Summer

Apr 29

Entertaining with Eddie Ross

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Colorful dining room designed by Eddie Ross for Ballard Designs Summer 2016 catalog

Eddie Ross is the East Coast Editor of Better Homes & Gardens. Recognized by design aficionados for his inventive, out-of-the-box approach to high-style decorating and entertaining on a budget, Eddie consistently re-imagines the aesthetic possibilities in secondhand finds, imbuing them with a chic and colorful sophistication. His first book, Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds, was published last fall.

If you’re a trained chef and you’ve worked for Martha (yes, that Martha), then chances are you know a thing or two about entertaining. We got a chance to ask Eddie, who also designed three beautiful rooms for our Summer catalog, for a few tips on the art of entertaining. See his answers below.

 
Apr 18

Summer Must-Do: Picnic in the Park

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Summer To Do List: Picnic in the Park

As summer creeps closer (we can almost feel it), it’s fun to daydream about all of the wonderful adventures we can have when the weather is finally warm enough to head outside! And one of things is most surely having a picnic in the park.

 
Apr 15

16 Summer-Ready Place Setting Ideas

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Summer just seems to be the perfect time to entertain. The flowers are in bloom, maybe your kitchen garden is overflowing, and you can send the kids out into the backyard to play. Whenever we’re entertaining, we like to add a little flourish to the table to make guests feel extra special. Even if you’re having a casual meal, a little forethought a few days in advance is all you need. Here are some of our favorite summer place setting ideas that feel bright, festive, and simple enough to pull together on busy days.

 
Apr 12

4 Ways to Fold Your Napkin like Bunny Williams

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Leave it to Bunny to know just how to dress up a table in a really simple, yet elegant, way. Taking those extra few minutes while you’re setting the table to creatively fold your dinner guests’ napkins pays off when you see how nicely it enhances your table setting. Below, Bunny shares four favorite napkin folds she uses when she’s playing host.

 
May 7

16 Outdoor Place Setting Ideas

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Ok, it’s no secret we love a beautiful place setting, and while we can’t help but come up with new ideas all the time for how to dress your dining room table, why not take the fun outdoors? This time, we’re using outdoor placemats, melamine dinner ware, shatterproof glassware, and more (of course mixed with some of our favorite indoor pieces) to come up with some outdoor place settings to inspire your next al fresco gathering!

 
Apr 24

10 Ideas for Summer from Bunny Williams

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Summer ideas from Bunny Williams

With summer comes a relaxed pace and sunny days that beckon you outdoors. It’s prime time for casual get-togethers and cocktails under the stars. This season, Bunny’s got all the answers for creating simple, carefree style, so there’s less time worrying about last-minute guests and more time enjoying what matters most. Here are a few of our favorites from Bunny’s new collection that you’re sure to love.

 
Feb 27

Recipe: Classic Lemonade

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Cooks Illustrated's Classic Lemonade recipeMore than 1 million home cooks rely on Cook’s Illustrated magazine to provide trusted recipes that work, honest equipment reviews and ingredient taste tests, and time-saving kitchen tips.  Published by the hosts of America’s Test Kitchen television series, Cook’s Illustrated is known for an almost fanatical approach to creating the best recipes for the home cook’s favorite foods.  To do this, they test every recipe 20, 30, sometimes up to 100 times in their own 2,500 square foot test kitchen where they make the mistakes so you don’t have to.  They also test and recommend which kitchen equipment is the best to use, which supermarket ingredients really make a difference and which techniques work best for the home cook.  And because Cook’s Illustrated is advertising free, you can trust their objective ratings to identify what products are worth your money and which to avoid. Subscribe to Cooks Illustrated here, or sign up for the Perfectly Plated Sweepstakes for the chance to win $5,000 in merchandise from Ballard Designs.