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October 27, 2011

Why I Love Pottery Barn

It is no secret that I love Pottery Barn!
And I also love lists!
So I thought it would be fun to combine the two with a list of:
The Reasons I Love Pottery Barn

(In no particular order)

1.  The products - Of course this is why we all love the store!  They have beautiful things and I have always been happy with the quality of their merchandise.  I have quite a few of their pieces in my home:
The leather chair in my family room.

The wall hanging in my family room.

My coffee table tray in the family room. 
(Looking quite unattractive!)

And the tray again dressed up!
The glass hurricane holding the corks is from PB too.

The frames in the family room.

The seagrass chairs in the living room.

And the chenille pillow on them.

The mirror in my foyer.
I've had this about 12 years.

The shelves in my dining room.

And the console in my dining room.

The shell pillows on my bed.

This great seagrass frame.

These lampshades in my bedroom.

2.  The Inspiration - I don't think there is a store out there that has been copied more than Pottery Barn.  How many times do you read on a blog, "Pottery Barn Inspired", "PB Inspired" etc.  I just did one two days ago for my fall vignette!  Pottery Barn's photos are all over the web and everyone seems to want to copy something they sell.  What is that saying about imitation being the best form of flattery?...

3.  The Catalogs - I really look forward to getting these in the mail.  They have gotten so beautiful that they are like looking through a magazine.  I even keep them around for inspiration for future decorating. 



4.  Marketing - Ah yes, one of the reasons we are so drawn to them.  They create a lifestyle that we all want and they do it brilliantly.  Their displays are so inviting, their catalogs magazine worthy and they keep updating their merchandise every season to keep things fresh.  They also discontinue products on a regular basis so there is that sense that you need to buy it now before it goes away.  I can't tell you how many things I "planned" to buy only to have them go on sale and then disappear quickly.  It's hard for us to handle sometimes but smart from a company standpoint.

5.  Store Experience - I love just walking into a store sometimes, even if I don't plan on buying something.  They have that "Pottery Barn" music playing, the store smells good, the sales people are helpful but not pushy and the displays are welcoming.  I just want to sit down and soak in that Pottery Barn atmosphere and escape the outside world for a little while.
Sometimes, I just go in the store
 and take pictures for inspiration.
This one helped me decide to
buy the shelves in my dining room.

6.  Their kids stuff is darling:  I love Pottery Barn Kids and will be sad when my kids outgrow all their cute things. 

My son already had me take this
sweet airplane rug out of his room because it was too babyish. 

But we still have some great kids merchandise,
 like this plaid quilt:

And these touch-on lamps:

And the Thomas Desk:
The chair is not PB
 but this was the only picture I had of the desk.  
I couldn't take one today because
I am "not allowed to move" a project he is working on now.
But you get the idea.

7.  Benjamin Moore Paint Samples - How ingenious of them to partner up!  Years ago, I called PB to find out the color of a paint in their catalog, so I like to think that I helped them come up with the idea, LOL!  But I really think it is a smart idea because we like to know what color will look good with something.  I remember sometimes looking through magazines and checking the sources in the back to check the paint color and it would say something like "Paint colors not given due to" - variation in lighting or whatever...I used to get so annoyed because of course it is going to look different in your home but at least it is a starting point.  It is great how PB stores give out those free sample packs of that season's colors.  I always pick one up even if I am not planning to paint.


8.  American Express Points - This may not apply to everyone but is huge to me!  Pottery Barn is one of the companies that offers gift cards for American Express Membership Rewards points.  Since I don't use store cards and basically put everything on American Express, I am able to get PB gift cards every now and then!  I think Pottery Barn's store card also has some good rewards but I haven't investigated that.

9.  In Store Classes - I love that the stores give design idea classes.  Of course it benefits them because they feature certain products in the class, but they do offer them at a discount and it is a great way to get some decorating ideas.  I cannot speak from experience on this because I have never been to a class, but I know people who have and they enjoyed it.

10.  Great Customer Service - Like most companies, PB has Facebook and Twitter pages and they really do answer questions on there as well as though email and over the phone.  I have been very satisfied with their product knowledge and return inquiries.

