It is a large book with beautiful photos. The problem is, it is boring!
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The decorations are too simple for my tastes. Mostly just a bunch of greens decorated without any imagination. I was expecting Mary Carol Garrity's usual over-the-top fantastic natural decorations with that extra kick. If you love plain, simple, and natural, then this is the book for you. I too had happily anticipated Mary Carol Garrity's new volume, but was almost dismayed by the book. There are editing errors - holy water fountain, Belles of Ireland how many pretty Irish girls can one stuff in a vase and styling redundancies - the same mirror on 4 pages in 3 homes. But finally, if one throws both split infinitives and ladies' desks to the wind, what remains is a certain meagerness of imagination or cleverness in arranging the vignettes.
Perhaps a combination of a dependence on a loyal fan base, the escalating costs of printing books such as this, a rush to get this volume to the market and a touch - or more than a touch - of hubris combined to produce a disappointing result. I purchased this book a few years ago, and was just going to write a post on my blog on how much I enjoyed the wonderful images and tips in this book.
I was surprised it did not get very good reviews. If you have small children and are decorating with Santa in mind and you like a lot of color, then this book would not be for you. On the other hand, if you do not have small children and have a great appreciation for natural greens. It is understated elegance. My only complaint was that there were some items repeated several times in the section "A Candy Store Christmas". Would recomended this book for everyone!!
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I love Mary Carols taste--they are so much like my own Her ideas have really made my house look so "professionally done" Would love to go to her stores but that is too far awayso her ideas will have to do! As always, Nell Hill comes through again. I received the book in fine condition, on time, and as described.
Mary Carol Garrity has a fantastic sense of putting together beautiful objects and has scored once again with this book. I have to admit that I did wish for more "stuff" added to some of the arrangements. But, in her defense, she did state that in the spirit of thrift, her house was not as decorated as elaboratly as in past years. I think it just goes to show how beautiful a house can be with mostly greenery alone. I still enjoyed each page and hope she is already writing her next book! See all 25 reviews.
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Published on March 16, Published on November 2, Published on April 27, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Nell Hill's O Christmas Tree. I don't think you will be disappointed if you buy this book! Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Inside "Nell Hill's O Christmas Tree," Mary Carol offers seasonal decorating tips for all tastes and budgets by inviting you into her own year-old Greek Revival home decked out in the season's liveliest shades of evergreen, pinecone, and holly.
To showcase how her holiday tips can transition into different design styles, Mary Carol also takes you inside a suburban ranch, an urban condo, an arts and crafts bungalow, a new-construction town home, and three historical period homes in Kansas City. Nell Hill's Decorating Secrets: Nell Hill's Entertaining in Style. How to write a great review. The review must be at least 50 characters long.
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