My admiration for Ballard Designs catalog started in the early 1990's when I began receiving their catalog. I used to save each and every issue with pages dog-eared of items to include on my wish list.
Not only did I fantasize about including many of their decorative pieces in our home, I also thought how great it would be to consult with Helen Ballard Weeks in the decoration of our home.
The catalog was definitely a reflection of Ms. Weeks taste and I'd like think that what we've included in our home from that catalog carries on with what she would use in her own home.
Approximately 10 years ago, I purchased a pediment from Ballard Designs' Estate Sale which currently hangs in my craft room. I was so excited to gain a piece that would bring a bit of architectural charm to our home. I had to drag my guy all the way to the Federal Express distribution center to pick it up. It was huge.
In Chris Madden's book, A Room of Her Own, she features Ms. Weeks private space filled with inspiration and potential designs to include in her catalog, including a lovely antique pediment shown below.
Today, you can see how folks are inspired by the catalog and the way in which they incorporate their favorite pieces in their own homes here.
And if you are a member of Twitter, you can follow Ballard Designs in order to stay abreast of the latest & greatest from their catalog.
If you are in the mood for some eye candy, curl-up with Ballard's latest catalog along with a cup of tea and enjoy the inspirational ride.