Will A Designer Work With What I Own?

By Linda Merrill | July 26, 2020 | 11 Comments
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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

Silver Screen Surroundings: The Great

By Linda Merrill | July 1, 2020 | 11 Comments
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I just finished watching Season 1 of  The Great on Hulu. “Loosely” based (and I mean very loosely) on Catherine The Great of Russia, the series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine and Nicholas Hoult as Emperor Peter the not-so-great son of Peter the Great. The first season is 10 parts and episode titles include “And … Read more

Classic Coastal Colors

By Linda Merrill | June 1, 2020 | 22 Comments

I just love living in New England with the varied weather (okay, late winter/early spring not so much) and topographies. From the ocean to the mountains, we have it all. I live along a tidal river very near where it empties into the ocean. This is the view about two steps from the end of … Read more

A Fresh Scandi New England Style Home in Wales

By Linda Merrill | May 12, 2020 | 20 Comments
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I love real estate listings from around the world and when I ran across this article in Forbes of a property in Wales billed as a Scandi New England style home – I was intrigued. It’s always fun to see what folks from other parts of the world think of as something New England. Of … Read more

Keeping up to date with Virtual e-Design Services

By Linda Merrill | May 2, 2020 | 18 Comments

Did you know that I’ve been offering Virtual Design, aka e-decorating, services for more than a decade? We keep referring to this type of service as “new”, but in fact there are many tech-savvy designers who have been offering these services for quite a long time. Of course, technologies and modes of communication have come … Read more

Creating a Zen Corner For Finding Peace

By Linda Merrill | April 24, 2020 | 19 Comments
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How are you doing? I’ll admit, over a month of being alone (well, except my pup Sansa of course) is beginning to wear on me. What day it is? Who even knows anymore?? But still, I believe strongly that it’s important to slow the curve of the pandemic when you living in or near a … Read more

Creative and Artistic Things to Do At Home

By Linda Merrill | March 28, 2020 | 6 Comments

How are you doing? One week feels like twenty, doesn’t it? I personally find it difficult to concentrate and focus on tasks I can be doing and completing while staying at home and I know others feel the same way. Sometimes, a little easy entertainment is best. I’ve put together a list of links to … Read more

Forced Staycation? Movies & TV That Feed Your Decorator’s Soul

By Linda Merrill | March 18, 2020 | 7 Comments

So, how are you doing? I imagine, like me, you’re pretty stressed about this whole situation we find ourselves in. I am working on a series of blog posts offering suggestions and resources for entertainment, education and maybe even tuning out the world with some pretty. First up: Staycation Movies and Television shows for the … Read more

How To Brighten Up Those Gray Walls

By Linda Merrill | March 10, 2020 | 10 Comments

One of my most popular blog posts ever was my comparison of Benjamin Moore’s Color Of the Year 2019 Metropolitan Gray vs. Metro Gray. As we all know, the color gray has been the popular “go-to” color for the last few of years. I listed it as my Color of the Month for January 2018. … Read more

Antique Furniture: Tara Shaw SOUL OF THE HOME Book Giveaway!

By Linda Merrill | March 2, 2020 | 33 Comments
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One of the most gorgeous books I’ve seen in a long time just landed on my desk and I’m so excited to share it with you! And better yet – I’m excited that one lucky reader will win a copy of this book – SOUL OF THE HOME: Designing with Antiques by Tara Shaw – … Read more