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How to Decorate

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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Now displaying: April, 2019
Apr 30, 2019

Amy Vermillion joins the show to talk about her style that has been described as “comfortably elegant.” We talk about how good design can make your life easier, paint colors, an 80's house she brought into the 21st century, and her love of chandeliers. 

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

    • The renovation Amy has done again (and again!) from everything including the porch, office and master bedroom.
    • The rule Amy uses when picking pieces that will be permanent and timeless. 
    • Her biggest design pet peeves, and why we should all just do what we love.
    • The polarizing topics of gray, brown furniture, and a glimpse into the custom details she does for her clients.
    • Amy’s love of a chandelier as decorative jewelry for the ceiling.
    • Her description of a true 80’s house (but don’t knock a great wet bar in the den!)
    • What is a scullery, and why would someone who entertains love one?
    • How Amy gets to know her clients so she can design a space that functions for their lifestyle
    • We talk about the rising popularity of libraries
    • What people are doing with their TV’s now that they are getting larger than ever.
    • We talk paint colors and why it's so tricky to give someone a paint recommendation
    • How to address family photos to make them sleek and beautiful
Apr 23, 2019

Designer Cheryl Luckett joins the show today to talk about form, function, and why we should love a good antique. She shares her background story as a professional dietician turned blogger, and now the work and projects she is currently immersed in. She talks about pairing multiple fabrics together, where to invest and where to save, and the details people most often overlook. We also talk about her furniture collection, The Belle, and her business Dwell Interiors.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Cheryl’s story of working in corporate America for 15 years as a dietician and what led her to a path of design.

  • How to take an antique and make it work to add depth, history, and warmth to a home.

  • More about Cheryl’s experience as a blogger and ways she loves communicating with her clients and followers.

  • What are good pieces to invest in, and where you can save.

  • How we pair two fabrics together, and examples of recent clients where she put it to the test.

  • The details people often overlook, which can help you save time by knowing where your TV remote is!

  • The importance of form and function when creating a cozy yet sleek aesthetic.

  • When you should spend a whole night in your own guest quarters.

  • The essentials of what to put in a guest bathroom and bedroom. Get that plunger ready!

  • Why the smallest knick-knack can have a huge impression on creating a “lived in” feeling in a home.

  • Our love of white towels and pillows with just the right amount of fluff.

  • White towels.

  • Why we should live with something a few days before we make a final verdict on whether we like it or not, or if it works for our home.



Mentioned In This Episode:

Dwell By Cheryl

@dwellbycheryl



Decorating Dilemmas:


A: We think you should tackle the windows first, and you can break the space with two different treatments. Your drapery should be at least twice the width of your window, and you want to be able to effortlessly close it without it looking like a sheet. The gray wall is an opportunity to add some color and texture! Cheryl would take advantage of the light by having two living spaces, and a statement chandelier that is tight to the ceiling. A small seating area and some ottomans would provide some great seating for guests.



Apr 16, 2019

Award-winning decorator Susan Ferrier joins the show today. Known for creating sensuous, atmospheric interiors, Susan created Susan Ferrier Interiors and co-authored the book Art of the House. She talks about how she lights a room while creating drama, creating an architectural rhythm and symmetry in a room, breaking rules, and being bold.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Why Susan believes the people in the room need to be the pattern.

  • Her creative and explorative use of texture, and strategy of creating shadow with light and darker tones.

  • Her rule of thumb for having a way to read and drink wherever you sit in a room.

  • The two reasons she loves banquettes.

  • How she got into the business, and why she decided to start her own firm, Susan Ferrier Interiors.

  • How she gets inspired by her projects and the ways she digs in to develop a relationship with the people behind every project.

  • How she balances her clients’ with her own personal sense of style and expert quality of being what she refers to as a “visual mathematician”.

  • Which design rules we should be following, and which ones are meant to be broken.

  • The analogy of decorating our homes compared to dressing appropriately for our body type.

  • How we can afford to raise the dynamic design in our kitchens.

  • How Susan challenges the visual aspect of design by combining age with the sleek, modern, and shiny.

  • Susan’s rule for using metals, and if she thinks it will go out of style anytime soon.

  • What we can do to show those 1980’s homes some love and highlight the positive attributes.

  • How she lays out a room, and ways we can work with the view to best socialize the space.

  • How to not have the price tag displayed on the back of a mirror or painting, and instead have a clean and consistent view.

  • The foundation of creating a good interior for both very large spaces and smaller scale projects.

Mentioned In This Episode:

Susan Ferrier Interiors

@susanferrier

 

Apr 9, 2019

Decorator Fran Keenan joins the show this week to discuss her transition from magazine editor at Cottage Living to working with clients, and where she fell in love with the idea of functional and beautiful living. She also talks about how her family influences her work and vice versa, her love of transformation, what colors she currently loves working with most, and the importance of staying true to the personal narrative of the client.

  • Fran’s background as an editor at Cottage Living, and how that influences her to this very day when working on a design project.
  • What steps Fran took to launch her career as an interior designer, and how it went along with the time in her life where she wanted flexibility to spend time with her family.
  • What Fran loves most about working with homeowners.
  • More about the “alphabet” room, and ways Fran has succeeded from thinking outside of the box.
  • How to not have a boring laundry room — drinks anyone?!
  • Fran’s love of mixing functionality with style and warmth.
  • Her use of earthy colors in a way that still feels fresh and energetic.
  • Creative ways Fran pulls color throughout the house and creates a seamless transition throughout rooms.
  • The rule of thumb when it comes to painting moving objects inside the house.
  • A glimpse into the transformation of her own house, and the hilarious take her kids have on what type of houses she buys.
  • How the design process works when Fran moves into a new house, and the lessons of reprocessing within each change.
  • Mixing high and low. Where Fran splurges, and where she uses Ikea.
  • The use of book shelf displays in a way that coincides with the best use of space.
  • How to safeguard against common issues of creating a “Pretty House Prison”.
  • Starting points for using textiles and patterns to bring both a modern sleekness and primitive warmth to the house.
  • Storage solutions of hooks, baskets and hanging things!
Apr 2, 2019

Stylist, writer, editor and producer Stacy Kunstel swings by to talk about the fun of adding colors, how she works with interior designers, where she finds inspiration as a stylist and why it call comes down to being different in design. She also discusses what’s new in style and what we can expect in a few years, along with her personal favorite trends.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Stacy’s attraction to big colors and patterns, and how she mixes it with the traditional.

  • Why tradition doesn’t have to be boring - it can be big, bright and graphic.

  • Color makes people happy!

  • How Stacy picked the colors in her product line that were both on trend and ones she loved that has stood the test of time.

  • Stacy’s encouragement to mix lacquer with natural wood.

  • More about her furniture line, and how it came to be.

  • Why it’s your personality and point of view that makes the space so special and a feature so interesting.

  • Why taking some time to sit and organize ideas and visions is a game changer.

  • What a “drink drop” table is, and why they are so important.

  • A glimpse into Stacy’s job, and the many skills she needs to have to do her job as a stylist.

  • Tips for folks on what to leave on their dining room table.

  • Stacy’s advice to stick to the wedding theme when decorating. Go for something old, new, borrowed and blue.

  • Stacy’s favorite publications to get style inspiration and ideas.

 

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