Living Rooms

Jan 2

Our Complete Styling Guide to Consoles, Bookshelves, and Coffee Tables

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Ballard Designs' complete guide to styling your bookcases, consoles, and coffee tables

Picking out the right furniture pieces, fabrics, and rugs is only half the challenge of decorating your home. The second half, and sometimes even the most difficult part, is ‘styling’ your room. We think of ‘styling’ as a way to display the decorative objects that you’ve collected and love. It’s that final touch that takes your furniture pieces from simply something functional to something functional and beautiful. For all of us, the decorating objects we use to style our space may be different, but there are some universal strategies that will make styling your home easier.

We scoured our archives, surveyed our design teams, and questioned our stylists to break down all the steps and best tips for you.

 
Nov 28

Get the Look: Black & White Living Room

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Black and white accents in a living room

There’s no more classic color palette than black and white, and a black and white room affords you the space to have fun with new pillows and accessories without needing to totally overhaul your foundation. It’s a palette we come back to over and over again, and in this iteration, we used our new Teigen fabric in the form of pillows!

 
Oct 4

3 Festive Fireplace Mantels to Copy

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Bunny Williams' Live Magnolia Wreath and Garland inspired this fireplace mantel

When we start dreaming of Christmas, one of the first things we think about it our fireplace mantel. This part of the home always acts like a focal point, and our mantel inspiration is easy to spread throughout the house. We love to start with a theme or a color palette, then let that guide all of our decor choices. This year, we were really digging a nostalgic Christmas spirit, rustic elements, and also a shimmery black and white look. See how we interpreted all of these onto the mantel and steal the look yourself!

 
Sep 26

Get the Look: A Living Room with Global Accents

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Living room with global accents

Fall is all about coziness, and to us, there’s no better way to create a cozy space than by adding layers of texture and pattern. The inspiration for this room started with the Talcott Rug which has a beautiful color palette of ochre, gray, taupe, and spice.

 
Sep 15

How to Match a Coffee Table to Your Sectional

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Matching a coffee table to your sectional sofa

There’s a lot to love about sectional sofas. They’re a great alternative to the more traditional sofa and loveseat combination while providing just as much, if not more, seating. Plus, they’re hands down super snuggly.

However, when a sectional is not paired with the right coffee table, the result can be off-putting and have a major effect on the overall look and feel of your room. Here are our best tips for matching a coffee table to your sectional.

 
Sep 12

The Art of the Mix with the Madcap Cottage Gents

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Living room of the Traditional Home Napa Showhouse, designed by Madcap Cottage designers John Loecke and Jason Olive Nixon

Photo: Dustin Peck Photography

Today we’re excited to introduce John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon— the dynamic duo behind North Carolina- and New York-based interior design firm Madcap Cottage. Known for their whimsical use of color and pattern, they scour the world for eclectic finds that capture their unique and gimlet-eyed viewpoint. This month, Traditional Home magazine features their gorgeous room in the 2015 Napa Showhouse in its pages, so we asked Jason and John to share more about the space with you.

 
Aug 11

Kate Singer’s Great Room in the 2016 Hampton Designer Showhouse

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Each year, we look forward to sponsoring the Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse. It’s the closest we Atlantans get to experiencing the ultimate summer in such an iconic coastal locale. This year’s team of renowned designers created the quintessential beach house, complete with seaside style and an invitingly serene vibe. Designer Kate Singer decorated the great room using Ballard Designs product, and we’re thrilled to share it with you. We got a chance to chat with Kate, who gave us a few insider tips.