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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!

Feb23

Cooks Illustrated Menu: Date Night

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Date Night menu from Cooks Illustrated and Ballard Designs

More 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.

Feb20

March-April 2015 Paint Colors

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Paint colors from Ballard Designs Spring 2015 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.

Feb19

Style in Bloom: Our Spring Preview

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Courtney floral fabric inspired Spring 2015

With the frigid temperatures much of the country is experiencing right now, we can hardly say spring is in the air. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t on our minds. The impending launch of our spring catalog has us dreaming in vivid color — and beckoning spring’s arrival. In the meantime, we got together with Karen Mooney, our Senior Vice President of Brand Management, to chat about the new catalog and some of our favorite looks.

Feb12

How to Install the Highgate Tree Guard

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How to Install the High Gate Rubber Tree Ring from Ballard Designs

If you’ve been to Paris, you’ve probably noticed the protective cast iron grates that encircle the trees on sidewalks. We’ve always admired the pretty architectural style of  such a utilitarian object. In fact, we love the look so much, we decided to come up with our own version to enjoy at home.

Feb10

Our Ultimate Fabric Guide

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Ballard Designs fabric guide

Ordering upholstered or slipcovered items online can feel daunting when you haven’t seen a piece in person, can’t touch the fabric, or even get a true read on the colors. And while we offer free swatches for all of our fabrics, we wanted to help you understand and shop for the right fabric for your piece! So, we put together this handy fabric guide to help you get a feel for the options we offer and what will work best for your next project.

Feb5

20+ Place Setting Ideas for your Table

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When it comes to setting the table, we love playing around with new combinations. We bring together pieces we’ve never thought to mix, and swap out flatware, flowers, and table linens to create a whole new look. Above, we’ve put together 22 fun place setting looks we’re excited to share with you. We hope you’ll use these table settings to inspire your next dinner party, holiday gathering, or even a family meal!