I can almost smell the hyacinths, feel the sun on my face and see the bright emerald of the tender shoots reemerging in my garden. Oh my goodness, but I am so ready for spring this year. In fact, all of us at Nell Hill’s have raging cases of spring fever, and we are excited to pass this seasonal disorder, with all its joy and energy, on to you! If you have the bug, there are two cures:  (more…)

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Don’t think I’m a dark person, but in my opinion, every room needs some black. This powerful neutral fuels a room with drama, offering both a strong presence and much-needed negative space. Here are seven places you can introduce some black magic into your décor:  (more…)

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Want some instant decorating gratification? Pop open a can of paint. Inside this little silver treasure box is the power to transform a room in a jiff. Dollar-for-dollar, there is no more cost effective decorating tool, and with a few swipes of a brush in some strategic spots, you can give a room new life. Here are four fabulous ways to unleash the power of paint in your home:  (more…)

Every room needs some drama, don’t you think? Something powerful that singlehandedly escalates the space above the ordinary. My pick? A big, beautiful, wooden cabinet. Whether it’s a bookcase that spans the expanse of the wall or a hutch that kisses the ceiling, the visual impact of these large-scale chests is bigger than life and takes the look of interior spaces to the next level.  Here are the top four reasons I include them in every interior design plan:  (more…)

Where would you score your home’s bathrooms, on a scale of Boring to Beautiful? If your master bath, guest bath or powder room is hovering at the Boring-But-Functional end of the scale, it’s time transform it into a space that is so beautiful, you’ll say yes to that extra cup of coffee just so you can visit it more often! Remaking the look and feel of your bathrooms is a lot easier and less expensive than you may think when you use these six surefire tricks:   (more…)

Do you have an emotional response to a particular color? I do, with the color yellow. Yellow makes me think of my mom.  All through my growing up years, Mom had a beautiful yellow bedroom, with soft yellow walls and yellow floral drapes. There is nothing like crawling into your mom’s bed, feeling safe and secure and loved. That’s how I feel when I see a yellow room, all warm and fuzzy inside.

Maybe that’s why I got so excited about my friends Julie and Marc’s vision for their home, one accentuated throughout with pops and splashes of yellow. Whether you prefer a shade that’s soft and buttery, or one that is as brilliant as the summer sun, this warm, happy color is an ideal accent color. Here are three tips for welcoming yellow into your home.


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During the dark days of winter, don’t climb the walls – decorate them! There is no better time to evaluate and enliven your artwork displays than right now, when your seasonal decor is at a minimum and you can fully focus on this key component of interior design. Good artwork displays finish a room like nothing else, transforming empty wall space into intriguing story boards that tell others about you.  While there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to designing artwork displays, here are the five guiding principles we follow when arranging art at Nell Hill’s.  (more…)

When you love to create home interior spaces that delight your eyes and refresh your senses as much as we all do, you know that a chair is so much more than just a place to sit. It’s an expression of your unique style. In the next few weeks, as the Special Order Upholstered Furniture Sale is going on at Nell Hill’s Briarcliff, I will get to help customers pick upholstered chairs that will make their rooms singularly beautiful. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a chair, isn’t it? You bet it is! That’s why it’s important to have a good feel for what you’re looking for in a chair before you begin to shop. Here is the checklist I go through with my customers to help them pick the perfect chair for their home.  (more…)

Be still my beating heart. A new year, full of fabulous new interior design looks, is upon us. I’ll be hopping a plane in a few days to hit the huge home furnishings market in Atlanta where I will take in the freshest looks in home decor and buy, buy, buy for Nell Hill’s. Before I see what’s new at market, I had to first check in with one of my favorite trend-makers, Holly Blalock, the vice president of merchandise and marketing for CR Laine, and see what she’s loving in 2014. Here’s what Holly says is going to be h-o-t:  (more…)

I do some of my best decorating-related dreaming during the quiet, still days of early January, when the hullabaloo of the holidays is past, the seasonal finery is packed away and my home is back to its most natural state. That’s when I make my decorating New Year’s resolutions, the list of things in my home I want to tackle in the coming year. I’ve learned from experience that I’m happiest with my design decisions when I keep these five guiding principles in mind. I hope they will help you, too, as you dream big about what you’d like your home to become in 2014.  (more…)