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How to Edit Your Space with Suzanne Kasler

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Editing your home with Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler is a master at creating richly layered rooms that radiate easygoing warmth and grace and, at the same time, a streamlined simplicity. This edited look is what draws us in every time, so we asked the designer for her best tips. Below, Suzanne shares her strategies for creating an edited space in three easy steps.


Tour the Domino ShopHouse in NYC

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Domino Shophouse with Dekar Design and Ballard Designs

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What happens when you marry a pop-up shop with a designer showhouse? You get a shoppable showhouse. This brilliant concept was brought to life in New York City by Domino magazine in the form of its first-ever ShopHouse. For the project, the editors of Domino chose four rising interior design firms to design four apartments on the 37th floor of the Financial District’s 15 William condominium. Each was paired with a favorite home furnishings brand — which is where we come in. Ballard Designs was lucky enough to be matched with design duo (and recent cover girls for Domino’s spring issue) Dolores Suarez and Caroline Grant of Dekar Design.


The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival’s Connoisseurs Lounge

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Connoisseurs Lounge at Atlanta Food and Wine Festival

The Connoisseurs Lounge at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival is always a huge thrill to see. This large open space has been designed for the last three years (here is 2014 and 2013) by one of our favorite Atlanta interior designers, Bill Peace. This year, we got to work with him on his space again, and we are excited to share it all with you.


Summer Reading: Summers in France by Kathryn M. Ireland

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Summers in France by Kathy Ireland

Photographs by Alexandre Bailhache, Henry Bourne and Tim Beddow, from Summers in France by Kathryn M. Ireland. Reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith.

Whether on the beach or in the backyard, summertime living is made up of warm, lazy afternoons. And while you’re kicking up your feet, you may as well have a good book to enjoy. Our summer design reading series offers a break from the typical beach read and the chance to be inspired by beautiful interiors.


Bunny Williams’ On Garden Style

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Bunny Williams' book Garden Style

As design lovers, we find inspiration in no shortage of places. That’s why we love reading design and garden books … especially when we know the author personally! We were thrilled to learn that Bunny Williams’ book On Garden Style would be reappearing on the shelves of our bookstores, newly revised and packed with even more information straight from Bunny herself.

To get your creative juices flowing, we wanted to share a little preview of Bunny’s book, On Garden Style:


Susanna Salk’s Dining Room Refresh

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Susanna Salk's dining room makeover

When our great friend Susanna Salk mentioned she wanted to switch up the look in her dining room, we couldn’t wait to see where her imagination would take her! So we were thrilled when she wanted to use our own Dayna Armchair! She kindly agreed to detail the process in a post for us, so we could share her good ideas with all of you!

They say that it’s important to embrace change when it comes to life. And they also say that your home should be a consistent haven in an ever changing world. So when do you change your home? I don’t mean renovation as in “we need a bigger kitchen or bathroom” sort of change. I mean tinkering of the non essential variety. How important is it to switch up a room that more or less already works?


Video: How to Use a Floral Frog for a Low, Classic Arrangement

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Just in time for summer, Bunny Williams designed a variety of floral frogs to make flower arranging easier than ever. According to Bunny, anyone can create a beautiful arrangement if you’ve got the right tools. We’re not saying we didn’t take her word for it, but we did put her floral frogs to the test. We asked garden and entertaining expert, James Farmer, to help us create three unique looks using each one of Bunny’s floral frogs — and we think you’ll love the results every bit as we do.