I have had a couple of co-workers recommend Ballard Designs. Any thoughts on quality?
First of all, Ballard is BIG. They started small in 1982, but merged with Cornerstone Brands in 1997, so their stuff is probably made in far away places. Second, always look at the sofa. Ballard's sofa's are attractive enough, but their prices are LOW for major pieces of furniture. What this says to us is that you are paying less, but getting less quality. With all due respect to Ballard, as well as for your budget, we say be careful here.