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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: July, 2019
Jul 30, 2019

Angie Hranowsky has been named one of the “20 Designers to Watch” by Traditional Home, included in Southern Living’s “Top Five Fastemakers” and featured in House Beautiful amongst many others. Based in Charleston, Angie's style combines modern, vintage, chic and colorful all to highlight the taste of lifestyle of her clients. She joins the show today to talk about finding the confidence to take risks, gives us a peek into her favorite projects, and shares a few of her favorite resources for buying vintage and antique.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Triumphs about awesome birthday gifts including new lamps, giant watercolor paper rolls, and mid-century modern sculptures.

  • Trials regarding kitchen shelves, very expensive power bills, and a nightmare situation with Taryn’s little boy.

  • Angie’s background, and how she got into design and started her own business in Charleston.

  • The Coastal Living Idea House, and how Angie went into it with the intention of making it look like a real project rather than just an idea.

  • Why Angie gravitates towards using colors, especially purple, yellow, and turquoise.

  • A few of Angie’s tips to get homes to feel beachy and coastal, without being too obvious in design.

  • Angie loves to mix all sorts of styles and textures, and has been incorporating modern, vintage and found pieces for years..

  • How Angie made the best of economically challenging times, and some of her personal budget friendly tips for making the home look beautiful.

  • How Angie ended up working with Darius Rucker and his wife, and the great time they had creating something original and chic while transforming their newly built home.

  • Your house can be more about the art and the objects, doesn’t have to be all about color.

  • Angie’s theory on threading color similar value and tone throughout the house.

  • Angie’s new project of a kitchen house, and how it might be the most colorful project she has done yet.

  • Angie’s unusual use of light fixtures, and why she tends to use vintage lamps to support originality in the homes.

  • Why it’s important to treat your furniture, to kid, pet and spill proof your home.

  • How to get a proper foyer, and why a package drop off room may be a thing in our near future.

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Decorating Dilemmas:

Angie has had the same scenario before, and looks like there is plenty of room on either side of the fireplace. (We think!) If there indeed is, drapes would cozy up the room and add warmth to the space. Bamboo blinds would work, if they are mounted up high behind the rod with an outside mount. The other option besides panels on either side of the fireplace is doing drapes on the long wall, and using custom Roman shades using the same fabric. If the space between the drapery and the fireplace is too close, you may have to do the Roman shades to match the style of the drapes.

 

Jul 23, 2019

We've gotten lots of emails about having Matthew Quinn and Ric Parrish on the podcast to talk about kitchens! They're the tour de force behind Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath, the premiere kitchen and design studio in Atlanta. They've worked with all of your favorite designers and most likely designed many of the dream kitchens you've all ogled. We know we certainly have. We ask all your burning questions and answer your kitchen conundrums.

What You'll Hear on This Episode

  • We talk about how Matthew got into kitchen and bath design
  • How and why he likes to design spaces with a unique look for each kitchen versus anything formuliac
  • How a client's closet might inspire his kitchen design
  • Popular finishes, colors, and materials
  • Why he prefers paneled appliances over exposed stainless ones
  • His must-haves for a great kitchen
  • Why it's important to learn everything he can about how a client cooks, entertains, and what kind of kitchen items they have
  • So much more!

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Jul 16, 2019

Recording from Karen’s cozy and mythical basement, President of Ballard Designs Ryan McKelvey joins the show. Ryan talks about what it is like to be the fearless leader at Ballard, and how he got here on his own career path. He discusses moments that made him grow professionally, gives us a glimpse into his own home designs, and shares what we can look forward to next at Ballard.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • More about Ryan’s start at L.L. Bean as a Manager in Product Development, and how he got to be the President of Ballard Designs.

  • Ryan has been working at Ballard for 19 years, and he has learned so much. He shares what is so special about the Ballard team, and his love for working with manufacturers to make the best products they can stand behind.

  • Ryan is a finance guy that can also plug into his creative side, and he loves both.

  • What Ryan means when he says he loves solving people’s issues with a sense of style.

