Linda Merrill is an award-winning interior designer and decorator based on the South Shore of Massachusetts in a cottage, dubbed “Nook Cottage”, by the water. Summers spent on Cape Cod at her Grandparents house turned into a lifetime passion for the ocean and all things coastal living. Linda has spent her adult life living up and down the Massachusetts coast from Newburyport to Boston to Duxbury, Kingston and Sandwich on Cape Cod, never living more than a couple of miles from the water. A 12th generation New Englander, Linda’s design aesthetic is strongly influenced by the history of the region and the natural environment of the ocean. 

Linda received a Certificate in Decorative Arts from the prestigious Boston Architectural College in 2002 and opened her own firm shortly thereafter. In 2012 Linda was awarded the IFDA New England/Design New England Magazine Showcase award for Best Living Space for her Back Bay Penthouse project. 

Linda offers both in-person traditional full-service design as well as custom virtual designs for those outside the area or who are looking for a great design that they can implement themselves.

Linda’s blog, Surroundings, has an international readership and is often named to Best Blog and Design Influencer lists and was most recently named to the Top 19 Interior Designers in Boston by Expertize.

She was moderator of a popular podcast series called The Skirted Roundtable from 2009-2013 and her
first book HOW TO START A HOME BASED INTERIOR DESIGN BUSINESS, published by Taylor Trade Publishing, was released in May, 2015

Nearly every major project undertaken has been published in regional and national publications.

Linda has appeared on Martha Stewart’s Sirius Radio Channel; NECN’s “New England Dream House”; WHDH Television’s “Room for Improvement”; WBZ-TV’s “Sundays With Liz” and been featured in CAPE COD MAGAZINE, CAPE COD HOME, HOME REMODELERS magazine, THE BOSTON GLOBE Sunday Magazine, THE WASHINGTON POST, NEW ENGLAND HOME MAGAZINE, SOUTH SHORE LIVING MAGAZINE and THE PATRIOT LEDGER. 

Client Reviews

“Linda brought such inspiration and creativity to the design process of my Back Bay penthouse. She learned my style preferences and created a fully integrated plan reflecting a minimalist approach using clean sharp lines and earth tones. I am very particular about fit and finish and was very impressed with Linda’s attention to detail. She created an environment that I proudly call home.” – Robert O., Boston and Sudbury, MA

“We have used Linda for 2 projects over the past few years and she always does a great job helping our vision come to life! In both rooms, we now have a finished and comfortable space the coordinates perfectly with our unique style and the style of our home.” – Allycin A., Duxbury, MA

“Linda provided in-person design service for our home on Cape Cod. She was professional, easy to work with, and listened to our ideas for the overall concept of what we wanted for the final look. We highly recommend her services!” – Kimberly M., Sandwich, MA

“I loved working with Linda as the interior designer for my formal living room, media room, family room and bedrooms. She is very innovative and resourceful with finding just the right furniture, fabric and accessories. Linda’s use of technology is also exceptional. She developed project viewing pages on her web-site for each room so I could easily make decisions from home or out of town.”   – Kim Z., Boston, MA

“I am so pleased that I had the opportunity to work with Linda! She took the stress out of planning and designing my living room. She understood exactly what we wanted and did an excellent job balancing my needs with my husband’s needs. She was extremely professional; quick to respond to emails, patient and offered honest advice. We worked together via e-design and I would absolutely do e-design with Linda again! The process was really easy and it was exciting to receive the emails with our design updates. We love our final design!” – Amy S., Greenville, S.C.

“I worked with Linda on an interior design project for my new home. Linda developed a design plan for my living area, dining, office, and kitchen. She worked with me to select drapery fabric for all of those rooms, as well as rugs and other accessories. Linda facilitated the custom design of the draperies with her workroom and the process was easy and fun. Linda is a delight to work with and was very patient with me (as I changed my mind a few times along the way!) I am thrilled with how my rooms came out and I highly recommend Linda to anyone looking to have their home “come to life”  – Donna M., Hingham, MA

“I highly recommend Linda Merrill. Her great experience, expertise and “eye” for the overall look of a room will provide an outcome that will surpass your expectations. Linda was key to decorating two newly renovated rooms in our house. Her recommendations for rugs, furniture, and art work saved us a tremendous amount of time and we are thrilled with how the rooms are coordinated and how amazing they look.” – Steven O., Hingham, MA