Let’s do pottery Barn Australia Beach Cottage style

Fri 3rd, May, 2013

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Good morning, well guess what, I have some things to show you from the Pottery Barn Sydney Australia store, yowzas.  I grabbed them out of the back of the magic wardrobe this morning and dotted them around in a bit of a daze.

I know I sound like a gushing teenager.  I know, my exciting life.  But Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, West Elm, Pottery Barn Kids in Sydney, in Australia, Down Under, love it.


The one thing I have missed since moving to the Lucky Country has been good home wares shopping without breaking the bank…I made the best of it, I struggled on, needs must you know ladies – if you move yourself to the other side of the world and have an Australian beach and blue skies as part of your day to day life there must be some trade-offs.

No more.  No more.  No more.


Now I am not a huge shopper (pah!), really I would rather be in the garden than at the mall but when it comes to mooching around home stores I guess I love it a lot.

Other women buy handbags, I buy mason jars.


I truly could have shopped ‘til I dropped in here and I must say I have been secretly squirrelling away money for this trip and it’s really really really nice for the first time in my life since I made the choice to stay at home to raise my kiddos many many years ago to be able to spend money on homey things that I earned myself (even though Mr BC thinks a different way, we won’t go into that today) – even though I have been working my nuts off for years unpaid as chief cook, bottle washer and cleaner..

So when given the chance to have a little shop when at the preview of the new Australian Pottery Barn in Sydney well I could hardly say no could I?  I mean hello, if nothing else I had to do it for you.  I had to do it for the blog.


Now let me clarify here, Pottery Barn is not super super cheap but it is in Australian standards reasonable compared to other brands, but here’s the thing – the quality and the style is exceptional – much much much better quality than many things that I have stroked in the past few years– if it passes the Beach Cottage stroke test then it normally means its aok, and yup this does that.  Pretty coolio bang for your buck and I like that.


So this morning I thought I might do Pottery Barn Beach Cottage Style – if there is an excuse to push out a little bit of coastal nautical vignetting this is it.

I started off here on the deck with the few bits and bobs I bought, I still have more to show you though – here I have Beach Cottaged up the starfish bowl, the mercury glass mason jar, the little glass floats and the mason jar, you can find them all here at the Pottery Barn Australia site.

I’m off now, but I do, ahem, have a little bit more Pottery Barn Australia vignetting to show you (plus a giveaway for Pottery Barn, so exciting!), and I do also have a coastal style mirror makeover that is looking rather amazing….

Boy life is good and I don’t even have to do any favours for all of this for the first time like ever, heeraw


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61 Responses to “Let’s do pottery Barn Australia Beach Cottage style”

  1. Love your finds ! I have only bought Pottery Barn from yard sales and flea markets myself. I do get a catalog sent to my home but we don’t have one near us. I get alot of ideas from their catolog on decorating. Lucky you to have one near you. I too would rather go thrifting than to the mall anyday! Have a great day Sarah!

    • sarah says:

      I will die the day I see Pottery Barn in a charity shop!!! the end


      • Denise says:

        I have to say how lucky you are to live on the beach. I use to live on the water in Florida, but now I live in the middle of Texas and would love to be in your shoes…. I do have one thing I am sure you would really appreciate….. I live near a Pottery Barn Outlet store…. Keep the pictures coming…..

        • sarah says:

          I think I would be dangerous if I lived near a PB outlet store! I really want to visit Texas someday x

  2. Sarah says:

    “Other women buy handbags, I buy mason jars.” We could be soul mates. Great post Sarah!

  3. Annie says:

    I love that, after dedicating yourself to your family, you’re now able to buy things with money you’ve earned yourself! Congrats! That’s wonderful.

  4. Vanessa says:

    Fantastic! Fabulous! Lots of great inspiration Sarah. Have a wonderful day!

  5. Karen says:

    Love it! Know exactly what you mean re the spondoolicks (moolah, money). It’s a mindset that defies logic, male logic, but right there with you Sarah. Just bought a lovely cable knit throw and a covered breadboard yesterday from PB. Had hoped they would deliver to NZ from the Aussie store but no go yet. Will have to visit my son in Bondi!!! Won’t be mentioning that side of the equation to my husband when suggesting flights though!
    All the best,
    Karen NZ

    • sarah says:

      yes don’t even tell him, haha

      errrm I think I saw the headboard – to die for!

