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10 Tips for Backyard Entertaining

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Backyard entertaining

Sometimes when the universe blesses you with that perfect, sunny day, it’d be a crime not to invite guests over just to celebrate! Even if you don’t have anything planned in advance, we have a few ideas for throwing a last-minute party, while still impressing your guests and showing them a good time. Below are some of our favorite tips for outdoor entertaining on the fly!


Recipe: New Orleans-Style Jambalaya

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jambalaya recipe

We’re delighted today to introduce one of our favorite food bloggers and a fantastic talent in the kitchen, Bree of the blog, Baked Bree. This gal knows how to pull together a delicious meal, and in honor of Mardi Gras, she’s shared with us her recipe for New Orleans-Style Jambalaya. 


Tips for Decorating an Open Floor Plan

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Tips for decorating an open floor plan

As soon as we saw this space from interior designer and blogger Sita Montgomery, we couldn’t wait to share it here on How to Decorate! We love the way Sita uses a happy shades of coral as exclamation marks around this primarily neutral great room. Each space feels defined but still cohesive, which can be a tricky balance in an open floor plan. Luckily, Sita walks us through her favorite ways to bring purpose and pretty to this space.


Recipe: Annette Joseph’s Roast Chicken

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Annette Joseph's Roast Chicken recipeAs a stylist, Annette Joseph is well known for her flair with food prep and presentation. Her motto is “make it simple and make it gorgeous.” In this excerpt from her new book “Picture Perfect Parties,” Annette coaches us in preparing an elegant Sunday Night Supper centered around her Roast Chicken recipe. The theory behind this special meal – warm, comforting food that is fairly simple to make, delicious, and brings everyone to the table for an enjoyable conversation. We know you can duplicate her dishes with little effort, bringing the tradition of Sunday Night Supper to your home. 


New Puppy Essentials

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Check out our new puppy checklist to make sure you've thought of everything

Bringing home a new puppy can be a very challenging and exciting experience, often all at once. With wet kisses and wagging tails, it’s easy to let them into our hearts and homes. Before you make the leap, be sure you’re prepared to make that transitional puppy period a comfortable—and stylish—one for all involved. Check out our new puppy checklist to make sure you’ve thought of everything.


Inside Look at a Kitchen Renovation

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It all started with a pool. After Karen Mooney, VP of Creative for Ballard Designs, and her husband Joe, who entertain often, installed a pool in their backyard two years ago, they quickly realized they needed easier access to it. “We had no way to get to the pool except to go through our master bedroom and bathroom,” she says. “Needless to say, it was a little uncomfortable for our guests.”


The Spotlight: October 2013

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Did you spot these Ballard Designs items in your October magazines? We did! Here’s a roundup for the month.House Beautiful October 2013 House Beautiful October 2013: Ingrid Rug by Ballard Designs 101613_thespotlight_03 Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles October 2013 Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles October 2013: Suzanne Kasler Sunburst Mirrors by Ballard Designs Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles October 2013: Suzanne Kasler Atelier Antlers Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles October 2013: Suzanne Kasler Lavender Linen by Ballard Designs HGTV Magazine October 2013 HGTV Magazine October 2013: Grecian Urn by Ballard Designs HGTV Magazine October 2013: Orb Chandelier by Ballard Designs