Pottery Barn Hacks for Fall

I admit, I love getting my Pottery Barn catalog in the mail.  I never fail to find inspiration and sometimes some laughs.

Here are some random things I noticed in the current issue.

Big bowls.  Yep, big bowls filled with plants, flowers…

and other stuff.  I think we all would agree that large accessories have more of an impact than smaller ones, but for some reason, when I shop my house, I realized that many of my accessories are micro.  I think part of my problem is that I’m thrifty, and it seems “better” to buy 5 small items for $5 each over time than one large $25 or $40  impact item that I’ll love.  I’m making a mental note to go larger.

Look how simple it is to add a little fall.  Any of us can get that look.  Locate the largest hurricane you can get your hands on, add neutral candles, stick it in a huge terracotta or wood or ceramic bowl and put a few dried, real or pretend {but realistic looking} twigs around it. Stick a fork in it.

One of my personal favorite things to do is to use non traditional, real pumpkins.  Seriously, pumpkins come in all sorts of beautiful textures and colors–why is it that we all gravitate to those bright orange ones?  You can see one of our different pumpkins {we drilled holes in the green one and at night it glowed} on my very first post.  Farmers markets are a great place to find unique and unexpected pumpkin varieties.  They make you look more sofistimicated and rich.  Or at least they look better in your home where orange might not be your favorite color.

It’s official, anything can be painted with chalkboard paint.  I actually love this globe almost as much as these chalkboard horses from Houndstooth Design. Think outside the framed chalkboard.

Pottery Barn was also selling chalkboard painted rocks for $16 for four. Mercy.  Now we have crossed that line.

Beautiful!  Can I get an amen?

This might just be my favorite idea.  I am a sucker for natural things like Spanish moss and I love this mantel.  Although I’m a little worried about the dried moss catching on fire.  You can even buy the moss on ebay. Can you get arrested for harvesting Spanish moss?


  1. I *really* like the “Beautiful, can I get an Amen?” pic–the one with the photo/artwork montage on the blue/gray wall. But I have a question: how come it looks so good?….so cohesive? when I try this look, it seems hodge-podge. there are several different colors, several different mat styles, and frame styles and media, but it still looks “pulled together.” Help! I’d love to replicate this!

  2. You can’t get arrested for harvesting spanish moss. But you will end up with chigger bites, and that’s even worse!

  3. get in trouble for harvesting Spanish Moss? I hope not. and either way i’ll let anybody come pickup all of it that’s falling all over my yard and porch!!

    i love those dark grey/blue walls!

    do you think that marble look could be achieved on your fireplace?

  4. I am loving the whole idea of this post. It’s like a tutorial for decorating, but in the easiest possible way. You have inspired me to look at my catalogs in a whole different light!


  5. It’s always a good day when the newest Pottery Barn catalog arrives. Even if Pottery Barn may not be exaclty your “style”, the decorating tips and the meticulously styled photos are SO inspiring! Keep them coming, I say! :)

  6. Word to the wise!!!! Even though the Spanish Moss is beautiful, if you get it from your trees…it will be full of bugs! You can put it on a large baking sheet and plce in a warm oven for seversl hours. This will kill all the varmits, and it will be safe to use!

    Enjoy visiting!

  7. bahahaha! I was just telling my husband tonight how CRAZY people are if they’re actually paying for chalkboard painted rocks! grrr… But I too love to pour over my pottery barn mag. I sat out on the deck tonight looking at it and put my mind into creation mode when the kids went to sleep. Those grey-blue walls are to die for! But I have to say I’m also inspired by your striped curtains! Think they’d go good together?

  8. I love pb, but it’s always too perfect for my tastes. that’s why I like your blog and getting to “hear” your thought process before it gets to pretty-darn-close-to-perfect. My current painting project is an old wooden school desk/chair for my daughter that I’m painting white and turquoise (inspired by you) and I thought I’d paint the desk part with chalkboard paint so my younger one can enjoy it too. nice to know pb and I think the same great thoughts!

  9. I love the look of the large hurricane in the bowl with the twigs, but I can’t find a hurricane that large anywhere. Any ideas?

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