Podcast, Ep. 291: Celebrating Ballard’s 40th Anniversary

Ballard Designs 40th Anniversary Logo

Karen Mooney, our fearless leader and President of Ballard Designs, joins us to celebrate the milestone of Ballard’s 40th Anniversary. We dive into the company history, how Ballard Designs grew into what it is now, and then Karen shares a few of her favorite trends over her 22 years with the brand. Then, we talk about what’s next for Ballard as it enter 2023 and everything beyond. Thank you so much for your support for Ballard Designs: we couldn’t have helped inspire home decorators over the past 40 years without our lovely patrons, community, and listeners like you.

Ballard Designs President Karen Mooney

Karen Mooney, President of Ballard Designs

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Who is Helen Ballard?
  • The 40-year story of Ballard Designs.
  • The value add of upholstery and unique other special touches Ballard is proud to give their customers.
  • The history of architecture and design and the importance of mixing both high and low.
  • Okay for real, how do you sneak an ottoman into a room during a coffee break?
  • What really went on in the Ballard backroom?
  • What products do we think “what was that?”
  • Yes, monogrammed toilet paper is a thing.
  • The importance of doing your homework in the design process.
  • New Ballard news for 2023 and beyond.

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Happy Decorating!

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Kelley Bostian

Kelley enjoys a light and livable home and is always searching for that perfect "finishing touch" antique piece. Here on How to Decorate, it's his goal to help you bring your own unique design vision to life.


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    January 26, 2023

    Enjoyed having Karen back on the show for this episode. She always makes me laugh! (Too bad I don’t live in Florida…we could be friends. 🙂

    Really happy to hear Karen say Ballard is opening more stores. I wholeheartedly agree, that nothing replaces in person shopping, especially for home decor items. I like to feel the fabric, open drawers, see the scale in person, and see the colors in analog life. I would love, love, love it if you’d consider a store in the Seattle or Portland area. So many of our home decor stores showcase the same look, feel and style, and having a store with graceful, quality furniture would be most welcome!

    I’ve been a Ballard customer since the early 90’s. Happy 40th birthday!

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      Kelley Bostian

      March 7, 2023

      First off, thanks for supporting Ballard Designs for all of these years and listening to our decorating podcast! Karen is always a treat to have back on to the show, and we definitely intend on bringing her back on as much as possible.
      Happy Decorating,