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Oct 5

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

By |Dining Rooms, Entertaining, Fall, Featured, Holiday Entertaining, How To, Tabletop, Tips & Ideas|6 Comments

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!

Jul 14

Guide to Choosing Throw Pillows

By |Decor & Pillows, Decor & Pillows, Decorating, How To, Pillows, Tips & Solutions|3 Comments

Guide to choosing throw pillows

We’re always touting how easy it is to breathe new life in your room simply by switching out throw pillows. It’s true, a group of new fabrics and colors can give your space a totally different feel, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to cull through all of the thousands of great throw pillows in every shade imaginable to find 4 or 5 that will work well for your space. There’s an overwhelming selection out there, which makes the process confusing! Well, we want to make things easier for you. Consider this our guide to choosing the right throw pillows for your room.

Mar 6

How to Mix Patterns like a Pro

By |Fabric & Slipcovers, How To|9 Comments

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!

Feb 17

Art 101: Part 1 Ballard Designs’ Art Options

By |Art, Decorating, How To, Tips & Solutions, Wall Decor, Wall Decor|0 Comments

At Ballard, we don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to art. The very thing in a piece of art that draws you in may be completely overlooked by another. That’s why we offer lots of style and finish options to make it fun and easy to find that perfect piece, says Ballard Designs’ Art Buyer, Karen Fleenor.

Feb 17

Art 101: Part 2 Ballard Designs’ Framing and Finish Options

By |Art, Decorating, How To, Tips & Solutions, Wall Decor, Wall Decor|0 Comments

When you’re trying to find the perfect piece of art, it’s important to know your options. And at Ballard, you have lots of options. In Part 2 of our Art 101 series, we asked our Art Buyer, Karen Fleenor, to walk us through the different framing and finish options we have available.

Feb 16

Video: How to Pick the Perfect Art

By |Art, Decorating, How To, Tips & Solutions, Wall Decor, Wall Decor|4 Comments

Just like a rug or proper lighting, artwork is an important layer in your decor. It brings color, texture and personality to a room. And because it’s a reflection of you, it adds that personal touch that makes it all the more meaningful, says Ballard Designs’ Art Buyer, Karen Fleenor.

Feb 12

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.