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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.

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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. 124: designer Jade Joyner

    Ep. 124: designer Jade Joyner

    Athens based designer Jade Joyner joins the show this week to talk about Metal + Petal, the full service interior design firm that she and her husband own and operate. We hear the inspiration behind Jade’s use of bold yet tasteful patterns and textures, and why she believes sometimes less is more. Jade also gives her advice on where to splurge and where to save, why she loves a good console table, and designing living rooms and kitchens for big families.
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

    Where Jade developed an eye for the bold and sculptural pieces we see on her blog and social media

    Jade’s use of unique silhouettes to create interest in a room

    Jade’s work with the Alpha Phi sorority to renovate a historic home into a residence for the group of young women

    Why Jade suggests carrying some aspect of a room’s color all throughout the house, whether it is in an accent piece, paint color, or accessory

    Don’t be afraid to edit. Jade reminds us that often, less is more.

    Some of Jade’s tips for using custom tables and sofas in living rooms, and why a great sofa that stands the test of time is one of her top items to splurge on.

    Hear why Jade loves a beautiful console table, and quite frankly — we agree!

    Our realization that ranches may be the next big dream home. They are spacious, more affordable, and offer things traditional houses may not.

    What projects Jade has now, including the Golden Pantry Market where she works with local artisans based in Athens.

    Behind the scenes of what really goes through a designer’s mind when their home is part of a photoshoot or magazine spread.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 123: designer Brian Patrick Flynn

    Ep. 123: designer Brian Patrick Flynn

    This week, Brian Patrick Flynn joins us to talk about his career path as a TV producer turned designer, now working on HGTV Dream Home and Urban Oasis. Brian combines his talents as a producer, writer, personality, and designer to create content, change lives, and bring a “it’s okay to not be perfect” vibe to design. Brian also talks with us about the TBS hit series Movie & a Makeover, his Icelandic getaway home, his own production company, Flynnside Out Productions, and his bucket list wedding in Antarctica.
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

    Brian’s first dream may have been to be an Art Director on MTV’s The Real World, but life had even bigger and better plans.

    More about how Brian worked his way to HGTV Dream Home and Urban Oasis.

    Brian’s Instagram is one of our favorites because of his beautiful production quality and storytelling on the photos and stories.

    Brian shares the amazing story of getting married in Antarctica, including seals, glaciers, and almost an avalanche.

    How Brian fell in love with Iceland so much that he decided to purchase space in a Historic Row Flat there, and why he loves the country so much.

    Tips for making a room comfortable for both men and women, and embracing what Brian refers to as the “soft masculine” of design.

    The first step to being perfect is deciding it’s perfectly okay to not be. When we embrace our uniqueness and flaws, we realize the character that makes our space beautiful.

    Brian’s dream celebrity to work with - and we all agree.

    Where Brian would splurge and be bold such as art and window treatments, and why he tends to stay classic when it comes to sofas.

    Brian’s home in Georgia, and what it’s like to own a home in the mountains.

    Why Brian loves a good piece of furniture used out of context, to keep things fresh and playful.

    Mentioned In This Episode:
    HGTV Dream Home | Urban Oasis
    Flynnside Out Productions
    Melanie Turner
    Kacey Musgraves
    Amy Osaba
    House Hunters International
    Tina Fey
    Sally King Benedict

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 122: designer Tom Scheerer

    Ep. 122: designer Tom Scheerer

    This week, New York based designer Tom Scheerer joins the show to talk about his background practicing architectural and interior design since 1985. Tom talks about his new book, More Decorating, and the inspiration behind the projects that display his sophisticated yet relaxed style. We also discuss incorporating more light and air into design, areas that we are okay to splurge and save, and why showering with your plants may not be the worst idea yet.
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

    More about Tom’s books, More Decorating, which came out in September of 2019, and Tom Scheerer Decorates, 2013.

    More about each of Tom’s six properties, and why each of them are special to him in their different ways.

    How Tom gets a strong picture in his mind early on when taking on a new project.

    Situations where Tom used found objects and works of art already existing inside the clients home.

    We pick Tom’s brain on using big sconces, communal headboards, and matching dressers to the wall art.

    Tom explains his own stylistic choices for his first New York apartment, and how it has differed from his other homes.

    How Tom picks inexpensive items, including IKEA chairs, and where he prefers to work with objects that are fine and stand the test of time.

    What Tom means when he says that he can sometimes like artists more than he likes work of art.

    Why Tom loves using tulip tables, and some ways they can elevate a space to give it a sturdy softness.

    The use of bold color in Tom’s Paris apartment, and ways that we can both use bold colors and have neutrals and beige work for us.

    Tom’s getaway Bahamian home that was featured in such publications as Architectural Digest.

