Design Nuggets: Not Your Average Built-Ins

34 Marathon Street victorian built-ins

You know, they just don’t build things the way they used to. Especially in the “average” housing market. Take for instance, this house. Built in 1914 in Arlington, MA, it was purchased by my great-grandparents in the early 1920’s. This house was built as a two-family for the average middle-class homeowner in the early 20th … Read more

Rustic Kitchen Design – How much is too much?

This Or that rustic or modern kitchen

Hello and happy Friday! The summer is speeding by – which I’ve missed entirely because I’ve been at home most of the time keeping an eye on my post-surgery dachshund RoyRoy. Hopefully, by the end of the month, he’ll be mostly recovered and I’ll have more freedom. Anyway, let’s talk about the rustic kitchen trend … Read more

Back To School: Dorm Chic

Lindy Goodson Ole Miss dorm chic

So, it’s back to school time and the other day I was reminiscing with some friends about college dorm rooms and roommates. Let’s just say – dorm chic was not in most vocabularies when I went to college in the coughcough80’scoughcough. This is me in my freshman dorm, probably the first week of school. My … Read more

How Interior Design Renderings Bring a Plan to Life

Linda Merrill interior design renderings sunroom family room room 1

I’ve written previously about my Artistic 3D Renderings and even put together a little video showcasing many of my interior design renderings. I wanted to showcase a design plan I worked on recently which goes from architects plan, to built-space, to floor plan and interior design renderings and how each step in the process builds … Read more

Design Nuggets: Buffalo Check Mini-Trend

Miles Redd for Ballard Designs Pink Buffalo check living room 2

For quite a while now I’ve been noticing a resurgence of the use of buffalo check in fabrics and upholstery. Sort of a mini-trend, if you will. Like toile, buffalo check, or ginghams in general, are stapes of design. From high-end to country, they kind of work anywhere. The undisputed master (mistress?) of the buffalo … Read more

A Spectacular Modern Carriage House Conversion in Newburyport MA

Newburyport modern carriage house conversion Andrew Sidford architect Linda Merrill photo exterior

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of a conversion house project. I’ve showcased several projects over the years and I’m so excited to share a new one that is currently on the market in my favorite city of Newburyport, MA. I saw this modern carriage house conversion project originally when it was … Read more