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They’re at it again

Tuesday 16 September 2008 - Filed under Homes + Stores

Pottery Barn has a habit of following me around and mass producing my stuff. I think I have a Pottery Barn stylist stalker, and it’s creepy. It’s really a drag, because I end up looking like I’m the one copying their style. For Justin’s 21st birthday, we celebrated with a trip to New York, and I picked up a big, heavy, dirty, awkward-to-carry-on-the-plane-ride-home, scratch-the-furniture-wherever-you-set-it-down letter P at a flea market that had come out of a building demolition project. Why the letter P? Because that’s what there was. This was before Pottery Barn and then every other home trinket store started carrying big letters, but their versions were clean and light with smooth edges and came with hangers attached so you could mount them over your bed to spell out the word DREAM. Now there’s no way mine looks original, but you have to believe me, back then, for about five minutes, it was.


This time, I had my own version for a long time before they ripped off my idea. About 10 years ago, I got a children’s book of animal skeletons at an estate sale for a quarter, and put them in a clearance price frame from Kitchen Kaboodle, and stuck them up over a doorway my kitchen.

Framed animal skeletons

Leafing through the new catalog last night, I see some familiar shapes on appetizer plates in their holiday collection.

Pottery Barn Skeleton Plates

Well I am offended! But also adding these to my list of Halloween decorations I’m buying once they go on sale November 1, because I like the macabre decor year round. Who’s creepy now, Pottery Barn?

2008-09-16  »  megan

Talkback x 5

  1. Karen
    16 September 2008 @ 8:04 am

    Copycats, dirty rats! They should pay you a commission…

  2. Nancy Bond
    16 September 2008 @ 8:45 am

    I was thinking the same thing…commission! :) Next time, maybe you should consider a patent…you do have great ideas!

  3. Crissy
    16 September 2008 @ 8:48 am


    They totally swiped your idea!

    Dirty bastards.

  4. justin
    16 September 2008 @ 10:07 am

    You should just be a stylist for PB. Or somewhere cooler. Remember when we where in BK and someone asked if you were a stylist. You could be. You could be.

    Im just sayin’, if you were a stylist, we’d get a lot better business trips than we do now.

  5. Chris
    17 September 2008 @ 7:42 am

    Damn – Pottery Barn is about as close to hell as Ikea, so I really feel for you.

    Also, I agree with Justin.