Tips & Solutions

Aug 19

Introducing Bunny Williams for Ballard Designs, Part 1

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Designer Bunny Williams

We’re thrilled to announce our new partnership with the incredibly talented Bunny Williams! To celebrate the launch of Bunny’s new collection for Ballard Designs, we thought we’d sit down with the designer and talk shop.

Aug 15

Fall Color Palette: Pomegranate & Sand

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Fall color palette with reds and neutrals

All of a sudden, we’re crazy about reds! Though our true love is spa, we’ve recently been so inspired by rich pomegranate and cranberry colors. When blended with a cool blue wall color, like Quiet Moments (#1563) by Benjamin Moore which we used here, it feels unexpected and warms up a space for Fall.

In this gorgeous family room, we used a sandy neutral (our Dover Linen) on our Griffin armchair, as well as a deeper chocolate color, our Marlow Mocha fabric, on the Griffin sofa. Together they provide the perfect neutral base for our richer accent color! Rather than choose large upholstery pieces to bring in our red color, we opted for accents like our Linen Pillow with Embroidered Double Flange in Pomegranate, our Luciana Table Lamp in red, and our Beckett Hooked Chevron Rug in Red. Those three accents bring in just the right amount of deep red to give this space a warmth, while still feeling balanced.

To top it all off, we chose a diptych from one of our favorite artists, Wendy Whitson. Her Forest of Dreams paintings are gallery-wrapped canvases that tie everything together, from the wall color to the red accents and even the sandy neutrals. We love how many colors this painting has — it makes coordinating colors a cinch!

Find more color palette ideas, or browse our Pinterest boards for more inspiration!

Aug 8

Why We Love an Occasional Chair

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An occasional chair is a must for every home

Before we dig into why we love them, we first have to answer the question, “What is an occasional chair?” Think of an occasional chair as an accessory, not a main component of your furniture design. They’re used to supplement your main seating areas and provide extra seating when you really need it, but they aren’t your mainstay lounging chairs which you use on a daily basis.

Aug 7

Tobi Fairley’s Master Bedroom in the 2014 Hampton Showhouse

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Tobi Fairley's Master Bedroom in the Hampton Designer Showhouse

Each year we’re proud to sponsor the Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse which benefits the Southampton Hospital. This year’s showhouse located in Bridgehampton was a fantastic success. We sat down with interior designer Tobi Fairley to talk about her master bedroom design, as well as the adjoining deck which was furnished using Ballard Designs products!

Aug 5

Using Outdoor Pieces Indoors

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We love to share spaces from interior designers who use our furniture pieces. They always have fresh takes on our favorite items, and today is no exception! Jana Bek is an interior designer with a fantastic eye for color and an even better sense of style. Through Bek Design, she works with clients all over the country to design spaces that suit her clients’ needs and budget. Today, she’s sharing with us several ways that she uses outdoor furniture pieces indoors!

Aug 4

Fall Color Palettes: Copper and Tangerine

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Fall color palette with copper and oranges

It’s still August, so you’re certainly thinking, fall color palette? Are you crazy? It’s still 90+ degrees outside. And we understand, we really do, but sometimes dreaming of cooler weather gives you a nice reprieve from the scorching summer heat. Which is why we’re getting inspired to feather our Fall nest!

Aug 1

6 Must-Haves for Your Side Table

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Styling side tables

When it comes to living room furniture, the coffee table gets all the glory. Aside from the sofa, it’s one of the first items people look to purchase when they’re setting up house for the first time or upgrading from the hand-me-downs of college days past.  It’s easy to understand how the much smaller side table might be easily overlooked, but we’d argue that it’s just as important a player. These flexible pieces of furniture offer a place to set a drink, provide storage, and, depending on the style of the table, pinch hit as an extra seat or a mini-bar.

Even if your side table isn’t front and center, it’s still worth taking the time to style it like you would your coffee table to create a balanced space that reflects your personality. Read on to find out what our favorite must-haves are for a well-styled side table.