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1 Mantel, Decorated from October to December

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1 Mantel from October through December

It seems as though as soon as you’ve decorated your fireplace mantel for Fall, it’s time to do a whole new look for Christmas! This year, we’re taking on a new strategy — we’re decorating our mantel bit by bit. We’re using the same pieces from early Fall through Christmas, just adding things here and there. Here’s how we did it:


Spread the Cheer: Our Holiday 2015 Inspiration

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Decorating for the holidays

Fall is officially here, and that means the holidays are right around the corner. It’s never too early to start planning for holiday decorating and entertaining. We’ve been thinking about it since spring! To get you in the spirit, we talked to Karen Mooney, our Senior Vice President of Brand Management, about some of our favorite rooms featured in the new catalog. She also shared with us her top five new favorites.


Runway to Room: Top 10 Fall Fashion Trends Translated

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Bling details translated from the Fall runway to your home

Designer: Prada; Photo: Imaxtree for Vogue

Every season, we obsessively follow the runway reports of the best collections from New York, London, Milan and Paris. Not only is fashion fun to keep up with, but the latest trends on the catwalk often inspire the design of our homes. While you may not be able to afford this season’s hottest ready-to-wear looks, you can certainly incorporate some of them into your rooms. Here are a few of our favorites from fall 2015 and how we’re translating them.


Casa Florentina: The Art of the Mix

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Decorating with Ballard Designs Casa Florentina collection

The beauty of our carefully curated Casa Florentina collection is that every piece is made to coordinate with every other. Even our fixtures, rugs, linens and accessories are specially selected to layer with our 15 hand rubbed furniture finishes. It makes putting a room together a fairly effortless endeavor. Don’t believe us? See some of our favorite looks below.


Holiday 2015 Sneak Peek

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As the holiday season nears, we’re ramping up for full-on Elf Mode, and that means shopping for gifts for all of our loved ones. Get a sneak peek at some of our favorite gift ideas and holiday decorating must-haves for the new season.

Shop our Holiday 2015 Collection starting Thursday, and don’t forget to browse our extensive Gift Guides!

Find more inspiration by visiting our Pinterest Boards.

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Fall 2015 Pillow Collections

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Fall-inspired pillows with spice colors and citron greens

Pillow covers are the hardest working tool in your decorating arsenal. A well placed pillow can ‘pouf!’ give your room a whole new color palette. Not to mention they’re functional, relatively inexpensive compared to most other pieces in your living room or bedroom, and they’re easy to find. But did you know you can order a pillow cover in any of our fabrics? Because of that, it’s simple to get that perfectly coordinate collection of pillows in your home — the ones you usually only see in designer spaces. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite fabrics to help you get a designer look using our custom pillows in some of our beloved fabrics.


Beaded Louis Mirror: Borrowing from a Parisian Antique

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Beaded Louis Mirror

One of our favorite things to share here on How to Decorate is the story behind our products. We design most of the products we sell ourselves, and oftentimes the story behind the products is what makes it special. That’s why we love getting to share it with you! This Fall, we debuted our new Beaded Louis Mirror which has the most gorgeous finish and beaded detailing, all inspired by an antique we found in Paris! Read the whole story below: