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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: June, 2019
Jun 25, 2019

Nashville designer Tori Alexander sits down with us to talk about taking risks with paint, her $59,000 dining table (that she bought for $1000), green as her secret weapon, and much more!

What You'll Hear on the Show:

  • Her background and how she started her business in California when a neighbor asked for her help
  • She tells us a story about a dining table she bought off Craigslit
  • Why it's important to invest in upholstery but to find deals and one of a kind pieces on Craigslist
  • MEASURE
  • Find one place to start and work from there
  • Why Tori loves Ballard but why she never shies away from mixing high and low
  • Why you should consider the energy of your home before choosing the design
  • "The magic happen just beyond the point of comfort"
  • Why Tori loves green and blue
  • Why you shouldn't necessarily consider art when decorating your room
  • We talk about scale for that dreaded empty space over the back of the sofa
  • Some of Tori's favorite affordable sources for art
  • Why window treatments can help you solve issues like window placement and scale
Jun 18, 2019

Sitting down with Ashley Whittaker was such a joy, and we're confident you'll learn a TON from this episode. It's one of my favorite episodes to date because we talk about creating color palettes, why every room needs something grimy, the 'hows' and 'whys' of the room and why they're more important than the 'whats,' and why a jewel tone works in almost any space. We also talk about the difference between color tone and value and why that's important to consider when decorating your home.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Ashley wasn’t formally educated as a designer, but she cites working for a good designer as some of the best education out there.

  • More about how Ashley and her team find a thread throughout each room of the home to have a place for our eye to land and bring restfulness to the design.

  • The importance of contrast in decorating, and why we don’t have to be matchy matchy.

  • Why seeing it on paper is sometimes easier than walking through the house, and a few of Ashley’s favorite storyboard ideas.

  • What traditional elements Ashley finds herself gravitating towards, and ways she keeps it fun and fresh.

  • Why it’s good to feel pretty, but not too pretty, and how throwing in an “ugly” flower now and then can take our projects to the next level.

  • The golden rule of staying sane while decorating: Let go of control and be perfectly imperfect.

  • Ashey’s goal on making sure clients really love their rooms, and the more livable the better.

  • Her stunning use of wallpapers, and why we shouldn’t be afraid of it.

  • Why she loves velvet, jewel tones, and camo green.

  • Why the finishes are important to creating contrast, and her tendency to take a dark room and make it even darker.

Mentioned In This Episode

Decorating Dilemmas:

We love what you have going already! Some of Ashley’s suggestions are to leave the ledge undecorated, and think about putting a plantation shutter on the window, so it becomes more architectural and less of a window. Ashley always likes to be on the second floor reaching out to touch the light from the balcony, so that may be something to aim for in the future as well. Her rule for adding a light fixture: take the length and width of feet in a room and add them together for the inches. A large chandelier would add some depth and fill out the room. If you are also looking for a great shoe organizer, check out this one from Ballard Design!

Jun 11, 2019

Charleston designer Olivia Brock joins the show to talk about her firm Torrance Mitchell Design and her background in historic preservation. We cover it all -- how she fell into interior design, tips on mixing the old and the new, and her go-to paint colors.

  • Olivia never planned on being a designer, but rather a real estate developer that focused on adaptive reuse of historical buildings
  • How Olivia started as a paint color consultant 
  • The differences between normal housing and the sensitive nature of working with a historical home
  • Olivia's house in Southern Living which she and her husband totally restored
  • Our partnership with Olivia on the Traditional Home Southern Style Now Showhouse, and the inspiration behind the guest room 
  • How to make old things look fresh and pairing antiques with a modern pieces
  • Why she sees historical buildings as people that want to tell you their story, and it is up to us to listen
  • We talk paint -- testing swatches, favorite whites, and more
  • Brown furniture is making a comeback, baby!
  • Why patience, a great eye for antiques, and love for a home is truly necessary when embarking on a project
  • How curtains can really do a lot for a room, and what types Olivia recommends
Jun 4, 2019

Seriously charming Keith Arnold, Vice President of Suzanne Kasler Interiors, joins the podcast this week to talk about his path to design, the pyramid rule, flower arranging, and his new shop KeithEtc.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • How Keith started working with Suzanne over 15 years ago, the many jobs before that helped him in his wide array of roles now.

  • Keith’s background of attending Auburn University with a degree of Architecture, working in visual merchandising for Neiman Marcus and Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

  • How Keith and Suzanne collaborate and how he styles the photoshoots and projects.

  • Keith’s new collaborative venture, Keith Etc. To curate the best in both the old and the new.

  • The ways Keith and Suzanne use colors in big swathes and practice restraint yet an open mind when it comes to breaking the rules.

  • His love of the saffron color!

  • Why France is Keith’s favorite place to shop, and his favorite places in Atlanta.

  • The Pyramid Rule as a structure to start from in design for shelving.

  • The flowers Keith likes to use in a home, how he became an instant celebrity by using lemons in a flower arrangement.

  • Tulip styling tips, where Keith buys his flowers and plants, and why a flower should still look like a flower.

Mentioned In This Episode

Suzanne Kasler

Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Scotts Antique Market

Kenneth Turners Flower Style

Alexa Hampton

@keithharrisarnold

@keith.etc

 

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