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My Very First Pottery Barn Knock-off

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Today I want to share a number one frustration with you guys. I live in Holland and we don’t have Pottery Barn over here. Nope, no where to be found in the whole of Europe. No store, no catalogue, nothing. And looks what happens when I try to go the the Pottery Barn website.


PB website

Their server recognizes my server as being non-US and I am not even allowed access to their site!!! Come on, that is a grave injustice. How can any self-respecting home deco blogger keep up with the current trends when she can’t even do a proper Pottery Barn knock-off. I feel so disadvantaged, it just isn’t fair.

But I tricked them this time!! Ha, Pottery Barn, you thought you could keep your ideas limited to your own continent didn’t you, well I got you on that.

A few weeks ago, I saw a giveaway on the beautiful white loving blog Dreamy Whites. You could win this lovely numbered herb pots from Pottery Barn.


 Image Dreamy Whites Image ‘borrowed’ from Dreamy Whites.


Obviously I didn’t win or you would have known about it by now. But I decided I could do something like this myself. Look at my version:


numbered cups


Cute hè! I used plain old terracotta garden pots in a small size. You know the ones I mean, any gardener has a variety of them in every size in their garden shed.
Terracotta pots

I bought mine new, and they were only 50 euro cents each. I painted them and cut numbers from the black chalkboard vinyl that I had left over from my kitchen project.

I love those little pots. They are so versatile. They would come in handy in my craft room to organize my supplies in a stylish matter.


pencil cups

Look wouldn’t that make you want to paint or draw immediately.

Or I could use them to send a message of love:




The pots have a hole in the bottom so I used a small glass candle holder as a vase inside.


red carnation

See, you can just make out the edge of the glass in this picture. And can you believe that these are old-fashioned carnations. I just fell in love with that deep passionate red of these large flowers. I never would have thought I would ever buy carnations but I love these.

Of course I could use the pots as a subtle reminder as well.


Birthday reminder


This is one way of making sure my Love doesn’t forget my birthday! (this is Euro spelling, my birthday is in August).

Or is that a bit too much? I think I’ll settle for using them in my first spring/Easter decoration.



So what’s your take on Pottery Barn and their exclusiveness issues? Let’s meet and talk….


Watch out PB this Euro blogger is on to you!!!


PS Oeps seems like my first Pottery Barn knock-off was actually an Anthropologie knock-off. Ah well, the pots are still cute :-)


Close up PB knock off

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  1. Miss Marple says:

    Niet te geloven! Wat denken die daar in de USA? Ik geloof dat jij toch de veel betere ideeen hebt als zij! Die potjes zijn hartstikke leuk geworden!
    Prettig weekend – Irma

  2. Well done! They look great. So simple and so much fun.
    Jeanne :)

  3. ::cottage instincts:: says:

    Looking marvelous….truly PB isn't all it's cracked up to be. Overpriced stuff that bloggers can make, as you've shown us! They are good for inspiration, and I like their accessories, but I don't want anyone to mistake my house for a PB look-alike. :)

  4. Claudia B. says:

    ik heb even gegoogled. Je kunt wel op de pagina van PB Canada komen maar die heeft geen webshop dus daar heb je niet veel aan.

    Je kunt wel bij de spullen van PB kijken op de site van shopstyle.com (mmmm… ga nu twijfelen maar dacht wel dat dat de goede was. Zo niet.. dan hoor je nog van me. Ik hoor Oprah altijd over PB maar ondanks dat ik diverse malen in de USA en CA ben geweest ben ik nooit bij een winkel gaan kijken…

    Ik zal nog eens verder zoeken voor je, potjes vind ik trouwens super. Ik hou wel van die simpele eenvoudige stijlvolle stijl :-)

    groetjes Claudia B.

  5. Great job! I like yours better than PB!

  6. Hootin' Anni says:

    This is just too good!! If you want my opinion these are MUCH BETTER than Pottery Barn any ol' day…YOU made them!!!!

    My Show n Tell is just Springtime Flowers in our Yard A nice treat after a long, cold winter!! Stop over and 'smell the roses' with me if you can! I'd love your company!!