    Mentioned In This Episode:
    More Decorating
    Tom Scheerer
    Ballard Designs Wembley Chair
    Ikea 365 glass

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep. Bonus: designer Maggie Griffin answers dilemmas

    Ep. Bonus: designer Maggie Griffin answers dilemmas

    Welcome to our special holiday bonus episode, to wrap up the year and answer all your remaining questions! Thank you so much for all the letters, inquiries, and fun over the past year and we look forward to answering even more questions in the New Year. We are joined by designer Maggie Griffin to help answer your questions, you may remember Maggie from a previous episode, and winning our special “Best Instagram To Follow” award. We answer questions from all types of dilemmas in this episode, including creating rooms that feel modern yet established, using upholstery to get more texture, how to spruce up a guest room, and tips to win when mixing contemporary with classic.
    Mentioned In This Episode:
    Ballard Designs
    Maggie Griffin Design
    Tammy Connor
    The Shade Room
    Decorating Dilemma
    Hi Lisa! It depends more on the feel you want to create for the room, but a leather ottoman is always a great place to start. It looks great and is easy to clean. You don’t want all bold patterns in the room, so make sure you balance out all the patterns and use different colors, shapes, and designs. There is nothing better than a velvet sofa, but a silk velvet sofa is hard to take care of and prevent stains!
    Kerry, you may be able to tell how excited we are about your space due to our photoshopped plan for you that was already sent back! Next, a giant piece of art over the sofa would look great, and moving the secretary hutch will help fill the room and counterbalance the built-in and the fireplace with the TV on it. We think splitting the silhouette of your four children to flank the window will add some symmetry. A beautiful gray rug would cover the carpet and make it cozier. Maggie suggests adding a chandelier, maybe something modern or funky!
    Thank you Becky, and wow, what a nice space! So, an 8 foot wide sofa would give you plenty of room to walk around, and a console table with some lamps behind the sofa would be lovely. A chair in the corner to the right of the fireplace would give another nook to sit and read, or just enjoy a cup of coffee.
    Maggie loves wallpaper, but thinks it could be so fun to paint the room one color. It would give you a soothing look that would match your table and chairs. She would put a cushion and some pillows in the window, and a big area rug to give the room some texture. We also suggest a bigger and more modern chandelier hung 32-34 inches from the table top for more romantic light. Three chairs on each side would give great seating options but also give you ample room on the sides. Check out Ballard’s acrylic shelves, and if you want plate inspiration check out Maggie’s Instagram.
    A sofa with a taller back and large side table with floor to ceiling drapery would give this beautiful historical home what it needs! We recommend a new rug and even going a little riskier with the accessories and colors you use! The name of the game here is chunky lamps and big side tables. Painting your built in is not a deal breaker, but can be really fun. Check out the Kenneth Pleated Drum Shade Chandelier!
    We first wanted to give some suggestions about your drapery! The rod pocket is dating it a bit, and a ring would be easier to move back and forth. Maddie mentions that adding a bamboo shade behind the bed would be easy to open and close. To find a seamstress that you love, try fabric stores, a dry cleaner, or just good old word of mouth. We do feel as though the lamps are a bit small, and a rectangular shade can look great. A mirror on either side of the window would be beautiful and reflect light. In terms of color, off white or cream would give it a clean and cozy look.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Ep. 121: designer Vern Yip

    Ep. 121: designer Vern Yip

    Designer Vern Yip returns to the show to tell us about his new book, Vacation at Home and gives us insight into 18 special steps to create your everyday getaway inside your home. He talks about why we feel so relaxed on vacation and in luxury environments, and how we can start to foster that in our homes with a foundation that helps us live the way we want, and takes things off our “to do” list permanently. Vern also shares how he keeps his personal home so beautiful with kids and over 500 lbs of dogs, why fewer but bigger may be better, and a few suggestions for picking out a color scheme that will work best for your home.
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

    Vern Yip is back to talk about his new book Vacation at Home, but first, we must give a special nod to his book Design Wise that won the podcast’s award for “Best Design Book”.

    A special quick mindfulness practice to gain clarity on how to visualize a space that gives you that feeling of rest and regeneration.

    Some great ideas on decluttering, storing mail, and deciding what things should stay or go.

    A few of Vern’s 18 primary rules to creating a home that feels as though you are on vacation.

    Why we breakdown things in terms of things we love, things we need, and where exactly that thing will go.

    The beauty of refreshing your environment and rotating things out, even including bedroom art.

    What Vern means when he says “designing for a focal point” to create a view and give the eyes a rest.

    Yes, it’s possible to take things permanently off your to-do list. Vern explains how organic components and great planning can assist in this mission.

    Symmetry is your friend, and Vern shares some things you can do to implement a sense of organization and balance.

