House & Home

Nell Hill’s owner has comfortable style in mind

Once the Christmas tree has been dismantled and the garland swags are put away, many of us will turn our attention to redecorating a room or two. If you’re into traditional design, you might look to “Rooms We Love,” by Mary Carol Garrity, owner of two area Nell Hill’s shops.

The 113-page, hardcover book ($29.99, Andrews McMeel Publishing), visits four homes that were decorated using Garrity’s tricks of the trade. It’s her eighth book.

Chapters focus on five themes: “Functional and Fabulous”; “Color Changes Everything”; “The Comfort Zone”; “The Big Picture”; and “Romancing the Room.” Each chapter includes photographs of all four homes while Garrity explains how it illustrates the chapter’s theme. She also points out the kind of details that make a room special.

For instance, Marsee, owner of an English Tudor, has stylishly disguised kitchen cleaning utensils by placing them in a footed silver tray. Annie, added a soulful feel to the dining room in her newly built country home by using various styles of chairs, including two large wingbacks. And Julie included a seating area in her large master bedroom, which is done up with tailored gray walls and creamy houndstooth fabric.

Every home in the book has at least one seating area (a couple of comfy chairs with a table in between). They’re apparently integral to the design of a home.

The book which mainly offers pictures of pretty rooms with observations on how they got that way, might provide inspiration for redecorating. But it’s not a guide, by any means.