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May7

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!

May1

Update Your Bedding for Summer

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Dressing a bed for warm weather

Your needs for your home change greatly depending on the time of year. In the summer, we need cozy spaces with blankets and layers and plushness to combat the winter chill. And of course in the summer, we need the reverse. Crisp linens, gentle breezes, and breathable fabrics are so important in helping you get a good nights rest. So, in this post, we’d like to help you dress your bed for warm weather!

Apr30

Sunny Days Ahead: Our Summer 2015 Collection

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Blue bedroom inspired by the sea

Shooting the summer catalog in the middle of winter always has us dreaming of spending long, leisurely days outdoors with the sun on our faces. Alas, summer is right around the corner, and we’re making all the necessary preparations for sunny days ahead. To get you in the mood, we spoke to Karen Mooney, our Senior Vice President of Brand Management, about the new summer catalog and some of her favorite must-haves this season.

Apr17

Change the Personality of your Room with Art

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Change the personality of your room with art

Ever wanted to change the direction of a space in your home halfway through the decorating process? Or perhaps you have a room that you’ve partially furnished, but never really finished? Art is the perfect way to bring new personality into your space. And the great thing about our art options is that you could go in so many directions, depending on which pieces you choose. Art just has the uncanny ability to take a room in a new direction!

As an example, take our Sybil Settee. We love tailored, feminine feel it has, but see how the whole space transforms depending on the art we hang over it!

Apr16

Serving Up Summer with Bunny Williams

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Outdoor tabletop collection from Bunny Williams for Ballard Designs

When the weather warms, Bunny Williams heads outside. Whether she’s pulling together an arrangement of flowers from the garden or entertaining poolside, she makes it all look so effortless. And if you ask her about it, she’ll tell you that it’s in the details. Lucky for us, she’s put that same thoughtful, creative sensibility into her spring and summer collection for Ballard. Every piece adds purpose with total style and ease.

Apr14

How Art Can Finish a Room

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Bedroom with large painting

When designing a room, every designer and homeowner knows there are many layers. Of course there are the walls, floors, and windows. Then you have your large furniture pieces, and your lighting, and your rugs. You also have accessories and soft goods. And then finally you have your art pieces. All of these layers play a very important role in turning a room into a space you love. Oftentimes though, the art is one of the last pieces brought into the room, and we actually find it can be the most transformative layer of them all!

Mar6

How to Mix Patterns like a Pro

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Our comprehensive guide to mixing patterns in your home

We get it. Pattern mixing is scary. Between colors and scale and pattern, there’s a lot to consider, and the stakes are high because decorating mistakes can be expensive, especially when it comes to large upholstered pieces, rugs, and drapery. But, there is hope, and we want to help you conquer your pattern-mixing fears!