Ballard’s bucolic black buffalo check bedroom beautifully bedazzles. Ok, I’ll stop. But Ballard did it again with today’s room. I’m hard pressed to think of a more classic pattern than buffalo check. You can use it on your floor, your living room, or your entire family can coordinate in it (been there, done that, cutest thing ever). You can also use it in your bedroom for a timeless and classic look. Buffalo check and gingham (there IS a difference!) can venture into granny chic–or not so chic–but Ballard keeps it modern and feminine by pairing it with pom pom bedding, florals, and natural fibers. Here’s how you can get a similar look:
Buffalo Check Bedding – The buffalo check bedding from Ballard is on sale right now. And the sale prices are actually decent and competitive.
Pom Pom Bedding – The pom pom bedding from Ballard is also on sale, but this set from Nordstrom is $50 cheaper.
Chandelier – This statement piece softens the room and adds a little feminine flair.
Medallion – I like the round shape of this medallion better than the one in the picture. But if I’m honest, I’d probably put a piece of artwork over the bed instead.
Lamp – This lamp is a bit more expensive than I’d prefer to pay, but it’s available at JCPenney where everything is perpetually on sale. JCPenney also consistently offers a considerate amount of cash back on purchases if you use Ebates (referral link), too.
Mirror – It’s a little funny how Ballard positioned this mirror right at eye level if you’re laying in bed. I don’t know that I want my own disheveled reflection to be the first thing I see in the morning.
Basket – For the end of the bed. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a Ballard bedroom without something at the end of the bed.
Curtains – The curtains are just barely visible in this photo. It’s a shame because they’re one of the best features in the room. Buffalo check and floral print are two bold prints, but by keeping them monochromatic they compliment rather than compete.
Jute rug – Bringing a little texture into the mix.
Buffalo check will always be a perennial favorite of mine. Here’s a round up of a few other items featuring this textile. The upholstered bed is just insane.
Ballard Designs living rooms are stylish and timeless. This living room above is a perfect example of Ballard’s mastery at interior design. The mix of bold patterned pillows, light furniture and pops of gold work together to form a posh living space that will be fashionable for years to come. Ballard also runs a wonderful design blog, How To Decorate. You’re probably already reading it, but if not make sure to check it out. It’s a treasure trove of design tips and tricks. Here’s how you can emulate the Ballard Designs living room above:
Sofa // One King’s Lane – As always, we start with a clean and crisp white linen sofa.
Pillow // Bed Bath & Beyond – This pillow brings a classic leopard pattern into the room.
Print // Bed Bath & Beyond – This print emulates the original frond print. It’s black instead of white, but on Ballard’s How To Decorate blog, they recently did a post on why you should have dark elements in your room to contrast lighter elements. Super interesting read on how the eye moves around the room with the contrasting elements.
Bookshelf // Kohl’s – This simple bookshelf provides plenty of room for books, vases, and plants.
Tray // Bed Bath & Beyond – A gold tray for the coffee table.
Olive tree – These trees are gorgeous and a perfect touch of greenery. They also remind me of topiaries.
Print // Society6 – Another gold leaf art option but this time with a white background. Available in multiple sizes.
Vase // Bed Bath & Beyond – Another pop of gold for the coffee table or bookshelf–wherever you prefer.
Coffee table // Target – This tufted coffee table emulates the one in the Ballard Designs living room.
Pillow // Amazon – I’m totally digging this Greek key pillow! I found it a few weeks ago when I was putting together another room. I ended up going with a different pillow, but hoped I’d have a room I could use it in. Bingo! It would look perfect with the leopard pillow on the linen couch.
Rug // Overstock – I love how soft and light this rug is. It’s not overly bold, but brings the right amount of pattern into the room.
Chandelier // Rejuvenation – I’ll be honest that I wouldn’t have chosen this chandelier for this space. It’s a touch too modern for the room. However, you may like it so what does it matter what I think? 😉 The original Ballard chandelier is currently on sale for about the same price as this one.
See you on Wednesday with a fashion look for less round-up and back again on Friday with another home design post!
Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Are you working today, getting started on holiday festivities, or just hanging out? I’m working (here’s to hoping we get let go early!), and then have part 1 of my family’s Christmas celebrations tonight. Before we get going on the holiday weekend, I wanted to bring you the above zebra print and buffalo check room by Ballard Designs for one last dose of holiday decor. Isn’t it a beauty? The Christmas decorations are what caught my eye originally, but then I saw the zebra print and buffalo check. *swoon* Here’s how you can get the look (or maybe just a piece or two) for less:
Zebra rug // Amazon – This faux zebra hide emulates the original, but for much less money. It also has great reviews.
Reindeer // Nordstrom Rack – I’m a sucker for holiday decor that lights up, especially when it’s inspired by nature (i.e. not garish).
Jute rug // Amazon – I’m not always a fan of the layered rug look, but I’m definitely a fan of this. You need something under the hide since it’s not enough on its own. This jute rug adds additional texture and dimension to the room.
Coffee table // Amazon – While not an exact match, this table’s shape and feel emulate Ballard’s. Here’s one that looks exactly like the original. It just needs a coat of black paint.
Chair // Macy’s – Ok, so these chairs. The originals (or close enough to it) are way more money than I’d be willing to spend on a buffalo check chair. I searched high and low for a comp, but they don’t exist. If you’re dying for these chairs at a lower price point, I’d talk to an upholsterer and see how much they’d charge to upholster a chair (or two) for you. Price likely depends on where you live. If that’s not an option, simply get a white chair like the one above and grab a buffalo check pillow and ottoman to complement it.
Armillary // World Market – Raise your hand if you knew this was called an armillary. I’ve always just called them metal globes. <insert monkey hiding eyes emoji>
Chandelier // Kohl’s – I couldn’t have picked a more perfect chandelier for this space if I tried!
Bean bag ottoman // Land of Nod – Here’s that bean bag ottoman I was talking about. Doubles as extra seating!
Dalmatian Pillow // Lulu & Georgia – This adorable pillow brings an unexpected pattern in to the mix, and it totally works.
Buffalo Print Pillow // Macy’s – Pop this pillow on the white chair, and you have the same vibe going on.
Platter // Pier 1 – A gold accent for the bookshelf.
Bookshelf // Overstock – This open iron and wood bookshelf emulates the original.
Vase // TJ Maxx – This pretty vase includes all of the colors from the room.
Fireset // Amazon – This classy fireset adds a touch of glam to the space.
Letter – This is the same letter in the above picture. However, I wouldn’t spend $50 per letter. That’d be $200 to spell out l-o-v-e. I’d rather put that toward a piece of artwork. Admittedly, the room wouldn’t look the same without the letters. So, if you aren’t willing to shell out that kind of dough for framed letters either, here are stencils you can print for free. You’ll need to scale them to a larger size (google for instructions). With a little bit of effort, black paper, and gold paint, you can have your own custom letters that mimic the inspiration photo.
Pear // Home Decorators Collection – A classy pear to accent the room.
You have to be a certain type of person to have a zebra hide in your home (faux or not). If you’re not that type of person but would still like to add zebra print somewhere, here are a few other accent pieces: