Jun 25

4th of July – Let’s Celebrate! Ideas for Entertaining – Tabletops & Recipes

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There is no better occasion for a cookout with friends and family than the Fourth of July.
Celebrate with a red, white and blue color scheme.

Feb 7

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.

May 24

How to Plant a Fabulous Window Box

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Not only do window boxes go a long way in adding curb appeal to a home, they’re also great for apartment dwellers who still wish to indulge a green thumb. Whether placed outside a window, on a balcony or even inside, a window box with a pretty mix of plants, flowers or herbs can bring cheerfulness and color to any environment. Here are a few tips to ensure you love the outcome.

Jul 15

A Special Summer Retreat by Karen G.

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Living in the South, you need a place you can shade yourself from the hot sun.  My Porch is just that place.  I added a daybed and filled it with Sunbrella  Canvas Blue Pillows and Brown Damask Pillows for a comfy feel.  When the sun gets too hot – I close the Sunbrella Canvas Blue Outdoor Drapes and it keeps, not only the porch cool, but my kitchen as well.  Lastly, I added the indoor/outdoor Verona Rug – it transformed the porch into a room.  Can’t you just taste the cool lemonade?


Jun 21

Why We Love Our Indoor/Outdoor Rugs

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When we first introduced Outdoor Rugs more than five years ago, we admittedly had one thing in mind: transforming drab outdoor spaces into truly magnificent outdoor rooms. We were so excited to find durable fade- and weather-resistant rugs that were equally fashionable. They brought instant color and anchored seating areas to finish the look. We were in love.

It wasn’t until our fashion-forward customers started telling us how they used their Outdoor Rugs inside their homes that we began to see them in a different light. Party planners, pet owners and moms alike had discovered that our rugs held up beautifully in high-traffic areas—and didn’t require an ounce of sacrifice in the style department.


Naturally, we tried them in our homes and around the office and became true believers. And this is how a new hybrid category was born—and became all the rage.

Here are our top five reasons why we love using our Indoor/Outdoor Rugs inside.


Invitingly soft feel


Remember those scratchy fake astro-turf doormats and poolside rugs of yore? Thankfully, today’s versions are so surprisingly soft that you wouldn’t think twice about kicking your shoes off and getting down low for some floor time. They’re also shed free and have a low pile, which makes them perfect for kids’ rooms and play areas.


Incredibly long lasting

Indoor/Outdoor Rugs are woven from polypropylene (or a blend) for long-lasting durability and incredible stain resistance. So there’s no need to freak out the next time someone drops barbecue sauce or even a glass of red wine all over your carpet—which is why you might want to consider using them in eating areas.

Easy to clean

And just in case the above example actually does happen, all you have to do is give it a good spray with the garden hose. For a deep clean, a mild soap or degreaser and scrub brush should do the trick. You won’t ever have to worry about the inconvenience or expense of taking your rug to the dry cleaners. For this reason, we let them take a beating in our busiest spaces, like the foyer, kitchen and family room.


Fashion forward

Indoor/Outdoor Rugs are available in a wide array of sizes, colors and designs that work in any décor. And if you like the look of natural jute, choose a more neutral style to blend in your space. These versatile rugs really do mix with a variety of furniture styles, from Louis to Vintage Vogue.

Not expensive

Did we mention the price? Because they can be produced relatively cheaply, these rugs are a bargain! If you’re on a budget, polypropylene rugs are a great alternative to wool and other natural fiber rugs.


For years you may have been using one of our Indoor/Outdoor Rugs to bring style and comfort to an outdoor space. And now you just may want to bring the look indoors, too.

May 31

Planters – Not Just For Plants Anymore!

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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.

From aged urns to colorful clay pots to classic window boxes, planters provide pretty texture and color for your favorite outdoor spot. Plus, they’re easily portable so you can rearrange and repurpose them to meet your needs of the moment.

There’s no need to be too matchy-matchy when it comes to containers. A mix of vintage and new pots in a variety of finishes and sizes adds loads of visual appeal. All that’s important is creating a great place to gather this summer.

Here are our top 5 uses for our favorite planters:


Not a gardener? Use a few potted containers to create lush, easy-to-maintain landscaping for your outdoor space all season long. A mix of foliage plants and flowers provide instant color—just choose the palette to suit your site.

Mar 9

“The Perfect Mirror” From Malissa

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Malissa from Atlanta loves decorating with Ballard!

The perfect mirror from Ballard. We removed a less than attractive mantle and hung the mirror – It made the fireplace the focal point of the room.


 Key West Chairs and the Heart Throb Frog


The Seek Happiness Print greets everyone at our table!


Adirondack Chairs
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