Mary Carol Garrity

Valentine’s Day party love at first sight

To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth.

Last-minute festive touches

The last thing on my mind during the busy December when we opened Nell Hill’s Briarcliff was decorating my home for the holidays. I was working a zillion hours a week getting our new store ready and had no energy left to deck the halls at home.

Create a mantel masterpiece this Yule season

You’d think the thin strips of wood above our fireplaces were gangplanks the way they make us quake at the knees when it’s time to dress them up for the holidays.

Turn the tables on your big Thanksgiving family dinner

Every year at Thanksgiving, Dan and I face a dilemma: How should we use our dining-room table to best accommodate the friends and family who join us for this food fest?

Wallpaper is back

Wallpaper was all the rage when I was growing up. So in a bold decorating move, my mom papered our kitchen ceiling, which my friends thought was totally cool.