  6. IrishMum says:

    Can’t wait for my order to arrive. I ordered those glass balls wrapped in twine, and a few other little things. I think it is on the $$ side, but worth it for a few key items. We are being robbed here in Australia by most international shops, at least Pottery Barn hasn’t dramatically inflated their prices compared to the US.
    Sarah, that white jug looks a lot like the one Ikea sells, I wonder if there are priced similarly?

    • IrishMum says:

      Ok, Ok. I see you have used that jug before, must be Ikea. Maybe if I wasn’t so slack with my checking in, I would have know :)
      Lovely photos, btw.

    • sarah says:

      this one is the IKEA one – a lot of the things that I picked up in PB weren’t far off IKEA prices but much better quality so I reckon that is good

      yep I have said on here it is not cheapie cheap but I am so glad that they are taking the lead and not totally ripping us off – quite interesting b/c I was so geared up to see everything with exorbitant prices – if that had been the case I would have given them 6 months to a year xx

  7. Jody says:

    Sarah, yes, you had to do this shopping expedition for us! Did you know YOUR vignette could appear in the pages of PB it looks so good? Happy for you! And I will be happier if I win that mini iPad! Love your pics, and am going to copy cat you! xoxoxo Jody

    • sarah says:

      thanks so much Jody, what a beautiful thing to say – I would love a little vignette of mine to be in PB, heck I would love to spend some time in there vignetting to my heart’s content, sadly I don’t think Pottery Barn would have ever of heard of this little Australian blog lol but hey I can just create my own version on this little corner of the internet lol xx

  8. Maryjo Morrison says:

    can i come live with you … ;) Hahahahaha

    • sarah says:

      well it’s a tiny cottage but I do take guests who pay me very very well ;-) xx

  9. Lark says:

    Beautiful photos and wonderful styling!!! I might just have to run on down to Pottery Barn and get something pretty. It sure sounds more fun that the roof replacement that is going on at my place. Messy and loud!

  10. The mercury glass mason jars are gorgeous! Wish I’d spotted them! Nice to meet you briefly! Jen x

    • sarah says:

      Hi Jen

      I think I could have bought much more, but no worries I will definitely be going back, haha.

      Lovely to meet you too – everyone told me I’d love you ;-) x

  11. Cherrie says:

    Ever so pretty. I will have to squirrel away lotsa dough for a visit one day. In the mean time I will keep checking out my oppies for look a likes ;) Cherrie

  12. Karen says:

    Oh it all looks so delicious. Might have to online ‘window’ shop!

  13. Kim says:

    Mum’s work needs more recognition …. but as you said Sarah ‘we won’t go there today’ … but I’m going to have my say even if it is your blog ‘being a cheif cook and bottle washer and a Mum is the most underpaid profession on this earth … and who does this to Mum’s? … males …. now don’t get me wrong here …. men are useful but watch out world when Tony Abbott gets it!

    • sarah says:

      yes it is the most underpaid profession, I have to agree – I hope things may change one day – if I had a dollar for every time someone has said to me ‘just what do you do all day long?’ errrm hello! and the other thing ‘you don’t work do you?’ haha no I just worked to have three kiddos who are hopefully good citizens and good additions to this world, oh and I cooked, cleaned, gardened, budgeted and educated all at the same time without any handouts. just sayin’ ;-)

  14. Susan says:

    Happiness is having a Pottery Barn close by. The next best thing are their catalogs. Love your look always. Thanks for sharing, Sarah!

    • sarah says:

      I think you are right lol, I used to think it was having IKEA nearby now I think I am changing allegiance!

  15. Corné says:

    I’m so excited about my first trip to Sydney! I’ve already checked out the easiest route to take to the PB from our hotel and am saving ALL my pennies!!! PB here I come (on my birthday) it’s gonna be a very special day!
    Thx for the lovely blog! Cannot wait to see more…

  16. Mog says:

    I have gotten their catalog for years, shopped at their store as there are a few close by, sleep on PB bedding. Even have several PB decorating books, they do have those in the stores. Love your white vignette. As I am stateside and have recently bought an iPad, I have not entered the giveaway. Would be too greedy to want both.

  17. Winnie says:

    Love that white shell bowl. I’m going to visit their website now. Can’t wait to see the rest of your loot!!!

