We Gave a Designer $100 to Spend at Pottery Barn — This Is What They Bought

published May 25, 2024
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Bethesda, MD - December 30, 2017: A Pottery Barn store on Bethesda Avenue.
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Although you might think of Pottery Barn as a place you go for larger pieces (think: furniture, rugs, and larger textiles), they also have a large selection of lower-priced pieces. To see how a pro designer would shop there, I asked Michelle Fahmy of Haus of Meeshie what she would spring for with a $100 budget. 

“Used wisely, $100 can get you some fabulous key pieces to help elevate your space and entertaining prowess,” she says. See her smart picks below. 

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Pottery Barn
$29.50

“I love collecting beautiful cloth napkins for dinner parties or just entertaining in general,” says Fahmy. “These floral block print napkins should be a party staple. They can be mixed with graphic plates or a graphic tablecloth for some pattern play punch! Cloth napkins are a great way to elevate a tablescape as well.” I couldn't agree more. Plus, even though block print textiles are classic, they also happen to be on trend right now!

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Pottery Barn
$13.00
was $16.50

“I always need taper candles, and when they come in great color options like these, it's a no-brainer to add them to your cart.” With seven colors to choose from, there’s something for every table — plus, you never know when you’ll need to throw an impromptu dinner party, especially with the summer months just around the corner. Fahmy also has ideas on placement: “Whether you place them around your home to add a little sultry mood or to set a dining table, it's useful to have them on hand.”

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Pottery Barn
$24.50

“Coasters are a great gift idea and an all around good item to have at the ready in your own home,” Fahmy says. “I Iove these marble options — especially the black! Whether you style a side or coffee table with them or have them placed on your nightstands for water glasses, these will come in handy.”

Coasters are like trays or serving bowls — you can (almost) never have too many. “You can even use them as a catch-all for jewelry!” she continues. I definitely love an unexpected use, like this place mat tip.

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Pottery Barn
$29.95

“A nice pitcher is always a good idea — especially one with a hobnail detail! Whether it's filled with a fabulous cocktail, mocktail, or water, having one is worth the investment. I find that when we entertain and have a beautiful pitcher filled with a fun beverage, it makes guests feel welcomed and more at home.” Note: As long as it’s cleaned super thoroughly afterward, this gorgeous pitcher could also work as a vase!