  • The design concepts that Ryan uses in his own homes to get a traditional yet eclectic look, using almost 90% of Ballard items (and where that other 10% comes from).

  • How they built their home from the ground up and used scale drawings, a great builder and team, and a lot of research to do it correctly.

  • What life at a river cabin is really like, and the funny story of how Ryan created his electrical plan on the fly.

  • Our expert tips on how not to go completely crazy during a time of home building/renovation!

  • What Ryan learned about honesty and transparency when it comes to customer service, and examples where they also learned from their mistakes.

  • The next Ballard product that Ryan personally is excited about.

  • Why Ballard waits until a product is really ready to go to market rather than forcing or rushing something.

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Jul 9, 2019

Lee Ledbetter is both an architect and interior designer with a love for combining traditional details with chic Modernism. He joins the show to talk about his book The Art of Place, and the projects in which he helps the client get their dream vision that is both unique and comfortable for their life. Lee also discusses how his homes stay rooted in the deep history of New Orleans, yet create a win-win for function and livability. He also shares his love of smaller homes, why we should embrace the color chartreuse, and the top three things to hit up next time you are in New Orleans.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Triumphs about homemade essential oil cleaners, black fences, and Ballard clearance shopping spree.

  • Trials regarding carport mishaps, dead grass, and formal yet kid proof dining rooms.

  • Lee’s inspiration behind his book The Art of Place, and how this book showcases his ability to incorporate the historic with the modern and chic.

  • Lee’s background in both interior design and architecture, and why he himself loves working with both other decorators and landscape architectures.

  • How the furniture sketches in Lee’s initial plans serve to get an idea of how the room will best work and function.

  • That there is no wrong or right when it comes to what goes in the room, and it’s most important that the room serves its purpose for how the individuals live and entertain.

  • Lee’s renovations and adaptations of historic New Orleans homes, and how he blends contemporary design mixed with the reverence to the original structure.

  • The English Cottage kitchen of his brother and sister in law that Karen is very jealous of! Why the room feels more like a sitting room than a kitchen.

  • Some interesting facts about his modern home making it to the first on a New Orleans Historic Home list, and what exactly it is about New Orleans that Lee loves so much.

  • How he organizes his library.

  • It’s okay to downgrade if you don’t have a need for more rooms. Lee only has one room in his own dream home!

  • His take on open spaces, and why there is a luxury to height, volume, and open lighting.

  • Advice for someone building a home from the ground up.

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Decorating Dilemmas:

You don’t have to do a floor lamp, instead, Lee would try to find a tall round table like an English Reproduction Antique. If your budget allows for pattern drapery, a printed one would add some height to the room, but it is not a necessity right away. Adding a pair of vertical prints on each side would reinforce the window. The view outside the window is so green and pretty, that using color to unite the spaces would look beautiful. Chartreuse is one that plays great with your existing neutral palette.

Please do send us some “after” photos, we can never get enough!

 

 

Jul 2, 2019

We cover so much today with our guest, interior designer Matthew Carter, that it's an episode you don't want to miss! From brown furniture to bookshelves to investing in great pieces and so much more, Matthew offers us down-to-earth advice about decorating your home and how the laidback horse farms of Kentucky inform his style.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

    • Why a collected and beautiful house feels more evolved than everything matching
    • Matthew's design process which starts with fabrics and furniture layout
    • Matthew's background and how it has evolved 
    • Why it’s okay to mix and match colors, finishes and fabrics.
    • How to break up a room seamlessly, and why hosting a party can help you plan your furniture layout
    • Great ways to bring down the formality and humanize the room using a formulas for curtains, sofas and rugs
    • Built ins are a great way to add architecture to a space — just make sure you have books!
    • Painted chairs are always beautiful and a new coat of paint is a great way to freshen up a room
    • Every room needs a mix of high and low, and Matthew reminds us we can’t be too intimidated by decorating in general
    • If you have to move a pillow to sit down — it’s flat out wrong!
    • Matthew’s take on curtain length

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