How to Decorate, the Podcast 2017-03-14T10:28:21+00:00

Ballard Designs' How to Decorate podcast helps you unleash your inner decorator and create a home you love

We’re excited to introduce our new decorating podcast — How to Decorate. You can listen in the iTunes store, on Google Play, and on Stitcher. Just search ‘How to Decorate’ and look for the pink chair! We’d love for you to subscribe so you never miss an episode, or you can stream all of the episodes below. Be sure to send in your burning decorating questions on the next show by emailing here.



Podcast, Episode 22: designer Cindy Meador

By | Jun 20, 2017|Decorating, Podcast|0 Comments

Interior designer Cindy Meador joins the Ballard designs podcast to talk decorating in the Southeast, vacation homes, and much more

This week, we’re bringing you another interview from our time at High Point Market. Living on the Gulf Coast, interior designer Cindy Meador specializes in decorating and furnishing second homes. From 10,000 square foot houses to high rise beach condos, Cindy and her team have done it all, and they’re sharing a lot of behind the scenes tidbits with us.


Podcast, Episode 21: with “The Professor” Phil Lancaster

By | Jun 13, 2017|Decorating, Podcast|2 Comments

Our Senior Director of Merchandising schools us on furniture, antiques, and much more

It took some persuasion, but we finally got our Senior Director of Merchandising Phil Lancaster, or “The Professor,” on the podcast! Phil knows it all, teaches us some furniture history, tells us all about how furniture is made, what you need to look for, and generally schools us on the nitty gritty details of furniture and antiques. If you’re wondering how to look for quality in your next furniture piece, this is the episode you need to listen to.


Podcast, Episode 20: interior designer Lisa Mende

By | Jun 6, 2017|Podcast|2 Comments

Interior designer Lisa Mende joins the podcast to talk paint, color, and much more

Lisa Mende’s room in the Traditional Home Southern Style Now Showhouse stopped us in our tracks, so we knew we had to get her on the podcast. Her spaces are bold, jubilant, and inviting, and we quickly learned that she herself is too. If you’ve ever had questions about paint, then this is an episode you have to listen to. We talk about choosing paint colors, paint finishes, fan decks, why you can’t just look at the paint chip, and Lisa gives us all her favorite paint colors.


Podcast, Episode 19: Flower Magazine’s Margot Shaw

By | May 30, 2017|Decorating, Podcast|2 Comments

Ballard Designs' How to Decorate podcast with Flower Magazine editor in chief and founder, Margot Shaw

Flower Magazine editor in chief and founder Margot Shaw joins us from Birmingham to talk about flowers, being a green thumb, and why she decided to start a publication all about florals. We talk fake flowers, the etiquette for cutting from the yard, and why your containers or vases are as important as the flowers you’re trying to arrange.


Podcast, Episode 18: designer Mark D. Sikes

By | May 23, 2017|Podcast, Style Tip|9 Comments

How to Decorate podcast guest interior designer Mark D. Sikes

This week we have a very special guest all the way from California, interior designer Mark D. Sikes. Mark is a veritable renaissance man with a furniture line, fabric collection, rug collection, book, fashion line, and of course his interior design business. He shares the story of how his Los Angeles home landed on the cover of House Beautiful, his love of fashion and experience working in fashion, how he approaches a new space, and how to get that effortless California style in your home.


Podcast, Episode 17: Domino Magazine Editor in Chief Jessica Romm Perez

By | May 16, 2017|Decorating, Podcast|0 Comments

New York living room from Domino magazine Photo: Nick Johnson

We recently traveled to High Point, North Carolina for their Spring Market and had the chance to sit down with some of our favorite tastemakers. This week we’re sharing our interview with the Editor in Chief of Domino Magazine, Jessica Romm Perez. To say she’s worked at some of our favorite magazines — Martha Stewart, Food & Wine, and Elle Decor just to name a few — so we loved chatting with her about what trends she’s seeing at market, her recent home renovation, and how her team dreams up such a gorgeous issue! Of course we couldn’t end the episode without her answering your decorating questions!