    Why we will never go longer than a week before washing our hand towels!!

    How Vern set a few easy rules and guidelines for his children to follow to keep the home neat and free of toys scattered about.

    Mentioned In This Episode:
    Vern Yip
    Vacation at Home
    Marie Kondo

    Decorating Dilemma
    First off, wow. What a beautiful home with an amazing view. We suggest working with spacing first. You can use our Room Planning Tool to put in the dimensions of your room (and even your furniture!) and figure all of it out before you start purchasing things. After that, Vern agrees that the walls should be a lighter color than the ceiling. To create a feeling of expansion and openness.
    Vern thinks this is a great room in terms of windows. We do think, however, that the cut out is making it less symmetrical, so just something to consider. Vern mentions that you can possibly edit your furniture and take off some of the open shelving. Second, when you decide to put window treatments, take the curtain rod all the way up and have your treatments go under the crown to the floor. This will increase the perception of volume in the room. Don’t be afraid of a contrast color, and when it comes time to choose your wall color, Vern suggests having a couple ideas up on the wall, and take down the ones you don’t like until you are left with two or three. Then, you can get sample pots and see how they perform before you make a single choice.  

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Ep. 120: textile designer Lisa Fine

    Ep. 120: textile designer Lisa Fine

    Textile designer Lisa Fine joins the show this week to talk about how she got into textile design, the path that unfolded after a trip to India, and the top things we should know when working with textiles. Lisa also shares the inspiration behind her new book, Near & Far, and wisdom she has inherited from starting and running her own business. This episode will also support that there is beauty in imperfection, and if you love something you can find a place for it in your home.
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

    How Lisa got into textile design, and why she feels it is such a crucial piece to having a home that is both stylish and comfortable.

    The travels to India that got Lisa even more passionate about textiles, and also what she loves so much about Persian textiles.

    A few twists and turns that occurred while Lisa was growing her own business, and how she took them as learning lessons to get even better.

    Why Lisa loves a hand-printed linen so much, and how it creates a natural yet custom made look.

    Beauty is in imperfection, so embrace the flaws and know it’s okay to not have things perfectly perfect!

    Lisa works in homes that range from grand and opulent to refined and simple. Hear how she makes things work for each particular space.

    Lisa believes if you love something, you can find a place for it in your home.

    Why we are here for the trend of using one particular pattern to the point where it becomes a neutral.

    Slipcovers can be a great way to give your couch shape and a streamlined look, but there are certain things you need to know when using them.

    Mentioned In This Episode:
    Lisa Fine Textiles
    Near & Far
    Richard Keith Langham
    Wine Away
    The Frame TV

    Decorating Dilemma
    First, Lisa loves that you want a lot of seating areas, and this space is great for entertaining already! It also seems like putting the dining room near the kitchen would work well, and we either vote for a round table to welcome a break from the square, or put the dining room table in front of the fireplace where the sofa is. Maybe the length of the sofa goes perpendicular to the fireplace, and put the two chairs across from it. A slip to cover the chairs would be a great way to match the sofa and have a theme carry across the room. We would love to sit in front of the fireplace too, so feel free to get creative with your seating in front of it!
    We think it’s brilliant the way you have used tape to outline where everything will go, so good use of understanding proportion already! We are okay with the TV in front of the fireplace, and just suggest bringing in more round shapes in your bookshelf accessories to add some softness to the room.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

Stephk4 ,

A rare treasure!

I have listened since the beginning and I feel like these girls are my friends! Their chatter and banter and peeks in their careers and personal lives make it SO RELATABLE and then when they interview truly great and famous designers it makes the whole thing fun and approachable. With some of these big names, other people could make it sterile and intimidating but not the Ballard Girls! They talk about real life and how living life in your home affects design. Cannot say enough about how great it is!! Thank you for keeping me company, teaching me, and inspiring me while I do housework (it’s my favorite listen while catching up on chores!). You really do lift my mood!

hgnester ,

Ballard Designs is my Inspiration

Number one: I’ve been a Ballard Serial Fan since 1997! Girls!!! Seriously, I love the trials and triumphs and I’m learning so much from ya all! I love decorating and I’m learning so much from the podcast! I tuned in because I keep getting proposals for decorating jobs and I know how to decorate for myself but doing it for another person is a little intimidating! I’m learning so much! Keep it up!

FLLaw32 ,

Used to love this, but something is off

This podcast has been solid for a while, but lately I have been picking up on some tension between the two younger hosts. Let’s keep it fun, ladies. They keep mentioning some award show but apparently it’s only on Instagram. Please post the audio here and the video on youtube so all can see it. Btw - The YouTube presence is sad and needs some work. Check out House beautiful, AD, etc.

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