Holiday House Tour: At Home With Nell Hill's Owner | Midwest Living

Holiday House Tour: At Home With Nell Hill's Owner

Mary Carol Garrity, the Kansas entrepreneur behind Nell Hill's home décor shop, offers a look at her own home's holiday design—and tips that may work in your home, too.

Set an elegant tone

This front door greets guests elegantly with a square wreath and tidy topiaries in urns.

Splurge on stair rails

Go all-out with garland, a chandelier and other sparkly accessories.

Create vignettes

Small vignettes, such as this one with pinecones, nuts and cinnamon sticks in crystal apéritif glasses on a silver tray, add surprising and sparkling detail to a room.

Display heirlooms

Heirloom silver pieces make a pretty holiday tableau with family photos and ornaments.

Think small

Holiday decorating doesn't have to be elaborate. This tiny natural arrangement in a clear bowl reinforces the season in a big way.

Decorated kitchen

Black-and-white ribbons echo this kitchen’s color scheme, dressing the chandelier and chair backs for Christmas.

Use what you have

A use-what-you-have philosophy inspired a creamer “vase” hung from a chandelier.

Try slipcovers

Skirted slipcovers dress up living room chairs for the holidays.

Decorate a headboard

Faux candy letters spell “Christmas” on a headboard.

Bedeck a mirror

A guest bedroom mirror invites sugarplum dreams.

Try a tabletop tree

A tabletop tree and basket of presents await in the den.

Give warmth to a porch

Hot chocolate warms up conversations on the holiday-bedecked screen porch.

Add outdoor touches

Outdoor furniture stays out all year at this Kansas home. At Christmas, it becomes part of the holiday décor with the addition of greens and berries.

Decorate a birdbath

A birdbath overflows with large ornaments, berries and greens.

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