When Dan and I entertain, we each have our assigned roles: He spends hours in the kitchen crafting our cuisine. And I’m out in the dining room, dreaming up an intriguing tablescape. Armed with dishes, table linens and seasonal accents, I play around until lightning strikes and I find a look that lights up my heart.

Love tabletops too? Then you can’t miss the Nell Hill’s Spring Tabletop Event on May 1 and 2. This is one of my absolute favorite events of the year. Both Nell Hill’s stores will be filled with drop-dead-gorgeous tablescapes to inspire you to make magic on your own table. Our designers will help you use your own plates and linens, or new dishes and accents from our stores, to create a table that will make your heart go thump-thump-thump. Until then, experiment with these 7 tips we use at Nell Hill’s to create our stunning tables …  (more…)

Parents of young children often ask me if it’s possible to have a beautifully decorated home and to have children at the same time. The answer is a resounding YES!  Here are the 2 steps I follow when designing spaces that are both kid-friendly and lovely to look at:  (more…)

Our homes should fill us up, and give us the strength and courage to do the big, important – and sometimes difficult – things in our lives. That’s why I am thrilled to share that Nell Hill’s is joining with a fantastic team of talented designers to redecorate Friendship House, a transitional shelter home for women and their children who have taken the brave step toward conquering substance addiction and starting a healthy new life.

We had a blast decorating the living room and dining room of this gorgeous historic Hyde Park home, and I can’t wait for you to see what we and the other design teams created for the residents of Friendship House during the ReImagine: Friendship House Tour on April 17-19. I want to invite all of you to join us for the tour to benefit the important work of ReDiscover, which provides residential and outpatient services for women recovering from alcohol and substance use disorders. To whet your appetite, here’s a peek at the before and after of the rooms Nell Hill’s got to redesign:  (more…)

I recently asked my Facebook friends to tell me what they’d like me to blog about, and one decorating dilemma that came up over and again was: “Where do I start when I’m designing a room?” Some were moving into brand new houses and had a big (and intimidating) blank slate. Others wanted to redecorate an existing room. I love this question because at Nell Hill’s we have a blast helping customers create spaces that reflect their style, celebrate their personalities and flow with their daily lives. So, how do you build a beautiful room? Here are my three steps:  (more…)

I am a fabric junkie, and the longer I’m in interior design, the more my addiction to gorgeous textiles grows. As I design spaces for my home and those of friends and customers, I’m always blown away by the power a few yards of fabric has to take a room to new heights, to make it a truly unique expression of the homeowner’s personality.

That’s why I’m throwing a Spring Fabric Event at Nell Hill’s Briarcliff on April 3 & 4 (I hope you’ll join us!). And why our growing selection of fabric-by-the-yard has slowly taken over more and more rooms at Nell Hill’s Briarcliff. We have so many great textiles in such a wide variety of looks and prices that people drive for miles to shop for fabric at Nell Hill’s Briarcliff.

Here are my 5 favorite ways to use fabric to transform your home’s style:  (more…)

When most of us are designing the spaces in our home, we have a wonderful vision of what we want our rooms to look like. But, alas, we also have budgets. I’ve learned from decorating my own home that you can get the high-style look you’re dreaming of without going over budget. Here’s my trick:  (more…)

When I drive through neighborhoods, it’s not my cell phone that distracts me (much). It’s all the fabulous front door treatments. Your front door is a blank canvas on hinges that’s just waiting for your creative spark to turn it into a mini masterpiece that delights visitors and passersby. Here are six fun, fresh front door looks we’re loving for spring.  (more…)

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What happens when you take two talented visual designers, present them with fireplace mantels just begging to be decorated, and arm them with gorgeous spring decor? A tornado of creativity that results in four fabulous spring mantel treatments. Ready to see what Bruce, our director of visual displays, and Bev, our seasonal designer, have crafted to inspire you as you decorate your mantel for spring?  (more…)


Back in January, a friend gave me some blooming paper whites for my birthday, and every morning, Dan and I drank our coffee near the flowers so we could enjoy the fragrance of spring. Here in the Midwest, we are still weeks from warmer weather, and since I can’t rush Mother Nature, I’m going to celebrate the coming of spring inside.  Wanna join me? Here’s how:  (more…)

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Our homes are sacred places where we restore and reinvigorate ourselves. I’ve found that for a home to fill you to the brim, it needs to be a place where you feel fully yourself. The key to creating a haven is to thoughtfully decorate so your spaces reflect your unique personality, passions and lifestyle.

There are lots of design techniques that will help you achieve this, but right now, pattern mixing is one of my favorite ways to help people put their thumbprint on their décor. You can turn a generic space into a singular celebration of your distinct style simply by pulling together a unique assortment of fabrics.  (more…)