Tips & Solutions

May 24

Summer 2016 Desktop Wallpaper

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Summer 2016 desktop wallpaper with Maya Angelou quote

There’s something about summer that feels so nostalgic. We think about hot concrete at the neighborhood pool, the feel of drippy sand at the beach, the smell of sunscreen. Those wonderful sights, sounds, smells, and tastes make us crave summer, especially when it’s so close but still a few weeks away. One way we’re getting ready for those lazy summer days is with a new desktop wallpaper! Are cat-eye glasses not another one of those classically summer items?

 
May 23

8 Resort Chic Accents for Your Home

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Infuse your home and outdoor space with resort chic style that transports you to the tropics!

When we’re dreaming up the catalog, we like to hone in on one theme or vibe and let that guide the color palette, furniture choices, and accessories in the space. This summer, we were really digging this retro Palm Beach/Resort Chic thing. We were loving super saturated colors, bamboo accents, raffia, palm motifs, kelly green, vibrant pink, and anything that comes to mind when you think about that glamorous vacation look. We really like to make a statement in our catalog and go all out, but this feel is really easy to bring home in more subtle ways, too. Here are our favorite ways to get the look (without going full-on movie set):

 
May 19

Get the Look: Blue & White Home Office

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Get the look of this chic, blue and white home office from Ballard Designs

We love highlighting our favorite rooms from the catalog. So much thought and planning went into these spaces, that we aren’t quite ready to let it go!

 
May 17

8 Simple Ways to Punch Up Your Outdoor Room

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Wicker sectional with white cushion and patterned pillows on a covered porch

You’ve got all the makings of a great outdoor space for entertaining, but it’s feeling a little lackluster after the long winter. Sound familiar? Giving your space a quick, budget-friendly pick-me-up is as easy as adding a few decorative elements — and you’ll be ready for deck and patio party season in no time. Check out a few of our favorite ideas below.

 
May 16

What To Do When Your Home Doesn’t Have ‘Good Light’

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What to do if your room doesn't get good natural light?

If you’ve ever flipped through a magazine or pinned a photo on Pinterest, you’ve probably oogled over big, bright open rooms with sunlight streaming in and what seems like this incredible glow throughout the space. These are the rooms we all pine after and try to create in our own homes, but there’s one very important element you may not be accounting for — lighting. In most magazine spreads and virtually every image on Pinterest, each room has been professionally lit by a photographer to create that beautiful open, airiness. So what do you do if your home doesn’t have tons of natural light and you still want to capture that feel?

 
May 12

14 Coastal Inspired Accents for Your Home

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14 coastal-inpired beach accents for your home

Summer is a great way to bring a few beachy pieces into your home, but if you’re landlocked, you may not want to go too far down theme route. Although let’s be real, we love that look too! We think Goldilocks would agree that a few seaside-inspired pieces sprinkled throughout your home is just right. Here are some of our favorite ways to bring a little that beach flair home, without going overboard.

 
May 10

Up from the Ashes: The Artisans of Volcanic Ash

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What is volcanic ash? Outdoor accessories for your home

Some of our favorite outdoor-safe accessories are crafted from volcanic ash. It’s not just the natural strength and weathered patina of the organic material that we love. It’s also the story of how these hand crafted items came to be and what it means for the artisans who make them. Here is their story.