Friday, July 8, 2011

Nell Hill's Inspired and A Gift

When I talked about how I always get great inspiration from Charles Faudree's books, so many of you said you did also, however you also love all the Nell Hill's book.  Well, I know I am slow, but out of all the decorating books that I have I didn't have even one Nell Hill.  So I got busy online at Amazon and found 3 of her books that sounded interesting and at fabulous used prices.  I mean for a couple of dollars each, I just had to have all 3.

They came in the mail today.  It totally feels like Christmas and I can't wait to really read and study them.

 Just a quick thumb through let me know that I would totally love her style.  I love farm animal paintings and isn't this one absolutely stunning.  Her attention to detail in vignettes is also fabulous.

I just won this beautiful sheep painting on Ebay, so you can see why I was so excited to see hers in the above picture.  I can't wait to get it and then find the perfect frame for it.

 When I saw this bed and the fabrics she used, my heart skipped a beat.  I am using similar colors and fabrics in my guest bedroom.  You remember the one that is totally in my head and hasn't even started.  I do at least have the comforter, and some of the mens suiting fabric almost idential to these pillows, so I at least have a start.  Now as soon as I get new flooring, paint, furniture and - - - - - -.  Oh well, it will be a while, but it will get there.  I also think that toile fabric is the same one Kim uses and it is stunning too.

I no more than got home from the mailbox and the doorbell rang and  I received the most wonderful package from Pretty Is.  She had a fabulous giveaway and I won.  If you havn't visited her blog, you really need to.  She is such a lovely person and her blog is delightful.  She had that box stuffed to the brim with goodies.

I so agree, this is the best way to clean.

Can't you just imagine how much better all the tea she enclosed is going to be drinking it from this beautiful

She had a huge assortment of tea inside this precious little hatbox.  I totally adore it.

Now you all know that I am crazy about bunnies, and isn't this one just about the cutest thing you've ever seen.

Fabulous treasures and I just love them all.  Be sure to visit her and say hi, she is just the sweetest.

Ok, I'm going to make a cup of tea, drool over all my gifts and start browsing my Nell Hill's books.  If you don't have any of her books, you really need to try them too.  I just know I am going to love them all.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.


  1. What lovely gifts & I too love Nell Hills books!!
    Have a Great Day!

  2. The Nell Hills books are great and what a sweet gift! Love the picture and saying about cleaning a room!

  3. I have the first two books you pictured, and I find myself going back to them time and again. Such wonderful vignettes!

  4. Oh yes, I think you'll love these, Marty! I didn't get the decorating secrets one, but I did get a Christmas decorating one. Love the other two as well!

  5. Oh yes, I think you'll love these, Marty! I didn't get the decorating secrets one, but I did get a Christmas decorating one. Love the other two as well!

  6. I am so glad sheep are in style now since I just hung my sheep painintg in the front room of my house.

    Those things you won are cute and like the decor books also.

    I have a settee & pillows to match the toile pillow in the picture with the plaid pillows

    it all is so inspirational .

    there is that great butter slab again LOL

  7. I am sure you will get lots out of those books. One of her stores is in my town, and the other is 1 hour away. I go to both each season. There is always something that insists on coming home with me. She has an open house (at her home) in the fall, but the line to her house goes down the street and around the corner, so I have yet to go.

  8. Marty, I've thought of buying Nell Hill's books for some time and now you've convinced me to buy them. lol That didn't take much "convincing" did it?
    Thanks for the great tip.
    Oh, were you anywhere near that dust storm the other day? Hope not.

  9. Marty, I also love her books and I have all three you pictured. Of course no one could replace my first love...Charles Faudree! I am hoping his new book is out soon.

  10. Hi Marty,
    Now don't fall over BUT - I'd never heard of Charles Faudree OR Nell Hill until I started to read blogs, I'm presuming they are famous US designers? Anyhow, the books you have featured look fabulous! Such lovely ideas and vignettes.
    Your beautiful prize gifts are wonderful - no wonder you are delighted :o)I especially like the Bunny and pretty cup and saucer. Lucky you!
    Have a super weekend :o)
    Rose H

  11. Marty,
    I, too, am a Nell Hill's reader! Our local library has all of her books. When I kept checking them out..."Mr. Ed" and my former employeer began buying them for me. Did you know she has a web site? and yes!!! you can order on ~line!!!Enjoy your books!
    P.S. Adore all your gifts...but I'm smitten with your bunny!

  12. I have all of those books too, as well as some of are going to love these.

  13. Hi Marty,
    What lovely gifts she sent you. I love that little bunny too. Also, your style is very much like the pages from the designer's book.


  14. Love the room you've got pictured in your mind Marty. Mine kind of guest room for sure. I love Nell Hills, each time I've been in her stores I've nearly gotten the vapors.

  15. I love those books! She has so many good ideas that are doable. You will enjoy them. :)

  16. I just love the picture you won! So you and I can't wait to see where you place it. Have a lovely weekend! Kit

  17. Marty What wonderful gifts! That bunny is a cutie!

  18. The Nell Hill books look exciting! I did check out her site and blog. She has some wonderful decorating vidoes on her blog. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on your winnings. You have some wonderful things to enjoy. Have a wonderful weekend!

  19. I've heard of Nell Hill, but haven't gotten any of her books yet. You've inspired me to want to find them now. Looks like you got some great gifts from your win. I especially like the tea cup. I loved that rose design so much I had to buy some plates a while back.

  20. The only thing better than a Nell Hill book is a Nell Hill Store in Kansas City, MO or Atchison, Kansas It's worth a road trip! Charles Faudree lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is an amazing talent. The author of most of his books is MJ Vandeventer. Her daughter, Cindy, is one of my dearest friends...her blog is She hasn't been very active for a while, but she is so gifted and creative! Wonderful gift box. Love the bunny! Cherry Kay

  21. The Nell Hills books are the best...the Christmas one is magnificent!! I really enjoy looking and relooking and I know that you are going to have a ball with them!! I can't wait to see what they inspire in your decorating!

  22. My motivation was a bit deflated and I left the topic to rest for a while, Send gifts to Pakistan from UK.

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