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.
Jul 24

The Story of an Antique: Laurent Console

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Producing the Lauren Console

At least once a year we visit Paris for an antique excursion in the famous marchés aux puces, or flea markets. We stroll the vast acres of stalls located on the edge of the city, rummaging through piles of junk and antiques alike — and finding delight in all it. There’s no telling what might catch our eye: the crackled texture of a finish worn with time, the marvelous detail of a framed mirror or the great bones of a classical antique. Without fail, we return home bearing treasures from our trip to fuel our creative fires.

Jul 23

Decorating Dilemma: Liz’s Narrow Living Room

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Decorating solutions for a narrow living room

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.

Jul 22

Displaying Items in Unconventional Ways

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Displaying dinnerware in bookcases

We have a lot of decorating mantras here at How to Decorate, but one of them has to be that if you’re going to invest in a quality furniture piece, it needs to be able to serve multiple uses in your home. The way you live in your home is bound to evolve. What may have been a spare office could turn into a child’s bedroom, or perhaps a sunroom off the kitchen turns into your dining space. No matter how situations may change in your life, it’s important to have furniture pieces that can evolve with you, moving from room to room and still being functional and beautiful. Because of this, we love showing unconventional ways to use our pieces in the pages of our catalog, like in this dining room where we used our Toulouse Bookcase to display dinnerware!

Jul 18

Reproducing Vintage Fabrics

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Reproducing vintage fabrics for Ballard Designs

You’ve probably heard a few of our stories over the years of finding inspiration in a beautiful antique we’ve uncovered on our travels abroad. It usually involves a piece of furniture, a chandelier or even a botanical study. But this story is a little different. This fall, we’re introducing two new Fabric by the Yard selections based on vintage scraps of fabric we’ve found. Yes, fabric.

Jul 17

New Items Sneak Peek: Fall 2014

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Next week, we’re thrilled to launch all of the gorgeous new products we’ve developed for Fall 2014! Yes, it’s still July, and yes, it’s still mighty hot outside. Regardless of the heat, the promise of cooler temperatures and changing leaves has us dreaming about Fall and ready to give you a kickstart to back to school planning and Fall decorating!

We thought we’d give you a glimpse into the gorgeous new products you’ll be seeing in our Fall catalogs and online. Look for them on starting July 25th!

Jul 16

Decorating Dilemma: Lori’s Bedroom

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Decorating ideas for boring bedroom

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.

Jul 15

Ballard Designs at Haven Conference 2014

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Ballard Designs at Haven Conference 2014

We couldn’t have been more excited to sponsor Haven Conference again this year! It’s always a fun time, and we love being surrounded by other decor-philes! We thought we’d share all that went on during this fun weekend, starting with the living rooms we put together for the conference and ending with the fabulous party we were lucky enough to host!