Podcast, Ep. 43: with designer Rachel Cannon

Baton Rouge interior designer Rachel Cannon

While in Atlanta for market, Baton Rouge interior designer Rachel Cannon stopped by the podcast to talk brown furniture, waiting for that perfect piece, letting your layout dictate your furniture choices, and her ‘cantaloupe’ trick for bookshelf styling. Definitely don’t miss this one!

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • First things first, we get a lesson in how to say ‘Baton Rouge’
  • Rachel talks about her first room and the most important decorating lesson her mom taught her
  • Rachel talks about why your room dictates your furniture layout and the pieces you need
  • Rachel tells us her number one piece of dream furniture
  • We give Rachel all our Scott’s Antique Market tips and we talk about AmericasMart in Atlanta
  • We quiz Rachel on her tips for dressing up a space while keeping it comfortable
  • Rachel explains why paint color isn’t necessarily the best route if you want a colorful home
  • Rachel shares her favorite paint colors
  • We talk bookshelves and how to fill all that space without it looking cluttered
  • Rachel’s ‘cantaloupe’ trick for bookshelf styling
  • We ask Rachel who about her designer inspirations — Suzanne Kasler, Kelly Wearstler, and Phoebe Howard

Decorating Dilemmas:


Here’s the inspiration board for my bedroom makeover. My concern is that if I don’t paint the Salerno, all of the white furniture won’t match and it’ll look strange. I’m going for a beachy vibe. 

My decorating dilemma is I’m considering painting my new Ballard Design Solerno Console – eek!  I have been eyeing this piece for almost a year now and was finally able to purchase it but when it arrived it didn’t match the color online.  Online it looks like a milky white but in person it’s a dark cream color.  I was hoping it would match my Sophie Side Tables but they aren’t even close.  I’m considering painting the console but it just seems weird to paint a brand new piece of furniture.  Have you ever painted your Ballard Design pieces to fit your décor better?

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First off, what a fun space you’re working on. We love all the elements you’ve pulled together in this inspiration board!

We don’t think you should have any qualms about painting your Salerno Console. Rachel mentions that she’s painted several brand new pieces of furniture, and it’s not a problem.

Our only suggestion is that you should get all of the elements into the room before making your decision. If the furniture pieces aren’t right next to each other, you may find that it’s not necessary to paint the console at all. As a rule, we don’t think it’s necessary for all of the white pieces to match exactly, as long as they’re not visibly clashing. But definitely get everything else set in place, and live with the cabinet for a week or so before going through the trouble of painting.

Best of luck, and let us know how it turns out!

Show Notes:

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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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    February 13, 2018

    With respect to the conversation regarding Karaoke, I believe the artist’s name is Louis Prima, not Louis Parma. He was also the voice of King Louie in Disney’s original animated movie, The Jungle Book.

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      March 7, 2018

      You are so right!! thank you so much 🙂