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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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Ep. 153: designer Jena Salmon

We kick off this week’s show with our favorite design books, and what better time to start reading then now, while we are all still at home? Then, we welcome designer Jena Salmon from Atlanta to talk about her style that incorporates classic and traditional with a little funk. Jena discusses her love of color, how novices can get started with bold choices that will stand the test of time, tips and tricks for wallpaper, and ways to mix in traditional older pieces with modern furniture and design. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Our top books in design for beginners, fancy homes, “normals”, and everyone in between! Design books can be an investment themselves, but they are a great accessory and also make for great gifts and trading. Jena’s style is funky, but also classic and traditional. She shares how just using one acrylic or contemporary piece out of context can make a big difference. How to choose colors that are bold but stand the test of time. An inner glimpse at a Frank...

68 MIN2 d ago
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Ep. 153: designer Jena Salmon

Ep. 152: design firm Massucco Warner

This week we give a warm welcome to Julie Massucco Kleiner and Melissa Warner, founding designers of the West Coast-based firm Massucco Warner. Their portfolio is a joy to look at, so we couldn’t wait to catch up with them to talk about using color, texture, and unexpected details in an approachable way. We also talk with Julie and Melissa about patterns, their great lamp game, making the most of the space in a double-height room, the importance of using samples, and color threading from room to room. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Why Julie and Melissa love working with color so much, and how they pull it off in such a fun and approachable way. Neutral doesn’t always have to mean beige or white, it can be navy blue or any other solid color when done correctly. Ways we can color thread throughout our home so colors complement rather than compete with one another. Using samples are important and leave them out long enough to decide if it really is a fit for your everyday life l...

68 MIN1 w ago
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Ep. 152: design firm Massucco Warner

Ep. 151: designer Courtney McLeod

Let’s bring some joy and color into our week with Courtney McLeod, the designer behind Right Meets Left Interiors. Known for her beautiful and fun yet sophisticated body of work, Courtney is a true pro at using color to create joy and personality in her clients' homes. She talks with us about taking risks in business and in design, ways that we can start to incorporate more color in our design, and how to use color in small spaces. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Trials and triumphs about new art lighting up our homes, a doctor’s visit for the pup, and great solutions for those unorganized beach towels. How Courtney’s background of business and the finance industry mixes with her artistic side to create a perfect balance of mixing creativity with the analytical. Courtney’s process at Right Meets Left Design is all about listening to her clients and interpreting their desires and dreams into what is doable for their particular situation, taste, and budget. Color doesn’t always have to be loud, but it can be just as interesting when it is soft. Having a contrast of shapes creates an interesting and engaging space, so it’s not all about going all angular or all circular. Ways we can work with color, even if it intimidates us. Also, using color in small spaces and busting the myth that you can’t use bold color in a small space. Do what feels good for you when it comes to color and pieces that you love. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks, or if you aren’t able to use it in your home just yet - you will one day! The inspiration behind Courtney’s super cute designs in both New Orleans and Antiqua. Fun and imaginative ideas for kids rooms that are interactive and great to stand the test of time including a comic book mural wall. Mentioned In This Episode: Melissa McGill Ballard Cabot Hook Sherwin Williams Dynamic Blue @rightmeetsleftinteriordesign Right Meets Left Interior Design Decorating Dilemma: The tile to the ceiling is one of our favorite tricks, so we are glad you did that, and your space already has incredible bones and structure! It looks like you already have an area for counter stools in the kitchen and a really great dining area, so maybe make the center section more of a seating area and snacking area. We would recommend a tight back bench so you don’t get the squishiness when you sit on it and you can have an upright feel. Check out our banquette sofas, and one that was skirted would add some softness with a classic dining table look. For a chandelier, something smaller and undersized that looked like a little jewel would be super cool. ____________________________________________________________________ Your pieces have great lines, and we do agree that the brown feels a bit heavy. The two head chairs with chartreuse cushions would be excellent as white, making the cushions pop even more. Check out the Ballard chair options here, If you do decide to go for print, pick a print where your accent color is that smallest color in that print. You will be surprised how the solid will pair with the print.

