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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: August, 2019
Aug 27, 2019

Designer Amanda Lindroth joined us all the way from the Bahamas to chat with us about her home collection, book, her interior design work, and all of the joys (and difficulties) of decorating homes in your favorite vacation spots. We even talk about the Dunmore Hotel where she used our upholstery pieces. You'll be shocked to hear all that goes into maintaining this beautiful property!

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Trials of towels hanging on display where they don’t need to be, soapy stoves, crazy sinks and backordered rugs.

  • Triumphs over a beautiful blue outdoor rug, sink and special chair finds.

  • Amanda would have been a designer sooner if she knew that was a viable option!

  • Amanda grew up living in a house with perfect mathematical scale, and that taught her about proportion right off the bat.

  • What it was like for Amanda to grow up in South Florida in the 1970’s, and how it influenced her design now in the Bahamas.

  • What people look for when decorating on an island home and resort. Warning — this will make you want to go on vacation ASAP!

  • Amanada was intentional with learning about color, and studied it in a serious and motivated fashion.

  • Why Amanda loves a pink wall, and it can be a neutral to go with everything.

  • Why decorating for people’s second and third homes can often be easier, but they still may get sticker shock when it comes to tax and duties of the island!

  • How Amanda navigates doing business in so many locations, and having a team all over the world.

  • Setting a tone for using timeless antiques with a modern and contemporary touch.

  • The places to spend money and really invest in great quality pieces, and what areas we can super glue it all together.

  • Amanda’s thrift shop mentality suites life in the Bahamas well, and it’s not easy to replace things so she pays attention to every single thing she brings in and how she can reuse and recycle.

  • Amanda’s book, Island Hopping, that takes us everywhere from Antigua to Cranberry Island.

  • What we can expect next from the Amanda Lindroth product line, including lighting in early 2010.

Aug 20, 2019

Susan Jamieson, award-winning interior designer out of Richmond, VA, joins the show to talk about her brand Bridget Beari, her new line of wallpapers, and how her Southern upbringing gave her a foundation for the warm and imaginative style we see today. Susan also talks about the importance of knowing the mood you are trying to create, why we shouldn’t be afraid to use different whites, and her effective and practical steps of mixing patterns together.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Trials of a $600+ power bill, boxwood hedge trimmers, and a broken dishwasher.

  • Triumphs of outsourcing yard work, an outdoor bench, and dish towel upgrades.

  • How Susan’s business Bridget Beari has expanded from design to home furnishings to paint and wallpaper.

  • Wallpaper is having a major moment, and Susan gives her thoughts on why it’s here to stay and not something to be afraid of.

  • Susan’s line takes the guesswork of picking the right color for the client’s specific design and needs.

  • Susan loves pushing boundaries and making each project unique to the client based on their taste and the architecture.

  • How growing up in the south affected her taste and gave her a foundation of working in a Southern style with warmth and hospitality.

  • How to use texture and contrast when working without color, and why it’s okay to not match whites.

  • Why neutrals can sometimes be harder to work with than color, and the three main things to think about before you should even pick the color.

  • The importance of identifying the mood one is trying to create when picking a direction for fabrics, textures, and colors of a room.

 

Mentioned In This Episode

Harringdons

Alys Beach

Bridget Beari

Bridget Beari Colors

Susan Jamieson

@bridgetbeari

Ballard Designs

 

Decorating Dilemmas:

Susan thinks a round entry foyer is amazing, and she would put a round rug and a beautiful lacquered table in the middle with an even larger statement chandelier. She also suggests making it even more Spanish, and adding some jewel box color with crisp white trim to give it even more umph.

 

Susan would start with balancing the light on both levels, including a lamplight and light in the foyer. She would add a surface fixture outside the front door and maybe a pair of lamps depending on your mood. We love the idea of several fixtures that are grouped together.

Aug 13, 2019

Whitney McGregor, interior Designer based in South Carolina, joins the show today. Whitney’s home was recently featured in Southern Living, and talks about her traditional yet playful and welcoming style. She explains what she means when she tells her clients to “listen to the house”, her inspiration of combining clean with beautiful and traditional, and the importance of being transparent about your budget when working with a designer. 

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Triumphs on grass cloth wallpaper, dorm shopping, and a great anniversary copper wine cooler and pillow
  • Trials about a dilemma on dead grass and hydrangea placement, and the same anniversary shaggy pink pillow
  • When you go bold, go with a color you know you like.
  • The special art of picking out gifts for people, and if you should go on or off the list.
  • How Whitney incorporates fun and fresh beauty steeped in the traditional.
  • Whitney is a self taught decorator, and has been designing for fun since she was only 4 years old.
  • The mistakes Whitney gave herself permission to make when decorating her own home, and the lessons she learned from them.
  • More about her new home, and how the flow and light caught the attention of Whitney and her husband.
  • Why Whitney is a proponent of living in a house before making any major changes to it.
  • Whitney doesn’t care if art matches, it’s all about how it makes herself and her clients feel and the emotion it stirs in them.
  • The difference between splurging and investing, and why it’s important to be transparent about your budget.

Mentioned In This Episode

Aug 6, 2019

It's a pretty exciting episode today. When brainstorming how to celebrate our 100th episode, we wanted to talk about everything we've learned and all of the best tidbits our guests have shared with us. We hope you'll enjoy it!

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