Oct 9

All that Shines: Decorating for Christmas with Suzanne Kasler

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Suzanne Kasler's 2015 Holiday Collection

It’s our favorite time of year, and nobody does the holidays better than our dear friend and designer, Suzanne Kasler. This year, Suzanne is dreaming of Christmas in color — with lots of sparkle on top. She’s bringing back her signature Holiday Plaid and iconic antlers with even more ornaments that all have one thing in common: shimmer and shine. We got together with Suzanne at her office in Atlanta to talk about her holiday collection.  

Oct 5

How to Set Up a Buffet on a Dining Table or Sideboard

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How to Set up a buffet for parties or family gatherings

It’s the season for entertaining, which means if you haven’t already started planning your holiday gathering or family events, you will be soon! As they should, most get togethers revolve around food, so while you don’t have to make things complicated, it’s always important to put some advanced thought into either making or buying something (hey, we aren’t above prepared dishes or catering!) delicious for your guests. The next step is setting up a buffet, which can sometimes feel intimidating.

We’re going to walk you through it, step by step — whether you’re using your dining table or a sideboard!

Oct 2

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:

Oct 1

Celebrating the Holidays with Bunny Williams

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Bunny Williams' Holiday Collection for Ballard Designs

Now that our holiday catalog is unwrapped, we can finally talk about our favorite things, and that includes our second holiday collection with world-renowned designer, Bunny Williams. Inspired by her own collected treasures from holidays past, she’s helping us celebrate the holidays the only way we know how: with unforgettable style. We recently spoke with Bunny about her new collection and how she celebrates Christmas.

Sep 29

15 Holiday Place Setting Ideas

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The holidays are nearly here, and we’re helping you get ready for a busy season of entertaining! We love the ceremonial feel of taking out your favorite china pieces at the start of this festive season — whether that’s your holiday pattern, your grandmother’s china, your wedding pieces, or your favorite everyday collection. Traditions are an important part of what makes this time of year special, but we also love the idea of picking a few new pieces to complement your tried and true entertaining favorites.

Sep 28

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.

Sep 25

October-December 2015 Paint Colors

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Paint color from the Ballard Designs catalog

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.