My Road Trip to the New Ballard Store

Once I heard that a new Ballard Designs store was opening in the area, I started planning for a visit.  Last week, one of my best friends and I headed on a mini road trip to the King of Prussia Mall to check it out.   Luckily, it only took about an hour and a half to drive down.

As you can imagine, I could barely contain my excitement when we approached the store…

Ahh…the thrill of stepping into a catalog..

Gorgeous Christmas decor was everywhere.

How perfect does this console look with the red?

Baskets of beautiful decorations.

And plenty of lovely furniture to sink into.  Though, I don’t own any of their upholstered pieces (yet), I made sure I sat on everything.  Yes, I’m happy to report they passed my comfort test!  Every piece was well made, very soft and comfortable.  I would have no hesitation about ordering something upholstered.  Now, to choose…

I loved each decorated room in the store.  Now, I’m trying to think of a place in my home where I would hang this light…so pretty.

And I was in love with this table!  What a gorgeous piece of furniture and the velvet chairs got me thinking in a whole new direction for my dining room!

Of course, I loved this table too…especially since you can customize the color!  Maybe it would work in my kitchen…

And speaking of tables, this entire Christmas dining area really caught my eye.

And all this blue and white Bunny Williams loveliness speaks for itself!  Ahhh…

 If I update my bedroom duvet, I could definitely picture picture these buffalo checks in there.

I couldn’t tear myself away from all the huge fabric samples on display.  Needless to say, I took a few small samples home but these larger samples made me want to redecorate my whole house!

With all the beautiful displays to stare at, I didn’t get a chance to take pictures of everything.  There was just so much to take in!  And you will be shocked to know that I didn’t buy anything!  I was just so excited to touch and sit on everything that I think my mind was on overload!  Plus, now that I have those fabric samples, I have a few ideas for some purchases.  Obviously, I hope Santa is generous this year…

Yeah, this last photo pretty much sums up my feelings on the whole shopping experience!  The store was beautiful, the sales staff was very friendly and helpful and now I have a whole list of Christmas ideas!

Have you been to a Ballard Designs retail store yet?

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11 Comments

  1. Brandi
    November 19, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    How wonderful that you got to visit. The KOP mall is gorgeous in itself. When I lived in Philly it was a treat to shop there. I'm actually heading to Ballard tonight for a book signing in Atlanta. I've only shopped online, so I'm excited too!!!

  2. Simply LKJ
    November 19, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    Wow! That is incredible. We have a Ballard "store" and outlet here, but nothing like this.

  3. Gypsy Heart
    November 20, 2015 / 1:05 am

    I just spent about $15,932.89 looking through your photos! 🙂 Seriously, I love everything. I'm sure it was like being a child in a candy store. The fabrics are just gorgeous! Let us know if you order something. IF I had the space, I really like the sofa.xoPat

  4. Sarah
    November 20, 2015 / 2:58 am

    Beautiful store! I want the wooden swan with tartan bow. '-)

  5. [email protected] Boys and Me
    November 20, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    Aaaah, thanks so much for taking us along on your Ballard field trip. The store is beautiful and you chose some gorgeous items to photograph. I hope to get there someday too. Have a great weekend!

  6. Sheila Irwin
    November 23, 2015 / 4:54 am

    I cannot TELL you how envious I am Shelley! I have loved this catalog for the last 15 or more years and have ordered so many great items from them. But I have hesitated on some large or upholstered items due to shipping and returning concerns – imagine being able to see it all in person! Thanks so much for posting this! Hoping you will do some periodic reviews of some of the things you get there!Thanks,Sheilawww.maisondecinq.blogspot.com

  7. Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
    November 23, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    I am drooling…wow! So amazing to see all Ballard's goodies in person.Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!Blessings,Cindy

  8. Stacey
    November 24, 2015 / 11:26 pm

    That looks like so much fun!! Did you buy anything?

  9. Mimi
    November 25, 2015 / 2:15 am

    Oh everything is just so ME! Lucky I live in Australia, or my bank account would be empty….lol! Mimi xxx

  10. Suzanne
    November 28, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! My favorite catalogue by far. I devour it the same way I do decorating magazines. Glad you got the chance to go.

  11. DIYbyDesign
    December 1, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    What a great day trip. One of my favorite catalogs. Awesome photos. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

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