Podcast, Ep. 55 with editor Tori Mellott

Editor Tori Mellott of Traditional Home magazine on Ballard Designs' How to Decorate podcast

In this episode we are joined with Tori Mellott, Senior Design and Markets Editor for Traditional Home Magazine. We talk trends with Tori from her recent trip at High Point Market, her background and where her love of design emerged from, some fun behind the scenes stories from her career in magazines, the roles and responsibilities of a Markets Editor and why we all feel that it’s impossible to have too many chairs.

Former New York apartment of Traditional Home editor Tori Mellott

Former New York apartment of Traditional Home editor Tori Mellott, featured in Domino magazine

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • How Tori has had the energy and stamina to move (and decorate) 26 times.
  • A trends recap from Tori’s recent High Point Market Trip from all of the latest in designers and furniture manufacturers. Tori mentions the resurgence of canopy beds, traditional stylings, groovy 1970’s lighting, millennial pink, delicate silhouettes, and things just being pretty.
  • Tori’s love for auction shopping, specifically for occasional chairs for both herself and her loved ones.
  • Tori’s travel tips for roaming unencumbered.
  • The growing trend of bright yellow in home decor, and Tori’s closet.
  • The responsibilities and duties of a Markets Editor.
  • When Tori sees something that she wants, she waits on it. If she is still wanting it after one year, she knows it’s the real deal.
  • Why it’s important to know your audience when pitching a magazine editor.
  • Tori’s very own real life personal version of The Devil Wears Prada during an internship at NYU, and how it led to an internship at HomeStyle Magazine.
  • Caroline’s amazing memory when it comes to designer and pictorials.
  • Her personal side project of helping her sister decorate.
  • How to know when to splurge, and when to save, on interior design.

Decorating Dilemmas

I just started listening to your podcast and I love it! I am binging but am only on Ep. 6. Have learned so much already.

In one episode you guys said seagrass rugs were indestructible. Need that (because of our little 8 pound Yorkie, Mocha). Which rugs specifically does Ballard carry that you would put in this indestructible category? Is sisal the same thing as seagrass?

Also, we are building a new house and I’ve attached a pic of the floors we are putting down (the two panels on the right). Would seagrass be too much of the same color?

Thank you!


Sisal is not the same as seagrass, and will stain with water, so not very Yorkie friendly. Tori likes a monochromatic similar tone rug, so you will be good to go with the rug over your new floors. We suggest the St. Tropez rug from Ballard (of course) to go in your home and fit in with your lifestyle! Thank you!


I have no idea how to style this console. Move the photos? What goes on top? How do 

I camouflage the air vent right and thermometer behind it without covering it up? Help!


Console table

First, we recommend painting the air return and thermostat the same color as your wall. Second, you may have to part with a few of the accessories, and only have one or two as big as a cantaloupe. Tori recommends moving the garden stool out of the way, pushing the console in between the air vent and the doorframe. Let it live on it’s own, and don’t try to hide it. Add a lamp on the left side, and put three design books on the tray with one accessory on the books. You also may want to lean a mirror over the air return and thermostat.

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.


  1. Reply

    Frances Goldston

    July 31, 2018

    Interesting that your photo shows a twin bed as I, too, am thinking of downsizing from a queen size to a twin for my BR makeover. I need to make better use of my small space & feel this is the best place to start. Any trends you can share?