A Perfect Pumpkin Treat for Fall

By Megan Bailey

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

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Now that it’s officially fall (and with Halloween quickly approaching), we’ve got baking and pumpkins on our minds! There’s really nothing more cozy and perfect for fall then a yummy pumpkin cookie – and filled with caramel, no less!

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When it comes to making cookies, I love a tried-and-true recipe that’s easy to make and results in soft, delicious cookies. As a busy mom, I don’t really have the time for recipes that require the dough to chill in the fridge for a couple of hours, or recipes that require a lot of steps. What I love about this recipe is that I can easily do it during naptime – and it leaves my house smelling like pumpkins and cinnamon! It’s also a great base for chocolate chip pumpkin cookies. If you want, add a cream cheese frosting to the top for the perfect finishing touch.

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Pumpkin Caramel Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. cloves
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Caramel squares of choice (can also use Rolos)

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars.
  3. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Stir in pumpkin.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift together baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, salt and flour. Add to pumpkin mixture and mix together well.
  5. Drop heaping spoonfuls of dough onto parchment paper-lined cookie sheets.
  6. Place caramel squares in the middle of the dough mounds. Use a spoon to cover the top of the caramels with the excess dough on the sides.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

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Serve these cookies warm for a gooey middle, or eat them later with a chewy middle. Enjoy – and try not to eat the entire batch yourself!

Boo-tiful Costumes for a Festive Halloween

By PBK Editors

Halloween is just around the corner, and our costumes are going fast! From a soft cuddly creature to a character from a fairy tale, find the perfect costume for your little one – here are our favorite ideas:

Trick or treat with something sweet. We love a fun food costume, and these delectable ensembles are so cute, we could eat them up!

 

Dress them up in a wildly festive costume. Your little ones will love these frightfully fun outfits that are wild with style.

 

Make fairy tales come to life. From favorite stories to fairy tale dreams, Halloween is made extra special with these whimsical fantasy costumes.

 

Go for classic comfort. Halloween icons and furry friends are timeless costumes that work at any age.

 

Save the day. For an action-packed celebration, gear up with a super hero costume that’s ready for the festivities.

 

For all of our costumes, treat bags and decor, shop potterybarnkids.com – or browse our new Halloween markdowns.

Color of the Month: Marshmallow

By PBK Editors

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As the weather begins to cool down, cozy up indoors with a room filled with whimsy. To transition to winter, we love flannel bedding, faux fur accents and  Sherwin-Williams Marshmallow (SW 7001) – the perfect shade of warm white to help soften a room. Here are a few more picks for a beautifully cozy space:

1. Our Inlay Mirror reflects the room’s light and reminds us of fairy tales and fantasy stories.

2. For all of those days of playing dress-up, our Mill Valley Vanity Mirror is the perfect spot to house jewelry and trinkets.

3. A few Faux Fur Shams help create a cozy space that’s both chic and warm.

4. Your little one will feel as snug as a bunny when they fall asleep with our Bunny Flannel Sheeting.

5. Timeless furniture pieces like our Catalina Bed are long lasting and always in style.

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

We Love Glitter Guide!

By PBK Editors

BIG NEWS: We’re partnering with Taylor Sterling of The Glitter Guide! We’ll be teaming up for a series of festive holiday celebrations and some even BIGGER giveaways!

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The Glitter Guide is one of our go-to blogs for DIY, interior design and entertaining. This holiday season, we’ll be partnering up to help celebrate the first Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas AND birthday of Taylor’s daughter, Elodie. From a friendly Halloween fright to a Christmas filled with new traditions, we can’t wait to follow Taylor and Elodie as they celebrate the season.

Stay tuned to Building Blocks for next week’s official kickoff: a sweet Halloween celebration and giveaway!

Gray Meets Gold: A Bold Nursery Reveal

By Grace Mitchell

Written by Grace Mitchell of A Storied Style for Building Blocks. ­

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When a client of mine shared the wonderful news that she was expecting (and for the first time), I quickly became very excited to create the perfect nursery! Because the couple decided to wait until the baby’s birth to find out gender, we needed to craft a space that would work whether it was a boy or girl.

This room started out like most nursery conversions – as a guest room. With a little one on the way, the guest room moved to the office, and the space was cleared to make room for baby!

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We really wanted this nursery to feel calm and traditional with a modern twist. The original paint color was a little dark, so we transformed the walls with a barely there gray, and the room brightened instantly.

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Two walls of the room had windows, yet the room still felt dreary! We removed the blinds and added white Twill Blackout Roman Shades to each window (they’re cordless – safe for kids!). For extra pizzazz, we attached rainbow-colored pom-pom trim to the bottom of each shade. I love how that little detail added a “this is a kid’s room” punch!

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I didn’t want to clutter each window with curtains, so we got the double-width Peyton Drapes in ivory. Because the space is overall neutral, the white and ivory window treatments layered beautifully to create softness. To tie in the wall color, I chose the grey Dawson Rug – it is plush and gorgeous! I have four little ones of my own, and I know a good kid’s room rug when I see it. That rug is m-a-d-e for kids! You can tell it’s going to hold up great through the years.

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The Kendall Crib was a perfect choice because of its classic simplicity, and the Reese Bedding tied in perfectly with the couple’s first baby gift, a giant giraffe!

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Did you notice the darling Origami Mobile? It connected with the bedding in a sweet, subtle way.

The acrylic drapery rods and gold hardware were a DIY using this tutorial, and I’ll have all the details on how we made them on A Storied Style next week!

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Art for this room was really important to give the nursery life and personality. Each print was chosen with care and framed in the White Gallery Frames. (By the way, I was super impressed with the quality of these frames! The mats are cut very well, and the frame is nice and heavy.)

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The placement of the mirror keeps the changing table wall more playful (plus you can make silly faces with baby in the reflection!).

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I feel so happy whenever I think about this room. It turned out even better than I imagined, and the parents were so thrilled with their nursery!

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For more information on how I created this space (including the gold-striped ceiling – spoiler: it’s contact paper!), stay tuned to A Storied Style next week.

P.S. Joy, oh JOY, it’s a BOY! Meet precious Reeves.

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Newborn Images Credit: Sabrina Gebhardt Photograph

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.