  7. Esther@fleurcottage says:

    i was wanting some as well…thank you for sharing this simple, easy idea!

  8. You did a fabulous job with these! I can't believe you are unable to even look at the site – that seems a bit ridiculous to me. I like PB, but to tell you the truth they are overpriced and I think they are reading blogs to get a lot of their 'new' ideas!


  9. Blondie's Journal says:

    Your pots are very cool, Marianne!! What a clever idea. Though you may miss Having a Pottery Barn, you are not missing the prices. Many bloggers here get inspiration and make their own as you have done. If I come across anything, I will let you know!


  10. One Cheap B*tch says:

    Good for you! They came out great! But I can't believe you can't even access the PB site there. That's just crazy! Aren't we in 2010????? =)

  11. This may just be my favorite project for the week! I am definitely doing this – thx for the inspiration!

  12. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    They look just fabulous. I love them in all the ways you are using them. We do have about a million of those, so I guess I need to make some too. Great idea. Hugs, Marty

  13. Oh I like everything you did. Perfect little pots.
    Who know PB wouldn't let their website overseas.
    If I had a catalog I would mail it to you. I live 100 miles from the nearest store and have never gotten their catalogs.

  14. gail@myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com says:

    those pots are just too cute! I love flowers, particularly bulb flowers early in the spring! We all are waiting on spring, aren't we?
    Have a great weekend!

  15. Caroline says:

    Wow, these are unbelievably cute! Good job!

    That's so unfortunate that you can't even see the website…oh well. You showed them!

  16. Caroline says:

    Wow, these are unbelievably cute! Good job!

    That's so unfortunate that you can't even see the website…oh well. You showed them!

  17. These are wonderful, Marianne!

  18. Marianne, I can feel your pain!

    I live in Bulgaria and many times all the places where fellow blogger seek inspiration are out of touch for me. Websites, stores that won't deliver internationally, and so on – you know what I mean. I, too, feel it's very unfair.

    However, I LOVE what you've done with the pots – they are adorable!

  19. Dragonfly Treasure says:

    Beautiful!! You did an awesome job! Way to go…never say die! LOL

  20. fairmaiden says:

    That really is a great idea…I've been painting those terra cotta pots white or an occational pastel for years. But they are definetly right in style with the blk numbers on them. I'll have to make some!

  21. Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio says:

    Dearest Marianne,

    Great post (as usual) – and necessity is really the mother of invention.

    I guess we always want what we can't have, there's a PB outlet 20 minutes from me and I never go because it's an overpriced bore. I actually sold all my PB stuff at a yard sale! I'd rather follow your creative lead.

    This leads me to an offer of a gift of reproduction ledger paper for you. If you want the ones from this old notebook I posted
    you're welcome to them.
    Email your mailing address to me privately.

    Ciao ba,
    Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

    PS –
    I was an English major – sorry – you've got a typo below – it's Show and Tell, not Tall!!

  22. Marianne says:

    Nu weet ik in ieder geval dat het niet aan mijn verbinding ligt als ik deze melding krijg. Jammer dat PB zo parnoïde is. We mogen zelfs de site niet bekijken.
    Je knock of is ontzettend leuk! PB eat your heart out!
    Prettig weekend!

  23. Jennifer Juniper says:

    You'll show that darn Pottery Barn for blocking you! Yours are cuter anyway :)

  24. Super duper! They really are darling! Clever bird you are!
    smiles, alice

  25. You are just brilliant, Marianne! They look fabulous!

  26. A Cottage Muse says:

    Great job…can't wait to see your next project!!

  27. Anne Marie says:

    i absolutely have been so inspired by this blog! thank you!!

  28. Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage says:

    I love your little pots! Clay pots are one of the coolest things around to transform into something special, and you accomplished that here. Good job!

  29. Molly @ A Bit O' Shine says:

    I can't believe you can't even visit their website! That is just incredible. Well I'm glad you were able to find your inspiration anyway! They all turned out beautifully! And I just love them with those little grape hyacinths.

