The launch of the Summer 2018 collections of Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids last May 7, 2018 came at the perfect time, as I was really out that day—and flew all the way to Metro Manila from Iloilo, in fact—to get my Mom a gift for her birthday and Mother’s Day, which fall within days from each other this week.
Pottery Barn Marianna Reversible Duvet, P7,950 (Full Queen Duvet), P8,650 (King Duvet), P1,950 (Sham)
It was also the perfect opportunity to shop and take virtual notes and pegs for the interiors of the future home my husband and I hope to have soon. Since we’re both summer and beach lovers (we met and fell in love in a beach resort, after all), the fresh, energizing palette of the summer-perfect items at Pottery Barn will be perfect for the home we envision (and the future room of our future kids).
Pottery Barn Kids Modern Wingback Swivel Glider Recliner, P69,500
Here are some gift ideas for your mom and the special mother figures in your life, as well as for baby showers for the moms-to-be and new mommas among your friends. And hey, like me, sneak in some shopping and vision board-making for your own home, too! I threw in some tips from the experts at Pottery Barn.
Gift ideas for Moms
Tip #1: ”Easily update your spaces and infuse a bright, summery vibe by incorporating tropical prints and natural materials such as rattan, wicker, and bamboo into your home. A pop of green does well to liven up your corners and you don’t need a real plant to do so.”
Faux Potted Sago Palm Tree, P3,950
Faux Potted Areca Palm Tree, P3,950
Faux Potted Orchid, P3,450
Moms would love Pottery Barn’s faux potted Areca Palm, Sago Palm, and Orchid that won’t wither under extreme summer heat—you don’t even need to water them. Give a touch of the tropical theme to any living room and dining spaces with fun accents like the Palm Printed Melamine Plate, beautifully painted with lush, green leaves, or the Kai Leaf Pillow Cover, which she can throw onto her couch.
Coconut Palm Plates, P495 (Dinner), P445 (Salad)
Kai Banana Leaf Pillow, P3,950; Kai Palm Leaf, P2,950
Tip #2: ”Play up the nautical theme for a coastal-inspired home with stripes, whites, and cool, blue hues—or even a pop of cherry red!”
Limit these to key accent pieces such as throw pillows, candles and candle holders, and vases, like these finds from Pottery Barn that you can give Mom:
Sea Glass Vases, P1,950 each
Flameless Candle (assorted)
Malta Lanterns, P1,950 (S), P2,450 (M), P5,950 (L)
Tip #3: Bring Mom some much-needed relaxation by helping her create a space that becomes an ode to the sun, sand, and sea.
Gift Moms with rugs in hues that echo the colors of the sea. Blue crabs, salmon-hued seahorses, and corals would also make cute accents for her table while adding a fun touch to an outdoor vignette.
Oxford Stripe Indoor-Outdoor Rug, P10,500 (5×8)
Vintage Hurricane Glass, P495 (S), P695 (M), P895 (L)
Tip #4: For baby showers or their first Mother’s Day, give new moms these new pieces from Pottery Barn Kids in fun, whimsical designs for their little ones’ new personal spaces and belongings. You can even have some of them personalized!
Pottery Barn Kids Icon Tote, P2,750 each
Pottery Barn Kids Bed in a Bag, P11,500 (Full), P9,500 (Twin)
Moms who would love taking their babies to water escapades will love Pottery Barn Kids’ soft, brightly colored Classic Beach Towels and Bath Wraps that come in animal, sweet mermaid, and unicorn prints.
Bath Wrap, P2,250
Pottery Barn Kids Towel Wraps, P1,450 each
Pottery Barn Kids Classic Beach Towel, P1,950 each
When they eventually ease their babies from milk to solids, equip them with these Bamboozle eco-friendly plates that are made from 70% Biodegradable Bamboo fiber that won’t break even when dropped, and come in a slew of fun, quirky designs: from dancing crabs to adorable kitties, mermaids, and sharks!
Pottery Barn Kids Eco Plates, P595 each
Put together a slice of summer paradise at your own home
Tip #5: ”Make your home summer-ready by adding wood accents to call to mind lazy afternoons by the beach.”
Cammeray Wicker Sectional, price available upon request
While shopping at Pottery Barn for the mothers in your life, you might as well treat yourself to some home shopping of your own, especially if you’re furnishing a new space. A beautiful addition to your home is the simple yet elegant Kali Bar Cart and Kelly Woven Palm Lantern, which are not only appropriate for summer, but also look perfect all year round.
Kelly Woven Palm Lantern, P2,950 (S), P4,950 (L)
Another approach to fully capture the seaside vibe is to extend your oceanic escape outside with Pottery Barn’s Cammeray, Hampstead, and Indio Living and Dining Collections that offer a diverse selection of home styling inspirations and bring a chic, beach resort feel into your outdoor spaces.
Cammeray All Weather Wicker Sofa, P79,500
Cammeray All Weather Wicker Single Chaise, P59,500
Cammeray All Weather Wicker Dining Collection: Dining Armchair, P24,500; Dining Side Chair, P19,500; Dining Table, P64,500
Indio Collection: Dining Table, P59,500; Side Chair P8,950 each
Indio Collection: Sectional, P115,500; Side Table, P16,500; Occasional Chair, P31,500
Hampstead Teak Dining Collection: Expandable Dining Table, price available upon request; Side Dining Chair, P24,500 each
Tip #6: ”Easily echo the laid-back, carefree vibe of coastal style, even if you don’t live seaside, with soft denims, sun-bleached colors, and driftwood finishes.”
Another great investment piece for your own home that won’t weigh down the feel of a space is the white June Bed, which can work in your master or even for your guesthouse for an easy, breezy bedroom vibe.
June Bed, P74,500 (King), P64,500 (Queen)
The soothing palette from Pottery Barn’s collections this season, while subdued, can be played up according to your tastes by layering on different textures like distressed wood and natural fibers with polished-nickel, glass, and Carrara marble with their Tanner, Alexandra, and Ivy Table Collections for a balanced look of rustic seaside elegance.
Tanner Glass Dining Table, P49,500
Alexandra Coffee Table, P39,500
Ivy Accent Table, P19,500
In the Philippines, Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids are exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. Pottery Barn has branches at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central, at the 4th Level of Rustan’s Makati, at the 3rd Level of Rustan’s Tower in Shangri-La Plaza, and at Estancia in Capitol Commons. Pottery Barn Kids has branches at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central, at the 3rd Level of Rustan’s Tower in Shangri-La Plaza, and at Estancia in Capitol Commons.