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We want to teach you how to decorate! We'll help you unleash your inner decorator with interviews from interior designers, sharing the trials and triumphs from our own homes, and answering your burning decorating questions. Brought to you from the Ballard Designs team.

How to Decorate Ballard Designs

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We want to teach you how to decorate! We'll help you unleash your inner decorator with interviews from interior designers, sharing the trials and triumphs from our own homes, and answering your burning decorating questions. Brought to you from the Ballard Designs team.

    Ep. 295 Planning Multipurpose Rooms with Elizabeth Lawrence

    Ep. 295 Planning Multipurpose Rooms with Elizabeth Lawrence

    We welcome Elizabeth Lawrence, Interior Designer and Partner at Bunny Williams Inc. Elizabeth is an iconic designer known for her layered approach to traditional interiors, and her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor House, and much more. Elizabeth talks about her journey from intern to partner with Bunny, a few of her favorite Bunny-isms that make a room feel layered and comfortable, and some current things she’s loving in 2023. Elizabeth talks about her personal jumping-off point when starting in a home and how to add more creature comforts to your home.
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

    Elizabeth talks about her journey from intern to partner.

    How does Elizabeth’s personal style both align and dovetail with Bunny’s?

    The one color both she and Bunny aren’t a fan of.

    What about an unusual space that doesn’t have a natural layout? Are there different types of seating or things that one could try?

    Ideas for moving around furniture in a simple way that yields powerful changes.

    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Ballard Designs
    Elizabeth Lawrence IG
    Bunny Williams Home
    Decorating Dilemma
    First, congratulations on a beautiful house that already has some great and older details! Elizabeth sees your vision for wanting to show off the trim around the windows, and an important thing to remember is that every room doesn’t have to be the same. For curtains, something not too heavy with a thin metal rod would be read. It’s also really pretty to paint the trim color, and you can pick one of the nice colors in the wallpaper and accent both the trim and the ceiling with it. For the ceiling, Elizabeth recommends a hint of gray, blue, pink, or something light and beautiful.
    We like the wallpaper and the color options that it gives you, and you are lucky to have some good choices! Keep us updated, and thanks again for writing in.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 294: Blending Past and Present with Mallory Mathison

    Ep. 294: Blending Past and Present with Mallory Mathison

    We catch up this week with Atlanta-based designer Mallory Mathison, who blends the classical richness of the past with endless design possibilities for today. Mallory’s work has been featured in Southern Homes, Atlanta Homes, and most recently in the 2022 Flower Magazine Show House here in Atlanta. We talked with Mallory about how much we loved her room, and the steps she took to create a glowy, gilded garden room. Mallory shares what she loves about showrooms, and shares a few key pieces of wisdom to make your space classic and comfortable, and always ready for the perfect party.
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

    Mallory’s process of creating a character-driven showroom.

    How Mallory chose warm glittery glowy lighting and the perfect pink in her Show House room.

    How did Mallory hang her mirror in the show house on top of the beautiful fabric over a daybed?

    How do we make our bars look amazing and what can we do to be always party ready?

    The importance of staying on the good side of a contractor.

    Wicker is like comfort food for the home.

    How to use brackets in different ways.

    Where Mallory starts with color on a project.

    Tips for framing and creating a beautiful eye-catching gallery wall.


    Mentioned in This Episode:

    Ballard Designs

    Mallory Mathison: Website | IG



    Decorating Dilemma
    First off, what a cute kitchen! Mallory suggests really leaning into the historic nature of your home, instead of trying to make it “modern” and making it something that it’s not. First, we can make it feel cleaner and brighter, and definitely more stylish. For the color, Mallory suggests a very light soft celery green or green that has a bit more of a yellow base than a blue base. That's going to complement the purple tones much better than something that has a blue base. Check out Benjamin Moore’s “Stolen Moments 477”.
    You can also add crown molding that's appropriate to the house in the kitchen. On the walls, Mallory suggests an eggshell so you have reflectivity. In your little charming breakfast nook, we think you should use the Margo Hanging Shade Light Fixture and for flooring, check out American Restoration Tile.
    If you are needing to prioritize things, first do the lighting and then paint the cabinets. Thanks for writing in, and keep us posted!  

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 293: Trend Report for 2023

    Ep. 293: Trend Report for 2023

    It’s a really exciting show this week as we hear about the 2023 Ballard Designs Trend Report from Taryn and Hillary in Product Design. In this special episode, both Product Designers break down the latest in key interior design trends including color, finishings, wallpaper, and hospitality design. From a well-traveled home to color choices to a Barbie pink renaissance, we’ve got the latest and trendiest in interior design covered to help make your home an even more beautiful sanctuary.
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

    What is a trend report, and why did they go through this exercise?

    What’s popping in pattern and color?

    Some aspects of the well-traveled home.

    The indoor garden movement? Sign us up.

    A Pink Renaissance! Are we really living in a Barbie dream house?

    Trends for 2023 colors like Pantone, raspberry, and terracotta.

    Are chrome finishes going to get even more popular this year?

