Podcast, Ep. 212: Light & Livable with Skye Kirby Westcott

Ballard Designs SVP of merchandising and design Skye Westcott

We are joined again this week by Skye Kirby Wescott, our friend and SVP of Merchandising and Product Design for Ballard. Skye announces the new fall look, Light and Livable, and shares a bit more about why she’s so excited to go in this direction. We talk with Skye about her inspiration behind the light and warm pieces within the look book, tips on curating and editing when adding to your design, and how the team worked together to complete this collection on everything from production to sourcing. Skye also shares how to still use colors when working with neutral tones, and lets us in on a few of her personal favorite pieces from the collection!

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Trials & Triumphs including a nursery rug that just won’t fit, renovating a built in bookcase into storage, chalkboard paint, and pool permit approval.
  • Skye announces the Light and Livable Fall Look Book!
  • This new collection is all about clean lines and simple living.
  • The collection is all about using every room in your home, which works out well as we spend a lot more time in our house these days.
  • Skye talks about the textiles and tones in the fall collection.
  • This look brings the warmth in which makes spaces feel more inviting.
  • Every piece you should put in your home you should love.
  • How to pull off mixing wood tones in your own home.
  • A few of Skye’s favorite pieces including the Tomlin Chair, pillows, and window treatment hardware!

Decorating Dilemma

Hi friends!

My dilemma is pretty straightforward – what color should I paint my front door?? Specifically, what color of GREEN should I paint my front door? It’s currently cherry red and I’m over it.

The siding color is BM evening dove, and the trim is SW snowbound. What shade of green would you suggest? I am wanting a rich evergreen color. Not too dark, but not light green. Something in the sage/hunter/evergreen tones.

Any specific colors would be much appreciated!

Thank you!

Ballard Designs Decorating DilemmaHi Bradie!

Thank you for writing. First, would you consider a Goldenrod? Or, if it is Benjamin Moore’s Evening Dove, we do like your choice of dark / hunter green. Skye came prepared and wanted to throw these in the mix: Great Barrington Green, and Avon Green. Be sure to text the choices out to see it from the outside, and I’m sure your neighbors would love to come by and vote too!

Show Notes:

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Happy Decorating!

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Abbey Nolte

Abbey is a homegrown Georgia peach who loves a fresh take on Southern design. When she’s not working behind the scenes of the How to Decorate blog and podcast, you can find her cheering on the Appalachian State Mountaineers and spending time with her wheaten terrier, Charlie.


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    Jan Brister

    August 11, 2021

    Would love to see the builtins mentioned. I have some in my house and to see how others integrate and update would be useful.

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    August 7, 2021

    I’ve been a huge fan of Ballard for many years. I love the traditional style with Southern flair. No doubt your newest collection is beautiful, but I feel like I’m looking at a Pottery Barn or West Elm catalog. They are great pieces to add to your inventory, but please don’t leave your traditional Southern style behind. I can get the Pottery Barn look everywhere, but the Ballard has always been my go to for traditional (not stuffy) with a contemporary twist look. Love you guys, love the podcast!

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      Caroline McDonald

      August 11, 2021

      Don’t worry, Nancy! We aren’t going anywhere. We’re traditionalists at heart, but even traditionalists have room in their homes for a few clean lined pieces 🙂

      Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment with your thoughts.

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    Kacey Springhart

    August 6, 2021

    I would love to see progress pics from your trials and triumphs!! Also, got the new catalogue yesterday and I LOOOOOOOVE it!!