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…)

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…)