Decor & Pillows


We’re Into: Tortoise Shell

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We love the tortoise shell trend

Tortoise shell is back on everyone’s fashion radar. We’re seeing the gold-and-brown mottled pattern just about everywhere, from the perfect pair of Jackie O sunglasses to wallpaper. But if you ask us, tortoise shell never really went out of style. Just like leopard, it’s a tried-and-true classic.


How to Style a Bookcase

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Yes, bookcases are utilitarian by providing much-needed storage, but they also add a major style statement to any room. They’re the perfect solution to a blank wall, lending a sense of height and space. And with your own artful arrangement, you get to add your stamp of personality. Check out our images and tips below to achieve a well-styled bookcase at home.


Freshen Up Your Decor for Spring

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Dining room decorated for Spring with yellow

When spring arrives, it’s time to hit refresh at home. It’s the best time to lighten up layers and kick up the color with the season’s hottest hues and playful patterns. Say goodbye to Old Man Winter, and check out our easy ideas below for freshening up for spring.


Warm Weather Trend: Nautical Accents

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Nautical accents in home decor

In our daydreams we’re setting sail to an exotic locale on the bright blue sea with the salty wind in our hair. Sadly, daydreams never last. So why not do the next best thing and create a sailor’s haven at home? Get onboard with our favorite sea-inspired accents and create a shipshape space you’ll love to come home to.


Don’t Be Afraid Of: Faux Plants

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Faux greenery is no longer faux pas

If you ask us, artificial flora and greenery have always had a bad rap. For many people, fake plants instantly conjure old, dusty rooms in grandma’s house. Others operate under the rule of thought that they’re just plain t-a-c-k-y.

But for all you naysayers out there, we say: forget what you think you know about artificial plants and take a second look at today’s tastefully made and totally realistic-looking versions. You just may find that you’re ready to go faux. And, hey, they’re easier to care for than the real thing. So if you’re ready to fake it with a faux plant, check out our styling tips below.


Winter Color Palette: Mineral & Drift

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Decorating a room with icy blues and neutrals

This Winter’s collection was very obviously inspired by icy blue likes mineral and aqua. Tempered by lots of taupes and grays, a few jolts of blue can really wake up a room and give it a fresh feel. Our Kaley Aqua fabric is one of our favorite new fabrics for our first 2015 collection. We love the way this pattern feels almost tribal but in vivid shades of blue. To pair with the Kaley Aqua, we used our Piper Mineral fabric. This crisp linen-cotton blend has a watercolor effect and a fun, updated dot print!


Coastal Color Palette: Indigo

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Indigo blue color palette inspiration

If you’ve flipped through the pages of our summer catalog, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve loved infusing all of our pages with a coastal vibe. Whether it’s strong navy-and-white color palette, soft sandy neutrals with hints of the sea, or a light watery aqua from top to bottom, ‘coastal’ always feel fresh and relaxing, a Ballard Designs favorite! Inspired by the spaces in our Summer 2014 catalog, we’ve broken down exactly how to get that coastal look straight from our pages to the web!