  30. Well, you're too smart for PB! These are darling!

  31. Ik natuurlijk gelijk ook ff proberen, want mij staat toch echt bij dat ik in een ver verleden daar toch wel eens gekeken heb…en totaal niet onder de indruk was…Tuurlijk heb jij gelijk, ik kom er ook niet op, maar wat geeft dat als wij hier bij jou die mooie potjes zien! Ook leuk om cadeau te geven, met zo'n datum, ga ik onthouden! Fijn weekend!

  32. Pûh, wij hebben die hele PB niet nodig! We hebben jou toch! Superleuke potjes! Kom er maar weer eens op!
    Bedankt weer voor deze keileuke tip en een héél fijn weekend!

  33. The Decorating Diaries says:

    Love that you showed so many ways to use those. Great project!


  34. Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage says:

    I'm not sure if I should tell you this or not….the numbered spice jars aren't from Pottery Barn. They are from Anthropologie. Sorry!
    I really love your version. Especially with the beautiful Spring bulbs planted inside. Just lovely!!

  35. So cute! I love how they turned out! That is just crazy that you can't even view via the internet! Crazy..

  36. Beth@The Stories of A to Z says:

    Okay, first I love your little pots but what really makes them is all the hard work that went into that photo styling! Gorgeous!!! What greenery did you use with your carnations? Second, I'm not sure if you really want to get onto PB or if it's just fun to include in your post but here are some thoughts: Have you visited knockoffwood yet? You can get a TON of PB inspiration there. Have you tried pretending you are from another country by searching for PB under say "google.ca" (Google Canada)? Or just doing an image search for PB stuff? I have no idea if that would work but that's what I would do for my PB, West Elm, and Williams Sonoma fix!

  37. Good for you, you took a simple PB idea and really ran with it! Your vignettes are fabulous…

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment.
    Carrie – Oak Rise Cottage

  38. I think that yours look incredible – Well done!

    That is really odd that you can't access the site. I can access it from here in Australia and we are in the middle of nowhere! Maybe try on internet explorer because I have issues like this when I use Mozilla…worth a go I guess.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks for visiting. See you again soon!

    Best wishes,

  39. Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien says:

    Great job!!! I love how yours turned out; so creative and so versatile! I'll have to 'borrow' your idea and make some for myself I think!

  40. Whimsical Creations says:

    That's terrible you can't even look at the website.

    You did a beautiful job!

  41. Confessions of a Plate Addict says:

    Wow! Amazing! I think yours look better than theirs! Happy week!…Debbie

  42. Rosie@Journey to Charm says:

    That's just wrong. I wish we had a Cath Kidston store here. Oh, sigh. Anyway, your pots look better than PB's, and certainly better priced. You showed them.

  43. Rosie@Journey to Charm says:

    That's just wrong. I wish we had a Cath Kidston store here. Oh, sigh. Anyway, your pots look better than PB's, and certainly better priced. You showed them.

  44. That looks fantastic. Especially when you put the grape hyacinths in them!

  45. Carmie, the Single Nester says:

    Just terrific. And yes, PB better watch out!

  46. Lady Dragonfly says:

    Thank you for your visit!I love your blog!

  47. Cozy Little House says:

    I love your PB knock-off! And soon you will be getting a box with a certain wallpaper you've been longing for. Can't wait to see what you're going to do with it!

  48. I just LOVE them. They have such a bright punch to them!

    I'm so confused about the date? Your birthday? I sat there and stared at the numbers
    1 4 8 6 9

    Help. My brain must be mush!

  49. Great post! I love the little pots.


  50. Amy Hodges says:

    They're beautiful…love it. You did such a good job, I actually like yours better.

  51. Amy Kinser says:

    You did a great job on these! I love all of your creative ideas for them.

  52. Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend says:

    Love this project…..GREAT job…love it

  53. Hello,
    What a lovely blog! Do you know what they say :"Need is the mother of invention". I feel the frustration with the companies that do not ship to Europe. But you did a good job. Have a lovely weekend.

  54. Ginger@cottageonrosewood says:

    Great job. Maybe we could look into shipping you on of our copies of the PB catalog. After all, PB can't possibly monitor that!

  55. this blessed nest says:

    ms. songbird…
    can i be your neighbor?
    or your assistant?
    or just bring you lemonaide?
    everything you do i love & adore.
    i know the word "inspiration" is highly used in blogland, but you really are. beautiful work as always.

    have a lovely weekend.


