Friday, January 22, 2010

Hey, Pottery Barn - Thanks For The Inspiration...


Every time a Pottery Barn catalog comes in the mail, I scour it from front to back looking for inspiration for future projects. I always find something I wish I could add to my home, but never, ever consider paying the Pottery Barn price.

When I saw the Cubby Organizer, it was love at first sight...


but...

not only is it out of my price range at $129.00 - realistically, it's too big at 30" square for any of the spots I would want to hang it in my home. And 25 cubbies could be a lot to fill without making it look cluttered...

if only it was a bit smaller, it would be perfect.



But I keep coming back to it.

I love the distressed wood.

The look of it.

All of the possibilities for how it could be accessorized...


And then, it hit me.

I already have a cubby organizer!

It's not something that was intended to be used in this way,

but that makes it even better.


Re-purposing is one of my favorite things to do!


My "cubby organizer" is just 12" wide by 18" tall and has a modest 12 squares to fill...


So, here is my Vintage Schweppes Wooden Bottle Crate

re-purposed as a Pottery Barn inspired Cubby Organizer...



It's sitting on the mantel in our family room and I love how it looks...


Filled with a few letters and some of my favorite finds from the sea, it is now a focal point and the perfect way to display them as a collection...









Thanks, Pottery Barn...

Keep the inspiration coming!

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If you would like a vintage crate of your own, check out these beauties on Etsy:

Vintage Wooden Bottle Crate





P.S. I am adding this to:

Metamorphosis Monday, Make It For Monday, Make Your Monday, Trash To Treasure,
DIY Day, Show And Tell Day, Thrifty Thursday,Transformation Thursday,
Strut Your Stuff Thursday, Show Off Your Stuff, Under $100, Frugalicious Friday,
Show And Tell Friday, Saturday Nite Special, The Shabby Chic Cottage,

89 comments:

Jill said...

I LOVE yours! It looks fabulous on the mantle!
-Jill

Heather said...

This is fantastic!!! Your mantle looks amazing, Ilove all the the little candles in the mason jars too!

Lauren said...

It looks fantastic. I love finding inspiration from the Pottery Barn catalogs and creating something on my own for much less. Great job.

Kimberly said...

Oh, I LOVE this!!! I think yours looks so much better :)

Kimberly
http://yeptheyareallmine.blogspot.com/

Lorie said...

Oh! I love it! I have an old 7 up crate somewhere...still packed! I need to find it!

Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

Oooo, I have an old Pepsi crate in the garage. Thanks for the idea! Looks great!

Your cool friend, Cheryl said...

Love it and love your entire mantel! Great job!

Maya said...

OMG, I love your "cubby organizer" so much better..., not to discredit Pottery Barn! And, you know, I'm scooping this up for Completely Coastal.

Have a great weekend!

Andrea said...

I LOVE that! Good job!

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

oh I love it I love it...it's a million times better than your inspiration !!!! well done !!!

Suzanne said...

good stuff! i have so many little nick-nacks that i love to have out. this is a great way to make them stand out and not seem so cluttery. thanks, karla!

Tina said...

Hi Karla, I am have just discovered your gorgeous blog via Mel's Rose Place:) I love this project, looks a hundred times better than the Pottery Barn version,especially as it is filled with things that you have collected! So happy to have found you:) Thanks for the design inspiration - Tina.

Allie and Pattie said...

Fabulous! And so much more "useable" than the PB version.

Patricia said...

Thank you so much for sharing this idea!! I have an old soda box of my Dad's, which holds lots of memories, but I didn't know how to use in my home. This is a perfect solution - and I can add some small items I have from him to add to the individual boxes.

Jennifer said...

adorable!

slip4 said...

Thank you, thank you! I have had an old Coca Cola box for years and now I know what to do with it! So cute!

duchess said...

That turned out great. I love the metal accents on the corners. Brilliant.

M.O.T.B said...

You make it look so easy.....Darn you!

the thrifty ba said...

why do we all love cubbys? im glad im not the only one with cubby-envy...

Lisa B said...

Awesome! It looks great and the size is much better than the PB version.Where did you get the letters? I am looking for small-ish letters like that...thanks.

DreamCatcher said...

Yours is sooooo much better!
Well done!
Thanks for the inspiration

Marla said...

