My life changed the day I visited a friend who had downsized into a charming home perched on the perimeter of a little lake on the outskirts of Kansas City. I fell in love with the quiet community of small, unassuming homes built decades ago around the sleepy lake. After commuting a few hours a [...]

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Jul
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Sassy but soft, coral, the big-girl version of pink, is turning heads and winning hearts in the decorating world. Since the first time I saw a dining room done completely in coral, this sugar-and-spice tone has tugged at my heart. The perfect blend of pink and orange, coral is fresh and fun without being too [...]

  “There is something different about the house,” our daughter Kelly said after she and her husband, Britt, spent the day with us. “I don’t know what it is, but it feels cozier.” If I ever doubted the power of window treatments to add the perfect finish to a room, here was proof positive. I [...]

  I’ve learned through the years that the right lighting in the right spots transforms a room. So when it came time to select the fixtures for our lake home redo, I followed these three tips to ensure the lighting was a bright spot in my décor: 

I’m a sucker for sentiment. So for me, a beautifully appointed home is more than a collection of well-chosen furnishings. It’s a tribute to who you are and what you hold dear, filled with the objects that help tell the story of your life. If you wander through my home, you’ll see treasures here and [...]

What are some of your favorite summer memories? Mine was my first – and last — attempt to be a beauty queen. One 4th of July, our tiny country club in Atchison held a beauty pageant for little girls. Even then I was into props, so I borrowed the neighbor’s poodle, slipped on my plastic [...]

Sometimes you just need to surround yourself with a klatch of best friends. And, with your life so crazy busy, sometimes all that’s keeping you from pulling everyone together is a good reason. Here’s one: It’s summer! OK, now that you have a mission, no more excuses. Get your BFFs together and have fun. Catch [...]

When I was dreaming of how to decorate my little lake house, I had a garden of options to chose from. Owning home furnishings stores loaded with looks you adore is like being a kid in a candy store, for sure. Any of the styles, color schemes and pattern mixes we spotlight at Nell Hill’s [...]

June is sublime in Kansas. During the long, sunny days, I throw open my windows and enjoy the warm breeze then spend the evening on my patio, surrounded by fireflies. This is my month to celebrate the romance of summer. Want to join me? The first step is to make your home its romantic best. [...]

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May

My kitchen was the first room I wanted to redecorate when Dan and I moved into our Money Pit historic fixer-upper. But it was the last room I actually got to tackle. The cost of a complete kitchen renovation, which is what this poor space needed, isn’t cheap. As I discovered, there is a lot [...]