How to Decorate Team

About How to Decorate Team

We enjoy spending days interacting with How to Decorate readers. From answering Design Dilemmas to writing How To articles and working with guest designers, our passion is to provide informative and accurate resources to help people solve their design problems.
May 31

8 Nautical Accents for a Summer Long Vacay

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Casual lake-house inspired accents give us the feel that we're always on vacation

Don’t we all think of vacations when we think of summer? You may not be taking a trip around the world (or even out of the state), but we all deserve a little R&R this time of year. Because of that, we like to bring a few summer accents into our home that remind us of our favorite waterfront vacation spot. Casual spaces, nautical accents, and perfectly patina-ed finishes create a cozy vibe that feels relaxed and vacation-ready. Here are our favorites:

May 27

Recipe: Dennis Dean’s Chopped Kale Salad with Quinoa, Cherries, and Toasted Pecans

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Recipe for chicken from Dennis Dean catering

We make no apologies about our love of outdoor entertaining. It’s what summer’s all about, and no matter the size of your space or the weather forecast, getting together with friends and enjoying the great outdoors is what summer is all about. Which is why we want to give you a hand with your entertaining game. We asked Atlanta caterer and seasoned entertainer Dennis Dean to share a few of his favorite recipes with us.

May 26

5-Star Stories: Auto Tilt Umbrella

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Four chaise lounge chairs by the pool from Suzanne Kasler's Directoire collection for Ballard Designs

If you live for summer and outdoor entertaining, then you know having plenty of seating for your backyard barbecues is a must. Equally important is ensuring your guests have a respite from the summer sun’s rays. Naturally, there’s a reason our Auto Tilt Umbrella is one of our best-selling outdoor items; it keeps the party cool even in the heat of day. 

May 25

Decorating Dilemmas: Peggy’s Living Room

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Updating a living room with green accents

Decorating Dilemmas is a weekly column in which our stylists answer your design questions, so you can tackle your home decorating project with complete confidence.

May 24

Summer 2016 Desktop Wallpaper

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Summer 2016 desktop wallpaper with Maya Angelou quote

There’s something about summer that feels so nostalgic. We think about hot concrete at the neighborhood pool, the feel of drippy sand at the beach, the smell of sunscreen. Those wonderful sights, sounds, smells, and tastes make us crave summer, especially when it’s so close but still a few weeks away. One way we’re getting ready for those lazy summer days is with a new desktop wallpaper! Are cat-eye glasses not another one of those classically summer items?

May 23

8 Resort Chic Accents for Your Home

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Infuse your home and outdoor space with resort chic style that transports you to the tropics!

When we’re dreaming up the catalog, we like to hone in on one theme or vibe and let that guide the color palette, furniture choices, and accessories in the space. This summer, we were really digging this retro Palm Beach/Resort Chic thing. We were loving super saturated colors, bamboo accents, raffia, palm motifs, kelly green, vibrant pink, and anything that comes to mind when you think about that glamorous vacation look. We really like to make a statement in our catalog and go all out, but this feel is really easy to bring home in more subtle ways, too. Here are our favorite ways to get the look (without going full-on movie set):

May 20

Artist Spotlight: Rick Reinert

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Ballard Designs Exclusive Artist Rick Reinert

As part of our Exclusive Artist Program, we’re collaborating with a handful of independent artists whose work can only be found in galleries to bring their creative vision to our customers. They create artwork exclusively for us — you won’t find these pieces anywhere else — and you get to enjoy the next best thing to original art at an affordable price.

Charleston artist and gallery owner Rick Reinert‘s distinctive style has captivated us from the moment we laid eyes on his large-scale paintings. Featuring the iconic southern landscape and architecture of his celebrated city, his oil paintings exude warmth and energy, thanks to his signature quick, thick brushstrokes that mimic the great impressionist masters.