We’re Into: French Industrial

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Louis Metal Side Table from Ballard Designs

We’ve brought home countless vintage pieces over the years from our annual antiquing trips to France, but there is one style in particular that we can’t seem to get enough of — French industrial.


How to Decorate with Side Tables

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Despite their small size, side tables are among the most flexible and functional pieces of furniture around. They’re more than just a place to set your drink – these versatile players can provide much-needed storage, serve up food and drink in style, and occasionally, can even pinch-hit as extra seating. Plus, their modest proportions and low price-point makes them an easy way to play around with different finishes, colors and shapes in your decor.  Don’t limit yourself to matching sets – mix and match them throughout your space to achieve exactly the look and utility you’re after. Here are some things to consider when choosing side tables for your home:



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It’s very nicely made, sturdy and beautifully styled.



Step Outside with Suzanne Kasler and Traditional Home

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Traditional Home magazine sat down with Suzanne Kasler to talk about her decorating style.


Choosing The Right Bar Stools

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I just bought a 5-foot bar for my family room. I put it in the center of the back wall and put up a 36″ mirror behind it. The bar is black granite on the top and the bar is wood. I need to find 2 bar stools that swivel and something to put on the walls or furniture for either side of the bar. I guess whatever I do on one side I have to do the same on the other? I don’t know what to do.

Desperately awaiting your response,



We have a variety of barstool styles online, but with your bar’s black granite top, we suggest the Chippendale Bar Stool in black. Keep in mind, when choosing the right bar stool, be sure to check the height of the seat for a perfect fit.

As for the walls, it really depends on the current décor in your room. For a more contemporary look, try placing three of our Abstract Artwork Canvases on each side of the mirror, one over the other. If your room is more traditional, place our landscape printson either side.


Country Living House of the Year (video)

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Ballard Designs was proud to be a part of Country Living’s 2012 House of the Year installation, which was displayed at the World Financial Center in New York City. This year, Country Living put a new twist on their annual event – creating three 250-square-foot micro cottages rather than one large home. The cottages, which were designed by a team of experts, featured a kitchen, a guest room, and an entrepreneur’s studio. The “Room to Spare” project raised more than $5,000 for new programs to support Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), a non-profit organization that helps employ women in various construction fields.

a closer look at the guest bedroom

a closer look at the studio

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4 Reasons to Invest in a Quality Sofa

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4 Reasons to Invest in a Quality Sofa

Choosing a sofa requires a lot of thought. Make an investment with quality pieces that will provide comfort and style for many years to come. Ballard Sofa Collections are a perfect place to start. We offer our high quality upholstery collections – Vintage Vogue Collection, Eton Collection, the Manchester Collection,the Baldwin Collection, the Davenport Collection, and the new Larkin Collection – with the ongoing availability of slipcovers in a wide variety of fabric choices.