If you get many home decor catalogs at all, chance are the Ballard Designs catalog is one of them. (If not, request it right away; the ideas alone are worth it.) Like a lot of amateur home decorators, I LOVE this catalog. I drool over the furniture and accessories. I remember once telling my sister-in-law, “If I could afford the whole Ballard Designs catalog, I’d order everything in it.” She agreed.
And while I had ordered an accessory or two over the years, I had never ordered anything major. Until last year. I was redecorating my dining room on a budget, and while I had bought some furniture pieces off of Craigslist, I really wanted to spring for something special: two Ballard Designs parsons chairs in my own fabric.
That experience went great. I bought the fabric in the amount Ballard requested and sent it to them on a bolt. Not long after they received it I got a call from them making sure that I wanted my stripes to go vertically and not horizontally. (I breathed a big sigh of relief with that phone call because I knew that 1) they had received the fabric 2) they were working on my chairs and 3) they cared enough to make sure they got it right. A few weeks later my chairs arrived and they were beautiful! Exactly what I needed to make my dining room special.
Last week I decided to take the plunge again and order Ballard’s terrific table trio with a burlap tablecloth like the one in this picture. I placed my order online, received an email confirmation a few days later and received UPS delivery of the table two days after that. I was thrilled. I ordered the 30″ table, which is $149 plus shipping, although I was able to get it for a bit less. (More about that below.)
The table came in three boxes, which was great. Because even though the UPS man put the boxes in my entryway, I appreciated not having one, large box to deal with. The table came in three pieces, which concerned me at first. Until I realized that it fit together without any tools or bolts or nail. It didn’t even need instructions. I had it together in under a minute and had the tablecloth and glass topper on in a minute after that. (I was in such a hurry to see it put together that I didn’t bother to press the tablecloth. I’ll have to make time to do that later!)
All in all my shopping experiences with Ballard Designs have been great! I love their stuff and their prices are reasonable (even for a bargain shopper like me). Speaking of bargain shopping, I like to do my Ballard Designs online shopping through the Mr. Rebates site. I get a 4% cash back rebate on all my Ballard purchases that way. It is free to sign up with Mr. Rebates and they’ll even give you a $5 signup bonus to start you off. They’re rated ‘A’ by the Better Business Bureau as well.
I can’t wait to thumb through the Ballard Designs catalog and plan my next purchase. Such good shopping experiences with them has made me confident to do more!