Super Hero September isn’t over just yet! You and your little one can celebrate a favorite crime fighter all year with some of our favorite decorating tips that really save the day.
1. Don’t be afraid of a little color. Comic books and their characters tend to be full of bright colors, but that shouldn’t deter you! Celebrate those prints and incorporate rich neutrals – like dark wood with clean, classic lines – to help ground the room. To shop our Avengers™ Room above, visit our Shop Rooms page.
2. Add a bit of “wow.” Incorporate your little one’s favorite super hero with a statement piece – like this Bridge Shelf – to add an unexpected element and unique touch.
3. Go bold on walls. To bring a theme together, try a wall statement like this Batman™ Decal. It’s vibrant and full of action – plus, it’s completely removable!
Celebrate the very end of National Honey Month with a sweet treat that’s versatile year-round: honey graham crackers! We love this simple recipe from Hummingbird High, and we can’t wait to test it out with s’mores, with peanut butter, and as a crust for fall’s comforting pies.
What’s your favorite recipe that features honey? Share with us in the comments below!
Spook up your Halloween celebration with these tiny flying friends. Whether you’re dressing up cupcakes or skewering fruit and cheese, these fuzzy Bat Cupcake Toppers from Oh Happy Day make any party dish extra festive.
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!
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.
Pumpkin Caramel Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
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)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars.
Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Stir in pumpkin.
In a medium bowl, sift together baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, salt and flour. Add to pumpkin mixture and mix together well.
Drop heaping spoonfuls of dough onto parchment paper-lined cookie sheets.
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.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
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!
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!
Baby Sweetie Pie Costume
Toddler Donut Costume
Dress them up in a wildly festive costume. Your little ones will love these frightfully fun outfits that are wild with style.
Baby Werewolf Costume
Toddler Dino Costume
Toddler Bear Costume
Toddler Bulldog Costume
Make fairy tales come to life. From favorite stories to fairy tale dreams, Halloween is made extra special with these whimsical fantasy costumes.
Toddler Gold Fairy Costume
Mint Fairy Costume
Big Kid Wizard Costume
Toddler Unicorn Costume
Baby Swan Costume
Go for classic comfort. Halloween icons and furry friends are timeless costumes that work at any age.
Baby Pumpkin Costume
Toddler Witch Costume
Pumpkin Tutu Costume
Toddler Glow In The Dark Skeleton Costume
Save the day. For an action-packed celebration, gear up with a super hero costume that’s ready for the festivities.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.)
The placement of the mirror keeps the changing table wall more playful (plus you can make silly faces with baby in the reflection!).
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
To learn more about the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, visit its website here.