By Caroline Biggs

Published on August 11, 2015

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Here’s a peek inside the domino “shophouse” at 15 william Street — upscale Manhattan apartments decorated by creative young designers with the help of our favorite furniture brands

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STEP INSIDE THE Ballard Designs APARTMENT

For over a decade, Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez, the power duo behind dekar design have been crafting interiors with their signature laid-back whimsy. “We’re big on creating a lived-in feel for all of our spaces.” Suarez explains. For their shophouse collaboration with timeless furniture makers Ballard Designs, they masterminded a vivid scene—black-and -white striped walls multicolored upholstery, and lots of chalkboard-coated surfaces—without forfeiting an inch elegance or comfort. “We were inspired by the idea of an eclectic, modern woman,” Grant adds. “Someone who not only well-traveled but had been collecting sophisticated furnishings for years.”

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Blair Sofa by Ballard Designs, upholstered in Zak + Fox Obi Fabric; Bornova Black Side Table by Ballard Designs (set of 2); Leyland Armless Chairs by Ballard Designs, upholstered in Zak + Fox Tulu Fabric; Allen Side Table in matte black with Pecan Wood Top by Ballard Designs; Alustra® Woven Texture® Roller Shades in Birch Entwine from Hunter Douglas; Burlap Crewel Damask Window Panels by Ballard Designs; Deauville Classic Metal Ball Finial and Rod Curtain Hardware by Ballard Designs; Braided Jute Rug in Chocolate by Ballard Designs; Stonington Gray (HC-170) by Benjamin Moore

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The right amount of natural light was filtered through dreamy window coverings by Hunter Douglas.

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Morgan Pendant in Brass by Ballard Designs; Terrific Table covered with Off-White Twill Tablecloth by Ballard Designs; Dorchester One-Seat Bench in worn black (set of 4) by Ballard Designs; Piper Woven Chargers by Ballard Designs; Found Demijohn Glass Jugs by Ballard Designs; X1 Iperespresso by Illy Caffé

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The shapes are classic,So it really gives you an opportunity to play with upholstery color and prints. – Suarez says of Ballard Designs Furniture

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Q&A with ballard designs

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE HOMEWARE APARTMENT AT 15 WILLIAM?

Our apartment at 15 William felt layered, inviting, and as if all of the pieces were collected over time. We loved the way Dekar blended contemporary and classic pieces to create an apartment that truly felt like somebody’s home.

WHAT MADE THIS PROJECT ESPECIALLY FUN FOR YOU?

We love any opportunity where a designer can take our furniture pieces and create a room that feels different from the types of spaces we often show in our catalog. Decorating should be fun, so we love to see the way someone with a unique vision can take our products and mix them together in an unexpected way.

WHAT DID YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT DEKAR DID WITH THE BALLARD PIECES IN THE SPACE?

The Dekar Design duo took traditional Ballard Designs furnishings and made them their own; in a style that was true to them, but still strongly reflected our brand. It demonstrated the vast versatility of our products and everything came together beautifully.

TELL US SOMETHING POTENTIAL BUYERS WOULD WANT TO KNOW?

It’s truly cozy, chic and warm because of the interior. As soon as you walk into the space it feels like home – you could move your family right in!

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Cambridge Storage Unit by Ballard Designs; Large Terri Alabaster Lamp by Circa Lighting; Newburg Green (#HC-158) by Benjamin Moore

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Selma Right Arm Chaise in Callisto Stripe White by Ballard Designs; Brooklyn Floor Lamp by Ballard Designs; Deauville Classic Metal Ball Finial and Rod Curtain Hardware by Ballard Designs; Suzanne Kasler Signature Natural Linen Panel by Ballard Designs; Alustra® Woven Textures® Soft Screens® Roller Shades with UltraGlide® from Hunter Douglas in Pure Retreat; Newburg Green (#HC-158) by Benjamin Moore

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Queen Ally Headboard with Brass Nailheads by Ballard Designs, upholstered in Zak + Fox Kaze Fabric in East; Sophie Side Table in Blue Gray by Ballard Designs; Serena Bench by Ballard Designs, upholstered in Queens Velvet in Pumpkin; Hadley Pendant Chandelier by Ballard Designs; Audree Pom Pom Duvet Cover and Shams by Ballard Designs; Amelie Embroidered Sheet Set by Ballard Designs; Ticking Stripe Sham and Bedskirt in Navy by Ballard Designs

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Brighton Club Chair by Ballard Designs, upholstered in Navy Vintage Ticking Stripe; Bleached braided jute rug by Ballard Designs; Ruby Dusk (#1267) by Benjamin Moore

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