  18. merilyn says:

    no wonder you looked so pleased with yourself in that photo taken after your shopping spree sarah!
    you are a bit of a trick! always good for a giggle and your photos are always getting better!
    just gorgeous … no wonder I love your blog… a breath of fresh air indeed! thank you lovely sarah.
    lol m:)

  19. Helen says:

    Hi Sarah, Your photos are beautiful as always – - especially the last close up (2nd last photo) which is so dreamy. I’ll be in Sydney next month to see my eldest off for his working holiday to Canada (boo hoo) so I’ll definitely be reserving some Pottery Barn time for moi while we’re there! And, with a little luck – - if I stroke my wardrobe the right way, some lovely new home wares might magically appear at my place too : )

    • sarah says:

      good luck with the wardrobe and what ends up in the back of it :-)

      a visit to PB will take your mind off sending off your son for sure x

  20. Alice says:

    I am in tears over that gorgeous shell dish…Right up my alley… Your whole haul is right up my alley!!! I don’t mind paying moderate prices if the quality is there, unfortunately I have found that here in this country you get ripped off to the max for inferior quality and it turns me off buying big time!!! I have told the husband and he is dreading the trip because he knows he will have to say no to me (so i am really going to have to show some restraint) and there is nothing he hates more… I just hoped it isn’t going to be too packed with people when i go(or at least the layout flows nicely)… Oh and I was doing some reading…Apparently outside of North America we (Australia) are PB’s next biggest market… What took them so long? lol

  21. Neen says:

    LUUUURVE the silver mason jar ……………just saying !!!!! ;) Neen

  22. Kate (Oxford uk) says:

    Trouble with me is – I buy Mason jars AND handbags…. I guess it’s because there are two versions of me homemaker/gardener (preferred side of me) and work/publisher me. One of them needs Mason jars and the other handbags..

    May day bank holiday weekend here in the UK! Time to get the dahlias in! It’s rumored the sun may come out…

  23. Sounds like you had a fun outing. I think if Anthopologie ever opened over there, your life would be complete.

  24. alison says:

    That jug with the flowers in it is talking to me. I didn’t realise I had many jugs till I did a jug themed vignette.


  25. Surely Sarah says:

    “Other women buy handbags, I buy mason jars.”
    That is your quote of the year I think. Love. Off to check out the Pottery Barn site now!

  26. HRH Sarah says:

    Fabulous treasures from PB, Sarah! I love your vignette, and I love that I couldn’t tell what was yours already (except the Ikquea pitcher) and what was new. PB certainly does have some fabulous taste! I’ve always considered them overly expensive for my life, but I think I’ll give ‘em another look…

    • sarah says:

      thanks so much Sarah!

      well it’s not cheapie cheap, I have stressed that in my posts but for the quality and good pieces to add to your home I really don’t think you can go wrong and add that to the fact that other Aussie retailers are charging well over the odds for poor quality that falls apart after a few uses makes PB for me a very good bet even if not super cheap xo

  27. Dana says:

    I love your Pottery Barn excitement as I’ve always been a big fan! In Missouri, I live about 15 minutes between two different stores. But, what we dont’ have is an Ikea. Was out of town for work this past week & took a taxi to Ikea — I usually do this at least once each year and even brought an extra suit-case, but I sure wish I could haul some large items back. Love your blog!!

    • sarah says:

      thanks, well I now have Pottery Barn and IKEA, yay!!! very funny really to be so excited about a shop, it’s the little things x

  28. Naomi Abel says:

    Lovely finds Sarah. Many of those items were gone by Saturday, it was very busy. I was quite disappointed with the store size I have to say hopefully they will go up another floor. Did you like West Elm? I bought from there in the end. Also products are not that cheap but they were comparable to Freedom price wise. Love Pottery Barn still the store was styled beautifully.

  29. jami says:

    You put together the best vignettes. The neutral color, textures, and pattern….it all works so lovely. Looks like Pottery Barn was inspired by a little beach cottage. You had me giggling with this post, too…esp. about the working part! haha!

  30. Rukmini Roy says:

    No PB here n no sire not to be found on one of those charity homes as well but hey… Im a pretty handy girl.
    I think I’ll knock one of those mercury glass jars off :P

    Great styling Sarah. 11/10!

  31. Rochelle says:

    I buy Mason jars and other people’s junk too, so I suppose I’m just as weird as you Sarah. ;)

  32. Marcelo says:

    I realize it sounds cheap, but I ran across a gorgeous vintage outdoors lantern on a hard rubbish set over the weekend!
    At this time I am searching for wrought iron patio chairs
    to match. You know what they say, one mans garbage is another mans prize!