74 MIN2 w ago
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Ep. 151: designer Courtney McLeod

Ep. 150: designer Marika Meyer

This week we welcome Designer and Artist Marika Meyer, who has a lot of advice about fabrics and rugs from creating and running her own firm, Marika Meyer Textiles. Marika discusses her style that mixes beautiful patterns, polished pieces, and rooms that can provide both beauty and space for young families. Marika also talks with us about how to keep a room looking elevated and gorgeous even when it is heavily used, the process of creating fabrics, and how she picks a color palette for her collection. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Trials and triumphs about the removal of both a cast and trees on the roof, some patio construction, repurposing a terrarium, and some creative fixes for lighting up a ceiling, Marika combined her love of business and data with art and photography when following a career in design and opening her own firm. Being a designer is a very personal business, so you better make sure you are into people before you choose this path! Our homes can be the backgro...

76 MIN3 w ago
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Ep. 150: designer Marika Meyer

Ep. 149: Cullman & Kravis designers Ellie Cullman and Sarah Ramsey

This week, we welcome Ellie Cullman and Sarah Ramsey of Cullman & Kravis Associates, one of the top design firms in the country known for providing the highest quality of design and personal service. They discuss how the firm was founded and rose to be one of the leaders in design, along with the inspiration behind their new book, From Classic To Contemporary. We talk with them about ways to infuse traditional interiors with a modern and liveable perspective, what to do when you don’t want to be formal in a larger space, and how to create an art collection that best showcases your emotions and unique style. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Ellie shares her great story of getting into design through a screenplay that didn’t go to well in a pitch meeting. The four ways to make a huge impact when creating a space that feels refreshed and flows seamlessly. All your art does not have to come from one specific time period or collection. You can have art reflect your individual taste a...

59 MINJUL 14
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Ep. 149: Cullman & Kravis designers Ellie Cullman and Sarah Ramsey

Ep. 148: designer Jonathan Adler

This week we are joined by the wonderful, whimsical, and swagger filled Jonathan Adler. He talks with us about how he grew up on a tiny farm town in New Jersey and used his skills as a potter to see beyond just one path and create a huge and well-respected name in the industry as a designer, author, and personality. Jonathan shares how he got started in design, the inspiration behind the iconic Parker Hotel Palm Springs and Modern American Glamour style, why worrying about trends is a thing of the past, and why we shouldn’t be afraid to design with putting our most optimistic and bold foot forward. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Trials and triumphs including a whole lot of painting, Ikea basket storage, furniture placement, and office spruce up. Jonathan grew up in a tiny farm town in New Jersey and tried pottery when he was 12 at camp. He fell immediately in love with the art and knew he wanted to pursue it for his lifelong passion in a unique and inimitable way. Jonathan got studio space in SoHo by teaching classes and his atypical thinking kept him open to branching out towards all elements of design, including his friends’ home. Jonathan’s Modern American Glamourous style encourages people to reach beyond their limitations and preconceived style restrictions and get as funky and weird as they want. As a decorator, Jonathan feels like he is a slimming mirror for his clients, reflecting the best and most optimistic version of themselves. Why a neutral slate is a great place to start and build colorful and whimsical additions. Jonathan shares how he used timeless elements mixed with rustic modern and hippie aesthetic in the Parker Hotel, and what his process was behind the refresh. Why we can take more risks now more than ever with so many options being out there that trends are really just more about people picking what they personally like. Mentioned In This Episode: Jonathan Adler Jonathan’s Hilarious Timeline @jonathanadler Benjamin Moore Crushed Velvet New York Magazine Elle Decor Parker Palm Springs David Hicks Strand Book Store Decorating Dilemma: First off, this house is incredible and your staircase is amazing! What Jonathan would do is keep the floors and paint everything else white including the kitchen. Since it is a loft-like space, you will need to do some seating pavilions and pads. White walls and wood floors will bring a cohesive feel. We are loving the front doors! Marble would be lovely for the countertops.

