Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

We had an amazing year at the shop & gallery.
Thank you to all of our loyal customers, new customers, 
and to our family and friends who make every year so special. 
Sending warm wishes of joy and abundance,
and to a spectacular 2014!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

New Hampshire Home Magazine "Favorite Finds"

Thank you, New Hampshire Home Magazine, for choosing our beautiful "Tanger" Le Jacquard Francais tablecloth as one of your "Favorite Finds" of 2014. 

We love our devoted clientele in the New England area, especially in New Hampshire, so we appreciate the shout out.  Cheers to all of you in the coming New Year!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


We are ready for the holidays at r.h. ballard shop & gallery!  Be sure to stop in on Small Business Saturday for lots of holiday inspiration, gifts, and joy! 
 Check out our amazing French Table Linen Collections, tabletop items, trays, 
Vietri collections, French scarves, European soaps, lotions, candles, and so much more!  
See you there! 

Monday, October 14, 2013

"Show of 6" : Oct. 19 - Nov. 10, 2013

An exhibition of new and diverse paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by 6 area artists will open at our gallery on Saturday, October 19, and run through Nov. 10, 2013.

The work above is a new painting by Patton WilsonA few select artwork from this art show can be viewed below:

Wire Sculptures by Janet Brome 

Works on Paper by Thomas Mullany: 
works on paper and other medium can also be found on our website

Monday, October 7, 2013

New Artist MARK POSS

We have beautiful paintings by Mark Poss now in  the gallery and also available on our website. The painting above is entitled "Mystery".

Mark's artistic influences include 17th Century Dutch, 19th Century French - Corot in particular, and 19th Century American, with George Inness as the major player. Artistic influence in the abstract world include Gerhard Richter and Clyfford Still.

 For more information and to see more of Mark's work, click here:  www.rhballard.com

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Equestrian Style French Tablecloth Designs

Le Jacquard Francais just introduced some amazing equestrian-inspired designs in their 2013 Fall Collection. In all the many years I have been selling these exquisite cloths, I do not recall LJF ever creating an equine-themed design. They have incorporated all sorts of animals and exotic birds in their past tablecloth designs: giraffes, elephants, tigers, cheetahs, toucans, pheasants, and lions, just to name a few. The imagery in "manege" is really beautifully done, and they resemble antique etchings of horses, equine gear, and show regalia. 

"Manege" comes in three colorways and a variety of sizes.  I particularly love the beautiful "Hermes" color above. I could almost wear this!  

Check out all the stunning tablecloths online and in our Main Street shop in Washington, VA. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Tea Towel Designs from Le Jacquard Francais

As the cool air of fall comes to Virginia things are heating up in the shop and gallery! So many shipments of new and exciting products. I am excited to be writing today about one my favorite things: New French Tea Towels!

The Fall 2103 Tea Towel designs from Le Jacquard Francais take their inspiration from nature, tea, and delicious French delicacies.  The color combinations are sumptuous and autumnal, and the imagery beautifully executed. 

Take a peek at the following tea towels, and be sure to check out  www.rhballard.com to view the huge variety of exquisite French towels we offer. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

New Paintings by ROB BROWNING

Contemporary realist Rob Browning just brought in some new paintings to our gallery. We have had several shows of his work over the years and I really love his technique and style. 

Rob received his formal art education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia (1974-1979).  His artwork is included in many public and private collections and has been used commercially by clients including:  General Electric, ITT, American Airlines, Disney Enterprises. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Romance of VIETRI Incanto

We are getting ready for fall here in Little Washington, Virginia!

The air is cooler, the skies are bluer and clouds are a fluffy white. 
Time to be preparing for holiday entertaining. 

VIETRI is now part of our tabletop collection, all designed and produced in Italy. 
We have INCANTO and LASTRA now available online  as well as in our Main Street shop. And more designs are coming! This particular post will be about the beautiful "Incanto" design.

I am in love with the romance of the four designs of "Incanto". They bring to the table pretty baroque curves, antique Venetian lace, ruffles of the Adriatic Sea, De Medici dots and stripes, all inspired by Italian art and architecture and all ceramics hand formed.

With over 40 accessory pieces and home decor accents to choose from, you can create endless combinations to suit your individual style. Incanto is microwave, oven, freezer, dishwasher safe and handmade of terra marrone, a duarable Italian sculptor's clay, in Veneto. 

Here are several inspiring tabletop shop displays, using both passion purples and neutrals from Le Jacquard Francais table linens. These should help get your creativity going!

Holiday entertaining is right around the corner, so it's never to early to place your orders of VIETRI, which can be drop shipped directly to your door. 
Ordering is super easy from our rhballard.com website.