Introducing our New Podcast!

How to Decorate, the podcast from Ballard Designs

We have a secret project in the works that it’s been killing us to keep under wraps, but today we get to finally share that we’ve started a podcast! The goal of the (bi-weekly) podcast will be to help you unleash your inner decorator. We’ll be interviewing interior designers and stylists, sharing the trials and triumphs from our own homes, and answering your burning decorating questions!

Hosting each episode will be three ladies from the Ballard team — Caroline McDonald, Taryn Schwartz, and Karen Mooney. You know Caroline from right here on How to Decorate where she is constantly posting to the blog and answering your questions in our comments section. Taryn Schwartz is a trained industrial designer (and also super talented artist) that you’ve met here and here. Finally, Karen Mooney is our fearless leader who we sit down with to discuss each new season. You’ve read our interviews with her here, and we also shared her kitchen renovation … and her backyard πŸ™‚

In today’s episode, we’ll be telling you more about each of us, how we work together designing the rooms you see online and in our catalog, and what projects we’re working on in our own homes.

Notes from the Show:

These are the chartreuse silk drapery panels Taryn’s been lusting over.

I’ve been thinking about adding the Mazey Pillows to my living room.

Pet crate covers we talk about here and here.

Recipe for Ina Garten’s grilled herb shrimp

Question #1
“We have a light cream colored sofa with a love seat and four of the Courtney Spa Pillows. I am stumped on what other throw pillows to use. Any suggestions? The rest of the room is mostly neutral — white light grey, cream, and wood tones with shades of light blue and green on the edge of the pillows.” -Lauren

Karen’s suggestions to coordinate with the Courtney Spa Pillow: keep the neutral color palette going with Buffalo Check Pillows, Kiki Pillows in Flax, or an Essential Pillow in Natural Linen

Caroline’s suggestions: balance the floral pattern with a wide stripe like two 20″ Custom Pillows in Suzanne Kasler’s Sky/Blanc Stripe

Taryn’s suggestions: punch up the color with Kiki Pillows in Citron for the spring and summer and Signature Velvet Pillows in Deep Teal for the cooler months.

Question #2:
“I have a living room with corner fireplace wall & large wall , other two sides are open, Please let me know how to arrange furniture in this room.” -Samina

Taryn’s suggestion: Treat your corner fireplace like the missing corner to your sectional, then add some sort of storage to the large wall.


Depending on any functional needs you have, you can place a console table there to store toys, bookcases, a gallery wall or a very large piece of art. Don’t be scared!

Question #3:
“My struggle is our entry way and staircase. When you first walk in there is a small first floor foyer space that opens to a very tall ceiling with the staircase in the middle and the more stairs up on each side. (It is a Y shape). The landing between the two staircases has a tall open wall space that screams “Empty” yet I am nervous to decorate it because I don’t what would be right with the scale. I have thought about a gallery wall, but it would need to be huge. I’ve thought about a large painting, but one huge painting selection gives me anxiety! I’ve also thought about a tiny console with a painting at eye level and two sconces on the sides, but there is not enough room on the landing for a console. Please help!” –Rachel


Rachel, we all agree. Hang a big piece of art and flank it with sconces!

If you aren’t sold on the piece of art, choose a narrow console (like this one I mentioned).

And of course, please subscribe to the podcast in iTunes so you never miss and episode. Of course, you can always check back here to see new episodes, but if you subscribe, it’ll automatically download to your phone.

Happy Decorating!

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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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    December 19, 2022

    Binge listener here. I found your podcast a few months ago and I’ve been listening and recommending ever since- you all are inspiring.
    My delima, I REALLY wanted a light tan leather couch in our family room, but I’m not convinced it can not withstand wear and tear from kiddos and dogs. What would be a visually comparable/color sturdy couch I can use instead?

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      Kelley Bostian

      March 7, 2023

      Welcome to the podcast! Your comment is especially supportive as yesterday we recorded our 300th episode–something we didn’t even think was possible when first starting so many years ago.
      We’d love to feature your decorating dilemma on the show! Please email in your question with supporting images to and our production team will get back with you shortly.
      Happy Decorating,

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    Cosmo Boysen

    March 16, 2022

    Hi Caroline,

    Decades-long BD customer here πŸ™‚ I’m writing in hopes you can ID a fabric I found in a photo online. It’s under HOW TO DECORATE –“Using Color with Susanna Salk”, posted by you. The photo is of a cream and white living room vignette: There is a bust on the Greek key glass coffee table draped with necklaces, a large gold starburst mirror over the sofa, blue hydrangeas in a blue + white pot, and the fabric in question is on the upholstered chair on the right. It’s a cream ground with a very large-scale peacock-type bird repeat in shades of green. I’d love to use this fabric on a chair belonging to my grandmother. Can you please tell me where to source it? Many thanks!

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      Abbey Nolte

      May 5, 2022

      Hi Cosmo,
      Unfortunately we do not carry that fabric. Our Lyle Green fabric has a similar vibe. You may be able to find the source for the fabric in Susanna’s book.
      Best of luck,

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    Dayna Hairston

    May 10, 2018

    Great job on the show ladies! How do you select designers to be featured on the show? Our design website features home styling advice, tips and tricks to empower homeowners to become their own interior designer. We think we would be a great fit for the show!

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    January 21, 2017

    One of you guys talked about hanging a shower curtain from your 9 foot bathroom ceiling on one of the podcasts. Can you guys post a photo? Thinking of doing something similar and I would love to see how you guys pulled it off.

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      Caroline McDonald

      June 13, 2017


      It’s funny you asked. Both Karen and I have tried multiple times to get a photo and both of our bathrooms are so unbelievably small that it’s impossible to get far enough back. When I took a photo you were mostly just seeing fabric. Ugh!

      As an example though, I initially got the idea from interior designer Rachel Halvorson’s bathroom on her blog many moons ago. Here’s the post:

      My bathroom is laid out a little differently as the shower is parallel to the door so the curtain rod goes end to end from the interior walls, but it’s the same decorative idea. Because the fabric of the shower curtain goes all the way to the ceiling, your ceiling looks taller because there is no gap between the top of the shower curtain rod and the ceiling.

      Does that make sense?

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    Linda S

    October 29, 2016

    can i listen via itunes?

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      Caroline McDonald

      October 31, 2016

      You sure can! FInd it here or search ‘How to Decorate’ in iTunes and look for the pink chair πŸ™‚

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    Evelyn Olah

    October 28, 2016

    Very exciting!! Will the podcasts be available on a subscriber bases, so that I can get notified when new ones are posted? Like Audible? Is there a station I can search for so that you pop up in my list of favorite podcast episodes on Audible?

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      Caroline McDonald

      October 31, 2016

      Yes you can definitely subscribe and we would love that! πŸ™‚ If you have an Apple device, you can subscribe in the Podcast App. Just search ‘How to Decorate’ and look for the pink chair. Or you can subscribe in Stitcher or Google Play.
      We’re so thrilled you’ll be listening!

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    October 26, 2016

    Is it just audio, or is there video too? I only was able to listen

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      Caroline M.

      October 26, 2016

      Thank you so much for listening! I hope you enjoyed it. Yep, it’s just audio — no video! We’ll be sharing a new episode every two weeks so be sure to look out for next week’s guest!