There's a Pottery Barn outpost for every age: the original decor juggernaut, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen. With only three brick and mortar locations nationwide (Chicago, Manhattan and Atlanta), PBteen moves most of its inventory through a well-developed catalog and website. As the Shop By Rooms feature on the site suggests, the store's comprehensive offerings cover every decorating base, from furniture and lighting to the paint on the walls, custom designed by Benjamin Moore for PBteen. To state the obvious, PBteen doesn't require customers to show ID. Parents decorating the rooms of young children quickly learn that it makes the best financial and environmental sense to plan for the long haul instead of redecorating with junior's every whim and phase, and PBteen carries bedroom furniture that could easily be a first/last/only big kid bed. The line's emphasis is on efficient use of space and functional storage with a fun design angle that never takes itself too seriously. There are desks and vanities chic and compact enough to appeal to adults looking to use their space intelligently.
The user-friendly website makes it easy to forgo the paper catalog (which should make the company happy, given their stated environmental commitment). The STYLEHOUSE features interactive design tools, a room planner and a design library packed with DIY tips, storage solutions and tips and tricks. Here are a few of our favorites from PBteen: