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A DIY Printable to Inspire New Dreams

By PBK Editors

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Fifty-one years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and touched the lives of millions. Today, share a little bit of his legacy with this inspiring printable from Thirty Handmade Days. It’s a creative way to teach your little ones to love people of all backgrounds, while giving kids a chance to think about their own personal dreams.

Happy Dream Day, everyone! We hope you’re inspired to keep dreaming.

Color of the Month: Greening

By PBK Editors

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Welcome the fall season and the new school year with a room filled with pops of bright color. Try a serene palette for furniture and walls like Sherwin-Williams Greening SW 6448 mixed with fun printed bedding in a theme your little one loves.

1. Hang up our Transportation Art in bold, saturated colors to liven up your little one’s walls.

2. Get the look of a 1930’s automobile headlight for the base of your table lamp with our Headlight Lamp.

3. Celebrate the vehicles your kid loves most with the colorful patchwork of our Patrick Quilted Bedding.

4. Kids love having a chair that’s all their own and our Anywhere Chair is a super cozy seat that’s cute wherever it happens to land.

5. Simple and elegant, the Fiona Nightstand offers ample storage by the bedside of your little one.

For more great ideas, visit Design Studio and and visit our Design Services page for a special $15 offer from Sherwin-Williams.

An Intergalactic Party Made for a Little Jedi

By PBK Editors

Celebrate even the tiniest Jedi with a party that’s strong with the Force™. From the perfect photo booth props to intergalactic crafts, here’s a look inside the details of our Star Wars Party.

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Get started with a few of our Star Wars downloadables that will make your party come to life. Whether it’s a cinema-themed invitation or a friendly favor tag, our party printables have you covered.

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Add creative details like our R2-D2™ Popcorn Bags, or make a statement with a Cardboard Landspeeder or Death Star™ Piñata for an extra-special touch.

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To view our full Star Wars Party, visit Design Studio or get inspired by our other birthday parties, crafts, and recipe ideas.

Family Together Time During Back to School

By PBK Editors

While gearing up for a busy school year, don’t forget to schedule some quality family time! Whether it’s reading a favorite story together before bed or watching a movie over the weekend, everyone deserves a break. Here are some of our favorite ways to get the family together.

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Get cookin’. A themed dinner and movie night is the perfect excuse to teach your kids some skills in the kitchen, as well your family’s traditional recipes. Watch Lady and the Tramp while eating spaghetti and meatballs (made from this recipe from Martha Stewart), a Ratatouille meal or even a sweet Frozen-themed treat.

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Cozy up with a book. We can’t think of a better place to snuggle up for story time than in one of our teepees. Add a few blankets and pillows, and you’ve got the ultimate hangout for you and your kids.

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Get outside the house. From a simple scavenger hunt to nature-inspired crafts, spend some time outside the house with activities your little ones love. For a chef-in-training, head to your local Williams-Sonoma to take part in one of their Junior Chef classes. 

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For more family activity ideas, visit Design Studio.

Sweet Surprises for Back to School

By PBK Editors

In the first of our four-part back-to-school series, we took a look at getting (and staying) organized. Now that you and your little ones are all set, let’s add some details to make school days more fun!

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We rounded up three sweet printables to keep your kids encouraged, motivated and smiling through their day.

Add these School Breakfast freebies by The Sweetest Occasion to your little one’s breakfast for an an inspirational start.

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This cute Hit the Books banner from Paging Supermom is perfect for hanging over your kids’ study space.

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Pack a special surprise (and a sweet message) into your child’s lunch with our Lunch Notes from Design Studio.  They’re an easy way to let little ones know you’re thinking of them.

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Now that you’re inspired to make it the best year ever, don’t miss more Back to School party ideas on our Design Studio.

3 Tips for an Organized School Year

By PBK Editors

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It’s that time of year – back to school is back! In the first of a four-part series on getting set for school, we’ve rounded up three tips for your home to help kids stay organized.

1. Create a back-to-school station.

Designate a room (or part of a room) as back-to-school central. Fill small bins with basic school supplies – a ruler, tape, glue, hole punchers, erasers, sticky notes, and boxes of crayons and colored pencils.

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Hang a calender or pinboard on the wall to help keep track of everyone’s schedules, to-do lists, and things to shop for.

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Make a checklist for each child to ensure homework and reading are done, and clothes and shoes are ready for the next day.

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2. Prepare for tomorrow the night before.

Pack backpacks so they’re ready to simply grab and go in the morning. Make sure the right homework is in the right bag and that everyone has what they’ll need.

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Packing lunches the night before is another time-saving step that will reduce stress on hectic mornings.

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3. Build an inspiring desk space.

After a long day in the classroom, give kids a creative, fun place to come home and wrap up assignments. Create a “study corner” with a spacious desk, comfortable chair and a few desk accessories.

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For an alternative to a desk chair, add a plush place to sit and read – like our Anywhere Chair, personalized with their name.

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Here’s to an organized school year! For more inspiring ideas, visit potterybarnkids.com to shop our entire collection of desks, chairs, storage and more. Plus, check the blog tomorrow for the next installment in our back-to-school series. Here’s a hint: it’s all about extra special details!

Trend Spotting: All That’s Gold

By PBK Editors

Shimmering gold is our new favorite neutral to add a little luxe to a child’s room. From lighting to party ideas, here are a few of our favorite ways to turn the shine on with this perfect color for fall.

 

1. Add a little sparkle to room accents. Gold is surprisingly easy to mix with warm whites and soft beige tones. Try it with lighting or wall decor for a simple switch that adds whimsy and drama.

 

2. Layer it on with other neutrals. If you’re adding gold to bedding, try layering it on top of crisp whites and soft grays.

 

3. Decorate your celebration with dazzling DIYs. When welcoming a new addition to the family or celebrating a special birthday, gold is the perfect color to bring warmth and joy to the festivities. From recipe ideas to party decor, check out our Gold Baby Shower for inspiration.

For more great ideas on decorating and party inspiration, visit Design Studio.