The Do’s and Don’ts of dining banquettes & settees

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When this issue of House Beautiful landed in my mailbox and I was struck with how pretty and minimalist the cover was. I also noted the dining settee behind the round table and just love the elegant shape which draws the eye up along the ceiling line of the room. I just love a good dining banquette … Read more

You Can Have Your Own Royal Wedding Reception

Casa de Perrin flowers by megan gray wedding reception tablescape

Ahh… love. So, if you’re like me and millions of others, we’ve been overloaded with royal wedding madness this past week. But really, who doesn’t love Harry and how cute he is with his new bride, the newly created Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Seriously though, their wedding was pretty fantastic. What of the royal wedding … Read more

Suzanne Kasler Makes a French Connection at the Boston Design Center

Suzanne Kasler Hickory Chair furniture on Linda Merrill blog

Amazing interior designer Suzanne Kasler visited the Boston Design Center this week to talk about her new furniture collection with Hickory Chair called The Paris Apartment Collection.  Suzanne is one of my absolute favorite designers – her work is so layered, her color palettes rich yet subtle and her work is, simply put, pretty. Very, very … Read more

When Outdated Trends Lists Get It Wrong

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The trouble with outdated trends lists is that they so often get it wrong. Or, to be more specific, they focus on a tiny element of an older trend and then declare it’s wrong and “prove” it by showing an old, dated, version of that design detail. I’ve even been quoted in similar articles, including … Read more

The Met Gala 2018

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The annual Met Gala took place this week to raves across social media for the clothing and also the exhibition itself. For those who don’t know, every year the costume department of The Met – Metropolitan Museum of Art – in New York City mounts a themed exhibition which is kicked off by a star … Read more

Inspiring Palettes: Not your Grandma’s Peach and Blue

Linda Merrill Color set white gray peach blue

  I was perusing Pinterest, as you do, looking for something interesting to post about and searched for one of my favorite publications – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle magazine and came across this amazing project in the Buckhead section of Atlanta. The house renovation “dream team” included architects Spitzmiller & Norris, interior designer Suzanne Kasler … Read more

Design Details: How Wide Should My Drapery Panels Be?

  If you’ve ever asked yourself “How do I know how wide my drapery panels should be?” then this post will be for you! As a decorator, I take care of this for my clients, but if you’re doing it yourself, or just want something quick in the back spare bedroom, I have all the … Read more