49 MINJUL 7
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Ep. 148: designer Jonathan Adler

Ep. 147: Dorm Room Decorating

We have two very exciting guests this week, Jennie Seward and Ann Mashburn. These two powerhouse designers just happened to have daughters that ended up rooming together as college freshmen and are now two peas in a very well decorated pod. Jennie and Ann talk with us about ways to maximize space in a small shared area, tips for making the most out of bed storage, and share a few of their favorite budget-friendly ideas for adding warmth and personality to a dorm. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Trials and triumphs about a broken femur, trip to Maine, a very heavy fountain, dripping faucets, and much more! How Jennie and Ann’s daughters ended up rooming together, and how these two peas in a pod get along. The difference between decorating a dorm room for a boy vs. a girl, and why the boys just may be happy with one loan Home Depot bucket. How Pinterest has changed dorm room decorating, and where Jenny and Ann and their daughter’s collected ideas for inspiration. All about the bed including bed skirts, maximizing storage, and reupholstered sidewalk headboard. How to keep spaces separate for sleeping and studying, even if space is an issue. Ideas to decorate the walls and not have them so bare without needing to spend too much money. Tell your kids you will buy everything once, so they know to keep good care of what they have! Our love for the touch kitchen faucet, and why it will change your life! Mentioned In This Episode: Jennie Seward | @jenniesewardco Ann Mashburn | Sid Mashburn | @annmashburn Casper Mattress Ikea Pinterest Garnet Hill Decorating Dilemma: We agree that you should paint the brick and the green should be painted a nice off white. Changing your hardware could really modernize your kitchen, and you can check out Ballard’s hardware for some inspiration. Add some great lighting such as a fabulous light fixture over the island. You may not need stools for the counter, and this will add space for one long bench without having people bump into each other.

72 MINJUN 30
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Ep. 147: Dorm Room Decorating

Ep. 146: Dining Room Basics

This week it’s all about the dining room, kitchen, and fun seating options with our in-house expert Sara Stephen. Sara guides us through ways that we can use our existing dining room and kitchen furniture to maximize space, support the flow of a room, and create a consistent yet not too matchy look. We talk with Sara about how to choose a dining room table, what trends she is seeing in the world of kitchen and dining decor, why banquettes and benches are so hot right now, and whether you really need to sit next to your loved one at a party. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: What to look for a dining room table including size, shape, function, clean up ability, and seating size. Beautiful fabrics that are also easy to care for - they are out there! Sara explains which fabrics are great for families that have to deal with spills and messes way too often. How to know which chairs go with which tables, and it’s okay to mix and match! We can also have host and hostess chairs that stan...

56 MINJUN 23
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Ep. 146: Dining Room Basics

Ep. 145: designer Dana Wolter

In today’s episode, Birmingham, Alabama interior designer Dana Wolter joins the podcast to about how to create drama and edge in design, ways to use texture and layers to create softness, and the magic of drapery panels. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Trials and triumphs about the most traumatic power outage, new house plans, digital picture frames, adjusting to a longer working from home schedule, paint color testing, rose tips, and some fun basement renovation. Dana’s goal is to give her clients something custom, unique, long-lasting, and special to them. When using trendy pieces, she tends to pick items that are a lower price point so it’s not a huge loss to move along from them every few years. Dana gives some advice on creating drama and edge using different layers and textures. Just because a space is neutral, doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of depth and layering. When the architecture is strong, we need less drama in our design. Coming from a large family, Dana understands first hand how important it is to create a space that is comfortable and able to expand with any family needs. Dana’s take on how high up the wall art should go up to create balance and work with the scale of a room. Why we just love sconces so much not only to fill the room with light but add an element of drama and art. A pair of chaise lounge chairs in the living room can be a comfortable and inviting solution for more seating. Mentioned In This Episode: @danawolterinteriors Dana Wolter Interiors Traditional Home Spring 2020 Livable Home Ballard Designs IG TV William McClure Skylight Digital Picture Frame Decorating Dilemma: Congrats on your new home and you are so close! We need to find a way to ground the space in the dining area, and a banquette would add some weight. Check out the Coventry one that we have at Ballard. Add some sconces! We love the art on the credenza, placing a beautiful bowl with some books could add layers to your already wonderful foundation. We have an acrylic bar cart that would vibe with your modern yet traditional look, and this would bring in another fun texture.

81 MINJUN 16
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Ep. 145: designer Dana Wolter

Ep. 144: designer Keita Turner

Our guest Keita Turner is a New York-based interior designer who talks with us about stepping out of your comfort zone, rules for hanging art, and ways you can find what works for you and blend it together in a seamlessly clean and interesting way. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Trials and triumphs featuring a beautiful painting with a floating frame, working without an office, the perfect place for a great houseplant, a water heater that won’t define us, How effective command hooks and organizational trays can be to keep our spaces free and clear. Keita shares how her background in mass-market fashion and high-pressure corporate work lead her to take classes and work for her mother in interior design. How Keita’s mother’s style inspired her own, and ways that they are different in their personal approach. How freelancing gave Keita the confidence to know that she could branch out on her own. Keita’s motto: “don’t be afraid to do things that frighten you.” Ways that we ca...

