Yesterday we had a chance to check out the new Pottery Barn Holiday 2010 catalog and see a few of the items items in person. They're going with a shiny metallic silver-and-gold look this year, and they're trying to step into the void left by Smith & Hawken's closing with some mid-range traditional garden-style décor. Right now, it's mostly topiaries, wreaths, flower pots, and lanterns, but the greenhouse look is definitely there, and it's a hint of more to come in spring. You'll also find a lot of Hanukkah decorations in the mix. I like the Brass Menorah, which has an antique pewter finish. At $200, it's pretty expensive, but it's also a classic piece that's a good size for a mantelpiece. The candles and silver-plated dinnerware are also tasteful and classic, just sparkly enough but not too holidayish.
I'd stay away from the glittery ornaments. They look good in photos, but in person they feel flaky and cheap. And there are a few things — like the Reindeer Candelabra — that are just too over-the-top holiday.
To see the full Pottery Barn 2010 Holiday Collection, click here.
Pottery Barn 2010 Holiday Decor
• Brass Menorah with Antique Pewter Finish, $199
• Reindeer Candelabra, $149
• Etched Mercury Cachepots, $10 - $19
• Addison Party Bucket, $99
• Antique Silver Cocktail Shaker, $39
• Stag Bottle Stopper, $12
• Twelve Days of Christmas Party Settings, various prices
• Live Amaryllis, $49
• Faux Sheepskin Stockings, $19 - $24
• Glitter Ornaments, set of 6, $16