The weather is too beastly hot in Kansas for me to do much entertaining in the late summer, but as soon as the tiniest autumn chill is in the air, I start planning for a fall fete on my patio. One of my favorite ways to spend a bright, clear fall evening is under the canopy of amber, red and orange trees that fill my courtyard, enjoying a lovely meal with friends. How about you? Here are some tips for creating an inviting al fresco dining room for your fall dinner party. (more…)
Want to know the secret to creating a home that wraps you in a warm embrace? Make it personal. Whether I’m decorating my home or helping a friend or customer decorate hers, my guiding light is to design interior spaces that celebrate the homeowner’s unique style and spirit. What better way to do so than by adding distinctly personal touches? That’s exactly what I did when I decorated my home for the Nell Hill’s Fall Open House. I wove in playful and welcoming touches of “me” throughout my seasonal décor. You can do the same! Here’s a peek inside my home to see how. (more…)
Want to thread the beauty of fall through your home’s décor? Try tricking up a few tabletops. Whether it’s your living room coffee table or the little tables nestled between the chairs in your den, occasional tables are a perfect place to add a tribute to this beautiful season. Bruce, one of our talented visual designers at Nell Hill’s, pulled together five creative tabletop displays to inspire you to add a flourish of fall to your own décor. (more…)
Fall is here and it’s time to celebrate this glorious season in your décor. One of the easiest – and most powerful – places you can trick up for autumn is your fireplace mantel. Depending upon how much time or creative energy you want to invest, you can use this little plank of wood to make a big fall statement or just a whispered tribute to this beautiful season. Ready to get your creative juices flowing? We created three sensational mantel displays at Nell Hill’s to inspire you. (more…)
A few years ago at market, I happened upon metal orbs and fell hard for these minimalist tools that offer limitless decorating possibilities. They are so simple, just a few straps of metal that form the faintest outlines of a globe, but they are bursting with drama. And, with their aged patina, they are an ideal tool for fall decorating. If you haven’t yet decorated with metal orbs, you are in for a treat! Here are some ideas to inspire you. (more…)
Living in a small town in Kansas is definitely not for everyone. But one of the things that keeps me rooted in Atchison after all these years is the beauty of autumn. The trees in this quaint river town, where Lewis and Clark camped on their journey westward, are simply stunning. So when I decorate my home for fall, I look for ways to celebrate this natural symphony of color. Two of my favorite tools for fall decorating? Lanterns and orbs. Today, I’m going to share a few suggestions (and lots of eye candy) for using lanterns in your autumn decorating. Next week, I’ll blog about fall decorating with orbs. (more…)
Orange you glad orange is back in style? Some of you are nodding your heads vigorously because this friendly, high octane color gives you the energy kick you’re longing for in your home décor. Others of you are shaking your heads just as vigorously, possibly having a flashback to your ‘70s kitchen plastered in sunset, harvest gold and avocado.
When Pantone declared Tangerine Tango as the color of the year last year, a lot of people were skeptical. But at Nell Hill’s, we have had a blast working this life-giving color into traditional and contemporary home design, whether it’s a drop for drama or a space saturated in one of orange’s many provocative shades. Many of our customers are loving it, too. And as autumn approaches, orange is going to play an even more important part of seasonal décor.
Wanna play with orange? Here are three ways you can add a little – or a lot—to your home’s decor. (more…)
My favorite decorating tools are those that score a perfect 10 in the categories of form and function. Glass delivers on both accounts by adding brilliance and beauty to your home’s décor while also serving as a reliable workhorse, helping out with lots of tasks around the home. I fell under the power of glass several years ago when I first started experimenting with ways to make daily life a more lovely and luxurious experience. Nothing helps you turn the mundane into magic like glass containers and accents. Here are four kinds of glass I use every day in my own home to add sparkle to my life. (more…)
Dan and I are proof that opposites attract. I tease him that he’s so mellow, he’s one step above a coma. And he says I’m so hyper, I could be a poster child for Ritalin. Pairing opposites may or may not be the recipe for a good marriage, but it’s definitely an exciting approach when it comes to interior design. Creating surprising visual juxtapositions is at the heart of the Nell Hill’s style because high contrast decorating is so dramatic. Here are five secrets for working the magic of high contrast decorating into your home’s design. (more…)
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been head over heels in love with the color blue. Cobalt? Be still my beating heart. Robin’s egg? Divine. Turquoise? Makes me swoon. But when it comes to navy, oh my goodness! I have a personal weakness that borders on obsession. If my staff at Nell Hill’s didn’t restrain me, everything in the stores would be done in navy.
Navy has it all. It’s a no-fail neutral that looks perfect paired with practically everything, from white and cream to coral and citron. It gracefully sets off every finish in your decor, like leather, silver, brass and pottery. It’s a timeless classic that will never go out of style. And, because it’s not overused by designers, it feels fresh. Other colors will come and go in my home, but navy is here to stay, in a big way. Here are six ways you, too, can weave a little navy into your interior decor. (more…)