Ballards Loves Bloggers {Part 2}

January 2, 2013 AT 6:00 am 23 Comments

 

Well, I certainly did not mean to wait this long to share Part 2 of my trip to Ballard Designs with you, but the holidays and my sicknesses certainly put me behind.

 

And I definitely didn’t mean to wait so long to tell you that I was selected for the cover of the next Ballard Designs Catalog!!

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Okay, not really, but don’t you think it would be a fabulous idea?!  {hint, hint, Mollie.}

I would have to say that I was pretty vocal about wanting to be in their catalog.  Smileballard 140

Seriously, y’all!  Me & Ballards…we are like peas and carrots.

 

Alright, I’ll quit being silly and tell you about the second day of my trip.  If you missed day 1 of my trip, click HERE.

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We woke up early the next morning, and met in the hotel lobby to be taken to the Ballard Designs Headquarters.

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Here we are hanging out in the lobby talking with Britany Simon about her experience being on the HGTV Design Star series.

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When we arrived at our conference room at Ballard’s, we each had a cute jute tote with Ballard Loves Bloggers on it.

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So what do bloggers do?

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We take pictures!

We ate a delicious breakfast from Panera at the Headquarters, and then they took us on a tour of the facility.

We were able to check out all the “behind the scenes” work in producing their catalogs.

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Here’s Sarah, Brittany, and Cassity checking out the layout of their January catalog.

 

We bombarded the photo editing room, and they were getting a chuckle out of all of our “oohs” and “aahs” as we took it all in.

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There were design inspiration boards everywhere, and the theme for this year is COLOR.  You’ll be seeing a lot more color than what you are used to seeing in past issues.

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We loved seeing all the colors!

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There is an outlet connected to the head quarters that we were able to shop at while we were there.collage 3

 

So out came my camera AGAIN, and I began taking a bunch of delicious photos!

 

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I loved checking out all of their beautiful products and dreaming about which ones I would like in my own home.

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It was crazy seeing so many of the products I love in the catalog sitting right there in front of me on rows and rows of shelves.

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So much inspiration to be had.  {My Aunt Pat and cousin, Kelly, would have died!}

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I would love to have one of those grey wicker chairs in my kitchen.

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I am also hoping to get one of their slipcovered sofas for my den someday too.  Smile

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After we wiped the drool off our mouths, we went back toward the conference room and learned how they put a catalog together from the very beginning to the end.

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Karen Mooney gave us a great explanation of the process.

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One thing that I really enjoyed learning about was how they do a “drop test” to make sure all of their products are packaged safely and arrive undamaged to their customers homes.  They do their “drop tests”  with every package!  Even mirrors and chandeliers!  If it doesn’t pass the test, they go back to the drawing board to create better packaging.  How cool is that?

Here is a  second video showing the process.

 

We also got to tour a beautiful newly built home that was the photo shoot location for their January catalog.

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It was breathtaking!

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The color palette was so soothing.

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And that chandelier was a show stopper!

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We also got to see another room they were setting up to shoot that had three gorgeous blue settees in them.  And a cute little dog too.

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Jill Sharp Brinson is an amazing creative director for Ballards and has been with them for many years.

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It was amazing to listen to her tell us how she goes about staging a room for a photo shoot.

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There was a room full of props for the shoot.  Wouldn’t you love a room like this to draw from when decorating your home?

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There was a couple office spaces decorated upstairs in the home.

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Again, lots of color…

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So many beautiful spaces!

So much fun!

So exhausting!

And here is what I felt like at the end of the day…

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I swear, you can’t take this Kentucky girl anywhere!

 

 

We learned so much about the work that goes into a Ballard Designs catalog, and it was truly amazing!  I felt so blessed to be a part of their first Ballard loves Bloggers event.

I want to thank Mollie, and all of those involved, that worked so hard to make it such an exciting experience.

I did get to come home with one little treat {well, it was mailed to me.}

 

This baby is hanging above my bed in our master bedroom.  I will share a picture with you soon.

Thank you so much, Ballard Designs, for a great trip!!!

 

 

Okay, here’s one more shameless plug to my buddies at Ballard Designs for a cover shot. Smile

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xoxo







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