Behind the Scenes: Creating a Dream Nursery

By Ilana Saul

Written by Ilana Saul, editor at, for Building Blocks.  


While I haven’t experienced any crazy pickles-and-ice-cream-type cravings this pregnancy, I can say without a doubt that nesting is a real thing! As soon as I found out I was expecting, my mind went straight to the nursery. (I went a little Pinterest crazy too, searching for all kinds of inspiration.)

The rest of our home is full of color—which I love—but I wanted to go a different route for the nursery. My vision was to have a serene, modern-looking space filled with mostly neutral hues, making it a peaceful place for the baby (and mommy and daddy!). We also know that we’ll likely have another baby someday, so keeping things neutral will make the nursery easy to reuse whether our second is a boy or girl.

Since we know we’re having a girl this time around, I couldn’t resist a sweet pop of pink here and there! I also had an animal/safari theme in mind, which would add a fun and playful touch to the white walls.


1. Wingback Glider | 2. Rissa Crystal Beaded Chandelier | 3. Harper Crib | 4. Cameron 3-Shelf Bookcase | 5. Dahlia Quilt | 6. Hadley Nursery Dresser & Topper | 7. Sophie The Giraffe

I’ve always loved decor and design—I blog about it often for—but decorating a nursery was something I didn’t have any experience with. So when it came time to pick out a crib, changing table, rocker and all the other nursery accouterments, I knew I’d need a little help from an experienced pro.

I loved pretty much everything at Pottery Barn Kids, so it was a no-brainer to start there! I began by making an in-store appointment with Neko, a Pottery Barn Kids Design Studio Specialist. She was amazing! After listening to what I had in mind, she showed me all around the store and pointed out items that fit my vision.

I immediately fell in love with the Harper CribWingback Glider and so many other items. What really tied it all together for me, though, was the beautiful Rissa Crystal Beaded Chandelier.

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As we wrapped up in the store, I made an in-home appointment with Neko so she could help with the floor plan. She arrived armed with her measuring tape and a bunch of cute bedding and accessories so we could see how they’d work in the space.

There sure is a lot for a new mama to consider! Is the crib set away from windows, direct sunlight and heavy objects? Is it visible from the doorway so you can easily check on the sleeping baby? Can the rocker be set in a corner to avoid wasting valuable play space? Neko really knew how to design everything in a way that was both beautiful and functional.

But the very best part was that none of the Design Studio services cost a dime. Working with an interior designer can be pretty pricey, so it was amazing that PBK offered this as a complimentary service to customers.

Right now, we’re just putting the finishing touches on everything. I’m so excited to share the final nursery reveal on in just a few days! Stay tuned…


Photos: Stephanie Todaro Photography

Moving Forward and Looking Back: Vintage-Inspired Decor

By PBK Editors

Revamping the space where your little one plays, dreams and grows doesn’t have to center on the latest design trends. One of our favorite ways to update for the season is with a nod to the timelessness of vintage-inspired decor. From traditional elements to whimsical metallics, here are a few of our best picks:


For more great ideas on updating your space, visit Design Studio.

3 Funny Jack-O-Lanterns

By PBK Editors

Who says Halloween front-porch decor is limited to the traditional jack-o-lantern? Here are three fresh twists that are anything but ordinary.


Trick or treat in island-style with a fun Pineapple Jack-O-Lantern from A Subtle Revelry. This unexpected friend even comes with its own statement-making hairdo!


Beep beep! Get that fright night moving with these whimsical Car and Camper Pumpkins from Better Homes & Gardens.


For a festive version that takes little time, try this silly Carrot Nose Jack-o-Lantern from Martha Stewart. Even though it’s quick and easy, it brings dramatic impact and playful style to your doorstep.

Looking for more great Halloween ideas? Visit Design Studio and check out our Halloween Party.

Have A Healthy Halloween

By PBK Editors


Halloween doesn’t have to be a holiday filled with candy and sugar – make your treats healthier with these festive food ideas from Hostess With The Mostess! We love the simplicity and fun packed into each of these frightful snacks, and we spookily suspect that your little ones will, too.

