Last September I posted my photos of Mary Carol Garrity’s historic home in Atchison, Kansas (see part one here and part two here). Mary Carol is the owner of Nell Hills and I took the photos during her Fall Open House.

Shortly after that I began to hear noises that last year’s Christmas Open House would be the last one she did. I assumed it was because she was tired of having people traipsing through her home three times a year, and who wouldn’t be? It turns out, though, it was because she and her husband were downsizing to a lake home near Kansas City.

In July Mary Carol blogged about the new house and when I contacted her to ask if I could share her photos on this blog, she replied “please do.”  (How gracious that she would take the time to respond, let alone give permission.)

The new home, while much smaller, has the same wonderful Nell Hills style: warm, classic, comfortable.


Mary Carol Garrity of Nell Hills New Home

Mary Carol Garritys new home as seen at

All of the upholstered pieces in the living room were done in blue and white ticking.

Nell Hills Ticking Sofa

Mary Carol’s requirement was that she be able to fit all her artwork in the new home.

Artwork in Mary Carol Garrity's new lake house

Her husband’s requirement was that he be able to bring all his books.

Bookshelves at Nell Hills Mary Carol Garritys new home

As always with Mary Carol and Nell Hills, the details are what make things so remarkable. Like this wet bar.

Wet bar in Mary Carol Garrity's new home

And this butler’s pantry.

Butler's pantry in Nell Hills owner Mary Carol Garrity's new lake home

And these kitchen accessories.

Kitchen accessories in Mary Carol Garrity's new home

I’m so grateful that we’re getting to peek into the new home. And while the open houses seem to be a thing of the past, the Nell Hills stores (in Atchison and Kansas City) will be holding a fall event on September 5 & 6 and a holiday event on November 7 & 8.