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pb teen (say what?)


i've come to the shocking conclusion that i may end up outfitting my house largely from a store designed for 13 year olds. but hey, they have great stuff! i was browsing through the new pb teen catalog (my boss has teens) and found some really great stuff. and, it's affordable!

now, it's well known that i'm a sucker for a good chandelier and this little floral number is too cute for words, and only $99! can't beat that! and if you're looking for a classy dining room option, check out the chandy with mini shades- remove the purple beaded shades and replace with some bold red or black shades for a touch of (affordable!) elegance. $99 right here.

lastly, why not add some accessories? i love the flocked rugs they have, as well as the flock-y storage buckets. very chic and very cheap (but in a good way). clearly, if you put all of this together in room you'll be living in a very tween-style home, but mix these in sparingly and you'll get some great touches for very little money. browse their whole collection right here.





Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Grace - I just wanted to let you know I purchased a chandelier from PB and it only lasted 3 years before an arm burnt out. I hired an electrician to fix it and he told me these cheap arm fixtures can't be repaired if they short circuit because they aren't made to come apart....just a word of warning.
Thanks and Happy New Year

5:08 PM  
Anonymous jordan said...

I used to work at PB and while I vouch for the fact that some things fall apart I also know that their return policy is fabulous. You can bring in something that is worn out or busted and they give you a new one. I still do it all the time. Just last weekend I took in my 3-year-old velvet drapes that were faded from the sun and the gave me $500.00 worth of drapes BRAND NEW!

5:17 PM  
Blogger poppy said...

that's what i like about designsponge, you keep an open mind - and still maintain a great eye! i LOVE this!! especially the chandelier!!

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie from Brooklyn said...

Yes, and sometimes the stuff is cheaper when it's marketed to teens (especially those going away to college).
Garnet Hill has a kid department with lots of wonderfully designed storage pieces (wooden boxes on wheels, for example, in great colors; wire baskets, tin bins, etc, for storage. You should also note that PB has a teen AND a kids catalog.
I do believe that some of the products are cheaper (I haven't done an actual comparison, but it make sense that grown ups are not going to be thrilled about spending tons of money to outfit their kid's dorm room.
Crate and Barrel has a collection marketed to teens (perhaps in the fall only; I'm not sure).
Some other suggestions: My daughter gets catalogs from Delias and Alloy (I'm not sure which is which). They are both filled with teen clothing and accesories. They've started (or at least one of them has) to carry bedding, room accesories, lamps, bulletin boards, mirrors, etc. that are similar to PBTeen but MUCH cheaper. (They have lots of contemporary patterns and styles, but they might also have a "cottage style" or a take on "girly" or "boho" or "girly boho" or whatever). Some of the stuff will appeal to teens only. Other stuff can be used by anyone. These catalogs target teens who often pay for their own clothes, etc., so the prices are far from steep. Check out the shoe department while you're there. Ugg knockoffs can be anywhere from 20 to 30 dollars. Lots of the shoes aren't leather, but many are.
A fellow Brooklynite,
(Urban Outfitters also has bedding, tableware, curtains, etc., in the same style AND a number of other styles. Again, the prices are very good, and they have lots of sales. Their 20 something customers do not have loads of extra cash and these stores need to sell their products)
(There is a world out there with secret, cheaper products for people like you and me to discover. Let's not tell anyone else, so the retailers don't figure out our plan and raise prices).
Shop on, girl!

6:45 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Glad to know I'm not the only 30 something who shops PBT.

8:25 PM  
Blogger MPS said...

Love the chandeliers and the rugs. A great out of the box touch.

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jordan, you should be ashamed of yourself.
I totally understand returning an item if it is flawed in terms of material or manufacturing, but to return drapes because they faded in the sun is irresponsible. Ultimately such return policies drive up prices not to mention fill up our landfills with garbage. Textiles will fade in the sun. We all know and should accept that.
And... just because these stores have a "fabulous" return policy doesn't mean we should settle for inferior products no matter the cost. Why is it ok to buy cheap and throw away?

3:03 PM  
Blogger Sarah Ann Smith said...

Aw heck, I'm 48 and I think the furniture in Pottery Barn Kids is even better! Very cozy, homey...not as trendy or stylish perhaps, but timeless, and can easily be re-invented with a great change of accessories....check it out!

9:02 PM  
Anonymous jordan said...

I wish I could be as good of a person as "anonymous" and be content with faded curtains. Alas, I am not. And miraculously I'm not at all ashamed of myself either. The only redeeming quality of chain stores is they can guarantee their products. I've returned the drapes and yet I can live with myself........

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Missy said...

Well, I feel it is a shame you are not ashamed. No product can be guaranteed to never fail. You are taking advantage of the company by taking years-old drapes back - drapes that were in no way defective.

I'm glad I'm not the only one shocked at this behavior.

Shame on the store for honoring your unfounded return.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PBT is the best store for cool new items for living. They really have cool stuff! whenit comes to jordan and the drapes, who cares it isn't anybody's bussiness besides his.

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Sarah from Denver said...

PBT is the best place to get room/house decs.

I agree with jordan. most good quality curtains don't fade in 3 years. and PBT could just not refund her purchase or give her new curtains. i really see no problem with returning them. it really is worth a shot to try to return them.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 11 and I absolutly love everything in Pbteen all their stuff is amazing

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have had an absolutely awful time with PB Teen service. Items sent without all the parts necessary for installation and then we can't get the missing parts because "we don't ship partials".

9:34 PM  

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