Duxbury Garden & Hydrangea Tour

Summer Song Duxbury Garden hydranges in pots

I’ve got a great, long, post today on the Community Garden Club of Duxbury Garden and Hydrangea tour from last week. The weather was beautiful and the houses and gardens everything you expect from my beautiful, historical coastal New England home town. Enjoy! Duxbury Garden Tour – New “Old” Home This classic Colonial style home … Read more

Hot Trend Alert: Coastal Grandmother Style

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According to trend watchers, “Coastal Grandmother” style is hitting it big with younger design fans on TikTok and Instagram and its use as a search term on Google has risen over 300% recently. As ever – everything old is new again when it comes to fashion and home design. The early aughts  has been influencing … Read more

Quick Links

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• Quirky and Funny Planter Heads • Coastal Getaway New England • Classic Modern Kitchen – Newburyport 2022 Tour • Duxbury Hydrangea Garden Tour • Nathaniel Winsor Jr. Historic House Tour • Matching Furniture – Avoid the Matchy-Matchy look (Front the 2005 archives) • Theme Decorating (From the 2005 archives) • Tips to Decorate Around … Read more

Book Shelf: Designing History by Michael S. Smith

Well, I must say, DESIGNING HISTORY by Michael S. Smith on his work decorating the Obama White House is a real treat for design and history buffs. I’ve done several posts in the past about decorating of  The White House such as this one comparing the Oval Office design to those of there British and … Read more

Will A Designer Work With What I Own?

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Well – there’a a question: Will a designer work with what I own? And the answer is – most designers will. As with all things in interior design there is a range. At one end are those designers who are hired for their vision, for their style. A famous example is architect Frank Lloyd Wright … Read more

Tips for using family heirlooms in a fresh way

Tips to use Family Heirlooms

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

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

Getting to the Finish Line with Accessories

Linda Merrill quote on Accessories

“Accessories, art, plants and flowers bring “life” to any room. Always keep a little in the budget reserved for these finishing touches. Otherwise, even a space with the most beautiful furnishings will look like a showroom, not a living room.” ~ Linda Merrill Last week, interior designer Vivian Benjamin kindly posted my quote on the … Read more

Accent Chairs


It’s no surprise that most designers really hate sets, or suites, of matching furniture. Whether it’s part of a living room, dining room or even bedroom – having things all matchy-matchy is just plain boring. And honestly? It’s totally unnecessary! It doesn’t save money to buy everything altogether in all the same fabric or wood … Read more

Hold The Doors!

Carved wood door of woods and bears

  I saw this image on Pinterest and kind of fell in love with the magical woodland nature of its carvings and stained glass. It kind of reminded me of fantasy stories like Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia. I also reminded me of: Game of Thrones character Hodor (née Wylis) who … Read more

Portfolio: Waterfront Cottage

Colorful Waterfront Cottage, South Shore, MA  Location:  Overlooking a tidal river as it connects to the Atlantic Ocean on the South Shore of Massachusetts. Press Mentions: South Shore Home Life & Style, Spring 2021, Falling in Love with Colorful Spaces Photo credit: Michael J. Lee A mix of family heirloom antiques and vintage accessories creates a … Read more

Portfolio: Coastal Home, Duxbury MA

Coastal Home, Duxbury, MA What our happy coastal home clients had to say: “I’m so glad I found Linda! She listened to my thoughts and ideas and then cam up with a wonderful design plan, filled with creative detail. All work was professional, timely and Linda was lots of fun to work with.” L.D., Duxbury, … Read more