Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ballard Designs Backroom Bonanza

via Ballard Design's Facebook Page

Claire and I were discussing fabric options for the banquette at my dining room table and she casually suggested I check out Ballard Design's Backroom location to see some of the fabric in real life. Little did she know (OK, she probably knew) that a visit would solve all of my dilemmas.

Upon my visit, I immediately checked in with the salesperson to see if I could take photos. Alas, no, as a previous blogger apparently took photos then posted a negative review AND showed locations of all the hidden security cameras. So, my personal before and afters will have to suffice. But the showroom near downtown Atlanta is fabulous. I ran up to check the one is Roswell too and just didn't like it nearly as well.

On to the good stuff- my salesfriend helpfully informed me that they had four upholstered Parsons chairs available and on sale- at the greatly reduced retail of $94 each (sorry, I'm just so excited!). I snatched them up and picked up 2 natural linen slips (Joni, you've convinced me). I would have bought 4 slips, but alas they could only find two. Off to the website to order the other two. And yes, they need more ironing and straightening (sorry! I'm also packing for a trip. But I'm cringing at how wrinkled that one chair is!).

But wait! There's more! Ballards also had the black check Coventry bench. While we were not really considering the black and white check, the discounted $186 option prompted a quick change of heart. An immediate/panic email to Claire and some quick verification measurements at home, and the bench was mine.
I added the square linen-covered pillow to help pull the slipcovers and bench together. Claire suggested adding some black ribbon along the bottom of the chairs as well, which I think would work nicely. Additionally, we still need to strip the wallpaper and swap out the chandelier. But progress!

A quick review of the before:

And after!

And Kaylee was dying to be included in the photos, so I had to post this shot of her. She's still available for adoption!!

Clearly Mr. Southern and I do not use the breakfast nook very often. I'm embarrassed to say that most dinners are consumed while we're sitting on the couch (I know! What are we, 19!?) When we're entertaining, we eat in the dining room. So my hope is that these comfy chairs will encourage us to act our age and actually eat at the table.

Also, I must apologize for the science project on the table but we're starting our veggies (tomatoes, sweet peppers, yellow and green squash, and cilantro). Yum!



  1. Great job! Black and white check is such a traditional classic and gives a sophicated look to any room. When I take on a decorating project, it always seems that one thing leads to twelve, so I'll be watching to see what's next in your room makeover.

  2. Oh my goodness! It is my first visit to your blog, and I must say I am quite impressed! The dining room looks fantastic! And the black and white totally anchors the space. Lovely.

  3. I love it! I want to do something like that for my kitchen! xoxo

  4. Wow - what a transformation! Claire is wonderful, I am so glad you two are working together!

  5. I like "booths." What's outside those windows?

  6. Umm… wow! Love the checked bench and what a re-do. Amazing what a few new things can do to liven up a space. Next time I'm in ATL I'm swinging by Ballard for sure. And don't worry, you aren't the only adults eating on the couch. I'm sorry to say we do that much more than I'd like to admit!

  7. I have the Coventry benches in our breakfast area and love them -- great quality. I'm so stoked for your finds though; sounds like you got amazing deals. And I love the idea of adding black trim to the bottom of the chairs; it'll tie it all in perfectly!

  8. Yeah! I am so happy you're happy. Makes me want to black lacquer that sideboard-poor Mr. Southern, he's going to fire me!

  9. Love it! "Science project" and all! Very partial to black and white checks, such a classic.

  10. Emmie A++, your breakfast nook looks terrific. Oh how I wish we had a Ballard Backroom here in Houston. Kaylee I'm afraid stole the show! She's a charmer. Great job and wishing you a fabulous Easter weekend! xx

  11. What? Am I the only one who's never heard of the Backroom? I must investigate ASAP. God, I love Atlanta!

  12. It's looking so great! And I'm dying to hear more about this backroom. We folks in Seattle get totally screwed on the good design deals.

  13. i've only been once but need to go back--great finds!

  14. Looks amazing! I'll be in ATL in July - thanks for the tip to go to the downtown one.

  15. The chair slips really make a huge differance. I have been thinking about doing something like this to updats my dining room chairs, as I don't want to paint them.

  16. What a fabulous difference...Congratulations. Have a very happy Easter, xv.

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