Caroline McDonald

About Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.
Feb 21

10 Rooms that Prove Dark Walls Will Make You Swoon

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Decorate your bedroom with an all over pattern like our watercolor herringbone

Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze

We’ve given a lot of love to white walls, and while they do make a great backdrop for art and furniture pieces, we’ve got a lot of love for dark walls too. Almost like magic, they turn a room into a cozy cocoon and set off interesting furniture shapes beautifully. But painting your walls dark gray or brown is scary. It feels like a big commitment, but they can be very powerful! Today, we’re proving that there’s no reason to fear a dark wall:

 
Feb 20

Get the Look: Blush and Gray Bedroom

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Blush and gray bedroom from Ballard Designs Winter 2017 catalog

We’re big fans of blush, and we especially love mixing it with darker, more masculine colors like charcoal or black. We wanted to create a space that balanced feminine and masculine elements to create a restful bedroom, perfect for cozy winter evenings. Our Louise Blush fabric was the jumping off point for this space, which we used on our Camden Headboard and custom drapery panels. Next, we used our Orson Rug which combines a traditional Turkish pattern with a modern, monotone color palette. Add bedding in a luxurious velvet, a mirrored night stand, and a classic x-bench to create a bedroom that’s just right on all fronts.

 
Feb 14

Podcast, Episode #9: Interior Designer Miles Redd

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Interior designer Miles Redd joins the How to Decorate podcast for Ballard Designs

Go ahead and pinch us. We can’t believe we get to introduce this week’s podcast guest, interior designer Miles Redd! We were beside ourselves when he agreed to sit down with us while recently in his hometown of Atlanta (and ours). Plus, he’s our first AD100 Designer on the podcast. Miles’ spaces are packed with style, drama, and whimsy, and we think you’ll be were struck by how darn nice he is!

 
Feb 13

8 Ways to Add More Seating to Your Room

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Living room with neutral color palette

When you’re decorating a space, it’s essential to have plenty of places to sit. How else are you going to have friends and family over? You certainly don’t want to offer them a seat on the floor. But in most homes, space is at a premium, so if you’re going to work more seating into your room, you’ve got to be sneaky about it. Well, we’re coming to the rescue with 8 ways to bring more seating into your space.

 
Feb 7

Why You Should Incorporate Different Furniture Heights Into Your Room

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How to Decorate the new Octavia Bookcase from Ballard Designs

We’ve talked about balance a lot recently here on How to Decorate, specifically in terms of styling your furniture pieces and in bring both light and dark pieces into your room. Another way to bring balance into your space is to incorporate furniture pieces of all heights. It’s important to have something at various heights to help move your eye through the room, and also to make sure every quadrant of your room is ‘active.’ In other words, don’t forget to address the tops of your walls!

 
Feb 6

Get the Look: Violet & Sky Living Room

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Cozy living room with light purple and blue accents

Pastels are typically a color palette you’d see in the Spring, but we loved incorporating them into our Winter season because they coordinate so beautifully with grays. Our new Minsk and Cleo Glacier fabrics really inspired us to work violet into the space, and once we got going, we couldn’t believe how many of our favorite pieces echoed that icy blue and violet palette.