10 Surprising Products You Didn’t Know We Had

Isabella charging station from Ballard Designs

Sometimes we surprise even ourselves with the clever products we develop. We love to solve problems around our homes, so thinking creatively about how to do that inspires our whole team. We’ve brought you some unusual items that you may not have known even existed. Here are some of our favorites:

Isabella Charging Nightstand

The Isabella Charging Nightstand (above) is one of those things you’ll wonder how you ever lived without. It has a built in surge protector for charging all of your devices, but a drawer keeps them all tucked away. No more tangled cords cluttering up your bedside table!

Custom bedskirt that comes in over 200 fabrics

Custom Bedskirts

Have you ever noticed the way interior designers love matching a bedskirt to a headboard? This is a great way to get the look of a bed at a more affordable budget, but if you don’t have an interior designer, you’re left trying to track down a seamstress and an upholsterer. Did you know we’ll make a matching bedskirt that coordinates with your headboard? Or you can send in your own fabric and we’ll make the skirt for you. Genius! And a great way to trick your friends into thinking you hired a fancy designer.

Teak outdoor bar from Ballard Designs

Outdoor Bar

Have you always wanted an outdoor bar or kitchen? A built in space isn’t exactly friendly on your budget, but we love our new freestanding teak bar! The teak ages beautifully the longer you have it outside, and it has shelving and even a spot for your cooler in the back. Great for backyard barbecues and neighborhood swim parties!

We bet you didn't know we sold wallpaper, did you?


You didn’t know we sold wallpaper did you? We’ve picked the prettiest patterns in colors that match back to all of our favorite products, so you’ll know they coordinate with the fabrics, art, and draperies you’ve already purchased. Plus this strippable, washable, pre-pasted paper is easy to put up and take down so you don’t have to worry about the commitment.

Caleb coffee bar from Ballard Designs

Caleb Coffee Bar

We all could use more storage in our homes, but custom carpentry isn’t always in the budget. Our Caleb Coffee Bar is so versatile — use it for brewing your favorite beans or as a baking center or even just for extra kitchen storage where you need it. This versatile piece has an extra workspace on wheels so it can be tucked away when not in use and deep drawers for storing appliances, grinders, or extra coffee beans.

Acrylic furniture from Ballard Designs

Acrylic Furniture & Accessories

Acrylic is a product you’ll often find vintage or at very high end stores, which is why we’re so excited to bring it to you at an affordable price. Our Alissa Acrylic Console is so pretty — perfect for a narrow entryway, a corner of your bedroom to use as a vanity, or even in a bathroom. The clean lines and transparent material means it can coordinate with nearly anything. Plus, it’s just so pretty!


Castine woven outdoor cooler from Ballard Designs

Castine Cooler

If you’re the perennial hostess, you don’t want to have that old beat up cooler hanging around your chic soirée. Our Castine Cooler is encased in an all-weather rattan so you can leave it outside while it’s waiting for your next party.

Outdoor pouf designed by Ballard Designs

Outdoor Poufs

Poufs are super versatile, and we know you love your indoor one. These outdoor poufs are the perfect addition to your outdoor entertaining arsenal. Bring them outside when you need extra seating around your firepit or keep them around the pool when your kids want a swim break to eat a popsicle. They’re comfortable, versatile, and easy to bring inside and out!

West Indies bathroom vanity with bamboo details, marble top, and polished nickel fixtures

Bath Vanity

With gorgeous hand-made details (crafted in Italy!), a marble top, shelf, and cabinet, our West Indies Bath Vanity is elegant and the perfect focal point in a bathroom.

For more design inspiration, visit our Pinterest Boards, or find more gorgeous rooms in our Photo Gallery.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    August 11, 2016

    I have been hoping your Puccini acrylic shelves would soon be restocked. In an attempt to find them, I ran across this article, mentioning acrylic. Are there any plans to bring the product back? Thank you!

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 12, 2016

      Sadly, no. There are no plans to bring this shelf back 🙁 We’re so sorry.

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    Jeannette Zinser

    March 19, 2016

    I really enjoyed reading this article/list! Very creative…..never thought you carried wallpaper…..and the headboard/dust ruffle idea is better than great! Loved it! I am going to order the brass tape measures for terrific little gifts for those hard to buy for friends/relatives!
    Great work! Please keep the ideas coming!

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    Josephine Howland

    March 19, 2016

    The link to the monogramed brass tape is not working.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      June 29, 2016

      Unfortunately the brass tape is no longer available. I’m so sorry!

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    Rhonda Eschette

    March 19, 2016

    All beautiful!!
    I m prob your biggest fan for many yrs … Lost everything w hurricane Katrina .. My husband had double lung transplant … Financially.. Ughh
    I jus pray !!
    One day can splurge !!!