outdoor living

Jul 23

How to Care for Sunbrella Fabrics

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Striped Sunbrella fabric

How To Care For Your Sunbrella Fabrics

The How to Decorate Team has received quite a few inquiries on the care of Sunbrella fabric. Our customers are now using Sunbrella fabric for indoor decorating. They are having their sofas, chairs and pillows covered in the durable and lasting fabric. We thought it was a good time to post Sunbrella’s Care Guide to help our Ballard customers keep their furniture looking fresh and new.

May 9

How to Coordinate Our Outdoor Fabrics

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When the weather turns nice and the days grow longer, we find ourselves spending as much time as possible outside.

And while we love bringing the outdoors in, this is the time of year to take the indoors out.

With that in mind, our designers have pulled together groups of coordinating outdoor fabrics that will help make your exterior living spaces as chic as your interiors (you can find the four color-coordinating collections on the last page of our May 2013 catalog).


Apr 13

Perfect Palettes for Outdoor Décor

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Island Paradise

perfect palette for outdoor

Looking for the feel of Nantucket in the summer?  Than this color combination is for you.  The vibrant blue so often seen on the island, coupled with the fresh look of the rust adds up to an island delight.

Mar 21

How To Care For Your Outdoor Furniture

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One of the most important elements to creating an enjoyable outdoor living experience is comfortable and attractive furniture. You’re more likely to spend quality time in the great outdoors if you love your environment.  Once you have the right seating that enhances the look and functionality of your space, it’s important to maintain your furniture, so it lasts as long as possible.  Follow our tips for caring for your wood, metal, wicker or resin outdoor furniture. To extend the life of your furniture, we recommend storing it indoors or protect it with covers during long periods of non-use.

Mar 18

Get Creative with Your Planters

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How can we count the ways we love planters? They’re one of the most useful and versatile outdoor accessories we can think of, especially if you want to add impact without spending a lot of money.

Feb 26

Replacing Outdoor Cushions – We’ll Show You How to Measure!

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How to measure for replacement cushions

Warmer days are ahead. Now’s the time to get your outdoor living spaces ready, so you can enjoy a beautiful day at a moment’s notice.

Feb 25

Try This Look: Renewing an Outdoor Space

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  1. After the long chill of winter we’re eager for warmer weather. It’s almost time to fling open the doors and welcome spring, so now is the time to spruce up your outdoor spaces. This season, we’re introducing a mix of patterns, an unexpected pop of color and indoor comforts for an entirely new look. Do try this at home!