Midwest Living Review
For more than 30 years, Nell Hill's has been the sole reason for thousands of shoppers seeking quality, affordable home decor in Atchison, Kansas. Founded by native Atchisonian Mary Carol Garrity and named after her Kansas pioneer grandmother, the store carries what Mary Carol calls the find, pieces to freshen and transition your rooms season to season. Fab finds include everything from elegant carved armoires and upholstered pieces to affordable wall art (architectural print sets $130), posh bed linens (shams $38), rustic lanterns ($30), silvered mirrors, wreaths ($60), pillows, garden urns and cans of paint. Mary Carol has a line of 25 paint colors whose names celebrate the sensory-rich, four-season Midwestern experience (colors such as Sweet Corn Yellow, Apple Green, Abbey Steps Gray, Picnic Basket Brown and Heirloom Tomato Red). The paint is used throughout the creative room displays that inspire decorating dreams. Mary Carol's decorating, lifestyle and entertaining books offer creative, easy design tips. Nell Hill's anchors downtown Atchison's pedestrian mall. It's across from Ball Brother's Drugstore, another icon known for its old-fashioned soda fountain. Just around the corner is Garrity's Encore, Mary Carol's newest design endeavor on the second floor of a landmark Masonic temple.