    Trends in fabric and wallpaper.

    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Ballard Designs

    • 45 min
    Ep. 292: Romancing the Home with Stewart Manger

    Ep. 292: Romancing the Home with Stewart Manger

    It’s all about getting out of the routine and the regular this week as we welcome New York-based interior designer Stewart Manger to the show. Stewart has worked in some of the most celebrated design offices in the United States, and we talk to him about learning from David Easton, Bunny Williams, and David Kleinberg as well as his advice for new and upcoming designers. Stewart shares the inspiration behind his new book, Romancing The Home, and gives us a few expert tips on balancing both style and comfort in design.
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

    How the point of view comes from the voice of the house as well as the client.

    Stewart’s ability to naturally blend traditional and modern while bringing in contemporary.

    How working with celebrated names like David Easton, Bunny Williams, and David Kleinberg influenced him and what elements of their work and habits he draws into his own practice now.

    How can we better distribute patterns around the room?

    How small details can have a large impact, such as leading edges on drapery.

    Ways to mix it up and get out of your own routine.

    Why your upholstery should be comfortable, and the rule that you shouldn’t buy a chair if you haven’t sat in it!

    Textured and tactile fabrics can make our furniture feel more comfortable.

    Why Stewart is a big fan of white kitchens and that NOW is the time to buy that brown furniture.

    How can we use rugs to warm up the room?

    What was it like for Stewart to hop over to Scotland and design a castle?

    The importance for future designers to work in a professional office for someone they admire.

    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Ballard Designs
    Stewart Manger
    @stewartmangerdesign
    Romancing the Home
    How to Make a Bed with Bunny Williams
    Decorating Dilemma:
    Thank you for writing in Susan! First, you have a great home and you are doing very well! Next, it is not a missed opportunity if you don’t fill the space, so don’t worry about that. Stewart agrees that you don’t want to over furnish it, and sometimes there are areas that don’t necessarily need anything at all. With that in mind, we agree that a bench can be a great method to add more storage and still put your Christmas tree there. Also, there is a 3-inch span of the wall next to the door, and you may want to consider an oversized bracket or wall-mounted table that can serve as a perch. Check out the Julian wall bracket. Here you can also add some lamps or candles to add a nice glow.

    • 48 min
    Ep. 291: Celebrating Ballard’s 40th Anniversary

    Ep. 291: Celebrating Ballard’s 40th Anniversary

    Karen Mooney, our fearless leader and President of Ballard Designs, joins us to celebrate the milestone of Ballard’s 40th Anniversary. We dive into the company history, how Ballard Designs grew into what it is now, and then Karen shares a few of her favorite trends over her 22 years with the brand. Then, we talk about what’s next for Ballard as it enter 2023 and everything beyond. Thank you so much for your support for Ballard Designs: we couldn’t have helped inspire home decorators over the past 40 years without our lovely patrons, community, and listeners like you.
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

    Who is Helen Ballard?

    The 40-year story of Ballard Designs.

    The value add of upholstery and unique other special touches Ballard is proud to give their customers.

    The history of architecture and design and the importance of mixing both high and low.

    Okay for real, how do you sneak an ottoman into a room during a coffee break?

    What really went on in the Ballard backroom?

    What products do we think “what was that?”

    Yes, monogrammed toilet paper is a thing.

    The importance of doing your homework in the design process.

    New Ballard news for 2023 and beyond.

    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Ballard Designs

    • 49 min
    Ep. 290: Aphrochic and the Legacy of Black Design

    Ep. 290: Aphrochic and the Legacy of Black Design

    It’s a very special episode this week as we welcome Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason, the brainchild of the husband and wife team behind AphroChic. Their latest release, AphroChic: Celebrating the Legacy of the Black Family Home, is a gorgeous and impactful book that showcases the stories of numerous homes and the in-depth conversations with the residents that celebrate their unique family story. Jeanine and Bryan talk about the inspiration behind the book and how the story of home begins way before we enter the home we’re in now. They talk about the decision to create a design book that is also a history book, and the intention of storytelling in a way that is educational, expansive, and entertaining.
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:


    Jeanine and Bryan talk about their journey into Aphrochic and their “why” behind the book.

    The families selected were some designers, but also teachers, chef, writers, and just people with aesthetic and authentic taste.


    Aphrochic shows that design is so much more than just choosing color and a palette. It’s about creating a feeling and sharing your story.

    The feeling of safety, freedom, and visibility is extremely important in many Black family homes.

    Jeanine and Bryan talk about their own upbringings and how the feeling of a space impacted them to their adult lives.

    Jeanine and Bryan talk about working together to write the book even through health challenges.

    The stories in Aphrochic tell stories of both economic perspectives between Black and white homes and also feature beautiful portraits of resilience and joy.

    What’s a “womb room?”

    A bit about what’s next for Jeanine and Bryan, including their magazine Aphrochic Magazine and a line of products.


    Mentioned in This Episode:
    AphroChic: Celebrating the Legacy of the Black Family Home

    • 58 min

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