So there you have a list of why I love Pottery Barn.  And just in case you would like some real Pottery Barn photos instead of all of my "stuff", here are some things I am loving now:

In my fantasyworld,
I would like to put warmer colors in my bedroom for the winter.
If I bought this, I would put a neutral rug at the foot of my bed and
temporarily change the lampshades to a burlap or something.

(Here is my room now with the cooler colors)

Here's another piece I would love:
When I take back my office from the kids and the future dog,
I would like this in there.

Here is something I plan to buy for Christmastime.

Oh, by the way - I am not being compensated in any way
 to write about Pottery Barn...
you know the drill...blah blah blah...
It's just a store I love
and a great thing to blog about
 on a day that it is too rainy to take a good picture
 of the table setting I had planned!

So, what do you love about Pottery Barn?

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14 comments

  1. I love PB, too. If I don't buy something in there I can come away with great ideas. I have the PB classic sofa, lampshades, lots of pillow covers and other accessories found on sale. You have the leather chair that my daughter has always wanted. Maybe some day. Oh, yea almost all the bedding in my house is PB.

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  2. I love PB too! I don't have nearly as many actual items, but I do have PB inspired pieces all over my home! Thanks for the peek inside your pretty home too!! Oh yeah, I have PB catalogs from years ago, because they are great for inspiration especially the holiday ones!

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  3. I'm actually a new PB convert, although for quite a few years I have regularly driven right past a PB Outlet Store on the way to our beach house -- and just this summer finally stopped!

    In fact, my post today features PB turkey plates that I just picked up last weekend.

    Your home is charming, and I love your sea grass chairs. I would like them. Really. Send them here. Many thanks.

    Happy Halloween -- Cass

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  4. OH! You asked about where "my" Goodwill Store is.
    I regularly stop into the one on Route 46 in Rockaway (not far from Rte. 80, 287 and 10), because that one is quite close to where we live.
    I also check out the one in Wayne/Fairfield, also on Rte 46. How "central" are you in NJ? There is one in East Brunswick on Rte 18, but I can't really recommend that one ... very disorganized.

    I haven't been, but there are Goodwills in Aberdeen, in Ewing, and if you go to goodwill.org you can search by zip code.

    Head for one in the best neighborhood you can find. That's my best advice!
    Happy Good Will Hunting!
    Cass

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  5. I'm with you...I love PB as well. You are so right with everything you said about the company and how smart they are. I love their catalogs. They are better than some magazines I subscribe to. Your home looks gorgeous with all of your PB touches.

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  6. I'm totally in love with PB. Their seasonal accessories are the best!!!

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  7. Fun to read, I concurred with every one! Your home looks great with all your PB touches throughout!

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  8. Who doesn't love Pottery Barn? It's the greatest!

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  9. You are so right. I have two of those leather chairs in my kitchen.

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  10. Shelley what a great and infomative post! I'm raising my hand over here. I too love Pottery Barn. The stores do smell really nice. Lol! That is neat about the paint with Benjamin Moore. Love the colors. All of your pieces are gorgeous!

    Thank you for coming by today. You're always welcome and to follow along as well. My 3 years of blogging is next week. Stop by for a great giveaway if you have the time.

    Warmly, ~Melissa :)

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  11. We must have been separated at birth! lol. I too love PB and list. I am fortunate to have both a PB store and an OUTLET close by (with an hours drive)!!! It's all I can do not to visit the outlet each week and I spend most of my days daydreaming (and creating a list) of all the things I want when I go back.

    PS... And I know what it feels like to wait to make the purchase only to find out it's not available anymore.... I wanted that cute little plaid quite, oh you know the one... on your son's bed!, but waited too long :( We all have to learn our lessons (unfortunately, the hard way) LOL.

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  12. Love it all!!! but especially the seagrass chairs you have. They are really beautiful and I'd love to have a pair.

    I hope you have a grand weekend!

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  13. Your house is one big PB catalog (and that's not a bad thing). I love their catalog for ideas. I don't have one close though. I do have their reindeer holiday plates and glasses..which I LOVE!

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  14. Just found your blog through Serenity now and I am now a new follower.
    I love pottery barn as well I especially love that they send me $25 off coupons any $50 purchases all the time but that is probably because I already spend too much money there ;)

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