House Beautiful: 15 things that put a smile on their face


We asked the home fashion aficionados at House Beautiful to peruse the pages of our Late Fall catalog and pick out 15 things that put a smile on their face. They came back with everything from a Crowned Santos figure and Suzanne Kasler Serving Bowl to a classic Rolltop Secretary. It made us smile just to read their answers and we can’t think of a better way to start your own holiday wish list. Start the countdown now »

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    December 20, 2011

    this stuff is all expensive.its cool though.

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    December 20, 2011

    this place has lots of stuf that you can put in
    your house.this place is just cool.
    you can somtimes buy this stuff. only it is very

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    November 30, 2011

    Do I have to just pick one? As Bridgett said “… if I have to pick 15 things”, bead board entry cabinets, Weston X console (white), Messina Table, Camden tufted headboard (queen), fringed burlap tablecloth, Olivia side table (blk), fringed burlap bedskirt (queen), Malia seeded glass lamp (blue), Ballard jute bags, Horses at Rest Gichlee, Sarah Storage (THE BEST), Westchester Entry Lockers (white), Turin Rugs, Davenport Sofa & club chairs. PHEW!

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    mary hill

    November 22, 2011

    Starting over from a 2842 sq. ft. house to a 1 bedroom apartment-need everything new and fresh-love all the scaled-down pieces.

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    Katie Boyd

    November 16, 2011

    I LOVE Ballard Designs!!! They have unique items that look very expensive!

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    November 9, 2011

    What’s not to love, but if I have to pick 15 things they would be the Suzanne Kasler set of 12 crest magnets, Paris leather recliner, harlequin bath rug in gold, Dylan rug in ivory, holland twin sleeper in bee royal, square tufted bed in bee royal king sized, varenne soft throw, stocking ornaments art set, Baldwin queen sleeper, louis xvi dresser in antique walnut, corday accordian drying rack,clouds at sunset giclee 36in., the leather cube ottomon in bark, upholstered twin sleeper, benedetta console are my top favorites. However, there so many others!!!!!!!!!

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    Kerry van der Post

    November 1, 2011

    We have been collecting Ballard items for a year now – wouldn’t it be nice to be able to buy more than one piece at a time and finish a room. Our living room would be next with a rug, mirror and chairs. We also need chairs to go with our ‘farm table’. We’re aiming towards House Beautiful but we’re not there yet 🙂

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    Nancy McHale

    October 27, 2011

    I love Ballard Designs! I purchased a slipcovered white chair with a ruffled skirt 10 years ago! I can’t tell you how many times I have laundered my WHITE slipcovered! With a chocolate Lab and 9 grandchildren too many to count! It has always retained it’s shape and brightness! My husband loves to read in this chair! It is our favorite chair in our home! I am always so excited when my catalog arrives! My wish list is endless! I always get great ideas as well! I love House Beautiful as well! Thanks!

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    Christine Boozer

    October 27, 2011

    Most of my house is decorated with Ballard Design products. Now I’d like to redecorate my livingroom with the Grand prize!

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    Toni VanZant

    October 27, 2011

    I must share this with my friend Lynn, right away. Just last night she was telling me about her falling in LOVE with the Ballard holiday catalog. She’s been talking about wanting a “Ballard” home for ever. I can’t wait for her to see this!
    Your friend,

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    October 8, 2011

    I love the Turin Rug, the colors and texture are beautiful, along with the price. The Capri Chair collection is gorgeous. It brings the outdoors in yet, exudes luxury. Love that! I also love the Sydney Dining Table and Chair set– a beutiful table and chairs at a great price!

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    Laurie Palazzolo

    October 7, 2011

    I’m in the dreaming stage now. I’m focusing on me, making my little corner of the world beautiful. I want to buy so many things in the Ballard catalog but I’m broke, and filled with broken promises. I want to try one step at a time to rebuild, starting from within. Buying something wouldn’t hurt. Beautiful things inspire. The Biarritz mirrored console would be a good start, something in which to hold cherished memories. The mirrored door panels would help me reflect on the myriad of things I have around me and within.

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    Yanina M.

    October 7, 2011

    After years of dreaming of buying a house it came true in April and my first purchase to my self for buying my home was the ballad 3 Piece Grand Palais Mirror I saved for 6 months to get it. I was so happy had no furniture but had the mirror that I am so proud of. By far the most amazing mirror, it the center piece of my home.

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    Cheryl Hinson

    October 6, 2011

    I love the mirrors, cabinets, bathroom paper holder, bar stools,(we really need them, we are trying to finish the house we just built and need furniture). There are so many cozy items to help make this house a home. I love your store!

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    Kelli bradley

    October 5, 2011

    I absolutely love the benedetta double pedestal table, the Genevieve 12 light chandelier,the grande bouquet plaque, and the upholstered parsons chair. I also fell in love with the remington sold& damask bedding, this is something I have dreamed of having in my bedroom! As my fiancé and I are planning a wedding, I have picked out almost everything we are going to purchase once we find a new apartment!!!

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    Gale Gulick

    October 5, 2011

    I love Ballard designs style and look and will be decorating my new home expressing the Ballard Designs style. There are so many things I want and began folding my catalog page until I came to the House Beautiful Sweepstakes and thought WOW, it would be nice if I could win one of the prizes to help me with my purchase. I love the Gourd Lamps,the Abbeville Collection,Amelia Storage Bench, Woven Office Accessories, Couture chair slipcover, Dorchester Seating, Madison corkboard, Saverne Tufted Bench, Lenoir Slipcovered Sofa, Travers Bedding, I could go on and on, I want it all.

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    sandra garcia

    October 5, 2011

    Amazing store i loved

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    Arline Ruhl

    October 4, 2011

    I fell in love with the Avignon stools, the Rovino antiqued mirror,Vetrina Media console;Grand Palais 3 pc Mirror;Bromley leather recliner;corner desk;Loscana mirror;Chilton curved corner cabinetFrench Bistro mat;Genoa Mirror and so many decorations. It is difficult to decide. Everything is just so beautiful