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Decorating Dilemmas: Tracy’s Boring, Brown Bedroom

By |Sep 14, 2016|Decorating Dilemmas|0 Comments

Lightening and brightening a boring, beige/brown master bedroom

Decorating Dilemmas is a weekly column in which our stylists answer your design questions, so you can tackle your home decorating project with complete confidence.


8 Centerpieces for Your Dining Table When You’re Not Entertaining

By |Sep 13, 2016|Decorating, Dining Rooms, Featured, Style Tip, Tips & Solutions|1 Comment

10 things to put on your dining table when you're not entertaining

Dining rooms are an important part of the home when you’re gathering with family or friends, but the reality is that most of the time, they sit empty waiting on your next dinner party. Which begs the question — what do you put on your dining room table when you’re not entertaining? It looks empty and sad if there’s no centerpiece, but who has time to arrange fresh flowers every week? We’ve pulled together 10 ways to give your dining table some personality without all the maintenance:


The Art of the Mix with the Madcap Cottage Gents

By |Sep 12, 2016|Decorating, Design Experts, Living Rooms, Tips & Solutions, Traditional Home|3 Comments

Living room of the Traditional Home Napa Showhouse, designed by Madcap Cottage designers John Loecke and Jason Olive Nixon

Photo: Dustin Peck Photography

Today we’re excited to introduce John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon— the dynamic duo behind North Carolina- and New York-based interior design firm Madcap Cottage. Known for their whimsical use of color and pattern, they scour the world for eclectic finds that capture their unique and gimlet-eyed viewpoint. This month, Traditional Home magazine features their gorgeous room in the 2015 Napa Showhouse in its pages, so we asked Jason and John to share more about the space with you.


Fall Outdoor Entertaining Tips from Jana Bek

By |Sep 9, 2016|Entertaining, Fall, Outdoor Entertaining, Style Tip, Tips & Ideas|0 Comments

Outdoor entertaining during the Fall

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. Last Week, she’s shared how she turned her small, outdoor balcony into an inviting space to relax and entertain, and today, she’s sharing her tips for entertaining outdoors during the Fall. 


Casa Florentina: Our New Fall Favorites

By |Sep 8, 2016|Decorating, Featured, Furniture|0 Comments

Ballard Designs Casa Florentina collection

We’ve racked up a lot of frequent-flyer miles to Italy this year working on our fall Casa collection with our Florentine furniture makers. At their workshop, nestled in the lush hills of Florence, you’ll still find artisans who use the age-old techniques of their ancestors to craft beautiful, well-made furniture with exquisite hand-layered finishes. It’s always an incredible experience to see the masters at their craft.


Decorating Dilemmas: Hailey & Jeff’s Baltimore Row House

By |Sep 7, 2016|Decorating Dilemmas|0 Comments

Decorating a Baltimore row house with a long, open floor plan

Decorating Dilemmas is a weekly column in which our stylists answer your design questions, so you can tackle your home decorating project with complete confidence.


7 Ways to Decorate with Jewel Tones

By |Sep 6, 2016|Decorating, Fall, Tips & Solutions|0 Comments

Saturated jewel tones as a trend for Fall 2016

When we were designing our Fall 2016 catalog, we loved the idea of using jewel tones to create warm, cozy spaces that feel luxe but inviting. There’s just something about sapphire, emerald, and garnet that feel rich and layered — everything we’re craving for fall. Here are our favorite ways to incorporate jewel tones into your space: