Happy Birthday, Ice Cream Cones 

By PBK Editors

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Did you know that the ice cream cone was introduced exactly 110 years ago today? To celebrate this tasty summertime treat, we’re sharing this delicious recipe for homemade sugar and waffle cones from Spoon Fork Bacon.

Ready to join in on the fun? Learn all about ice cream over at Williams-Sonoma and visit Design Studio to view our other recipe ideas.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Nursery Chair

By PBK Editors

A nursery chair is undoubtedly the sweetest seat in the home, and we’re here to help you choose the perfect one for you. From the comfort and fit to the designer fabrics, here are three tips that will get you ready to rock.

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1. Find the perfect size. Whether you have a smaller nursery space or need larger seating to accommodate multiples, the first step is to determine the size of chair you need.

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2. Find the perfect fabric. All of our rockers and gliders are available in a range of colors and fabrics, so you can create a chair that will seamlessly coordinate with the rest of your nursery’s decor.

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3. Find the perfect accessories. You’ll be spending plenty of time in your nursery chair, so make sure everything you need is at arm’s length. From a small side table to a cozy throw, make the space your own with coordinating decor.

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Ready to find your perfect seat? Shop all of our nursery chairs, and visit your local store to be fitted by one of our specialists.

A Sibling Book Nook Filled with Light

By PBK Editors

Written by Kim Stoegbauer of The Tomkat Studio for Building Blocks.

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I absolutely adore Pottery Barn Kids and was so excited to style a reading nook for Building Blocks! We recently moved so it was the perfect time to create a little, quiet corner for the kids to hang out, relax and enjoy. Keeping both of our children (Tommy + Kate) in mind, I decided on a neutral gray and white color palette. I love this simple color scheme because it allows the books to really stand out in the space.

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I fell in love with the Ava Regency Bookcase and knew it would be perfect for housing the kids’ books and creating a focal point for the space. The spacious drawer is perfect for storing crayons, markers and more books!

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To provide additional light in the room, especially for nighttime reading, I chose the Payton Lamp Base and topped it with Harper Shades, which matches the window panels perfectly! Kate loves how easy it is to turn the lamp on and off with the push button on the front.

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We have always loved Anywhere Chairs and they provide the perfect, cozy seating for our book nook! The gray Ibiza Mat really pulled the space together. I added a few decorative accessories and wall art and voilà, the reading nook was complete!

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I hope you like our book nook and it inspires you to create your own!

Enter below for your chance to win a $100 PBK gift card to start creating a book nook for your little ones– Hurry, ends Sunday 7/27!

Design/Styling by Kim Stoegbauer, The TomKat Studio
Photos by Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Our Favorite Design Ideas for Fall

By PBK Editors

The new fall collection has officially launched at Pottery Barn Kids, and we’re celebrating with a few of our favorite design statements for the season. From bright new colors to a bold new look, design a space your little ones will love with one of these five elements.

1. Add a touch of whimsy. Elevate the room with vintage-inspired lines in stunning gold or soft lavender to give your space new life.

 

2. Go for it with color. Whether it’s a brightly lacquered desk or a crib with color, get creative with furniture by choosing pieces that stand out.

 

3. Build a foundation with quality essentials. From their first day of school to their very first bed, select classic pieces that are built to last.

 

4. Get ready for adventure. What’s not to love about exciting design? This season we’re loving natural textures, rich neutrals and rugged details.

 

5. Save the day. Your little ones will be ready for crime-fighting with new pieces from our Heroes and Villains Collection.

 

Visit potterybarnkids.com to see the entire fall collection.

We All Scream For Ice Cream Parties!

By PBK Editors

Did you know that this month is National Ice Cream Month? We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate so we’re rounding up a few of our favorite ice cream party ideas that are sure to get your little ones smiling.

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Pretty pastels are perfect for an Ice Cream Party and we love this soft and light Ice Cream Cart Party from Sweet Little Peanut.

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Pull right up to your ice cream celebration with a sweet vintage truck like this Ice Cream Social Party idea from Kara’s Party Ideas.

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What’s better than a banana split on a hot summer day? A super giant banana split like this one from Oh Happy Day!

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Plan a party from the invitations and decor to the recipes and party favors with our Ice Cream Shoppe Party styled by Hostess With the Mostess.

Looking for more great summer party ideas? Visit Design Studio to get inspired.

A Fresh Outdoor Book Nook Reveal

By Merrilee Liddiard

Written by Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag for Building Blocks.

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When Pottery Barn Kids asked us to create an outdoor book nook we were over the moon! We love what PBK has going on right now, we’re big fans of reading, and we love, love, love children’s books.

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Being a children’s book illustrator for years, we’ve acquired a great many children’s books from around the world (all in the name of research, of course). Many were stored long ago in our archives, but now, thanks to our book nook project, we have rediscovered them and are so happy to see them being loved and enjoyed again! And as for our kids: they’re actually taking breaks from their summer craziness to read and relax, or play with fun learning toys such as this Counting Puzzle. In fact, they insist on hanging out in the nook for at least 1-2 hours a day, which is nothing short of a miracle.

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When presented with the idea of an outdoor book nook, I immediately went to work sketching ideas for how we could make it an extra-special space where the kids would really want to read, play and stay for awhile. Together with my handy husband Jon, we threw ideas back and forth and finally decided on a design that was simple, modern and memorable. I was also inspired by the loft beds in my grandparents’ midcentury home in Boulder, Colorado, which they designed and built themselves. I have so many amazing memories of curling up with a good book in those beds, and so I set out to provide something similar for my kids.

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I chose some of my absolute favorite finds from PBK that would work perfectly in this space. The incredible Jute Squares Rug was the jumping-off point. I knew right away that the space needed to be built and sized around it. The next item that really dictated the design was this adorable mini lantern. I knew I wanted a circular window for the lantern to hang in. Other must-haves were these amazing galvanized catch all book shelves. And from there we filled in the rest of the book nook with other great items: this Adirondack chair (which all the kids love and claim as their own–so we’re going to have to invest in two more, for sure), Nesting Floor Baskets (to store more books and our giraffe friend), and an Ivory Fur Anywhere Bean Cube.

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When it gets dark, we love to put up these great lights, pull out our cozy pillow and Star Quilt, and get settled in for a good night’s cuddle and reading under the stars. Now that’s what I call summer magic!

Enter below for your chance to win a $100 PBK gift card to start creating a book nook for your little ones– Hurry, ends Sunday 7/20!

Gear Up With the Perfect Fit!

By PBK Editors

Whether you’re preparing for a family trip or their first day of school, make sure you search our new collection of backpacks to find one that’s the perfect fit! From favorite heroes and bright icons to multiple styles and sizes, we have what you need to make gearing up a cinch.

Watch the video above to learn more, or visit your local store to find the perfect fit in person!