a fantastic example of a fall harvest table... again, without any blooms to speak of. Just lots of fall berries, all shapes of pumpkins and gourds, and candlelight!

This dinner table strikes the perfect balance between rustic materials and a more modern, simplistic floral design. These asymmetrical tulip arrangements are so lovely because (in my opinion) tulips shine best when they are grouped together and left with their own foliage.

Last but NOT least... even Pottery Barn Kids can prove inspirational. Check out the above shot... how cute is that branch display? Mini tissue pomanders are attached to the branches for a bright pop of color... this would be a gorgeous table centerpiece with a ton of impact for very little cost. The birdcages are another great example of a whimsical idea that can be incorporated into a wedding... charming and garden-inspired, with tiny paper butterflies attached!

My hope with this post was to inspire my brides to think outside the box... wedding magazines are certainly not the only source of inspiration! What sources have inspired YOU in your wedding planning? I would love to know!


Brenda said...

Erin, I loved your Pottery Barn lesson. I find their catalog very inspirational also--just for decorating my house. Good luck in your business. Brenda Bruch

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