June 14, 2010

GIVEAWAY: Pottery Barn Vase + A Day with Nathan Turner


Last week I had the exciting opportunity of meeting Nathan Turner, one of the country's leading style experts, at a Pottery Barn event on styling ideas for tabletops and weddings. He brought in quite the crowd!
Miss Alaina was also there and we had the pleasure of chatting with Nathan beforehand at a private breakfast with the Pottery Barn team. He is the epitome of California cool -- laid back and so fun! I loved hearing the story of how he got into the industry, which involved honing his eye for style while living in France and Italy, buying trips to Europe for an antique store, opening a his own shop in LA, unorthodoxically installing a kitchen in it (he loves to cook), and the LA Times discovering him as the guy who threw parties in his store for friends. How fun is that!

At the event, we learned a few tricks of the trade, like using varying heights on your buffet tables through cake stands and tiered trays to create a table of dimension and visual interest. Rolled up napkins and cutlery is also a pretty and practical way to make the buffet experience more casual. And then, a tip I really loved was using things you already have in your kitchen as repurposed flower vases, like coffee mugs, soup bowls, and water pitchers.


For weddings or parties, Nathan showed us how things as simple as paper and ribbon can really tie a color palette and story together. I huge crowd please was his idea of wrapping floral arrangements in bundles within the vase so guest can easily take one home with them at the end of the night. This is an idea I'm definitely going to try!

Today I'm teaming up with the fantastic team at Pottery Barn to host a giveaway of their Villa Bottleneck Vase, part of a brand new collection! Designed with a footed base to showcase florals, it's made from handblown glass and looks good in any home. Below you can see how I styled it in my own place. I love how it turned out!
Entering the giveaway is easy. First, you have to be an official 'follower' of Plush Palate (on the right). Next just leave a comment and email address below and you'll be entered. The winner will be announced here on Friday morning. Good luck!
*For a second chance to win, head over to Alaina's blog, where she's also hosting the same giveaway today!

50 comments:

Kaitlin said...

Those vases are beautiful!

I am a follower!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Love this giveaway. Great looking vases go anywhere! I am a follower...

Emily A. Clark said...

Sounds like such a fun time!

Already a follower :)

emilyaclark at bellsouth.net

Meghan said...

Thanks for hosting a giveaway :)

The Redhead Riter said...

I'm a follower!

theredheadriter(at)aol(dot)com

The Redhead Riter said...

I just found your blog today and have been flipping through the pages. Just wanted to let you know that I really like it!

Love the giveaway and really think that you got to meet Nathan is too cool!

theredheadriter(at)aol(dot)com

Tom & Kristie said...

Those vases are devine, would love one!!
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sylvie @ silver lining said...

crystal, your photos from the PB event are fantastic - the florals are pure heaven :)

thank you for hosting this irresistible giveaway!

hellosilverlining@gmail.com

xo,
sylvie of silver lining

Catherine said...

Love your blog. Love the vase.

catherinejagers(at)gmail(dot)com

Handful of Treasures said...

You're so lucky to have attended such a fab event! Thanks for sharing it with us, too! {following + handfuloftreasures at gmail dot com}

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

lovely vase! I'm a follower! :)

Angela said...

Gorgeous vase! Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower.

kikirenee said...

I am now a follower. I came over from Alaina's.

Janet said...

Have been following your fab blog for a while! Love this giveaway!

j.d said...

gorgeous!!

jdeng87(at)gmail(dot)com

woot

Betsy said...

great giveaway! i'm a follower

teresa-bug said...

I am trying to incorporate more fresh flowers into my life. This would be perfect.

I am a follower!

La Boheme said...

These vases would be great for any occasion! Already a follower.
studiolaboheme(at)gmail(dot)com

Whimsy Being said...

I love vases!!!

Great giveaway and looks like you had an amazing time at the event!

I'm a follower =) Thanks for the chance!

whimsybeing@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Love the vases!
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Michelle said...

Such great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition said...

Gorgeous vases and wonderful tips!

I'm a follower! : )

Rikke@scandinavianchic.com said...

Wow, what a great giveaway sweet you:)

TheBeautyFile said...

J'adore mucho!!! You look fabulous next to Nate!

Creategirl said...

what a fantastic opportunity! It reminds me of when I was a visual at Ethan Allen we always had to use what was around the store to create vignettes! Your table top looks lovely!

Yvonne said...

Just found your blog via Live Creating Yourself. Great post - great blog.
Yvonne

Tracy said...

This is a great giveaway! I'm a follower, the vases are gorgeous. Thanks!

Erin said...

Read your blog everyday and would love to win!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

What a pretty vase.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Great giveaway...I would love to win!!

Erin Goodchild said...

What a great giveaway, love it!

The Beauty, Babies, Heels Momma said...

I have been a follower of both Plush Palate and Live Creating Yourself for sometime now. I am also a fellow Chicagoan and wish I could have attended this event. Looks like it was fun! I'm thinking this Villa Bottleneck Vase will look just lovely filled with some peonies on my console table in the entryway of my home!

In the Tweeds said...

So pretty! Pick me! I'd love a new vase since all of mine are in storage while we renovate!...

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, simple vase...love it. Just became a follower.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, simple vase...love it. Just became a follower.

Mrs. D said...

What a beautiful vase! Got my fingers crossed!

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Annette Piper said...

I won't enter since I'm in Australia - but it looks like it was an informative event!

CoffeewithZooly said...

Lovely post. That paper tip is wonderful - wonder how to actually do it though.

Have fun with your giveaway!

Anna Liesemeyer said...

what a beautiful vase and fun giveaway! Potterybarn has such beautiful pieces. I hit up their in store classes sometimes:D

anna.liesemeyer@gmail.com

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

oh my gosh, what a fun day! he sounds amazing and you two look adorable in that picture! love the vase.

greetings from greenwood said...

Wonderful blog entry. Love the way you covered the event. I am new to blogging, live in Evanston, and your daily musings inspire me. Thank you!
Oh, and that vase is simply lovely. I would cut peonies from my yard and enjoy!

kharlan said...

LOVE these vases. What a great post Crystal. You always show amazing high-end taste that seems attainable.

Sarah Klassen said...

Such a pretty giveaway, Crystal! Love what you did with the vase in your own home, too...

It looks like you had an amazing time (great photos + outfit!) at the event. Such a great opportunity!

xoxo

Ashley said...

Love this giveaway and love the vases!

ashley.whitmore at gmail.com

Gayle said...

Love the vases and all the lovely ideas. They would be perfect for a wedding center-piece.

I have been a follower! Love the blog!

Gina said...

Lovely! Perfect for my farmer's market flowers I love to buy (and grocery store flowers in the winter) I am now a "follower". Hope I win! Pick me. :)
ginamon@cdw.com

Teri said...

Beautiful!

Pick me:)


teri12481@hotmail.com

The Drifter and the Gypsy said...

what a wonderful giveaway! count me in :)
thedrifterandthegypsy@yahoo.com

love jenny xoxo said...

Gorgeous!!

Already a follower :)

jennyestebo@gmail.com

claire said...

I am a follower and love this vase as well as the idea to put paper and ribbon around votives to tie colors and patterns together!

love your blog and keeping my fingers crossed!

claireamberson@gmail.com

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