Learn how to save money, lots of money, with this Ballard Designs inspired dining room. You’ll save enough on this one room that you’ll be able to decorate other rooms. Your husband is going to be so thrilled with your mad saving moola skills, he’ll encourage you to shop more. It can be our secret where you scored the 411 on how to pull this off.
Ballards is pure eye candy for me. The amount of time wasted looking at the catalog is embarrassing. Being a
tightwad thrifty gal when it comes to decorating, Ballard’s prices aren’t always my cup of tea. Meaning, when the opportunity arises to achieve a similar look for less, I’m taking that route every single time.
Ballard Designs Inspired Dining Room: Mood Board #1
So here is what I came up with from Ballards (the dining table is from Ethan Allan?). Had I taken the Ballard mood board route the cost would be over $3000 with shipping. Not happening.
Ballard Designs Inspired Dining Room: Window Treatments
Rather than forking over nearly $700 for custom ikat draperies I purchased ikat fabric by the yard and attached it to Ikea Ritva panels. Purchasing the fabric saved roughly $640!
Ballard Designs Inspired Dining Room: Chairs
The head chairs are from Joss & Main. The shipping was fast and free. The order was placed on a Monday and the chairs were on my doorstep Thursday. Think of what a time saver that is. Buying products from a detailed plan eliminates planning the perfect time to go shopping. Eliminates the additional cost of paying a babysitter to watch the kids and eliminates dragging your husband to the story to look at the chairs that he probably doesn’t care too much about (other than the price point).
Bringing in slipcovers provides a casual feeling to this Ballard Designs inspired dining room. Initially, I was going to go with the off-white twill slipcovers fromBallards. The price point isn’t terrible and with an additional coupon of site wide sale, I nearly bought. With a quick look to Overstock and I found a comparable substitute for half the price. SOLD. This quick search saved $100.
Ballard Designs Inspired Dining Room:Area Rug
Adding texture to a room creates visual interest. The goal for this room was to design a semi-formal space. A natural area rug was the perfect solution for a Ballard Designs inspired dining room. By studying the catalog it’s evident rooms are not overly formal which is perfect in a family home. Ultimately, I went with seagrass from RugsUSA for $175 vs. $300 from Ballards.
Design Tip: When shopping natural rugs, determine if you want the rug border to stand out or not. I did not want to feature the border so opted for plain old beige because it blends beautifully and doesn’t detract from the texture.
Ballard Designs Inspired Dining Room: Lighting
Beautiful light fixtures are my kryptonite. Ballard Designs inspired a lot of the light fixtures in our home. Great lighting is one area where I am willing to fork over a good chunk of change if an equally lovely substitute isn’t available!
The chandelier is the Claire 6 arm chandelier in Etruscan Gold. I love the curvy arms, the crystals, candle lighting and the soft, airy feeling. Compared to other fixtures, the price is fair, the style is classic traditional, and the look is unique enough that you probably won’t see it in the neighbors house.
It was a quandary when it came to sconces. I loved the Ballard Design light scones on the inspiration board. The problem being the fixture is too long and would look disproportionate.
Thankfully there is a fabulous substitute: The Devon wall sconce. This light fixture is perhaps the perfect substitute for Ballards Cartagena sconce. The Devon wall light isn’t as tall or wide as the Cartagena which is perfect for my Ballard Designs inspired dining room!
Ballard Designs Inspired Dining Room:Walls
The new wall color is Benjamin Moores Half Moon Crest. It’s the perfect shade of gray blue for a dining room! The paint colors on the main floor of are neutral. The color blends seamlessly creating continual flow in the house while adding a hint of color.
Ballard Designs inspired the furnishings in the room, but it was Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party that inspired the color. The colors Renoir used are perfection and provided the color scheme of the room. With an open floor plan, the colors found in the painting are found throughout the main level.
Part of the online interior design services offered is incorporating pieces you love and working them into an updated look. I love planning rooms for clients that deliver a high-end designer look at a fraction of the designer price tag. This Renoir was matted and framed with outdated materials. We were able to reframe and re-matt for less than $125.
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