Looking for more great Halloween goodies? See our full Halloween Party at and enter our Halloween Giveaway for the chance to make your celebration extra sweet.

Get Cozy With These Fall Favorites

By PBK Editors


Fall is officially here and we’re ready to cozy up our homes with soft layers of flannel, warm duvets and plenty of whimsical prints. From bright icons to classic holiday characters, here are a few of our favorite pieces to pile on this season:

How will you be warming up your home decor this fall? Share with us in the comments below — and don’t forget to shop our Cozy Bed Event for extra savings!

A Halloween Spooktacular with Sweet Little Peanut

By Megan Bailey

Written by Megan Bailey of Sweet Little Peanut for Building Blocks.


We recently hosted a fun Halloween party for little peanuts at our local Pottery Barn Kids store in Salt Lake City. We loved the opportunity to throw a festive get-together for our local friends and readers – it helped get everyone in the Halloween spirit. And with over 100 costumed kiddos and their parents, it was quite the occasion!


Whenever we throw a party, the two most important things we consider are the food and the activities. We want our party guests to enjoy their time and some sweet treats! For this party, we served Halloween-decorated sugar cookies in shapes of skulls, pumpkins, cats, witches and bats. We also offered bat cupcakes, glazed doughnuts, and little soda cans accompanied by spooky striped straws.


To keep our little friends entertained, we had face painting, beanbag/pumpkin toss games, and Halloween crafts like skull masks and paper roll creatures. To end the party, we did a fun trick-or-treat parade through the mall to show off all the costumes and also collect some treats from the other shops.


When it comes to Halloween costumes and decorations, Pottery Barn Kids always nails it on the head! We really had the best day showing off PBK’s Halloween collection and having fun with our local friends. Thank you so much to everyone who came and celebrated with us — Learn more about face painting for Halloween with my tutorials on!



Photography: Becky Kimball
Face Painting: Face Painting Paradise
Balloons, paper straws, napkins, cupcake toppers: Shop Sweet Lulu

A Fuzzy Friend Filled With Treats!

By PBK Editors


Who says you have to leave the house to collect some fun treats this Halloween? We love this DIY Spider Pinata from Oh Happy Day as a fun activity for your Halloween party – it brings a whole new meaning to trick or treat!

Looking for more great party ideas for Halloween? Visit Design Studio and view our Halloween Party for more crafts and recipes.

Finishing Touches for a Dream Bedroom

By PBK Editors

Create the perfect space for your little one to dream, play and grow with a few magical touches. Whether it’s adding showstopping furniture or simply refreshing with some new decorative accents, here are our favorite ideas for building a dream bedroom.


1. Add a piece of statement furniture to create a major impact. Look to a theme that your child loves – such as adventure or cars – to find a foundation for the room’s overall design. Here’s some of our favorite furniture that’s filled with wonder – and built to last:


2. Take a page from their favorite fairy tale and dress the room in colors and patterns that are brimming with magic. One of our favorite ways to accent? Shiny, bright metallics – especially gold. Shop our favorite pieces that shine:


3. For an easy addition, try decorative accessories that are focused on play – no dream room is complete without toys, dress-up outfits, and plenty of books to read! See some of our newest items that are perfect for gifting:


For more great ideas on designing a dream bedroom, visit and get inspired.

A Giveaway So Good, It’s Scary!

By PBK Editors

We’re constantly inspired by the party styling over at Glitter Guide (and the sheer cuteness of Taylor Sterling’s daughter, Elodie). To celebrate the sweet and spooky Halloween party they featured here, we wanted to join the festive fun and throw a scary good giveaway!

Enter below for your chance to win a $1,000 Pottery Barn Kids gift card to sweeten all of your holiday celebrations. Bonus: scroll to the bottom to see some of our favorite photos from Elodie’s first Halloween. Better hurry – giveaway ends Oct. 19th!