79 MINJUN 9
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Ep. 144: designer Keita Turner

Latest Episodes

Ep. 153: designer Jena Salmon

We kick off this week’s show with our favorite design books, and what better time to start reading then now, while we are all still at home? Then, we welcome designer Jena Salmon from Atlanta to talk about her style that incorporates classic and traditional with a little funk. Jena discusses her love of color, how novices can get started with bold choices that will stand the test of time, tips and tricks for wallpaper, and ways to mix in traditional older pieces with modern furniture and design. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Our top books in design for beginners, fancy homes, “normals”, and everyone in between! Design books can be an investment themselves, but they are a great accessory and also make for great gifts and trading. Jena’s style is funky, but also classic and traditional. She shares how just using one acrylic or contemporary piece out of context can make a big difference. How to choose colors that are bold but stand the test of time. An inner glimpse at a Frank...

68 MIN2 d ago
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Ep. 153: designer Jena Salmon

Ep. 152: design firm Massucco Warner

This week we give a warm welcome to Julie Massucco Kleiner and Melissa Warner, founding designers of the West Coast-based firm Massucco Warner. Their portfolio is a joy to look at, so we couldn’t wait to catch up with them to talk about using color, texture, and unexpected details in an approachable way. We also talk with Julie and Melissa about patterns, their great lamp game, making the most of the space in a double-height room, the importance of using samples, and color threading from room to room. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Why Julie and Melissa love working with color so much, and how they pull it off in such a fun and approachable way. Neutral doesn’t always have to mean beige or white, it can be navy blue or any other solid color when done correctly. Ways we can color thread throughout our home so colors complement rather than compete with one another. Using samples are important and leave them out long enough to decide if it really is a fit for your everyday life l...

68 MIN1 w ago
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Ep. 152: design firm Massucco Warner

Ep. 151: designer Courtney McLeod

Let’s bring some joy and color into our week with Courtney McLeod, the designer behind Right Meets Left Interiors. Known for her beautiful and fun yet sophisticated body of work, Courtney is a true pro at using color to create joy and personality in her clients' homes. She talks with us about taking risks in business and in design, ways that we can start to incorporate more color in our design, and how to use color in small spaces. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Trials and triumphs about new art lighting up our homes, a doctor’s visit for the pup, and great solutions for those unorganized beach towels. How Courtney’s background of business and the finance industry mixes with her artistic side to create a perfect balance of mixing creativity with the analytical. Courtney’s process at Right Meets Left Design is all about listening to her clients and interpreting their desires and dreams into what is doable for their particular situation, taste, and budget. Color doesn’t always have to be loud, but it can be just as interesting when it is soft. Having a contrast of shapes creates an interesting and engaging space, so it’s not all about going all angular or all circular. Ways we can work with color, even if it intimidates us. Also, using color in small spaces and busting the myth that you can’t use bold color in a small space. Do what feels good for you when it comes to color and pieces that you love. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks, or if you aren’t able to use it in your home just yet - you will one day! The inspiration behind Courtney’s super cute designs in both New Orleans and Antiqua. Fun and imaginative ideas for kids rooms that are interactive and great to stand the test of time including a comic book mural wall. Mentioned In This Episode: Melissa McGill Ballard Cabot Hook Sherwin Williams Dynamic Blue @rightmeetsleftinteriordesign Right Meets Left Interior Design Decorating Dilemma: The tile to the ceiling is one of our favorite tricks, so we are glad you did that, and your space already has incredible bones and structure! It looks like you already have an area for counter stools in the kitchen and a really great dining area, so maybe make the center section more of a seating area and snacking area. We would recommend a tight back bench so you don’t get the squishiness when you sit on it and you can have an upright feel. Check out our banquette sofas, and one that was skirted would add some softness with a classic dining table look. For a chandelier, something smaller and undersized that looked like a little jewel would be super cool. ____________________________________________________________________ Your pieces have great lines, and we do agree that the brown feels a bit heavy. The two head chairs with chartreuse cushions would be excellent as white, making the cushions pop even more. Check out the Ballard chair options here, If you do decide to go for print, pick a print where your accent color is that smallest color in that print. You will be surprised how the solid will pair with the print.

