Outdoor Living

Jun 19

Decorating Outdoor Rooms

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There’s been a lot of talk around the office about “outdoor living” and what exactly that means. The consensus is that we are not making the most of our outdoor spaces. Think about it: if we’re spending a huge chunk of our time outdoors, shouldn’t we make the spaces we’re using just as inviting and comfortable as any of our indoor rooms?

May 7

Update Your Bar Cart for Outdoor Entertaining

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Outdoor bar cart

When the weather warms, it’s time to roll the party outdoors. Whether you’re hosting a small get-together with friends or throwing a huge backyard bash, the caster-rolling bar cart is an entertaining essential for serving up food and drinks in a breeze. It’s perfectly scaled for small sunrooms, patios and porches, but it’s also great for parking near poolside for a quick refreshment after laps.

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 3

What’s Your Outdoor Seating Style?

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Covered porch with Ballard Designs Sutton Collection outdoor furniture

There’s no better time to get ready for summer living. Maximize your outdoor lounge time by transforming a backyard space into a relaxing retreat. The best place to start is finding the right seating that not only fits your space, but your lifestyle, too. And that can depend on what you love to do most when you step outside. Depending on your outdoor space, find the perfect outdoor

Oct 17

4 Festive Ideas for Fall Container Gardening

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Now is a great time to freshen up your garden containers with the rich colors and textures of the season. There are plenty of late-season bloomers and fall foliage beauties that will keep your containers looking gorgeous up to the first frost and even beyond.

May 9

How to Coordinate Our Outdoor Fabrics

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When the weather turns nice and the days grow longer, we find ourselves spending as much time as possible outside.

And while we love bringing the outdoors in, this is the time of year to take the indoors out.

With that in mind, our designers have pulled together groups of coordinating outdoor fabrics that will help make your exterior living spaces as chic as your interiors (you can find the four color-coordinating collections on the last page of our May 2013 catalog).

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