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 Nell Hill's Decorating Secrets: Easy and Inspiring Ways to Bring Style into Your Home
Nell Hill's, Mary Carol Garrity's home furnishings and accessories store in Atchison, Kansas, has become something of a legend to thousands of loyal shoppers. Here, and at her two other stores, G. Diebolt's and Garrity's, Mary Carol combines furniture and fabrics, pillows and plates, lamps and mirrors with a flair and imagination that are the essence of the "Nell Hill's look," one that is stylish, innovative, and, best of all, easy to achieve.

In Nell Hill's Decorating Secrets, Mary Carol shares the many insights and ideas behind her approach, gathered over years of talking with shoppers and friends. She reveals her tips and secrets on everything from personalizing a collection to creating a striking centerpiece to choosing the right lighting. Also included are the following:

  • Quick ways to make your front door as inviting as the rest of your home.
  • Simple tricks to give new life to a sofa or armchair.
  • Imaginative approaches to "creating" and displaying art.
  • Little touches that dress up a plain room.
  • Steps to make choosing the right fabrics and colors easier.
  • Novel solutions for window treatments.
  • Three ways to dress a bed, use candles, and decorate a mantel.
The real secret behind the Nell Hill's look is that it is both inspiring and accessible. With the aid of Decorating Secrets, you can make over an entire room or add the perfect finishing touches to a table setting.
  Date Published 9/1/2004

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Rated By: Patricia Vinson "decorating diva"
From: San Diego, CA
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Comments: Awesome book!
Mary Carol Garrity has writen a book that deserves a place in every 'home decorator's' library! It's easy reading and pictures a lay person can relate to~inspiring is an understatement!!
Rated By: S. Donovan
From: Prairie Village
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Comments: move over Martha Stewart--Ms. Garrity is *the* diva of decor!
I am fortunate enough to live within driving distance of Mary Garrity's stores in Atchison, KS. Visiting Nell Hill is an amazing experience. Atchison is a little town out in the middle of nowhere, but on the weekends, chartered buses arrive...the store opens at 9 on Saturday and by 10 it's packed. And the chic & cheerful Mary C. Garrity is always on the floor, greeting customers by name, personally carrying garden statuary out to their station wagons...

Her personal skills are amazing, but what is truly inspiring is her flair for display--a flair that is highlighted in this book. For enthusiasts of traditional, Paris Apt, shabby chic, English country, or any pretty decor, "decorating secrets" is a visual feast. I esp. love how it doesn't rely on priceless pieces of furniture and objets, but rather in a skillful mix of accessible elements to create a beautiful home. Bravo Mary!