Nook Cottage: Hanging Art

    As I’m waiting for my sofa and dining table to be delivered next week (finally!) I’ve started planning in earnest where I’ll be hanging my art. I have between 25-30 pieces ranging from fairly large (30×40) to teeny (5×5). Half of my collection just came out of my parent’s house including several watercolors … Read more

Decorating for myself: Nook Cottage

So, progress is being made selling my parent’s house. Things are moving fast! Since my Mom passed away, I’ve been scouring real estate listings for properties to rent or to buy. I felt more like renting at this stage in my life versus all the issues associated with owning, but then renting isn’t always a … 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

Reupholster to save time and money

Linda Merrill Slip seats 2 after reupholster

As we are all painfully aware, there’s a long lead time on furnishings and shoppers – professional and homeowner alike – are scrambling to find pieces that will come in within a reasonable time frame. Of course, “reasonable” is a loaded term and means different things to different people. But, my point is – it … Read more

Upholstered Headboards and Beds

Linda Merrill Nook Cottage upholstered headboards and beds

Upholstered headboards and beds have been popular design elements in bedrooms for well over a century. They are both cozy and glamorous and certainly know how to make a statement! When I was designing my own Nook Cottage bedroom (above) I fell in love with Aerin Lauder for Lee Jofa Watersedge cut velvet fabric. In. … Read more

John Derian Does Halloween for Target

John Derian Halloween for target head shot

My pretend boyfriend John Derian has done it again with a spectacular, or should I say spooktacular, new collection celebrating Halloween for Target.  John has long done great products for Target from dishware to paper goods all in his signature whimsical style derived from his decoupage work. I’ve long written about John’s decoupage work and have … Read more

Reupholster an old chair

Linda Merrill reupholster an old chair JAB fabric Schumacher trim seat closeup

One of the most eco-friendly things you can do in home furnishings is to reupholster an old chair. There are always so many old chairs hanging around – dining chairs, arm chairs, slipper chairs and cute little boudoir chairs like this one. Two or three years ago, when a friend was cleaning out his parent’s … Read more