I love it! Now I need one. Will keep my eye out for a divided box like yours. Love the shells and the a,b,c. blessings, Marla

Mrs. 5C said...

Your choice of display items is fantastic! Much better than PB's!!

lkjatl said...

Love it! The mantle looks great!! I too adore PB, but like to do what I can on my own cheaper. The catalog is great for inspiration...now to find an old soda crate!

Barbara said...

If you like Pottery Barn, you should check out this ladies blog...
http://knockoffwood.blogspot.com/
She makes it!!
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Barbara
http://ifididnthaveasenseofhumor.blogspot.com

Miki said...

Wow! Fantastic idea! I love your's because it doesn't look crowded or overdone. It actually makes sense. I saw that in the PB book too and loved the look of it but I thought it was a little too much and I certainly don't have all the things needed to fill the spaces. But you made it right with the things you used :) PB inspires you but YOU inspire me!

Sara said...

It looks great! I do the same thing when my PB catalogs come in the mail!

Suzann said...

I'm practically jumping up and down I love this so much. I know just where I can get these crates and I'm so going to!!! Thank you.

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Clever, clever girl! :) Looks great, especially with the coral & seashells.
Blessings,
Stacey

Annie @ LivingwithAnnie said...

ooo i dig this- what a great use of your resources and im a sucker for pottery barn in general. awesome!

My Notting Hill said...

Love it - yours looks terrific. It's fun when you're sitting there and all of sudden you're like, Hey wait a minute I can do this....

Monique said...

You're a bad influence. You have totally made me into a thief b/c I am gonna copy you like nobody's business. Love this so much, thanks for sharing!

Ms. Bake-it said...

I have utilized my crates in similar ways. I used one of them in my kitchen for coffee mugs and knick knacks. Last month when I was remodeling my home I moved one into the guest bathroom and added shells and coral on it. I like what you did. I too use PB as decorating inspiration but find less expensive ways to do it!

Thank you for sharing your idea with us!

~ Tracy

Rach said...

Awesome!! Looks just like the PB one, just a mini version! Love it.

Tiffany said...

Thanks, Potter Barn. But many more thanks to you! Great idea! I have one in my attic. Going to get it out right now!

Aja said...

LOVE it!! Great accessories, too!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

One word: Fabulous! :)

Just like Martha said...

Karla, love, love, love it! We don't have a Pottery Barn in Australia but I occassionally get on-line and look for inspiration, this is fantastic - well done (just quietly I like your version better - shhh don't tell PB)!!

cait said...

Oh my...i love this! I find these ALL the time at our local antique/flea market and am always trying to come up with ways to use them because I love how they look. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Nancy said...

Great idea! I think Pottery Barn gives a lot of people inspiration. I found your site from http://totallylaurenamber.blogspot.com/ and it looks like she takes ideas from Pottery Barn too. You both are very creative.

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

That could not be any cuter! I love it.

Sarah said...

Thank you Pottery Barn, indeed! That's a fabulous cubby and a beautiful display.

If only Pottery Barn would send their catalogs to Canada!

Agoura Antique Mart said...

Great Post! Glad we found your blog here at the agoura antique mart. look forwar to your future posts..maria

A-M said...

Yours is like a hundred times nicer! A-M xx

Melanie said...

Great idea and a whole lot cheaper:)

Janis@White Alder[Home] said...

What a great idea, I like yours better then the PB version.

::cottage instincts:: said...

You definitely rocked it! I keep seeing those wooden bottle crates at my antique mall...need to pick one up.

Glad you could again Mi4M :)

Stephanie Lynn said...

This looks amazing! I love PB inspiration! I love the elements you used - fabulous!

Shelia said...

What a great job you've done! Love how you've dressed your little cubby too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Nancy said...

Thank you! I am filling little recycled glass jars with sewing bits, have 2 old coke crates, and setting up a sewing room. Perfect!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh My Gosh Karla...
Sweetie this is the cutest idea I have seen in a long time. I believe we have an old soda pop box that will be coming in from the garage and is going on the mantel. I can't wait for my husband to get it out for me. He thinks he remembers where he stored it. What a great idea you have here. I guess we can thank Pottery Barn sort of, but this was your idea with the soda crate sweetie. I love it.

I have signed up to follow your blog. I can't wait to see what inspires you next. You are so creative. I thank you for sharing with me tonight.

