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Thursday, May 5, 2011

When Pottery Barn eases off the hokey



Bhotah and Floral outdoor pillows, $32-$39.

Do you remember back in the 1990s when Pottery Barn was the shit?   When word got out that your local mall was getting one, everyone lost their minds.  PB introduced Jonathan Adler and Mitchell + Gold to a wider audience and, in general, had terrific-looking all-American kinda stuff.  Then it lost its way and became the place your mother shopped for clunky rolled arm sofas for her "keeping" room. 

In the past year or so, I've started seeing glimmers of Pottery Barn's former glory.  The merchandisers seem to be embracing a clean European look with touches of India and Morocco (but not in the garish Z Gallerie way).  Think paisleys, kilims and block prints.  These are a few of my current faves...

Hammered lidded serving platter, $29.
 
Tuana Kilim outdoor rug, $49-$499.

Wingate rattan barstools, $299-$319.

Leila block print bedding, $29-$129.

16 comments:

sanctuaryhome said...

I don't know if their employees are getting the message though. I was in a seminar with several Pottery Barn sales people a few months ago, Heavy Handed Decorating would be an understatement,

Robin said...

Ooh, I like the bedding....

animal print gal said...

It seems to me that is all about marketing; they just market well and make people thing that "this is it!"
Not mentioning that you go to some homes and they all look the same.
Once in awhile there are some well picked ideas...

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Honestly,

The Leila block print bedding has been doing dirty things to me for days. I am humbled to admit how much classic, colonial goodness PB has managed to drum up this season.
Alcira

nerochronicles.com

classic • casual • home said...

I hope you are right. I want to shop there for more than just basis candles. What is up with Z Gallerie? Who is buying all the shiny everything and dark turquoise? Anything good there that I am missing?

Jimmy The Undercover Designer said...

Nice selection raina
Love the outdoor tug

Cathy Wall said...

One never wants a room to scream that it came from a certain retailer but rather to speak "where did you get that," these seem to fill the bill!
Cathy

Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

You are right on about the BOX STORE looks that sum up an interior and I am glad to see PB is moving out of the last phase. Horrible.

Things That Sparkle said...

Wow I am actually impressed.

Raina Cox said...

classic casual home - Beats me who keeps Z Gallerie in business. It's the Jersey Shore of home decor. But then again, a lot of people like Snooki.

wilwwn said...

Yeah, I walked in there the other day, took a look at a giant display of fake coral, and thought, "Pottery Barn ruins everything." I looked through the catalog for the first time in years last night, and I do like their rug. It does seem to me that with the design resources they have access to, the could do a better job with their prints. They're always so heavy-handed and horsey.

David said...

I remember back when PB opened on the Plaza here. Largest concentration of gay men ever assembled outside of a pride parade!

nanne said...

i was really disapointed in the last pottery barn catalogue. it's like they suddenly discovered that coral & sea creature stuff was, like, popular. and then decided to throw some coral or a sea something randomly on whatever blank canvas they had.

i was really liking these things a couple of years ago...actually, i was really liking seeing maybe one piece of coral or one image of a sea fan--not being submerged in the little mermaid's boudoir.

while i'm being a big, snobby bitch..i also hate seeing blogs that show their transformed rooms that look like they were plucked right out of the pottery barn discount store.

nanne in indiana by way of alabama

Jill said...

I adore that rug! I think it's on my to do list. I'm not going to "do" it...oh, whatever, you know what I mean.

SHERRY HART said...

Z Gallerie scares me.....I need to shield my eyes when I walk by.

Sherman Unkefer said...

I love what you've picked out from PB! You have impeccable taste. The hammered platter is awesome! However, I do not know if I can entirely agree with describing Z-Galerie as "garish." Hahaha True, some of their pieces are a bit overdone, but over the years I have found some very clean and well-designed items there. I enjoy looking for accessories there too! :)

Anyway, love the blog!