The Rug & Ballard Designs Outlet Treasures

When I posted about my first board and batten hallway project, I got a lot of questions about where I bought the rug for the space.  I must tell you, this rug was love at first sight.

I loved the bold print, and it was a bonus that the colors within the rug worked perfectly with my existing wall colors.  I mean, perfectly.  Where did I get it?  The Ballard Designs Outlet.  Yes friends, the Outlet.  This place is a little slice of heaven, and I need to go on a field trip just to give you an idea of the treasures that await.  In the meantime, I can show you some of the finds that I have discovered.
First off – slipcovers.  My family room sofa is actually from Arhaus furniture, but  I discovered that the dimensions of the Arhaus “Baldwin” sofa and the Ballard “Baldwin” sofa are the same.  (Gee, call me Sherlock Holmes, figuring that one out).  But, the point is that the slipcovers from Ballard will work on my Arhaus sofa, for much LESS.  I’m on my third set of slipcovers for this couch, and scored my most recent slipcover from the Outlet for about $300.  Definitely less than I paid for my second set of slipcovers, that I purchased from Arhaus, prior to my detective work.
Old slipcover pictured below –  (please ignore moving boxes and mounds of crap, as this picture was taken shortly after we moved in and we were still unpacking).  Did you catch the symbolism that it was dark outside and the slipcovers were dark? 

And the After – with my new light and airy slipcover from Ballard Outlet – a fresh linen-esque slipcover, and a sweet grain sack replica pillow (also from Ballard Outlet) with a bright outside to go along with it.  (Still looking for a slip for the chair that goes with the sofa).

We have since scored a sweet burlap ottoman from Ballard.  I don’t have a new picture with it in the room yet, but here is a picture of the ottoman:

The hook-thingy and green shelving unit turned shoe/mitten caddy was also from the Outlet:

So, who knows what other lovely treasures I’ll find?  But it’s a lot of fun keeping tabs on their inventory. 🙂


  • Reply
    January 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Outlets are the bomb-diggity. I wish I lived closer to a Pottery Barn or Ballard's outlet! Great score on the slipcover and rug!

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    Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    January 19, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    We do have similar taste in many things! That ceiling gets me every time. I think I remember saying that you should lay on the floor and stare at it right.

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    January 27, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Lucky you to have a Ballard outlet close. We have a Pottery Barn outlet but would rather have a Ballard Design! Love how the slipcovers look. What a difference they make.

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    Jennifer Kuhel
    August 5, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Can you tell me how well the Ballard Designs slipcovers fit your Arhaus sofa? I'm thinking of doing the same. Oh…and my name is Jenny, I live in Ohio, I'm a mom to three, I'm a writer (well, now I blog) and I run marathons. Go figure. If you get a chance, can you respond? [email protected] Thanks!

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    Stuff and Nonsense
    August 6, 2012 at 1:18 am

    so a few months ago
    i bought the baldwin sofa on craigslist
    for $25

    the cover is a little worn
    and i would love to order a new one
    from Ballard
    but $300 is not in the budget right now

    i don't live anywhere near
    a Ballard outlet store

    can you give me an idea
    of what the outlet prices run
    for the sofa slipcovers?

    surely i must know someone
    who lives close enough
    to snag one for me



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    March 31, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Is the frame of the slipcover easy to put on? I purchased an Arhaus sleeper sofa and love seat from Craigslist. It came with two slip covers. ( both from Ballard)The slipcover for the frame is so tight it is almost impossible to get on. I am not sure if the previous owner shrunk the covers or if this is normal.

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      April 2, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      While it can be a tight fit, it should go on. One suggestion you might want to try is to wash it, and air dry it until it’s slightly damp. That seems to give the slipcover a little extra give, to fit on the sofa a bit easier.

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