Reclaiming Family Heirlooms: History vs Modernity in 2023

Linda Merrill Duxbury Garden Home coastal Angled living room fireplace

There’s been a lot of talk and articles over the last couple of years about how the kids today (I sound so old saying that!) don’t want their parents (or grandparents) family heirlooms, aka – old stuff. Collected treasures or trinkets, wedding china and silver, heirloom quality furniture – or even just mementos of childhood. … Read more

Classic New England Christmas Decor – Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2023

Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2023 Low Country Farmhouse Ext board and batten Classic New England Christmas

Following on my tour of the Warm Neutral Farmhouses on the Newburyport Holiday House Tour is this immaculate Low Country Farmhouse that is filled to the brim with classic New England Christmas charm. I’d gotten a bit of a headsup that the house was spectacularly decorated for the season and it was true! There were … Read more

Warm Neutral Farmhouses – Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2023

Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2023 Farmhouse christmas exterior full house

My favorite annual event was last weekend – the sold out Newburyport Holiday House Tour. Due to timing, I only made it to three houses – a group of recently built warm neutral farmhouses. The tour benefits the Anna Jacques Hospital Aid Association. With close to 200 members, the “Aid” is comprised of energetic, dedicated individuals … Read more

Hot Trend Alert: Glass Bending for the Home

Charles Flickinger 214683028376 dishes glass bending

In the ever-evolving realm of interior design and architecture, a captivating trend has emerged – the art of glass bending. Also known as glass curving or slumping, this technique involves manipulating glass into unique, curved shapes that defy the conventional flatness associated with glass surfaces. Fusing together artistic vision and technological innovation, glass bending has … Read more

Holiday Gifts & Regifting for 2023


Hello and Happy December! We are officially into the holiday season. With lots of upcoming social events on the calendar from now through the New Year, holiday hostess gifts are important to stock up on. Do you like to personalize the gift to reflect the interests of your hosts? Or perhaps reflect something you yourself … Read more

DIY It: Gorgeous lawn ornament for the holidays

Brian Lies winter lawn ornament

My friend, children’s book author and illustrator Brian Lies, is sharing with us a great gorgeous lawn ornament project he did last year that turned into this gorgeous, huge, yard ornament for the holiday season.  Brian is a very handy guy and there’s not much he can’t MacGyver. Usually I don’t post holiday – meaning … Read more