Aug 13

How to Decorate with Side Tables

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Despite their small size, side tables are among the most flexible and functional pieces of furniture around. They’re more than just a place to set your drink – these versatile players can provide much-needed storage, serve up food and drink in style, and occasionally, can even pinch-hit as extra seating. Plus, their modest proportions and low price-point makes them an easy way to play around with different finishes, colors and shapes in your decor.  Don’t limit yourself to matching sets – mix and match them throughout your space to achieve exactly the look and utility you’re after. Here are some things to consider when choosing side tables for your home:

Aug 30

How to Choose the Right Stools for Your Kitchen

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How to Choose the Right Stools for your kitchen

Finding the right stools for your kitchen is challenging because there are so many factors to consider, including height, style and comfort. Below is our quick guide to helping you find the best stools for your kitchen island, breakfast bar or even your in-home pub.

Dec 17

How to Find the Perfect Upholstered Piece

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Pick the Perfect Upholstered Piece

Whether you’re looking to upgrade from shabby to chic or searching for that piece de resistance to finish a new space, take the extra time to find furniture that fits your special needs. Finding a fabulous piece of upholstered furniture, whether it’s a sofa, chair, or ottoman, requires more than spending a few minutes with it in a store — no matter how far you’ve fallen in love. So before you go shopping, take a look at our helpful tips below.

Sep 20

How to Select the Perfect Dining Room Table

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The dining room table is where friends and family come together over a bountiful meal to share stories, trade jokes and catch up. So it’s no surprise that many people shop for a table right before the holidays. But before you run out and buy the first thing you fall in love with, you’ll need to consider a few factors first.

Dec 28

Know your Louis Furniture

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For nearly two centuries, the four Louis’s ruled the courts of France and the worlds of fashion and décor. During his respective reign, each king cultivated a signature style of furnishings and decorative arts reflecting the ever-changing tastes and politics that defined his time.

Jul 14

Get the 411 on Ballard Finishes

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Almost every product Ballard sells is finished using one of four hand-applied techniques: “solid,” “rubbed,” “distressed” or “antiqued.” To make sure you know exactly what to look for when purchasing one of our pieces, we’ve put together these easy-to-understand explanations to help guide you.


Product with Solid Finish:

· The surface has been stained or painted to be consistent in color and texture with no “rubbed” areas, dings or dents. Some solid finishes do allow the wood grain to show through and is considered a traditional finishing technique.



Product with Rubbed Finish:

· The primary finish has been lightly rubbed along the edges and some feature areas, allowing the wood tone or secondary color beneath to peek through, creating a timeworn look.



Product with Distressed Finish:

· Distressing takes a rubbed finish a step further. In addition to rubbed edges and feature areas, some places are made to appear “worn over time” and may have some intentional dings or dents to give the piece a convincing aged appearance.


Product with Antiqued Finish:

· This finish goes through an accelerated aging process to give it an authentic antique look. Aging techniques can include light rubbing along some edges to allow the secondary finish to peek through, and physical distressing in the form of nicks, marks and/or stain in cracks or corners to add interest and depth. In some cases, surface glazing with a semi-transparent stain or paint may be used to enhance the patina.


Because nearly all of our finishes are hand applied, you should expect slight variations. If you have finish questions about a Ballard product you’re considering, call Customer Service to speak with one of product specialists

Aug 4

How to Accessorize our Tuscan Bookcases

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Tuscan Bookcases – Not Just for Books Anymore

Our Tuscan Bookcases create a real presence in a room, so decorating them can be daunting and a little scary. Here are some tips on making your Bookcases come alive with style and interest.


  • Don’t overload the shelves with books. Keep the paperbacks stored elsewhere. Try placing art and selected leather bound books with the largest ones on the bottom shelves and smaller volumes toward the top.
  • Try to arrange the books, not only standing end to end, but stack books vertically as well. You can use a stack as a bookend for added impact.
  • Try placing the books in groups of five or ten. It adds visual interest and keeps the bookcase from becoming repetitive.
  • Make sure the books don’t line up shelf after shelf. Place some to the right of the shelf, and on the next shelf try splitting two or three books on the left and the right.




  • Mix some eye-catching pieces on the shelf with your books. Collections always create great impact. Keep the collection grouped together. This will insure greater interest and panache.
  • Always use odd numbers when placing accessories – one, three, or five items works very well.
  • Stagger the heights of the objects you are using. For example, for a collection of 5 mismatched silver candlesticks, place the shorter ones in front and angle a few for additional personality.
  • Try not to place similar objects in a straight line. Accessories that are the same height and likeness can look very staged and boring.
  • Add some light to your bookcases. Mirrors that lean against the back of the shelf with a favorite object d’art in front of it can make the bookcase come alive. Don’t be afraid to add some glass or silver to make things shine.
  • You don’t have to fill every shelf. Leaving one or two blank can add additional interest. You can also remove a shelf or two leaving space for some taller accessories like avintage vase.
  •  Take time and stand back, if it doesn’t look right, re-arrange it.


Tuscan Bookcases

On the next page are some Ballard Accessories we think will transform your Tuscan Bookcases from utilitarian to spectacular. Don’t be afraid to experiment with placement, and try changing the accessories seasonally for a fresh new look. Redecorating your Tuscan Bookcases can change the entire look of the room for little money and very little effort.



Here is a list of accessories that we feel will breathe new life into your Tuscan Bookcases. Try a few and see what a difference a few well chosen accessories can make.

Horse Giclee PrintFrench Horse FigureStanding WordMalu Seagrass Box Frienze Grand UrnDemijohnsClay VillageMilk Can Glass Canisters

Provost TrayPreserved Boxwood TopiarySantos HandsPorcelain Potted Flower

Ferris WheelFrienze Bowl Mirrored Heron PrintsFrog Shelf Sitter