Where would you score your home’s bathrooms, on a scale of Boring to Beautiful? If your master bath, guest bath or powder room is hovering at the Boring-But-Functional end of the scale, it’s time transform it into a space that is so beautiful, you’ll say yes to that extra cup of coffee just so you can visit it more often! Remaking the look and feel of your bathrooms is a lot easier and less expensive than you may think when you use these six surefire tricks:   (more…)

Do you have an emotional response to a particular color? I do, with the color yellow. Yellow makes me think of my mom.  All through my growing up years, Mom had a beautiful yellow bedroom, with soft yellow walls and yellow floral drapes. There is nothing like crawling into your mom’s bed, feeling safe and secure and loved. That’s how I feel when I see a yellow room, all warm and fuzzy inside.

Maybe that’s why I got so excited about my friends Julie and Marc’s vision for their home, one accentuated throughout with pops and splashes of yellow. Whether you prefer a shade that’s soft and buttery, or one that is as brilliant as the summer sun, this warm, happy color is an ideal accent color. Here are three tips for welcoming yellow into your home.


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During the dark days of winter, don’t climb the walls – decorate them! There is no better time to evaluate and enliven your artwork displays than right now, when your seasonal decor is at a minimum and you can fully focus on this key component of interior design. Good artwork displays finish a room like nothing else, transforming empty wall space into intriguing story boards that tell others about you.  While there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to designing artwork displays, here are the five guiding principles we follow when arranging art at Nell Hill’s.  (more…)

When you love to create home interior spaces that delight your eyes and refresh your senses as much as we all do, you know that a chair is so much more than just a place to sit. It’s an expression of your unique style. In the next few weeks, as the Special Order Upholstered Furniture Sale is going on at Nell Hill’s Briarcliff, I will get to help customers pick upholstered chairs that will make their rooms singularly beautiful. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a chair, isn’t it? You bet it is! That’s why it’s important to have a good feel for what you’re looking for in a chair before you begin to shop. Here is the checklist I go through with my customers to help them pick the perfect chair for their home.  (more…)

Be still my beating heart. A new year, full of fabulous new interior design looks, is upon us. I’ll be hopping a plane in a few days to hit the huge home furnishings market in Atlanta where I will take in the freshest looks in home decor and buy, buy, buy for Nell Hill’s. Before I see what’s new at market, I had to first check in with one of my favorite trend-makers, Holly Blalock, the vice president of merchandise and marketing for CR Laine, and see what she’s loving in 2014. Here’s what Holly says is going to be h-o-t:  (more…)

I do some of my best decorating-related dreaming during the quiet, still days of early January, when the hullabaloo of the holidays is past, the seasonal finery is packed away and my home is back to its most natural state. That’s when I make my decorating New Year’s resolutions, the list of things in my home I want to tackle in the coming year. I’ve learned from experience that I’m happiest with my design decisions when I keep these five guiding principles in mind. I hope they will help you, too, as you dream big about what you’d like your home to become in 2014.  (more…)

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I’m mad about plaid. This timeless but trendy pattern plays a big role in my home décor every winter because it’s warm and welcoming and creatively classic without being stogy and stuffy, a perfect part of a winter day, like a hot cup of tea, a warm fire and a dog at your feet. I poured on the plaid when I decorated my home for the holidays this year. But when I box up my holiday décor next week, the plaid will stay in place, an essential part of the wintery mix, until I decorate for spring. Want to add a punch of plaid to your winter scape? Here are 10 perfect spots:  (more…)

This holiday season, you don’t have to live in Downton Abbey to sup in a dining room that’s fit for nobility. When I decorated my dining room for my annual Holiday Open House, I followed seven simple steps to infuse the space with the feel of an English manor house.   (more…)

Have you ever been stuck at the kids’ table for a holiday gathering? Normally, it’s the worst seat in the house. A rickety card table set with mismatched dishes, strategically placed a good distance from the main dining table so the adults can enjoy a nice dinner without being interrupted by kid shenanigans. Being the youngest in my family, I’m very familiar with life at the kids’ table. That’s why I had a blast designing a kids’ table for my Holiday Open House that was so fun, and so cool, it would be the envy of all the adults. Call it kid rebellion!

Want to make your kids’ table the envy of everyone who gathers at your home for the holidays? Here are 5 tips:  (more…)


Decorating your Christmas tree can be the highlight of the holiday season. For some people, it’s a family celebration, where everyone gathers to add their favorite ornaments to the mosaic of memories that covers the pine. For others, trimming the tree is like creating artwork, with each ornament carefully chosen and strategically placed. However you go about it, here are six simple steps for trimming a tree that is as glorious as the season:  (more…)