74 MIN2 w ago
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Ep. 151: designer Courtney McLeod

Ep. 150: designer Marika Meyer

This week we welcome Designer and Artist Marika Meyer, who has a lot of advice about fabrics and rugs from creating and running her own firm, Marika Meyer Textiles. Marika discusses her style that mixes beautiful patterns, polished pieces, and rooms that can provide both beauty and space for young families. Marika also talks with us about how to keep a room looking elevated and gorgeous even when it is heavily used, the process of creating fabrics, and how she picks a color palette for her collection. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Trials and triumphs about the removal of both a cast and trees on the roof, some patio construction, repurposing a terrarium, and some creative fixes for lighting up a ceiling, Marika combined her love of business and data with art and photography when following a career in design and opening her own firm. Being a designer is a very personal business, so you better make sure you are into people before you choose this path! Our homes can be the backgro...

76 MIN3 w ago
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Ep. 150: designer Marika Meyer

Ep. 149: Cullman & Kravis designers Ellie Cullman and Sarah Ramsey

This week, we welcome Ellie Cullman and Sarah Ramsey of Cullman & Kravis Associates, one of the top design firms in the country known for providing the highest quality of design and personal service. They discuss how the firm was founded and rose to be one of the leaders in design, along with the inspiration behind their new book, From Classic To Contemporary. We talk with them about ways to infuse traditional interiors with a modern and liveable perspective, what to do when you don’t want to be formal in a larger space, and how to create an art collection that best showcases your emotions and unique style. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Ellie shares her great story of getting into design through a screenplay that didn’t go to well in a pitch meeting. The four ways to make a huge impact when creating a space that feels refreshed and flows seamlessly. All your art does not have to come from one specific time period or collection. You can have art reflect your individual taste a...

59 MINJUL 14
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Ep. 149: Cullman & Kravis designers Ellie Cullman and Sarah Ramsey

Ep. 148: designer Jonathan Adler

This week we are joined by the wonderful, whimsical, and swagger filled Jonathan Adler. He talks with us about how he grew up on a tiny farm town in New Jersey and used his skills as a potter to see beyond just one path and create a huge and well-respected name in the industry as a designer, author, and personality. Jonathan shares how he got started in design, the inspiration behind the iconic Parker Hotel Palm Springs and Modern American Glamour style, why worrying about trends is a thing of the past, and why we shouldn’t be afraid to design with putting our most optimistic and bold foot forward. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Trials and triumphs including a whole lot of painting, Ikea basket storage, furniture placement, and office spruce up. Jonathan grew up in a tiny farm town in New Jersey and tried pottery when he was 12 at camp. He fell immediately in love with the art and knew he wanted to pursue it for his lifelong passion in a unique and inimitable way. Jonathan got studio space in SoHo by teaching classes and his atypical thinking kept him open to branching out towards all elements of design, including his friends’ home. Jonathan’s Modern American Glamourous style encourages people to reach beyond their limitations and preconceived style restrictions and get as funky and weird as they want. As a decorator, Jonathan feels like he is a slimming mirror for his clients, reflecting the best and most optimistic version of themselves. Why a neutral slate is a great place to start and build colorful and whimsical additions. Jonathan shares how he used timeless elements mixed with rustic modern and hippie aesthetic in the Parker Hotel, and what his process was behind the refresh. Why we can take more risks now more than ever with so many options being out there that trends are really just more about people picking what they personally like. Mentioned In This Episode: Jonathan Adler Jonathan’s Hilarious Timeline @jonathanadler Benjamin Moore Crushed Velvet New York Magazine Elle Decor Parker Palm Springs David Hicks Strand Book Store Decorating Dilemma: First off, this house is incredible and your staircase is amazing! What Jonathan would do is keep the floors and paint everything else white including the kitchen. Since it is a loft-like space, you will need to do some seating pavilions and pads. White walls and wood floors will bring a cohesive feel. We are loving the front doors! Marble would be lovely for the countertops.

