In my fantasy world, I have acres and acres of storage in my home. Nothing is cram-packed into too-small spaces, and I have scads of open drawers and cabinets in which to effortlessly organize my essentials. But back here in the real world, I live in a bungalow with very little storage. So I have gotten really good at finding creative ways to not only store and stash stuff, but to also add to the look of my décor in the process. You can do it too! Here’s how:  (more…)

The world is full of important sidekicks (where would Batman be without Robin?). In the decorating world, one of the all-important but unsung heroes of a room is a great side table.  When we are designing a living room, most of us have a blast picking out a sofa or chair, then we kinda forget about its buddy, the table that will snuggle up and complete the look of the seating arrangement.

It’s not as easy as you’d think to pick the perfect side table. The wrong table can throw off the look of the room. Here are 3 key questions we will be asking customers who come to Nell Hill’s during our popular Wood Furniture Sale (all wood furniture will be 20% off Feb. 15-March 15) in quest of a side table, so they get just the right one for their space:  (more…)


Want to chase away the winter glum by bringing some cheery color into you home? Have I got a dynamic duo for you: turquoise and coral. This peppy color combo adds vibrant energy to a space, whether you do it up loud and proud by washing your room in saturated shades, or just adding a few subtle touches here and there to spark up neutral spaces. Here’s some inspiration to get your started:  (more…)


My home has long been a part of the Ottoman Empire. I was conquered years ago when I starting dreaming of all the ways I could use these small but mighty pieces of furniture in my home to add style and function.  Here are the top 3 ways you can use an ottoman to enhance your interior spaces:  (more…)

A great chair can change your life. OK, I know that sounds a bit over dramatic, but seriously, if you have a comfy place to sit, think of the implications!

  • You would make time to settle in with a good book, and refill your tank in the process. Then you could use all that new energy to run a marathon or volunteer at a homeless shelter.  Right?
  • You would linger longer over conversation with great friends because you wouldn’t want to get up, and, eventually you all would come up with solutions to all the world’s problems. World peace, at last!
  • You would catch up on the news, the hit TV shows and the big game, so you would have lots to talk about around the water cooler at work. As a result, you would be so politically well connected, chances are you would win that promotion or big raise. Imagine!

See how your fortunes could change just because of a great chair? Here’s the chair that can deliver all that powerful comfort (but the world-altering results will be up to you):  (more…)

As we crack open a brand new year, full of possibilities and opportunities, I love to look at the decorating trends designers are promoting for the coming season. Every year when I go to the big home furnishings markets to scout for furniture and accents I want to order for Nell Hill’s, it’s fun to see what’s new and hot and exciting.

Looking forward to the design trends in 2015, lots and lots of looks are big right now, and designers are venturing out in many different directions, experimenting with color, styles, shapes and textures. Just about everything seems to be in, and there is no one look they are all touting, which I love.

Holly Blalock, the vice president of marketing with CR Laine, is one of my favorite trend makers. So I want to kick off the new year of blogs by sharing her design forecast:  (more…)

What decorating projects and plans do you have in store for the new year? Are you renovating a key space like your kitchen or bath? Redecorating a well-used room, like your bedroom or family room? Hoping to add a bit more personality to an area that feels blah or unfinished, like a laundry room or rec room? I like to make decorating-related New Year’s resolutions every year to spark my creativity as I make my spaces more lovely. Want to join me? A few Nell Hill’s designers and I share resolutions for making your home more beautiful in 2015:  (more…)

The holidays are a time of magic, and mania, aren’t they? We are all so busy making merry, shopping for gifts for loved ones, baking and cooking, and entertaining, that we risk running ourselves ragged. Take a moment to stop and refuel yourself. Here are my top 5 refresh strategies:  (more…)

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From the beloved bronze figurine that stands proudly on my mantel year round to several silver serving pieces I use when I entertain, some of the most precious treasures in my home were gifts from friends and family. These pieces are special to me not just because they are lovely, but because they reflect the love of the gift givers, who took time to study what kinds of things I like and hunt for just the right thing. Want to pick out special holiday gifts for those you hold dear? Here’s how:  (more…)

Setting a stunning table for  the holidays is high on my Bliss Chart. Whether I’m in the mood for simple and serene, or shock-and-awe, I love approaching my tabletop like a canvass, ready to tell a story that entertains my guests. This year, I’m building a tablescape that I can easily transition from winter holidays to just plain winter so I don’t have to take it down on December 26. Here’s how you can do the same: (more…)