Oct 15

Calisse Lantern – Perfect for the Foyer! by Kara D.

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“Love how the Calisse Lantern looks in my Entry.”

Sep 3

Entry Way with off center window

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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.

Aug 2

Decorating an Entryway Area

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Dear Style Studio,

I don’t know what to put in the upstairs hall (the high wall going up the steps) or what to put on the plant shelf where the window is. I prefer not to put all pictures … I’m looking for something “different.”

Style can be contemporary or coastal … I love sea shell pics too! The existing picture on the high wall has to go.


Entryway Stairs

Entryway Stairs

Window Above Doorway


Let’s start at the top of the stairs. Consider hanging our Diamante Leaner Mirror on the second floor wall. This mirror will be stunning as it reflects the natural light throughout the entryway.

Diamante Mirror Angled

Next, the wall to the left of the stairs has a unique shape due to its architectural structure. We suggest the best way to tackle this wall is to hang a grouping of different objects.

We have started the idea below using our Bateau Wood Mirrors in Blue and our Conchae Botanica Prints.

Hanging them on a loose grid and working up the stairs produces a single artwork piece made of smaller elements.

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To help extend the color of the sea shell prints and give your chandelier a little update, we suggest switching your current chandelier shades to our Grasscloth Drum Shades in chambray blue.

For your final area of concern, the ledge under the window, you might consider leaving it empty … giving the focus to other areas in the space.

If you still feel compelled to add something, try a single element. A large lantern placed slightly to the right of the window sill will give just the right amount of interest to this space. Add one of our remote Flameless Candles for easy control.

Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team

Jul 16

Help Me Decorate My Foyer

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Dear Style Studio,

Can you please help me decorate my Foyer? We have just moved into our new house.

The colors (except the wall) will be changed.

Thank you,






Congratulations on your new home! What an exciting new adventure.

The entryway is important since it is the first impression of your new home, so make it beautiful and memorable!

As you take the first step inside, lay out the Colby Rug as the  first hint of your entryway color story. This rug has beautiful tones that will beautifully combine the floor, handrail, paint color and artwork.

Because your stairway is curved, the curved wall below it is calling for a round table. We suggest one of our 30-inch Terrific Tables skirted in blue linen as a focal point. Don’t forget to top it with a protective glass top and then load it up with varying height accessories … like our Avery Terrarium.
Consider even adding a lamp for beautiful soft lighting during the evening hours.

Pull in our St. Simons Chair, in a dark finish, as a resting spot to check for last minute details before running out the door. We suggest wrapping it in Imogene Blue.

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On the large wall to the left when coming in the front door, we recommend hanging the Crown and Crest Linen Tapestry and then settling a Marlow Bench below it.

Since there is plenty of room on this wall, you might consider flanking the tapestry piece with wall sconces as a final touch.

As your first guest arrive to enjoy your new home, they will be refreshed with the cooler hues of your new space.

Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team

Jun 4

Small Entryway Needs Decorating Help

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Dear Style Studio Team,

I love that Ballard Designs has this support for their customers. I love your products and point of view. I would LOVE your help.

The entryway space inside my front door is tight and the wall is small (with a light switch right where I want to hang something).

The wall to the right of the door is 26 3/4″ wide. I would love a place to place keys and even store shoes or just look nice.

My style is rustic/vintage/eclectic. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.



Front Entryway

Dear Nora,

When walking in the front door, it is always good to have landing spot for your keys and phone.

Since your space is smaller, we suggest using the Benton Etagere in a rubbed chalk white finish. This piece is open and light which will keep your entrance from feeling heavy.

Use the shorter version of the Benton and then stack three mirrors above it for last minute lipstick touch-ups.

Arrondi Collection

Benton Etagere

This little storage gem will certainly meet your needs and styling choice.

Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team

Related: How to Decorate a Foyer

Jun 4

Zoe backless bench with cushion and Ballard pillows by Sarah V.

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This area is the front entry way. I wanted the space to feel warm and inviting. I love the items I have used from Ballard’s because they are great in this space but also in many others since I love to change my spaces up frequently.

May 21

Furniture Placement In An Unusual Living Room

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Dear Style Studio,

I’m just moving into a new Florida home and need suggestions on how to place furniture in this unusual living room space, which is separate from a family room.

There is a wood floor surrounded by a tile walkway to other parts of the house. There are double French doors for the front door, as well as, going out to the lanai. It is a blank space and I would welcome any ideas for type of furniture, placement, and wall decor.

Thank you,


P.S. There is no furniture by the front door. The photo was from the previous owner who had a country motif. I am into more casual elegant.

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room


We are excited for you – moving into a new home! We adore your space and think it screams … symmetry!

Armed with the coastal style and symmetry as our guide, we have created a plan that will have you feeling at home in no time.

Since you have a large space when you first arrive at your door, consider laying down a rug on the tile and topping it with a round table. We think our Sydney Table in rubbed cream would be a good option and it is the perfect resting place for your keys and cell phone. Add a vase of fresh, colorful flowers as the perfect “welcome” for whomever walks through the door.

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Your entrance is really stunning from outside, consider replacing your light fixture with our Orb Chandelier in bronze. This impressive chandelier with an openwork sphere of hand wrought iron will reflect beautifully in the window.

On the wood floor try placing a rug, like our Hollis Rug for color, and then place two of our Jasmine Ottomans centered in in the room but to the end of the rug.

Next we recommend adding two settees facing each other. We suggest our Sofia Settee along with colorful pillows to emphasize the coastal colors. Place our Olivia Bronze Coffee table in between and anchor each settee with our Marrakech Table.

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A pair of our Durham Consoles will fit perfect on each angled wall. Top these tables with two of our La Blanc Jardin Prints as a finishing touch!

On the walls leading out to the lanai, consider flanking the doors with our Cartagena Sconce light fixtures. A little lighting drama is always a good thing!

Don’t forget to add lamps to the space and beautiful linen drapery panels on each side of the French door for softness.

Following this plan will create a space that is refreshing at the beginning of the day and soothing at the end!

Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team