Jul 29

August – October 2014 Paint Colors

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Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore

Because we shoot in real homes, we are not always at liberty to paint the walls. In those cases, we have chosen paint colors that best match the wall color in the photo. Please be aware that color may vary due to various light conditions, finish and other factors.  Therefore, it’s always a great idea to test a paint sample on your wall first. We use Benjamin Moore paint, but most paint stores can match any color.

Jul 25

Summer Heirloom Tomato Salad

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We’re delighted to bring you another insanely delicious recipe from Jad of New South Food Company! Jad specializes in gourmet southern dishes with a New South twist. This one sure has our mouth watering and has motivated us to hit the farmer’s market this weekend and pick up some gorgeous tomatoes! Take it away, Jad!

Jul 24

The Story of an Antique: Laurent Console

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Producing the Lauren Console

At least once a year we visit Paris for an antique excursion in the famous marchés aux puces, or flea markets. We stroll the vast acres of stalls located on the edge of the city, rummaging through piles of junk and antiques alike — and finding delight in all it. There’s no telling what might catch our eye: the crackled texture of a finish worn with time, the marvelous detail of a framed mirror or the great bones of a classical antique. Without fail, we return home bearing treasures from our trip to fuel our creative fires.

Jul 22

Displaying Items in Unconventional Ways

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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 18

Reproducing Vintage Fabrics

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Reproducing vintage fabrics for Ballard Designs

You’ve probably heard a few of our stories over the years of finding inspiration in a beautiful antique we’ve uncovered on our travels abroad. It usually involves a piece of furniture, a chandelier or even a botanical study. But this story is a little different. This fall, we’re introducing two new Fabric by the Yard selections based on vintage scraps of fabric we’ve found. Yes, fabric.

Jul 17

New Items Sneak Peek: Fall 2014

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Next week, we’re thrilled to launch all of the gorgeous new products we’ve developed for Fall 2014! Yes, it’s still July, and yes, it’s still mighty hot outside. Regardless of the heat, the promise of cooler temperatures and changing leaves has us dreaming about Fall and ready to give you a kickstart to back to school planning and Fall decorating!

We thought we’d give you a glimpse into the gorgeous new products you’ll be seeing in our Fall catalogs and online. Look for them on Ballarddesigns.com starting July 25th!

Jul 14

Get to Know Our Essentials Program

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Ballard Designs' Essentials Program

The hardest part of refreshing your decor is often picking just the right fabric for that new pair of drapes, set of throw pillows or slipcovers with complete confidence that it’s going to work with everything else in the room.