Holiday Shopping Guide: Great Throw Blankets

By Linda Merrill | November 18, 2017 | 2 Comments
Girl on swing with chunky knit blanket

One of my “things” is that no matter what time of year it is, I like to sit under a throw blanket. Unless it’s simply too hot in the summer, I just feel more comfy when hanging out on the sofa watching TV when I’m snuggled under a throw blanket. Of course, my little sidekick … Read more

Travel Tuesday: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

By Linda Merrill | November 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

For this week’s installment of Travel Tuesday, I’m doing a blended post with Silver Screen Surroundings because I’m pretty excited for the new movie Murder on the Orient Express. Firstly because I’ve had a long-standing crush on Kenneth Branagh and the rest of the cast is amazing as well. And coming in a close second … Read more

My favorite Oprah’s Favorite Things!

By Linda Merrill | November 13, 2017 | 2 Comments

So, as we all know, Oprah publishes her annual Favorite Things list and I have some favorites of her favorites! And, since there’s no time like the present to get holiday shopping, I thought I’d share today!   Fleischer & Wolf Seville Series Copper Cookware I love my copper pot collection (mostly decorative, but some … Read more

Color of the Month: November Brown and Bronze

By Linda Merrill | November 6, 2017 | 2 Comments

  November is all about the end of the growing season – leaves have turned brown and bronze and are falling to the ground. So, this month, we celebrate Brown and Bronze as the Color of the Month #COTM for November. I do have a posting coming up with holiday decorating ideas for Thanksgiving, but … Read more

Making something beautiful out of something ugly

By Linda Merrill | November 4, 2017 | 4 Comments
Kids in red t-shorts from All Dorchester Sports and Leadership

It’s been a crazy kind of week in the local and national interior design industry. A (hopefully former) member of the design field – a designer and host of a popular podcast – was outed as a scam artist who not only has a history of allegedly leaving wealthy clients high and dry, but also … Read more

10 Tips: Thinking of Hiring an Interior Designer? Let me give you some advice…

By Linda Merrill | November 1, 2017 | 10 Comments

  So, you’re thinking of hiring an interior designer, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Maybe you’ve worked with a store-based designer and liked the process, but would like to branch out and not be limited to one store. Or possibly, you’ve just been made partner and you want to celebrate your hard … Read more

Color of the Month: October Orange Crush

By Linda Merrill | October 26, 2017 | 5 Comments

I’m starting a new feature here on Surroundings – the #COTM Color of the Month! I’ve selected a dominant color and complementary colors to coordinate with it which will loosely tie to each month of the year. I’m very excited about this new feature and I hope you will enjoy it as well!  It should … Read more

Travel Tuesday: Agriturismo Relais Dolcevista – A Sweet View it is!

By Linda Merrill | October 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
Agriturismo Relais Dolcevista bicylces leaning against a fence

It’s Travel Tuesday! In this installment, we’re headed to the region in Italy where Procescco comes from and visiting the agritourismo Relais Dolcevista – ah the sweet life for us! Nestled into the side of a hill overlooking vineyards, this small rustic hotel is charm itself. It’s located in Valdobbiadene, which is in Treviso in … Read more

It’s a Furniture Petting Zoo!

By Linda Merrill | October 19, 2017 | 2 Comments
A carved antique french sofa with guilded wood, biedermeier chair

I’ve always been enamored of the use of themes in design. I was recently doing some research on 1st Dibs and kept coming across these fantastical furnishings that use animal motifs as integrated parts of the design (not just painted or engraved on a piece). Some are whimsical, some are more traditional, but all are … Read more

New from Schumacher Fabrics – who says romance is dead?

By Linda Merrill | October 16, 2017 | 1 Comment

Schumacher Fabrics has recently launched the new Vogue Living fabric collection and I have to say I am completely in love. Who says romance is dead? The collection of 17 designs (each available in two to four different colorways) was developed in collaboration with Schumacher’s creative director, Dara Caponigro, and her team, as well as Hamish … Read more