Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pottery Barn Inspiration

I am always inspired by Pottery Barn, I think a lot of us are, and why not? They have expert stylists, endless props and merchandise, and super photography. What's not to love?
Ummm...the prices.
So instead of hoping and dreaming that the Pottery Barn Fairy would bestow endless wishes on me....I got to work.
Inspiration #1
Enter ball finial. I have seen this recreated a time or two already and I really do love it. The weathered finish, slightly shabby yet classic look. I'm going to give it a try-I can do this!

Fortunately, I was able to purchase a concrete ball finial, that looks nearly like it, except for the base...something I could live with.



I was really excited about the finished product, and the Pottery Barn Fairy is mad because it turned out so well. She's sulking in the corner...

Inspiration #2

Enter Boxwood Wreath. This is a loverly picture from PB website but I was initially inspired when I was leafing through the catalog....

For the Christmas season I loved this boxwood wreath and the clocks hanging from the center...very inspiring.

Of course Pottery Barns Version is fresh boxwood, but I made mine from artificial boxwood. I really loved it during Christmas.

I didn't hang clocks, but a monogram for my last name that I made from a vintage book page and a tag....I actually haven't taken it down, it hangs right inside the front door. Boxwood isn't too seasonal for me.


So then I decided that if I was going to leave it up all the time, I should give it a little Valentine's Day Trimming!

The Pottery Barn Fairy is really mad now!

Inspiration #3

Enter chalkboard platter. I don't really care for the rectangle version, but I really admired the oval one. With a Dollar Tree platter and a steady hand, I was able to recreate the look .

Here is the


The Pottery Barn Fairy distracted me and I forgot to take a picture of the platter before I poured on the paint. She was trying to woo me with those beautiful bird plates...have you seen those? They are fantastic!

I think you can visualize the was a white platter...:)

Well, that's it for now, I'm sure that Pottery Barn will continue to inspire me, time and time again!

OK Pottery Barn Fairy, just to make you happy, I'll go look at the clearance section!

But first, I'm going to visit Gina, Kim, Cindy and Becca and all the great ideas at

The Shabby Chic Cottage

BCD Show and tell

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're inspired!


  1. Oh, I love your knock offs. Or better yet your fabulous treasures. You did a wonderful job. The finial is just perfect. I love your finish and the wreath is wonderful. The platter is just stunning. Now that is what I call creative and much better than what you copied. Hugs, Marty

  2. You did good! Everything you made looks like it came from a PB catalog. The PB fairy is definitely stewing b/c your's are great and you beat their prices! =)

  3. Awesome!!
    I love to make the "PB Fairy" sulk too! ;)

    Great job on everything!!

  4. Fantastic projects! Where did you find the concrete finial?

    I was wondering when someone would attempt the platter chalkboard! I have a bunch of chalkboard paint sitting in the basement. I suppose a quick run to Goodwill is in order, huh??? :)

  5. Love the concrete finial...great job. So, care to give a quick tutorial of how you accomplised it?


  6. Great knock-offs of the original, love,love the wreath. You did a fab job.

  7. G'morn, Michelle ~ WOW! You are good! I love them all ...

    Have a beautiful week.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  8. All the projects look really good.
    I would love to see a tutorial on the finial,
    I have some objects that are the same material and have been trying to figure out how to get the paint chip off like that.

  9. i, too, am in love with those bird plates!! aren't they just lovely!!! i tell people all the time my secret wish is to live in the pottery barn catalog!! it is just dreamy. you did a great job & i am soon as it warms up around here i have a list of things to accomplish! thanks.

  10. I absolutely love what you've done here! Pottery Barn catalog is wonderful to look at, and drool over. But I'm simply not going to pay those prices. These are perfection!

  11. Those are some great knock-offs. The texture on your finial turned out perfect. Where did you get your faux boxwood branches and how much were they? I've been wanting to make one for a while, now...

  12. I love Pottery Barn knock offs. I'll bet Pottery Barn hates them. Too bad!!! Yours are FABULOUS!!! Where did you get your fake boxwood? I want some.

  13. EEEKKK! I love the twist on the wreath. I really love the result finish on your finial. How on earth did you do it? It looks Fab U Lous!

  14. Those are PERFECT! And the money you saved!! Awesome! :)

  15. These all look fantabulous! PB can really get the creative juices flowing and DIY is great satisfaction!
    Cindy at Lakewood

  16. great knock offs! they look great

  17. All of these inspiration pieces look great. That finial was a great find. I have been looking for one for weeks!

  18. I have been lusting after those platters too but I know I could make it so easily - just have to find the right platter. So glad I became a follower!

  19. Wow! You did a fabulous job with all your PB inspried pieces. I think the concrete finial is my favorite. And yes, I too love the new PB bird plates. I may even drool over them!

  20. great job!! I adore the wreath!!

  21. These are wonderful! I really love the heart wreath. You did great.

  22. Love all the projects, but I really love that boxwood wreath! I had no idea they made faux boxwood.

  23. Wowza! You did good! I am reallly impressed...particularly the platter chalkboard~ Good work!

  24. These all look wonderful, great job! Your photography and set up is gorgeous too, I seriously didn't know which ones were the PB pictures until you pointed them out. Quite an accomplishment :)

    So glad I found you, I am now a follwer! :)


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