Entries in Ballard Designs (4)


new lantern lighting for my kitchen


This post is a LONG time coming - and not just because it's been forever since I've blogged!  It's taken me seven years to make up my mind on a chandelier for my breakfast nook and then find one I won't get tired of as soon as it's installed, but I'm excited to say I've found the perfect, linear, oversize lantern and I'm OBSESSED!  If you guys have been reading along here for a while you know I've had my heart set on finding an oversized lantern light for over my breakfast table but the search has been ridiculous because everything I found was either dwarfed by my vaulted ceilings or cost a couple month's worth of mortgage payments.'s much harder than you might think to find a ginormous lantern chandelier for less than a down payment on a car!

I had seen the Sheffield 8-light lantern chandelier by Ballard Designs before but it wasn't until a few weeks ago when another catalogue landed in my mailbox that I thought it just might work in my space.  It was also on major sale so I bit the bullet and ordered it and you know what?  I LOVE IT!  It's just what the space needed; it's the perfect size, the finish is beautiful and the guy who installed it said he was amazed at the quality. 

The only thing I will say I wasn't crazy about was the fake wax drip candle sleeves (sorry, Ballard), but that was a quick and easy fix.  I ordered a pack of plain white plastic sleeves from Amazon and gave them a few light coats of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint, which matches the finish so perfectly.  This is a great way to modernize a chandelier on the cheap!

I finally feel like this space is finished, which is really saying a lot because I've constantly been changing things up to compensate for the fact that I had the wrong size lighting in here for so long. It adds just the right amount of drama and the prettiest, softest light (I used 15 watt bulbs).  I highly, highly recommend this fixture if you're looking for an oversize lantern light.  Thank you, Ballard...from the bottom of my oversize lantern loving, indecisive heart, thank you!


lots to love at ballard!

I've been slowly but surely making my way through the mountain of design magazines and retail catalogues that have accumulated over the last few weeks and I have to say, as I flipped through the latest from Ballard Designs, I was excited to see they are KILLING it with their new goodies! Here are a few items that caught my eye:

This paneled burlap table cloth with cream tape trim is not only fabulous, but at $120, it's also INSANELY priced! You can't buy the fabric and have it sewn professionally for that price, believe me! 


My love for stripes has no bounds and so, naturally, I was immediately drawn to this striped dhurrie rug.  I think it would not only look gorgeous layered over a larger seagrass or sisal rug, but t would add some drama and depth to any room:

Love the pom pom detailing on this quilt (so perfect for a little girl's room!) and the color options on this block print shower curtain:

This tufted ottoman adds major wow factor with a pleated skirt and gorgeous tape trim:

I absolutely LOVE these bistro stools; they would look as amazing in a beach house as in a more traditionally decorated setting, and these Allen Stools add a vintage, industrial touch for those with a more modern aesthetic:

This gold, faux bamboo bar cart had me at hello, and equally as lovely is the matching coffee table:

Not sure where they "found" so many pine dough bowls, but these come in a variety of sizes and are pretty reasonably priced, compared to the real deals I've seen in antique stores.  Love this burlap chevron pillow for a bold pop of pattern:

This Twilight on the Seine has been on my radar for a while and it's on sale now!  This Breathless abstract piece is a beauty, as well; I love the storm clouds:

And last, but not least, I am really LOVING this iron bears a very striking resemblance to a similar chandy hanging in the kitchen of a Wainscott home designed by the fabulous Steven Gambrel and which I've posted about before.  No doubt the Steven Gambrel version is incredibly more expensive, but I think the Ballard take is just as pretty; I'd add some shades in a more neutral fabric like linen or even seagrass:

Seen anything lately at Ballard that has caught your eye??


fab outdoor finds from ballard!

The Spring catalogue from Ballard was waiting for me in my mailbox yesterday and I found myself dog-earring quite a few pages with some fabulous outdoor finds! Mother Nature seems to be enjoying herself, teasing us with 70 degree weather one day and then 40 the next, but I don't mind, because the longer it's cool, the longer we have until the pollen sits in and covers EVERYTHING.  In the meantime, I can make my plan to get our deck and screened-in porch ready for Spring!  Here are some of my favorites:

The Capri chair is one of my favorites - with a low back and modern lines, it's definitely not your Grandma's wicker!  I'd recover the cushions in charcoal gray or even aqua for a beautiful contrast with the gray tone of the wicker:


Teak is a great option for outdoor furniture and one of my favorites because it weathers to a beautiful, warm gray patina if left untreated, but it's also super sturdy wood, which is good for the crazy (adult) children we have at barbeques and pool parties at our house! The Sutton dining table is gorgeous and would look even more so with matching benches (but sadly, Ballard doesn't offer them, boo!):

Nothing screams, "I'm ready for warmer weather!" better than a good stripe, and these striped canopy umbrellas are like candy - I couldn't pick just one! 



And, speaking of stripes, how adorable is this canvas tote?  Love the silver grommets and rope handles!

I'm dying over the kubu finish and size (almost four feet!) of this Savannah coffee table!  I don't think it's meant for outdoors, but it certainly would look fabulous on a covered or screened-in porch:

Just like indoors, lighting is an important part of an outdoor space, as well.  These vintage string lights add a cozy ambience long after the sun goes down!

With three different color options, I would have a hard time picking one of these fun wide striped outdoor rugs!


worth the wait

I rushed home today, giddy with anticipation, to find this beauty waiting for me in my foyer (Thank you, Jada, for letting the delivery guys in for me!):

I ordered this 60-pound bad boy more than a month ago and I'm pleased to say, it's even more beautiful in person.  The rough texture of the wood and the color variation is just gorgeous...the only problem I'm having now is deciding whether or not it will have more of an impact hung over my fireplace (as I originally planned) or in my foyer...hmmm, decisions, decisions.  Stay tuned for pics of it hung on my wall!