2024 Newburyport Kitchen Tour – this week!

You’re invited to a self-guided tour of sensational kitchens showcasing craftsmanship and design at the Newburyport PTO Kitchen Tour & Tasting, Saturday, May 11th, 2024. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind exploration of historic and charming homes, featuring complimentary tastings from exceptional restaurants, chefs, brew masters and bakers to provide a “taste” of all that Newburyport has to offer … Read more

Wonderful Wicker and Rattan for Spring and Summer

linda merrill ai design contemporary_soft_pink_living_room_with_a_rattan_chai_wicker and rattan

As spring blossoms and summer warmth beckon, it’s time to embrace the natural allure of wicker and rattan in your home décor. These timeless materials effortlessly infuse spaces with a sense of airy sophistication and laid-back charm, making them perfect companions for the brighter seasons ahead. But first – a lesson: What is the difference … Read more

The Romance of Outdoor Dining

Linda Merrill design by AI a_beautiful_outdoor_dining_table

It’s early April here in New England – that time when winter coats are still needed despite our desire for spring – and galoshes – because it will not stop raining! There was even snow this week! Okay, in truth once it gets warm I’ll immediately go into “it’s a little bit hot” mode. New … Read more

Not Your Average Built-Ins

Linda Merrill designed with AI a_formal_dining_room_with_elegant_built-in_cabinets

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

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