Tips & Solutions

Jul 22

Displaying Items in Unconventional Ways

By |Decorating, Featured, Furniture, Storage & Organization, Tips & Solutions|0 Comments|

Displaying dinnerware in bookcases

We have a lot of decorating mantras here at How to Decorate, but one of them has to be that if you’re going to invest in a quality furniture piece, it needs to be able to serve multiple uses in your home. The way you live in your home is bound to evolve. What may have been a spare office could turn into a child’s bedroom, or perhaps a sunroom off the kitchen turns into your dining space. No matter how situations may change in your life, it’s important to have furniture pieces that can evolve with you, moving from room to room and still being functional and beautiful. Because of this, we love showing unconventional ways to use our pieces in the pages of our catalog, like in this dining room where we used our Toulouse Bookcase to display dinnerware!

Jul 11

Using Color with Susanna Salk

By |Decorating, Design Experts, Susanna Salk, Tips & Solutions|0 Comments|

Tips for using color in your home, from Susanna Salk

In April, our great friend and design expert Susanna Salk came out with a new book, Decorate Fearlessly: Using Whimsy, Confidence, and a Dash of Surprise to Create Deeply Personal Spaces! In the book, she shows us how to use color in a personal way and to make a bold statement that reflects YOU! We asked Susanna to share some of her favorite guidelines (rules being one of her least favorite words!) for incorporating color into your home. 

Jul 8

Pet Proof Your Space with an Outdoor Rug

By |By Room, Decorating, Living Rooms, Rugs, Tips & Solutions|3 Comments|

Outdoor rugs are great for pets!

Pet owners rejoice! If your beloved best friend has a habit of soiling rugs, we’re here to the rescue! This was the dilemma for one of our Assistant Buyers for Dining & Kitchen, Maryanna.

Jun 19

Decorating Outdoor Rooms

By |Decorating, Outdoor Living, Outdoors, Tips & Solutions|0 Comments|

karens_backyard_23

There’s been a lot of talk around the office about “outdoor living” and what exactly that means. The consensus is that we are not making the most of our outdoor spaces. Think about it: if we’re spending a huge chunk of our time outdoors, shouldn’t we make the spaces we’re using just as inviting and comfortable as any of our indoor rooms?

May 27

Coastal Color Palette: Indigo

By |Decor & Pillows, Decorating, Tips & Solutions|3 Comments|

Indigo blue color palette inspiration

If you’ve flipped through the pages of our summer catalog, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve loved infusing all of our pages with a coastal vibe. Whether it’s strong navy-and-white color palette, soft sandy neutrals with hints of the sea, or a light watery aqua from top to bottom, ‘coastal’ always feel fresh and relaxing, a Ballard Designs favorite! Inspired by the spaces in our Summer 2014 catalog, we’ve broken down exactly how to get that coastal look straight from our pages to the web!

May 22

We’re Into: Chinoiserie

By |Decor & Pillows, Decorating, Tips & Solutions|0 Comments|

Art prints of blue and white porcelain vases

Psst…want to know the quickest way to add a worldly sophistication to your decor? Look no further than Chinoiserie. This charmingly exotic decorating style has been around for centuries, but it’s bigger than ever.

May 19

Coastal Color Palette: Sandy Neutrals

By |Decorating, Fabric & Slipcovers, Tips & Solutions|1 Comment|

Living room with color palette of tans and whites

If you’ve flipped through the pages of our summer catalog, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve loved infusing all of our pages with a coastal vibe. Whether it’s strong navy-and-white color palette, soft sandy neutrals with hints of the sea, or a light watery aqua from top to bottom, ‘coastal’ always feel fresh and relaxing, a Ballard Designs favorite! Inspired by the spaces in our Summer 2014 catalog, we’ve broken down exactly how to get that coastal look straight from our pages to the web!