49 MINJUL 7
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Ep. 148: designer Jonathan Adler

Ep. 147: Dorm Room Decorating

We have two very exciting guests this week, Jennie Seward and Ann Mashburn. These two powerhouse designers just happened to have daughters that ended up rooming together as college freshmen and are now two peas in a very well decorated pod. Jennie and Ann talk with us about ways to maximize space in a small shared area, tips for making the most out of bed storage, and share a few of their favorite budget-friendly ideas for adding warmth and personality to a dorm. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Trials and triumphs about a broken femur, trip to Maine, a very heavy fountain, dripping faucets, and much more! How Jennie and Ann’s daughters ended up rooming together, and how these two peas in a pod get along. The difference between decorating a dorm room for a boy vs. a girl, and why the boys just may be happy with one loan Home Depot bucket. How Pinterest has changed dorm room decorating, and where Jenny and Ann and their daughter’s collected ideas for inspiration. All about the bed including bed skirts, maximizing storage, and reupholstered sidewalk headboard. How to keep spaces separate for sleeping and studying, even if space is an issue. Ideas to decorate the walls and not have them so bare without needing to spend too much money. Tell your kids you will buy everything once, so they know to keep good care of what they have! Our love for the touch kitchen faucet, and why it will change your life! Mentioned In This Episode: Jennie Seward | @jenniesewardco Ann Mashburn | Sid Mashburn | @annmashburn Casper Mattress Ikea Pinterest Garnet Hill Decorating Dilemma: We agree that you should paint the brick and the green should be painted a nice off white. Changing your hardware could really modernize your kitchen, and you can check out Ballard’s hardware for some inspiration. Add some great lighting such as a fabulous light fixture over the island. You may not need stools for the counter, and this will add space for one long bench without having people bump into each other.

72 MINJUN 30
Comments
Ep. 147: Dorm Room Decorating

Ep. 146: Dining Room Basics

This week it’s all about the dining room, kitchen, and fun seating options with our in-house expert Sara Stephen. Sara guides us through ways that we can use our existing dining room and kitchen furniture to maximize space, support the flow of a room, and create a consistent yet not too matchy look. We talk with Sara about how to choose a dining room table, what trends she is seeing in the world of kitchen and dining decor, why banquettes and benches are so hot right now, and whether you really need to sit next to your loved one at a party. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: What to look for a dining room table including size, shape, function, clean up ability, and seating size. Beautiful fabrics that are also easy to care for - they are out there! Sara explains which fabrics are great for families that have to deal with spills and messes way too often. How to know which chairs go with which tables, and it’s okay to mix and match! We can also have host and hostess chairs that stan...

56 MINJUN 23
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Ep. 146: Dining Room Basics

Ep. 145: designer Dana Wolter

In today’s episode, Birmingham, Alabama interior designer Dana Wolter joins the podcast to about how to create drama and edge in design, ways to use texture and layers to create softness, and the magic of drapery panels. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Trials and triumphs about the most traumatic power outage, new house plans, digital picture frames, adjusting to a longer working from home schedule, paint color testing, rose tips, and some fun basement renovation. Dana’s goal is to give her clients something custom, unique, long-lasting, and special to them. When using trendy pieces, she tends to pick items that are a lower price point so it’s not a huge loss to move along from them every few years. Dana gives some advice on creating drama and edge using different layers and textures. Just because a space is neutral, doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of depth and layering. When the architecture is strong, we need less drama in our design. Coming from a large family, Dana understands first hand how important it is to create a space that is comfortable and able to expand with any family needs. Dana’s take on how high up the wall art should go up to create balance and work with the scale of a room. Why we just love sconces so much not only to fill the room with light but add an element of drama and art. A pair of chaise lounge chairs in the living room can be a comfortable and inviting solution for more seating. Mentioned In This Episode: @danawolterinteriors Dana Wolter Interiors Traditional Home Spring 2020 Livable Home Ballard Designs IG TV William McClure Skylight Digital Picture Frame Decorating Dilemma: Congrats on your new home and you are so close! We need to find a way to ground the space in the dining area, and a banquette would add some weight. Check out the Coventry one that we have at Ballard. Add some sconces! We love the art on the credenza, placing a beautiful bowl with some books could add layers to your already wonderful foundation. We have an acrylic bar cart that would vibe with your modern yet traditional look, and this would bring in another fun texture.

81 MINJUN 16
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Ep. 145: designer Dana Wolter

Ep. 144: designer Keita Turner

Our guest Keita Turner is a New York-based interior designer who talks with us about stepping out of your comfort zone, rules for hanging art, and ways you can find what works for you and blend it together in a seamlessly clean and interesting way. What You’ll Hear On This Episode: Trials and triumphs featuring a beautiful painting with a floating frame, working without an office, the perfect place for a great houseplant, a water heater that won’t define us, How effective command hooks and organizational trays can be to keep our spaces free and clear. Keita shares how her background in mass-market fashion and high-pressure corporate work lead her to take classes and work for her mother in interior design. How Keita’s mother’s style inspired her own, and ways that they are different in their personal approach. How freelancing gave Keita the confidence to know that she could branch out on her own. Keita’s motto: “don’t be afraid to do things that frighten you.” Ways that we ca...

79 MINJUN 9
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Ep. 144: designer Keita Turner
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