Catalog Challenge: Pottery Barn

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A couple of weeks ago, my friend Kristen had a stellar idea involving furniture and imaginary shopping sprees. She explained it to me like this: Her style is very Pottery Barn, while I hang out in the West Elm zone. What if, once a month or so, we agree on a store and design an entire room using ONLY their products, just to stretch our respective styles? Oh–and it has to be a room we’d actually want in our house, not just a bunch of things we objectively find interesting/pretty/sparkly. REAL picks.

I’m down. Since this was Kristen’s brainchild, we picked good ol’ PB as the first brand. I was a wee nervous at first because I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything from there, but that was foolish of me because hello:

pottery barn living room

sofa  //  rug  //  chair  //  square tables  //  hex table  //  lamp  //  curtains  //  chandelier
art  //  console   //  blue pillow  //  orange pillow

This is definitely fancier than what we have going on in the real Casa Ronchetti, but it still has three basic Paige Favorites: lots of blue, metallics, and geometric patterns. I’m also a sucker for any kind of desk lamp, even when it’s turned into a floor version, so I guess that’s four.

Before we dive in, here’s something I didn’t anticipate: getting everything at one store is hard. (For me, anyway.) I like the freedom to jump around if one place doesn’t have exactly what I see in my head, but this time I was trapped in a beautiful East Coast prison and I had to make it work. It ended up being fine, obviously, but I had to stop myself from typing westelm.com several times. Maybe I’m the only one with that problem, but I thought I’d bring it up anyway.

>> Let’s talk seating first. That blue chair is the song in my heart. I REALLY wanted blue velvet, but that wasn’t an option, so blue linen it is! I like that it’s mega-saturated but still not quite navy. The leather sofa is a total departure from what I normally eyeball in this department, but I love the color and the teensy rolled arms. I even like the turned legs, which is something I don’t think I’ve ever said regarding my own style. I guess I’ll throw the rug in here, too, since it’s the other “main” piece in the room. The blue-on-blue makes the traditional patterns feel a bit more fresh.

>> Since I found the big items first and things were looking a little emo, I wanted to add some shine with the tables. Instead of one big coffee table I found two brass-and-glass cubes that don’t take up a ton of visual space. I threw in the hex pedestal table because it’s AWESOME, and–I mean this in the nicest, non-hater was possible–it doesn’t really look like something from PB. It was a little modern surprise. I also added the chandelier because WHY NOT? In my imagination this is a room without a TV, so I wouldn’t have to worry about a sparkler blocking my view of the Super Bowl.

>> Finally, I ended with the accent color. (I always do. Have we talked about that? Maybe I’ll do a post about it.) The brass was doing a good job breaking up the blue, but I wanted to toss in some orange/peach for contrast. There aren’t a lot of bold patterns in here, either, why is why I decided to go big or go home with the curtains.

Just for fun, let’s talk money. If my math is correct, the total for everything above (not including tax or delivery fees) is $7,818. Not exactly pocket change, but it’s also less than I thought it would be. Considering the most expensive thing in the room, the sofa, will literally never be out of style makes it an easier credit card to swipe.

Be sure you pop over and see Kristen’s room, too! Are you a fan of PB? Do you like to get as much as possible at one store, or are you a bouncer like me? What’s your favorite thing here?

12 Comments
  • Kristen
    January 26, 2015

    It IS super hard to shop all in one store! I couldn’t find pillows I really LOVED and I was thinking, “I’ll just to to Home Goods and grab some.” But I love what you came up with- it’s very you (very fancy you!) and all goes together super nicely. I love that blue pillow- that almost made my list. We actually picked really similar items, just in different colors. Loved this!

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      January 28, 2015

      Ha, we did pick really similar items. High-five! My sister mentioned that she read your post, too, and could totally see why we’re friends. Hahaha!

  • Laura (La Caseta de Paper)
    January 26, 2015

    I’d kill to make that blue armchair fit in my living room!

  • Meg
    January 26, 2015

    Wow, what a fun challenge. I, like you enjoy West Elm very much and like to think I could decorate my entire house from just that store – but this challenge makes me think it would be alot harder than I think. My favorite is all the gold accents!

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      January 28, 2015

      It was SO hard. (I had the most trouble finding a rug.) It was a good exercise, though! I think it will help when clients insist on getting everything from X and Y favorite stores.

  • Kristin
    January 26, 2015

    If I could afford it, I’d shop all day at Pottery Barn. Sadly, my wallet would scream and give up the ghost before I made it too far through. Therefore, I have a house full of odds and ends, some from PB, some from Restoration Hardware, some from Crate + Barrel, some from Target, and a lot homemade.

    But if I could figure out a way to squeeze that gold hex table into my living room…

  • Duni
    January 26, 2015

    My sister-in-law sends me the Pottery Barn catalogs, so I’m familiar with their products and styling. Frankly, I love it 🙂 Wish they weren’t so expensive.
    Also, some neat things in the PB teen department too!

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      January 28, 2015

      Yeah, I love the PB Teens and PB Kids collections! It’s all very cute.

  • Melissa @ Bubby & Bean
    January 26, 2015

    I love this idea! I am much more West Elm than Pottery Barn too, but I’d totally live in this room. I love the metallic accent pieces you chose!

  • Edi
    January 26, 2015

    I really love that couch/rug combo! A nice light wall color would help with the dark tones on both of these. And I love your accent colors mixed in as well.
    PB can be a little pricey for my taste as well, but I’ve found some cool accent pieces there on sale 🙂

  • Marilyn
    January 26, 2015

    I think I decorate my entire home with $7K but I’m not much of a Pottery Barn person either. Still very nice picks though. 🙂

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      January 28, 2015

      We pretty much have decorated our whole house for $7K, hahaha. There’s plenty of cheap furniture around if you know where to look. 🙂

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