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35 Years of Style

This year is our 35th anniversary! It's hard to believe we mailed our first 2-page black-and-white catalog in 1983 — we've grown and changed so much over the years. Believe it or not, there are many pieces we still love from those early days, so we thought we'd celebrate some of our favorite rooms from the last three and a half decades, as well as some of our long-time favorites from the collection.

Louis Chairs

There's no word to describe the Louis Chair other than "timeless." Whether it's a cane-backed Louis with rush seat (featured here in our Fall 1986 catalog), a Louis bergere chair with curved leg, or a square back Louis in check, we'll never tire of this 300-year-old design.

Fall 1986

Home decorating and furniture catalog Louis cane-back chair image

Fall 2009

Home decorating and furniture catalog Louis cane-back chair image

Slipcovers

Slipcovers have been a staple on our pages since the beginning because they're just so functional. We love how striking and clean they feel on the cover of our Spring 1988 catalog. We may prefer a more fitted, streamlined silhouette now, but in our world, a slipcover should be a staple in everyone's decorating arsenal.

Spring 1988

Home decorating and furniture catalog Louis cane-back chair image

Plaster Accessories

In our very first issue, we introduced a collection of plaster accessories and furniture bases designed to pair with glass tabletops. We've always been drawn to plaster for its classic appeal, matte texture, and found nature. You can still find capitals and busts in our collection today because they're so versatile.

Spring 1988

Home decorating and furniture catalog plaster accessories image

Glass Top Tables

A glass-topped table launched our whole business, so you can imagine our love for this style runs deep. Today, we pair a glass top with a woven base (like our Tangiers Dining Table) instead of a plaster base, but either way, they're durable and work well with small spaces and open floor plans.

Summer 1989

Home decorating and furniture catalog glass top table image

Skirted Tables

Utterly classic and versatile, a skirted table works anywhere — as a side table, a nightstand, or as a large table in an entry hall. They're great for hiding all manner of sins, showcasing a fantastic fabric or texture, and offering plenty of surface area for books, lamps and accessories.

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Spring 1997

Home decorating and furniture catalog skirted table example

Spring 2002

Home decorating and furniture catalog skirted table example

Original Home Office

Stroll through our office here in Atlanta, and you'll notice that more than half of the staff works from one of our Original Home Office stations. That's how much we love this collection! You'll see partner's desks, corner units, counter height stations, and every other combination in between and in every finish.

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Home Office

Summer 2002

Home decorating and furniture catalog view of home office

Checks

We don't think we'll ever tire of buffalo check and gingham. They're graphic but simple, and bring a little bit of nostalgia to a room. Large or small, we've got you covered with tablecloths, seat cushions, drapery, pillows, and everything in between.

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Fall 2006

Home decorating and furniture catalog check pattern samples

Fall 2002

Home decorating and furniture catalog check pattern samples

Burlap and Upholstered Headboards

This bedroom from our June 2001 issue showcases two of our favorite things — burlap and upholstered headboards.

Burlap feels dressed down, so we love using it in combination with something more formal or buttoned up. It works beautifully with a tailored headboard like our Camden, which we've been featuring for over 15 years! A soft arch on a headboard never goes out of style, and who doesn't love an upholstered back when you're reading in bed?

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Summer 2001

Home decorating and furniture catalog headboard image

Spring 2010

Home decorating and furniture catalog headboard image

Animal Print

They come in all shapes and sizes, and we've used almost every iteration of zebra, cheetah, leopard, and even Dalmatian over the years. Basically, animal print is our neutral, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

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Spring 2015

Home decorating and furniture catalog animal print examples

Parsons Chairs

Simple silhouettes never go out of style, and there's no simpler piece than a Parsons Chair. There's a Francophile at the heart of every Ballard Designs lover, so it's no surprise this iconic style came out of Paris in the 1930s. We're pretty sure they've appeared on the pages of nearly every catalog, and we still find endless ways to upholster, monogram, slipcover, and trim them!

Fall 2009

Home decorating and furniture catalog parsons chair image
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