Bringing a Touch of Magic to a ‘Bright Space’

By PBK Editors

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Last month, we had the tremendous pleasure of renovating several spaces at Compass Children’s Center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, a childcare center serving families facing extreme poverty or homelessness. This was the second community project we’ve completed in partnership with the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children®, which creates Bright Spaces® to support families in crisis.

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More than 60 volunteers from Pottery Barn Kids gave their time and talent to transform a classroom and therapy rooms at the center. We repainted hallways and therapy spaces, assembled products like dollhouses and a retro kitchen, and added warm touches to the walls. Most importantly, we were able to provide the children with a magical space to dream, play and learn.

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“What we focus on is building inspirational, memorable, magical spaces for kids and our goal is to share that with everyone. We want to share our dreams with everyone who walks in this space.” – Jennifer Kellor, SVP, Merchandising for Pottery Barn Kids

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This year’s makeover project is part of our broader commitment to community engagement and creating the same kinds of magical spaces for all children that we create for our customers’ children.

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To learn more about the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, visit its website here.

Behind the Scenes with Illustrator Oliver Jeffers

By PBK Editors

Meet Oliver Jeffers, the illustrator of one of our favorite books, “The Day the Crayons Quit”! Check out the video to get an inside look at Oliver’s process, passion and inspiration.

Also, visit your local store for your copy of this beloved tale. Plus, join us for our weekly story time to share other new stories with your little one.

Playdough Perfection: Three Fun Ideas

By PBK Editors

We think playdough is way more than just a ball of colored dough! In celebration of National Playdough Day, we’re sharing three of our favorite play dough recipes and ideas to give you even more reasons to love it.

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With just three ingredients, this edible playdough recipe from Danya Banya brings a whole new meaning to “playing with your food.”

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Bring the beach home with this sand playdough from Mama Papa Bubba that lets you explore the textures and patterns of shells.

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If you’ve got a little scientist, try this erupting playdough activity from Mess for Less – it’s sure to bring an explosion of smiles to your home.

Which playdough activity would your little one love? Share with us in the comments below, and view our Playdough Round Up for more great ideas!

Trend Spotting: Natural Linen

By PBK Editors

The changing leaves and muted colors of fall are perfectly reflected in linen decor. From warm beige furniture to breezy bedding, linen is a great way to add classic style to your laid-back home.

Cozy linen pillows and sheets add a sophisticated touch to the bedroom. Here are a few of our favorites to try in your home:

 

Warm up the walls with linen art and pinboards. Whether you’re displaying a sweet sentiment or favorite photos, try these top picks:

 

Linen makes a chic statement for furniture. It adds soft, natural, hues while staying structured and elevated.

 

For more great trends, check out potterybarnkids.com.

3 Healthy Ways to Celebrate Chocolate Milkshake Day!

By PBK Editors

Here’s a sweet holiday that you can celebrate guilt-free: National Chocolate Milkshake Day! With ingredients like frozen strawberries, bananas and coconut milk in place of ice cream, these frozen treats are healthier – and equally delicious.

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Only four simple ingredients are needed for this healthy and delicious recipe from A Couple Cooks.

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For a fun and fruity twist, try this Strawberry Chocolate MIlkshake from The Simple Veganista.

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Frozen bananas make this chocolate milkshake recipe from All Sorts of Pretty extra rich and creamy.

Looking for more great recipe ideas? Head over to Design Studio or browse more on our blog.

Gear Up for a Sporty Year

By PBK Editors

Now that your little ones are back to school, make sure they’re all geared up for a year of fun team activities with these sporty essentials. Whether you’ve got a tiny rookie or a seasoned champ, your little athlete will be game ready with these picks!

Goal! Your little soccer star will be ready for a win at school and at practice with these gear favorites.

 

Hungry for a touchdown? Nourish that tiny first-string player with lunches and snacks fit for an athlete’s appetite.

 

Batter up! Hit it out of the park with a room inspired by the classic American game.

 

Shoot those hoops! Spend time with your little one practicing that winning shot with their very own hoop.

 

For more great sports-inspired ideas, visit potterybarnkids.com to shop now.

Happy Trails! A Fun Activity to Keep Kids Hiking

By PBK Editors

Written by Joel Henriques of Made by Joel for Building Blocks.

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It’s always great to get kids outside for walks or hikes. To make it even more exciting, I like to have them pick out a few small toys for their backpacks. Then, every once and awhile during the hike, we stop for a few minutes, make a little scene with the toys, and take a photo.

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These days, you can just use your camera phone – so it’s really easy. Plus, the activity is a nice incentive to keep them going. When the hike is finished, kids really love seeing how the photos turned out. As a bonus, you’ll also have some fun documentation of the outing.

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Happy hiking!

The Perfect Friend for Every Nursery

By PBK Editors

There’s something so special and sweet about those first cuddles with your baby and a favorite plush animal. Today, to honor National Teddy Bear Day, we’re celebrating with a few of our favorite fluffy friends that are perfect for your tiny one.

Soft and cozy pieces are perfect for naptime. From a comforting plush bear to a hanging mobile, fill your little one’s nursery with teddy bear love.

 

Invite their teddy bear friends to playtime with a fun plush seat or play mat.

 

Surround them with all things soft, from a sweet bath wrap to a pair of fuzzy slippers.

 

For a tiny teddy bear fan, try a holiday keepsake they can love for years.

 

Happy National Teddy Bear Day! For more great nursery picks, visit potterybarnkids.com.

A Welcome to Fall: an Apple Celebration

By PBK Editors

Fall is the perfect time to celebrate one of our favorite fruits: the apple. From a playful recipe to a graphic party favor, here are a few great ideas to have a bushel of fun!

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This Apple Picking Party from Catch My Party is the perfect inspiration for a rustic county celebration.

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String up a few of these Hanging Honeycomb Apples from One Charming Party to add a fun pop of red to the festivities.

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A party isn’t a party without a memorable bite to eat, and we think this Caramel Apple Dip Bar from Craftberry Bush is the perfect treat for little ones.

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This Apple Pinata from Studio DIY can be filled with candy, of course – but for an exciting surprise, try school supplies or tiny toys instead.

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The apple of any party’s eye: these bright Printable Apple Boxes from Oh Happy Day make delightful party favors.

For more great party ideas, visit Design Studio.