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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 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.

 
May 17

8 Simple Ways to Punch Up Your Outdoor Room

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Wicker sectional with white cushion and patterned pillows on a covered porch

You’ve got all the makings of a great outdoor space for entertaining, but it’s feeling a little lackluster after the long winter. Sound familiar? Giving your space a quick, budget-friendly pick-me-up is as easy as adding a few decorative elements — and you’ll be ready for deck and patio party season in no time. Check out a few of our favorite ideas below.

 
May 16

What To Do When Your Home Doesn’t Have ‘Good Light’

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What to do if your room doesn't get good natural light?

If you’ve ever flipped through a magazine or pinned a photo on Pinterest, you’ve probably oogled over big, bright open rooms with sunlight streaming in and what seems like this incredible glow throughout the space. These are the rooms we all pine after and try to create in our own homes, but there’s one very important element you may not be accounting for — lighting. In most magazine spreads and virtually every image on Pinterest, each room has been professionally lit by a photographer to create that beautiful open, airiness. So what do you do if your home doesn’t have tons of natural light and you still want to capture that feel?

 
May 10

Up from the Ashes: The Artisans of Volcanic Ash

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What is volcanic ash? Outdoor accessories for your home

Some of our favorite outdoor-safe accessories are crafted from volcanic ash. It’s not just the natural strength and weathered patina of the organic material that we love. It’s also the story of how these hand crafted items came to be and what it means for the artisans who make them. Here is their story.

 
May 9

8 Summer 2016 Pillow Combinations

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Summer 2016 pillow options for your living room

You’ve heard it time and time again, updating your pillows is the easiest way to give your space a fresh look without having to upend the scheme you’ve already put together. The problem is that picking out pillows can be weirdly hard! There are so many options out there, and it’s hard to know which ones will match. That’s why we thought we’d put together a few schemes that we know will work. Here’s what we suggest:

 
May 5

How to Add Tape Trim to Curtain Panels

By |Decorating, Eddie Ross, Featured, How To, Projects, Tips & Solutions, Window Treatments, Window Treatments|1 Comment

Ariel red fabric on Louis dining chairs in dining room designed by Eddie Ross

In the dining room Eddie Ross designed for our Summer 2016 catalog, he combined Suzanne Kasler’s peony pink linen drapery panels with our lime green tape trim. This designer detail feels custom and elevates the entire room, and it’s such an easy change you can make to your panels. We’re showing you how!