Please stop by and say hi. I would be so honored to have you follow my blog as well.

Country hugs from Country Wings in Phoenix, Sherry

Anita said...

Great repurpose...the crate looks wonderful on your mantle. Love your blog and I've signed up as a follower. Come by and visit with me and sign up for my Blogaversary giveaway.

Sheri said...

Very cute, I wish they would give some inspiration for the old budweiser case I have!

Julia from findingbeauty@home and BellePapier said...

This looks amazing!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

I love it!! I soooo need some of those!

june@craftyniche said...

Love it!!!

my home sanctuary said...

Oh great I love yours.
Thanks for sharing.

Sharlotte said...

Karla,
I LOVE this! This is perfect for all your treasures! I'm going to be on the lookout for one of these...yours is quite an inspiration! Thanks for sharing.
Sharlotte

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Clever, clever, clever! I've got one of those in the garage and I'm just going to have to get it out. Thanks! Love cheap PB inspired projects.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Cute, Cute, Cute!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh, Karla, how I love that!! I have an old Pepsi crate on my coffee table, love the look. Now I'll have to be on the hunt for more to display upright! Thanks for linking up!

Jennifer Juniper said...

Yours has such a great authentic vintage feel, I like it better!

Wendy said...

LOVE it! It looks SO great!

Carol said...

I LOVE yours!! I, too, keep going to the Pottery Barn cubby and dreaming. It is a lot to fill....and like you said, finding a space....hmmmmm. I can dream. Thank you for the inspiration~

JOY said...

Beautiful! I have a boy that loves rocks & shells! THIS is perfect! Thanks!

Merrie said...

The beat up wood of that crate, and the beachy things go so well together...it's sort of mesmerizing to look at. Good idea!

Low Tide High Style said...

So glad I found your blog through Completely Coastal! I love this idea, it's pure genius!

Kat :)

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Awesome! Love the nautical decor! Looks great on your mantle!

Lei said...

Sweet! And i love the mason jars with sand/tealights! That would be perfect cheap summer party decor!

jennifer said...

I like yours better! The Schwepps Crate is much more appealing.

Teresa said...

Very cool and I have one of those but it's an old red coke one. That could be cute too. Great idea. It looks great on the mantel.

Sylvia said...

That turned out really cute, love all those seashells in there.

Sylvia

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

This is so great! I love it!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Hi Karla! I LOVE this idea too. I have one of these. So doing it. I LOVE PB cataglog too...for the inspiration. I am going to shre this on my blog tomorrow with link love.
Great work!


Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!

Leigh

Tales from Bloggertiaville

www.lbratina.blogspot.com

bec4 said...

I love it--and those white shells against the rustic wood is such a wonderful contrast. thanks for linking up!

fawnda said...

I like yours better... you are right pottery Barn's was WAY too big, but your is perfect!

Lenore said...

WOW, Karla....do I ever love your crate and seashells...even better than the PB piece.
I'm a collector of seashells so this piece is just perfect for me!!!

Hootin' Anni said...

I ♥ ANYthing nautical!!!!

Beautifully done.

My show n tell is all about Valentine stuff this week.

HERE

Keetha Broyles said...

Great idea, perfect for your sea treasures.

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

looks awesome! i think i like yours better than the pb one!

Christine Schwalm Design said...

I actually like yours WAY better. And you photographed it beautifully.

A Hint of Home said...

Your crate looks great. Love how you decorated it.

Cindy said...

I like yours BETTER! Very sweet :)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

That is MAGICAL Karla! It's on my sidebar during SNS #15. :) Thank YOU for the inspiration. I may have to undig my coke crate now...

Thanks for linking it up to SNS!
FJ Donna

Frugal Home Design said...

That looks awesome. Another thing I am going to have to copy, I mean be inspired by :) Thanks for stoping by. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog and your style. They are amazing.

fawnda said...

I just wanted to let you know that I featured you here:

http://firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com/2010/01/sunday-spotlight.html

Jen T said...

Hey! I LOVE your blog and thought of you when I found THIS yesterday at Habitat for Humanity!

http://sheendeavors.blogspot.com/2010/02/could-you-just-die.html

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Great idea! Love how you have decorated it! Thanks for the link, too!
Michelle

Medyumlar said...

I LOVE yours! It looks fabulous on the mantle!