Take a Peek Inside this Preppy Nell Hill’s Home

Nell Hill’s designer, Anne, and her family have lived in their Prairie Village home for almost 4 years. When the Epstein’s purchased their nearly century-old home in the suburbs of Kansas they knew it needed an update. There were many big and little projects that needed to get done. The ceilings were vaulted, kitchen entirely remodeled, even the location of the stairs to the basement were moved!  

While Anne may tell you that the house is still a work in progress, as any design is ever-evolving, I love that it is a true expression of her personal style. I positively pounced on the opportunity to bring you inside for a guided tour of her gorgeous Nell Hill’s home!   

The Kitchen  

At the far end of the sprawling ranch-style home lies a bright and airy kitchen, outfitted with a sleek built-in refrigerator and six-burner stovetop perfect for whipping up meals for her busy family of five.  Beautiful muted vintage rugs anchor the space; the runner recently purchased from a vintage rug vendor on a buying trip to High Point Market for the shop. The stools are  non-custom pieces that were reimagined with a beautiful Schumacher fabric and a breathtaking navy double-welt edge.  

Anne lives for preppy chinoiserie, so a burnt orange vase makes perfect sense as the focal point of her kitchen island. Above it, she added brushed brass pendant lights from the shop. To the right of the pantry is a rustic vintage-inspired buffet from one of our tried and true vendors layered with everyday pieces and stacks of dainty dishes.  

The Sitting Room 

A sitting room is tucked off the side of the dining space, a favorite spot for the family to curl up and watch television at the end of the day. The walls are dressed in a rich navy that compliments the buttery velvet ottoman in the middle of the room and sets the tone for a bold and vibrant space that still brings an air of relaxation to this family room. Black and white buffalo check curtains add a preppy detail and lend to the casual elegance of the design.  

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, the back cushions of this down-stuffed ticking stripe sectional sofa is a favorite napping spot of Anne’s pup, Oliver. She loves the luxurious feeling that down offers, but may warn you before selecting it for a high-traffic lounge spot if you aren’t prepared to deal with the maintenance it takes to keep it performing its best. (Which does include regular cushion rotation!).  

A monogrammed pillow, made by Anne’s daughter, brings out the lush pink tones in the matching tiger pillows – custom-made from a famous fabric house and available through Nell Hill’s. Carrying the preppy pink tones to the ottoman is a chinoise planter housing a blooming orchid. Her artwork, curated over time, is a beautiful combination of elements. The trays add texture, while the porcelain plates add dimension against the striking navy wall.

The Dining Room  

Upon entering the home you’re greeted immediately by the open and welcoming dining room. Bamboo chippendale chairs are pulled up to an expansive table, twin upholstered chairs in a coral colorway flank either side in a popular otomi pattern. Anne likes this fabric so much she’s actually used it several places in her home. The couch in the nearby living room features a pillow of the same fabric in green!  

A Derby Day table is set with beautiful dishes that Anne has collected over the years. On the mantel she’s tied in serveware as decor, and incorporated new traditional accents like laurel wreaths, slipcovered books, and blooms at varying heights for movement across the entire piece. The vignette reads casual but elegant, perfect for an evening of entertaining family friends.  

The Powder Room 

To the left of the hall on the way to the bedrooms is the guest powder room. The walls are covered in a faux grasscloth material that feels as luxe as it looks. The vanity, a chinoise-inspired piece with bamboo detailing commands the space. The light fixtures, a preppy and chic Kate Spade design, bring the deep hues of the vanity up to your eyeline.  

Earthy artwork compliments the warm tone of the walls and furthers the juxtaposition of the inky black statement pieces. A decorative tissue holder and matching tray adds a welcome pop of new traditional blue that we so adore.  

The Living Room  

The home opens up to the living room, where a bold expression of texture and color greet you at the door. The room is an absolutely lovely combination of preppy and new traditional elements that are perfect for Anne. The walls are dressed up with a botannical-inspired Schumacher wallpaper in a cool and casual colorway. The artwork – in classic Anne fashion – adds in a dash of prep to the space. The rug is a customer favorite, the blues and greens well at home in this vibrant space. In fact, Anne has been known to bring a lucky client or two over to see it before ordering it for their homes. 

Twin chairs sit opposite the couch, green gimp and nailhead trim adding a stately detail to the delicate pair. A pair of pillows were made to compliment them, their flange tying into the little pops of pink that are found throughout the space. The coffee table and buffet, both Nell Hill’s additions, add in rich warm tones that mix with with the bright upholstery in a bright and cheery way. Tucked under the console are a pair of ottomans covered in a dazzling green animal print, the legs painted navy for an extra layer of customization that makes them stand out. Not only do they add a fun detail to the space, they’re easily accessible for additional seating if needed.  

The console is topped with traditional elements; a collection of blue chinoiserie taking center stage – including a tiny delicate tea set that has been in her family for years. The scene is flanked by a pair of lamps that feature a dazzling collection of insects and vintage-inspired concrete statues. 

I hope you enjoyed this lovely amble through Anne’s happy and stylish home. To me, her house is a testament to the fact that what you like is always in style. I hope it inspired you to think outside your comfort zone and not be afraid to inject your personality into your spaces. Until next time – happy decorating!