  56. Oh Marianne I love this!! So simple!! GREAT job!

  57. Good morning, Marianne,

    How wonderful this project turned out ~ so full of possibilities for use! You do have a lovely place here!

    So nice visiting with you!

    Kindly, ldh

  58. Candace@craftysisters-nc says:

    Very nice! We should ship our old copies onto you! I would even grab them out of the PB store in the mall to send… just to see what you would come up with. Yours is better!

  59. lifeincategories says:

    Wow! Love the XOXO!!!

  60. Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals says:

    BEAUTIFUL – like your version so much better and more practical.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and the nice comments.

  61. Funky Junk Interiors says:

    I've come to the conclusion I just love everything you do. And glad you found a way to trump PB. WTG! Once again, you're up on SNS's sidebar for the weekend. :)

    Thanks for linking up!
    FJ Donna

  62. Funky Junk Interiors says:

    I've come to the conclusion I just love everything you do. And glad you found a way to trump PB. WTG! Once again, you're up on SNS's sidebar for the weekend. :)

    Thanks for linking up!
    FJ Donna

  63. Kim @ Starshine Chic says:

    I love it!!! I may have to give this one a try.

  64. The Pleasures of Homemaking says:

    Very cute! I can't believe you can't even look at the site! That's just crazy!


  65. Ali@Honey and Maple Syrup says:

    Very very cute!

  66. Lamp Tramp says:

    I love your PB pots and your beautiful flowers that planted in them. That's just not fair that you can't access PB, do other big online decorating sites do this also? Guess you can't get on their mailing list either. I'll gladly mail you my copies!


  68. tales from an oc cottage says:

    Now this is awesome!

    m ^..^

  69. BailiwickStudio says:

    Those little pots look wonderful! Is your birthday August 14? That's my husbands birthday, too, and a friends. There are a lot of nice people born on that day!

    I have a spare Pottery Barn catalogue if you'd like it – just let me know! There's a lot of inspiration in it.


  70. Charlene says:

    LOVE the pots you clever girl! Do you need us to put a catalog in the post for you? That would serve them right. Do they think you wouldn't pay???? CRAZY they call it "WORLD WIDE WEB" for a reason… world wide! Charlene

  71. Well, I have never seen a Pottery Barn catalog, website or store and I live right here in the US! LOL

    I saw those numbered pots on Dreamy Whites also….you did a wonderful job! And probably for much, much less $$ also! Hurray!

    They look wonderful with the flowers!!! Cute!!!

  72. Susan {Florali} says:

    A fantastic idea…I notice that amazon sells chalkboard contact paper. I might have to borrow your idea. Thanks!

  73. Megandvd@Beauty in the Attempt says:

    Oh my…my my my! I love these! In fact…I might just have to make a few to go along with my pillows. :) Great job my dear!!! Oh..and if you ever want me to send you catalogs..just send me the word and a care package is on its way to you. *wink*wink*


  74. Stephanie Lynn says:

    These are simply stunning – Love everything about them! You did a fabulous job!

  75. Wendy @ The Shabby Nest says:

    They're just darling!! Love me some numbers!!

  76. I'm in love with your work!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah 😀

  77. Very Cute!! You have a really fun style and many beautiful projects on your blog!! I will most definitely be checking back!!


  78. Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says:

    Absolutley beautiful!! I cannot believe you can't even get to the PB web site!! That's crazy! You did a fab job on these, just gorgeous. :)

  79. Emily A. Clark says:

    Love this idea! And, I cannot believe you can't even access the PB site. Crazy!

  80. Anonymous says:

    I live in Athens Greece and can get the potterybarn site from here. Come on over and we can have some coffee while checking out the site!!! Wonder why you can't get it. Europe is Europe, right? Funny!

  81. What a wonderful project! I love it. I am wondering, though, what kind of paint did you use that wouldn't be toxic for your plants? I want to paint some pots like this for growing herbs for cooking, but I am concerned about what the herbs would pick up in the soil from the paint inside the pot.


  82. The whole Pottery Barn thing is crazy! But at least you’re smarter than them! 😉

    The pots look great!

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