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.
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:
Traditional Home magazine sat down with Suzanne Kasler to talk about her decorating style.
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 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 Canvases on each side of the mirror, one over the other. If your room is more traditional, place our Martini Prints on either side.
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
Purchasing a major piece of furniture requires a lot of thought. Make an investment with quality pieces that will provide comfort and style for many years to come. The Ballard Essentials are a perfect place to start. We offer our high quality upholstery collections – Vintage Vogue Collection, The Baldwin Collection or the Davenport Collection- with the ongoing availability of slipcovers in a wide variety of fabric choices.
Reason #1 - Long-Lasting Value
- Bench made
- Hardwood frames
- Patented Spring Systems
- Foam Core Cushions wrapped in Down Blend or Polyester Fiber
Choose the pieces you need from a wide variety of seating options. Purchasing pieces with timeless lines are a wise investment. Our upholstery fits as easily into a trendy loft as it does in a family room in suburbia. They never go out of style. Let the wide variety of fabric slipcover options determine your look.
- Trendy Loft Look – perhaps a Baldwin Sofa or our Davenport Sofa covered in latte velvet for a sophisticated start.
- Suburban Family Room – An off-white quilted slipcover on our Vintage Vogue Sofa is a comfortable, relaxed beginning to a room filled with personality.
If you have children or pets, slipcovers allow you to have the “designer look” while the family enjoys watching movies together without worrying about spills, stains, or the dog taking a nap when you’re out. Our slipcovers come in a wide variety of colors and patterns that can be easily removed for cleaning; maintaining a fresh look for years to come.
We just don’t move down the street anymore. Will that velvet sofa you had in Chicago still work in Atlanta? With Ballard Essentials change is a breeze. Choose a new slipcover in a lighter, brighter fabric for a fresh, new look. It’s that simple!
What worked in your old space may not in the new. Don’t panic. Why not make that extra bedroom extra special? Take the loveseat that no longer fits in the new living room, choose a new slipcover and transform that space into a den for watching those old black and white movies you love so much.
Reason #4 – Downsizing
Rethink and repurpose your furniture to fit a new, smaller space. Its smart and cost effective. You no longer need to purchase additional pieces; add a stylish slipcover in a new fabric and voila – the look you’ve dreamed of at a fraction of the cost!
Your favorite club chair and ottoman that once looked cozy in your family room is just too much for your new space. Take that cozy chair and ottoman, change the slipcovers, and transform the master bedroom alcove into your new reading sanctuary.