Have you ever met someone and after only five minutes in their company, you knew you just loved ’em. Well, that was my reaction the first time I ever met Mark Ballard.
Mark Ballard is an artist, designer, decorator, speaker, author, columnist, chef, television personality and has been described as “a true Renaissance man with a Southern flair!”
I had the pleasure of seeing Mark in person when he hosted a small craft demonstration during an annual garden tour in Macon, Georgia a few years ago. He had us all laughing so hard that I’m not sure anyone was half paying attention to the faux moss finish he was teaching us to do on garden pots. Mark is known for the funny stories he tells while teaching you how to make a wreath or decorate a room.
Nationally, he is a hidden talent…an undiscovered delight. But in Macon…Mark’s an outright STAR! Though Mark has not yet hit the big time, don’t be surprised if one day you flip on your t.v. and he’s right there showing you how to make a fabulous wreath or how to mix up some delicious pumpkin dip.
For Pink Saturday, I’m posting a few pics of Mark’s home that he shares with his wife, Debra. Can you just imagine how much fun their two children must have had growing up in such a beautiful and whimsical environment?! One look at these rooms and you’ll know why everyone loves Mark…he has a delightful, exuberant personality and a true love for whimsy that is clearly evident in his beautiful home. Now, how often do you see a living room painted Tiffany blue?
This is the view as you enter into Mark’s sun room. Mark describes this room as “whimsical.” I think this must have been an earlier pic, because the sofa is different here than when I toured his home.
This was the sofa I remember seeing on the tour. I love the bright colors against the black and white checkerboard flooring…they play off each other beautifully! I just noticed the wallpaper is different in this pic, too.
Another view of the sun room at Christmas time. That table must have been designed by Santa’s elves…fun, fun, fun!
Mark often films shows for a local network in Macon. Wish I had more pics to show you of his kitchen…it’s beautifully finished and decorated.
Check out more of Mark’s pictures and videos at his website!