Every gourmet needs a groupie, someone who will give their culinary masterpieces the adulation they deserve, who will oohh and ahhh their way through each delicious mouthful.

My friend Cheryl is my Top Chef, and while we were together in Provence, France, she lovingly prepared for us cuisine so marvelous it would bring tears to my eyes. As we spent many hours dining together, I learned that a wonderful meal isn’t just about well-prepared food. It’s also about the experience.  So, I asked Cheryl to share with you her secrets for turning a meal into a moment to treasure:   (more…)

There are several spots in our homes where we “do life”. Our sofas are one of them. This is where we melt in after a long day and read or watch TV (my guilty pleasure is old movies!). It’s where we sit, face to face, with our girlfriends or family to talk about BIG stuff or just laugh until our sides hurt. It’s where we invite guests to come in and share our lives.

(And, it’s where our pets sleep when we aren’t looking! Our dog Lyric, caught in the act!)

Our sofas need to not only be welcoming and wonderful, they also have to look amazing, since they are often the focal point of the room. One of the most powerful, and simplest, ways to get a look that sends you over the moon is to finish your sofa with the right mix of accent pillows. It’s the perfect way to give an old sofa new life, too. Kristen and Nichole, who head our fabric design team at Nell Hill’s, played with pillows to create three distinct moods to inspire you.  (more…)

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Jun

 

 

Buying a sofa feels a little like getting married – there is so much to consider before you pick the one you want to settle down with, isn’t there? Which one has the arms, leg, seats you’re attracted to? Which one will give you a safe place to land when you’re plum worn out by life? Which one do you want to show off to all your friends? In a few days, we start our hugely popular Upholstered Furniture Sale at Nell Hill’s, and all sofas will be 20% off, so we will be helping lots and lots of people find their perfect match … in sofas, that is! Here are the four most important things to consider when looking for true love in a sofa:  (more…)

01
Jun
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Every year or so, Dan drags me on vacation. I’m a go-go girl who wants to work just about every hour of every day, so I’m always reluctant to carve out time to get away. But this year I said yes to a trip with Dan, my siblings and some good friends to the Provence region of France. I’m just back, inspired to weave these life-lessons-learned into my daily life:  (more…)

 

As the seasons change, I can’t wait to refresh the look of the displays on my coffee table. Through the years, my coffee table bliss has changed. Years ago, when Kelly was really young, I put so much stuff on the coffee table in our study that Kelly and Dan complained they couldn’t see the TV over it. Every night, they took everything off the coffee table. In the morning, I’d see my carefully constructed tableau on the floor, and I would load it all back up. We went on like this for years!

 

Today, my style is simpler, cleaner and, to Dan’s relief, lower profile. Ready to create a lovely summer display on your coffee table? Here’s how to use my six go-to design tools to create beautiful displays like these:  (more…)

18
May
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After a long day at work, my bedroom is my retreat. I snuggle up in bed and lose myself in a good book or the latest decorating magazine. The key to turning your bedroom into an oasis that fills you up is to start with a dreamy bed. Too often, when we decorate we spend all our time and budget making the more public spaces in our home lovely, but then short change ourselves when it comes to decorating our own bedrooms. But I’ve found that waking up in a beautiful bed is the ideal way to start, and end, your day. Here, the Nell Hill’s team will show you the four steps we always follow when we make our dream beds:  (more…)

 

When Dan and I downsized and moved into our little home by the lake, we had to rethink how we use so many of our spaces, the biggest one being our kitchen and dining areas ….

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04
May

The night I got home from High Point Market, where I spent three days on a buying trip for Nell Hill’s, I was so jazzed up by all the creativity I saw, I couldn’t sleep. At all. Despite being bone-weary exhausted from spending all day –dawn to dusk – rushing from showroom to showroom, scouting for fabulous new pieces for Nell Hill’s.

In fact, Cyreesa, one of my lifelong friends and longtime work associates at Nell Hill’s, and I didn’t sleep the entire time we were at High Point, the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, because everything we saw was that good, that exciting. I finally had to pry myself away and get on that plane before I got in trouble with Dan for spending too much money.  (Here’s a snapshot of one of the rare minutes we even sat down … I can’t believe Cyreesa is still speaking to me!)

I wanted to share some of the new trends, colors and styles that bowled me over, and give you a sneak peak of the wonderful new merchandise that will begin arriving at Nell Hill’s in four to six weeks:  (more…)

I cannot put a flower bouquet together to save my life. I’ve tried. Over and over again. Every time, the vase full of blooms looks like a Pinterest fail.  But I love to use fresh flowers in my decorating. So through the years, I’ve learned a few tricks for pulling together pretty floral arrangements that are so foolproof, even I can’t mess them up.  Then, when I want a bouquet that’s gorgeous, I call on Bev, our seasonal designer at Nell Hill’s, who is like the Flower Whisperer – everything she touches is a masterpiece. Together, we’ve pulled together a few tips and tricks for creating pretty floral arrangements:  (more…)

20
Apr

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…)