Aug 2

Decorating an Entryway Area

2017-02-03T16:12:28+00:00 By |Decorating Dilemmas|0 Comments

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.

Marsha B Collage 2

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

2017-02-03T16:12:30+00:00 By |Decorating Dilemmas|0 Comments

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.

Rosie G Collage

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

2017-02-03T16:12:39+00:00 By |Decorating Dilemmas|0 Comments

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

May 9

Long Hallway and oversized stairway wall

2017-02-03T16:12:40+00:00 By |Decorating Dilemmas|0 Comments

Dear Style Studio,

I have a large corridor hallway. On one side is a living room opening and on the other side are french doors across from the living room. The challenge are the walls up to that break point, because they are four feet each. I am not sure what to put on these walls because I think you would look with your peripheral vision while walking through the corridor, which seems annoyingly distracting.

Also I have a very large staircase with very grand walls throughout. We will be doing woodwork molding throughout that area but for now the walls are bare and insanely big. I have tried a group of family pictures with 20 or so pictures but they did not look very good.

Thank you.


Long Hallway


Hi Melissa,

What dazzling natural light you have coming into your space! Because the walls are right across from each other, consider flanking the walls by the French doors with large mirrors. This prepares your space to hang single art pieces on the walls on either side of your living room opening. The mirror will reflect an image of the artwork. Now when you walk through the area, you will see reflected light and color … how beautiful that would be! Our choice for a  mirror is our Bone Arched Mirror.

Bone Arched Mirror

Now for that large stairway wall … consider adding pieces to the wall that give some visual breathing space. The windows above are in a grid layout so try hanging pieces on your empty space in a random pattern.  We suggest our Relief Plaques Textured in various sizes. Play around with location and size to achieve a truly unique wall treatment.

Relief Plaques

Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team