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Jan 2

Our Complete Styling Guide to Consoles, Bookshelves, and Coffee Tables

By |Decor & Pillows, Decor & Pillows, Decorating, Entryways, Furniture, Living Rooms, Tips & Solutions|3 Comments

Ballard Designs' complete guide to styling your bookcases, consoles, and coffee tables

Picking out the right furniture pieces, fabrics, and rugs is only half the challenge of decorating your home. The second half, and sometimes even the most difficult part, is ‘styling’ your room. We think of ‘styling’ as a way to display the decorative objects that you’ve collected and love. It’s that final touch that takes your furniture pieces from simply something functional to something functional and beautiful. For all of us, the decorating objects we use to style our space may be different, but there are some universal strategies that will make styling your home easier.

We scoured our archives, surveyed our design teams, and questioned our stylists to break down all the steps and best tips for you.

 
Aug 5

How to Space Ring Clips on Your Curtain Panel

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How to evenly space ring clips on a curtain panel

A few months ago, we got a comment asking how to space ring clips on a curtain panel (thanks, Elizabeth!). Turns out our photography team has a super simple trick for evenly spacing the ring clips, so we thought we’d share their simple hack!

 
Jun 9

How to Reupholster a Slip Seat

By |Dining Rooms, Fabric & Slipcovers, Furniture, How To, Projects|0 Comments

How to reupholster a slip seat -- Jana Bek shows us how

We love to share spaces and projects from interior designers who use our furniture pieces. They always have fresh takes on our favorite items!

Jana Bek is an interior designer with a fantastic eye for color and an even better sense of style. Through Bek Design, she works with clients all over the country to design spaces that suit her clients’ needs and budget. Today, she’s sharing how she added her own fabric to our Dayna Chairs to create a custom look. See her step-by-step tutorial below:

 
May 5

How to Add Tape Trim to Curtain Panels

By |Decorating, Eddie Ross, How To, Projects, Tips & Solutions, Window Treatments, Window Treatments|4 Comments

Ariel red fabric on Louis dining chairs in dining room designed by Eddie Ross

In the dining room Eddie Ross designed for our Summer 2016 catalog, he combined Suzanne Kasler’s peony pink linen drapery panels with our lime green tape trim. This designer detail feels custom and elevates the entire room, and it’s such an easy change you can make to your panels. We’re showing you how!

 
May 3

Video: How to Create an Edible Centerpiece

By |Dining Rooms, Eddie Ross, Entertaining, Entertaining Experts, How To, Projects, Tabletop, Tips & Ideas|6 Comments

According to entertaining expert and style editor, Eddie Ross, creating a mouthwatering crudité platter is all in the presentation. “People eat with their eyes,” he says. “It’s about the wow factor of how it’s served.” So we challenged Eddie to make us a centerpiece-worthy vegetable tray using our Giant Clam Shell.

 
May 3

Video: How to Create a Living Arrangement

By |Eddie Ross, Entertaining, Entertaining Experts, How To, Outdoor Living, Projects, Tips & Ideas|2 Comments

One of the easiest (and most affordable) ways to make a home feel more lived-in and loved is with plants. Even if you don’t exactly have a green thumb, you can create a living arrangement for instant decor anywhere in your home. Or so says author and style editor, Eddie Ross. Watch the video above to learn how, or read the step-by-step instructions below:

 
Feb 9

How to Pick a Side Table

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How to Choose a Side Table

Wood, metal or acrylic? Square or round? Shelves or drawers? High or low? With so many options, choosing the right side table can be daunting. So we’ve created some simple guidelines to help you get the casting right.