R.H. Ballard Art, Rug & Home combines a unique European blend of fine art, oriental rugs, French Tablecloths, home décor and fine gifts for men and women.
Founded in 1997, the Ballard's exquisite shop is situated just one block from the world-renowned “Inn at Little Washington,” the 5-star Relais Chateau which attracts an international clientele to the stunning landscape called Rappahannock County, Virginia.
Together, Robert and Joanie Ballard combine their love of travel, great design, fine art, quality textiles and just plain beautiful things into a stunning store which has received numerous accolades. Most notably they were heralded by the Editors of SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE as one of the
“TOP 50 SHOPS IN THE SOUTH”
Robert H. Ballard
Robert's experience in the art world spans over 30 years, from directing multi-million dollar art galleries in San Francisco to directing and creating museums in New Zealand, California and Virginia. Robert taught painting in several universities and art schools, has managed several art councils and is also a trained frame maker. An accomplished artist, Robert has exhibited nationally and offers his own paintings through the gallery in Washington, VA and on the R. H. Ballard website.
Joanie M. Ballard
Joanie's life has included a variety of occupations, all which culminated in the creation of her business with Robert. She worked over 20 years in theatre, television and radio, both in front and behind the scenes, from DC to NYC. She draws much of inspiration and self-taught design experience from her love of interior design, art, architecture, theatre, and from being raised in an extraordinarily artistic family which daily surrounded her with art, music, poetry, and dance. Joan's job as a “fabric librarian
” with the well-known French fabric firm Brunschwig & Fils
, is attributed to the beginning of her fascination & obsession with French textiles, in particular the table linens of Le Jacquard Francais.
Many customers who visit our shop, or call with orders, take away great experiences in working with Gail Brewer, our wonderful Manager. Her business acumen and merchandising experience have been an invaluable addition to the expansion of our business. With over 20 years experience leading merchandising divisions of various national catalogs along with raising 2 talented daughters, Gail brings a unique touch to the daily workings of r.h. ballard art, rug & home, and customers appreciate the warmth and wealth of knowledge and experience she brings.
(Bottom two photos by Molly Peterson, mJm photography)