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.
Jan 17

Podcast Episode #7: Stylist & Author Annette Joseph

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Stylist, Author, and Entertaining expert Annette Joseph sat down the How to Decorate podcast

This week on the podcast, we’re talking with stylist, entertaining expert, author, and workshop master of ceremonies, Annette Joseph. Annette does it all and makes it look so easy. We sat down to talk about the villa in Italy she’s renovating, her workshops, how she got into styling, and so much more!

 
Jan 13

Get the Look: Black and White Dining Room

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Get the look of this black and white dining room from our Winter catalog

In an ever more complicated world, sometimes it’s nice to take things to a simpler place. But of course here at Ballard, we still want simple to be stylish! That’s why black and white is one of our favorite color palettes. It’s classic, easy to coordinate pieces, and can still deliver a dramatic focal point.

 
Jan 12

7 Ways to Use our Serengeti Leopard Print

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7 ways to use our Serengeti leopard print fabric from Ballard Designs

 

We’re not shy about proclaiming our love of animal print, but our new favorite print is our Serengeti fabric. It’s easy to work into your space because it looks fabulous on so many different pieces. Today, we thought we’d share 7 ways we’ve used our Serengeti print to make a statement in a room:

 
Jan 9

10 Ways to Start Decorating a Room from Scratch

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Ballard Designs Winter 2017 collection

For our Decorating Dilemmas column, we can’t even count the number of times we’ve gotten this question: “I just moved into my new home, and I have no idea where to start!” That’s because decorating a room completely from scratch is intimidating! You have no where to start and yet so many choices to make. We pulled together some easy jumping off point so you can start decorating your room from scratch:

 
Jan 6

Why You Need to Balance Light and Dark Pieces in Your Room

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Balance light and dark pieces in your space to give your room movement and personality

Open any decorating book or magazine, and you’ll probably hear a lot about wanting the eye to move around your space. That movement makes a room interesting, makes you want to take in all the details, walk through the space, and oftentimes, the pieces that give a room movement are also the ones that give it personality. One great way to bring movement to your room is to balance the light and dark pieces. This decorating principal is a must-do which is why we’re discussing it today!

 
Jan 3

Podcast, Episode 6: Bedding Expert & Stylist Beth Mars Dean

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Our bedding guru answers your questions and shares the secrets behind a catalog-worthy bed

This week, we are interviewing our own bedding expert, the stylist that makes all of the beds in our gorgeous rooms, Beth Mars Dean. You probably never knew a bedding stylist exists, but she’s the lady that makes sure all of our beds look picture perfect and snooze worthy. For all of your bedding questions answered, be sure to listen to this episode!

 
Jan 2

Our Complete Styling Guide to Consoles, Bookshelves, and Coffee Tables

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Ballard Designs' complete guide to styling your bookcases, consoles, and coffee tables

Picking out the right furniture pieces, fabrics, and rugs is only half the challenge of decorating your home. The second half, and sometimes even the most difficult part, is ‘styling’ your room. We think of ‘styling’ as a way to display the decorative objects that you’ve collected and love. It’s that final touch that takes your furniture pieces from simply something functional to something functional and beautiful. For all of us, the decorating objects we use to style our space may be different, but there are some universal strategies that will make styling your home easier.

We scoured our archives, surveyed our design teams, and questioned our stylists to break down all the steps and best tips for you.