15
Dec
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From the beloved bronze figurine that stands proudly on my mantel year round to several silver serving pieces I use when I entertain, some of the most precious treasures in my home were gifts from friends and family. These pieces are special to me not just because they are lovely, but because they reflect the [...]

Setting a stunning table for  the holidays is high on my Bliss Chart. Whether I’m in the mood for simple and serene, or shock-and-awe, I love approaching my tabletop like a canvass, ready to tell a story that entertains my guests. This year, I’m building a tablescape that I can easily transition from winter holidays [...]

When it comes to decorating your fireplace mantel for the holidays, it seems like people have two perspectives. Some see this long piece of wood as a stage for their masterpiece. But to others, it feels more like a gangplank because decorating this key focal point is intimidating for them. Let me just underscore that [...]

24
Nov
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You would think a girl who went to a Catholic high school dressed in a plaid skirt every single day for four years would shudder every time she saw a tartan. But while things like algebra and American revolutionary battle dates have long since faded into the mist (sorry, Sisters!), one thing from high school [...]

17
Nov

Depending upon my schedule and energy level, some holiday seasons I am all about creating a huge holiday statement on my front door. Other years, not so much. If you’re pinched for time this year, or would just rather spend your decorating energy making magic with your indoor décor, call on the power of the [...]

Decorating my Christmas tree is the most magical moment of the holiday season for me. There is something so exciting about taking a plain pine and turning it into a shining star, the visual and emotional epicenter of your home’s hymn to the holidays. Want to take your Christmas tree to new heights? Here’s how: 

Ready to deck the halls for the holidays? Before you start, arm yourself with my three can’t-live-without-them holiday decorating essentials: Picks, sticks and ribbons. We use these no-fail tools as the base of just about every holiday display we create at Nell Hill’s, whether it’s a super simple centerpiece or an over-the-top mantel treatment. Here’s [...]

During the cold, dark winter months, there’s nothing so wonderful as coming home to a warm, snuggly home that embraces you, enfolding you in its cocoon where you can relax and replenish. It doesn’t take much to make your home cozy for winter. Here’s what I do: 

20
Oct

The world looks fabulous wrapped in the colors of fall. And at the base of this beautiful bouquet of radiant color is brown. Earthy, warm, soothing and satisfying, brown encourages us to slow down and snuggle in. And eat hot, buttery popcorn. Or, is that just me? But, I digress. Here are my favorite ways [...]

Hors d’oeuvres, anyone? Whether it’s a casual TGIF with best friends or a formal holiday gathering of work associates, having folks over for appetizers and drinks is a lot easier than hosting a full blown dinner party, and it’s just as much fun. My secret to party success?  Keep the food simple, but make the [...]