Rich, regal and oh-so-luxurious, gold is back with a vengeance in the world of home décor. I am thrilled, because my love light never dimmed for this precious metal and its ability to warm up a room and imbue it with style. Depending upon your passion for gold, you can go high lux and use it to wash a room. Or you can add just a glint here and there to thread in a tiny touch of luster. Here are the top 5 ways we’re decorating with gold right now at Nell Hill’s: (more…)
I love to eat, and I love to laugh and talk with friends. So having people over to my home for meals is at the top of my fun chart. Whether you’re pulling together a last-minute luncheon with a few friends, a family birthday party or a holiday gathering for work, a great meal starts with a great table. Your dining table and chairs not only have to look sensational, they have to work for your home and life. Here are three must-do’s for getting a dining set you’ll love: (more…)
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 day between our Atchison home and Nell Hill’s Briarcliff, I was ready for a close-in location where we could stay when in Kansas City. Within days, Dan had found a little fixer-upper on the lake and, ready or not, we began our downsizing adventure.
If a smaller, easier home sounds like heaven to you, too, I’ve got great news: Your new nest can be just as big on style as the larger home you’re leaving behind. Here are 5 tips I’m following as we transition to our new home. (more…)
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 feminine or youthful. It’s just right for those who want to add some warmth and energy to a room. Here are two great ways to bring coral into your home. (more…)
“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 had just dressed our living room windows with paneled drapes after years of letting the windows fly solo with shutters. Often, the window treatments are one of the last things we do when we decorate a room, but a room just isn’t “done” until the curtain call. Need to cover a window or two in your home? Here are three of my very favorite looks. (more…)
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: (more…)
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 there that have been passed down through my family, each a link to the people I love. These heirlooms of old are comingled with wonderful new pieces I have acquired, which will become the heirlooms for future generations of Garritys.
What about your home? Have you dotted your décor with old or new heirlooms that brighten your spaces and pull at your heart strings? Here four of my favorites to consider: (more…)
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 high heels and sashayed around the pool for the judges. I lost. To a pretty little girl with long blonde hair. Not surprising, since one of my favorite summer games was to play cowgirl and roam the neighborhood – our ranch.
There is so much nostalgia layered into summer, isn’t there? Independence Day fireworks, watermelon and fireflies. This summer, salute those sunny, lazy days of your youth and celebrate a bit of Americana by using red, white and blue in your décor. Here’s how: (more…)
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 up on life. Laugh until you cry.
I just hosted a summer luncheon of friends at my house, and here’s what I did to make the setting bright and beautiful. It doesn’t take a lot to make a magical moment, if you have a plan: (more…)
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 would have been fabulous, which made the decision making in my decorating journey even more fun.
After long, delicious deliberation, I decided to go with the love of my life: an evolved, traditional style brought to life with the help of black and white ticking and buffalo plaid. Here’s a glimpse of how I used these two modest patterns in modern ways to make my new home a haven. (more…)