At Ballard, we don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to art. The very thing in a piece of art that draws you in may be completely overlooked by another. That’s why we offer lots of style and finish options to make it fun and easy to find that perfect piece, says Ballard Designs’ Art Buyer, Karen Fleenor.
When you’re trying to find the perfect piece of art, it’s important to know your options. And at Ballard, you have lots of options. In Part 2 of our Art 101 series, we asked our Art Buyer, Karen Fleenor, to walk us through the different framing and finish options we have available.
Just like a rug or proper lighting, artwork is an important layer in your decor. It brings color, texture and personality to a room. And because it’s a reflection of you, it adds that personal touch that makes it all the more meaningful, says Ballard Designs’ Art Buyer, Karen Fleenor.
There is not a designer alive who can resist a great mirror — the kind that commands the attention of anyone who walks into a room. That’s why we’re so drawn to architecturally inspired mirrors. In newer homes, where rooms are often blank slates, they add a distinctive patina and lend a sense of history. Inside older homes, architectural mirrors enhance the character of the home. In short, they imbue the same amount of style as any piece of furniture.
It all started with a comment a customer made on our oversized art, Storm Over the Marsh (above). The customer expressed how much she loved the print, only she wished it came in a smaller size.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: mirrors are one of our favorite accessories. They come in all shapes and sizes and styles and bring a little bit of glamour to every room of the house. Best of all, they manage to make any space look bigger and brighter.
Laundry rooms are a place where we spend more time than we realize. Whether you’re swapping loads, sorting lights and dark, or folding freshly laundered linens, you probably spend a good amount of time in this space, so it deserves a little attention, just like the rest of your home. Inspired by this laundry room from our Spring 2014 catalog, we thought we’d share our favorite laundry room decorating ideas for giving this hardworking space a little extra pizzazz.