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Apr 23

Recipe: Blood Orange Sangria

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Recipe for blood orange sangriaWe’ve partnered with Domino Magazine this summer to help you kick your entertaining game up a notch! To inspire your next summer soirée, the editors at Domino have designed three gorgeous outdoor spaces with Ballard Designs products that are the perfect setting for your next get-together. Learn about their inspiration for these spaces, their best-loved ways to create a comfortable space, and even some of their must-make summer recipes!

Apr 23

Recipe: Apricot and Pistachio Galette

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Recipe for Apricot and Pistachio GaletteWe’ve partnered with Domino Magazine this summer to help you kick your entertaining game up a notch! To inspire your next summer soirée, the editors at Domino have designed three gorgeous outdoor spaces with Ballard Designs products that are the perfect setting for your next get-together. Learn about their inspiration for these spaces, their best-loved ways to create a comfortable space, and even some of their must-make summer recipes!

Apr 23

Recipe: Croque Madame

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Recipe for croque madame

What could be more delicious than grilled ham and cheese?  Grilled ham and cheese topped with a fried egg! A traditional French bistro dish, Croque Madame adds European flair to any meal.

Croque Madame
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups hot whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 12 ounces Gruyere, grated (5 cups)
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 8 slices sourdough sandwich bread, crusts removed
  • Whole grain dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces baked Virginia ham, sliced but not paper thin
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan and add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter–flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened. Off the heat add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, ½ cup grated Gruyere, and the Parmesan and set aside.
  3. To toast the bread, place the slices on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Turn each slice and bake for another 2 minutes, until toasted.
  4. Lightly brush half the toasted breads with mustard, add a slice of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Gruyere. Top with another piece of toasted bread. Slather the tops with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere, and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes.
  5. While the sandwiches are in the oven fry the eggs.
  6. In a cold, non-stick medium sauté pan, add the olive oil and turn to coat the entire pan. Turn the heat to medium high and crack the four eggs into the pan add salt and pepper to taste and fry until the white is just set 4-5 minutes.
  7. Turn on the broiler and broil the sandwiches for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Remove from the oven and distribute to 4 warm plates. Top each sandwich with the eggs and serve.

Recipe for Croque Madame sandwichFor more recipe ideas, browse our Recipes Pinterest Board, or find more of our favorite dishes on How to Decorate.

Apr 22

Inspired Outdoor Entertaining from Domino Magazine

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Outdoor entertaining under a pergola with Ballard Designs and Domino magazine

We’ve partnered with Domino Magazine to help you kick up your outdoor entertaining game up a notch! To inspire your next summer soirée, the editors at Domino have designed three gorgeous outdoor spaces using products from Ballard Designs to create the perfect setting. Learn about their inspiration for these spaces, their best-loved ways to create a comfortable space, and even some of their must-make summer recipes! Below, Domino’s Creative Director, Robert Leleux, shares how he achieves “the mix.”

Apr 21

Suzanne Kasler’s Summer 2014 Collection

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Suzanne Kasler's collection for Ballard Designs

The start of a new season is the perfect time for a refresh — indoors and out. And that is exactly what was on designer Suzanne Kasler’s decorating mind as she worked on her all-new collection for us. This season, it’s about making simple touches that add extraordinary style and comfort for everyday living. Whether you want to ready your porch or patio for outdoor entertaining or looking to lighten up indoors, Suzanne has everything you’re in the mood for.

Apr 17

7 Ways to Decorate Outdoor Spaces with Stripes

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Outdoor terrace with cabana striped patio cushions

After the big chill of winter, your outdoor living areas probably could use a little TLC. What if we told you there was a simple way to give your outdoor decor an instant makeover? The answer lies in one word: stripes.

Apr 16

How to Mix & Match Seating in an Open Floor Plan

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How to Mix and Match Barstools with DIning Chairs

Most modern homes feature open floor plans with large kitchens that connect to the surrounding rooms — dining room, family room and foyer. The openness reflects the way we live today, making it easy to gather and mingle with friends and family in a casual manner without feeling separated from one another. However, creating a cohesive look and feel throughout the space can be tricky. Fortunately, there are many ways to achieve coordinated style, and one of those is through seating. Here are our favorite ways to mix and match barstools or counter stools and dining room chairs.