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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.

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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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.




Ep. 97: President of Ballard Designs Ryan McKelvey

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...


Ep. 96: architect Lee Ledbetter

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...


Ep. 95: designer Matthew Carter

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: Mentioned In This Episode Matthew Carter Interiors @matthewcarterinteriors


Ep. 94: designer Tori Alexander

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:


Ep. 93: designer Ashley Whittaker

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...


Ep. 92: designer Olivia Brock

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. Traditional Home


Ep. 91 designer Keith Arnold

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...


Ep. 90: design duo Brooke and Steve Giannetti

We are thrilled to talk to authors and design duo Brooke and Steve Giannetti of Giannetti home. Steve is an architect, and Brooke is an interior designer, and together they are the talent behind Patina Style, Patina Living, and Brooke’s cult favorite blog, Velvet & Linen. We caught up with them to talk about the importance of emotional connection, how their work as a duo came to be, their interests as a husband and wife duo, and to bust the myth that goats will eat absolutely anything. What...


Ep. 89: designer Traci Zeller

Traci Zeller joins us in Charlotte to share her unique background and super interesting story of being a former lawyer turned interior designer. She talks with us about switching careers, her commitment to creating a rendering for each project, the inspiration behind her polished and put together style, and how it all practically plays out in her house with twin boys and a puppy. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Trials of dogs breaking into cabinets, expensive inspection results, a rushed...


Ep. 88: designer Lisa Mende returns

Designer Lisa Mende returns to the show to talk with us about designing our rooms to the fullest of their potential, and truly creating the home of your dreams. She also shares more about the ins and outs of renovation, her blog The Design Connector, and why design dilemmas are really just opportunities for us to be creative. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: An update on her famous pink sofa, and who else in her household may love it even more than her. Why functionality is just as...


Ep. 87: designer Holly Hollingsworth Phillips

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips is a designer and owner of The English Room in Charlotte, North Carolina. We love her bold, colorful, and elegant style and how she mixes tradition of the past with the modern style of today. She talks with us today about how The English Room began, the different projects she has done ranging from super modern to traditional, her love of color, patterns, and layering, and why it’s more than okay to break the rules. What You’ll Hear on This Episode:


Ep. 86: designer Amy Vermillion

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:


Ep. 85: designer Cheryl Luckett

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...


Ep. 84: designer Susan Ferrier

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...


Ep. 83: decorator Fran Keenan

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. Cottage Living


Ep. 82: stylist and editor Stacy Kunstel

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...


Ep. 81: fabric expert Scott Kravet

Scott Kravet is referred to as the Indiana Jones of the Fabric World. As the Executive Creative Director of Kravet Fabrics, it is his job to travel the world and find the best textile to make the dreams of others come true. Today he joins the show to talk about his family business and passion for fabrics, what he puts in his own personal house, fabric care, and trends in the fabric world. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: Trials and Triumphs including roofs, roses, rugs, benches and baby...


Ep. 80: designer Kate Singer

Interior Designer Kate Singer joins the show to talk about her experiences with showhome designs, what she loves to mix to keep classic and traditional design style fresh, creating a sanctuary no matter where you are, and why loving colors (and neutrals!) may be something woven into our DNA. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: The inspiration behind the 2016 Hampton Designer Showhouse, one of our most pinned showhouse rooms ever. Why Kate believes it’s all about mixing the old, new and...


Ep. 79: Pappas Miron Interior Design

This week we talk to the ladies of Pappas Miron, Tatyana and Alexandra, childhood friends and designers that have worked together since 2003. They talk with us about their contemporary and warm styles that mix together to create timeless and comfortable spaces. What You’ll Hear on This Episode: More about Tatyana and Alexandra’s updated traditional and modern eclectic style. Where their love of contemporary furniture comes from. How someone that loves a contemporary space can inject more...


Ep. 78: McMillen's Ann and Elizabeth Pyne

This week, we have mother-daughter design duo Ann and Elizabeth Pyne from McMillen Interior Design and Decoration, the oldest interior design firm in the country. They share why we should be fearless in design, the idea behind each room having a thesis, and a glimpse into what it is like to work as a mother-daughter dynamic. They also tell us about the three most important things to think about design wise when purchasing or renting a place, and rules for decorating with an infant. What...