Dream Home 2021 Front Entry, millwork and the FINAL final layout

By Linda Merrill | June 4, 2021 | 17 Comments
Linda Merrill Dream Home 2021 Front hall to back front entry millwork

So, in my last Dream Home 2021 update, I suggested that I’d finalized the floor plan, unless… Lol. Of course I made changes! This week, I’m talking about the front entry millwork decisions made. But first I wanted to share the latest final changes to the overall floor plan, exteriors etc.   So, the biggest … Read more

SKS Date Night with Signature Kitchen Suites

By Linda Merrill | June 1, 2021 | 7 Comments
SKS Date Night back deck

I wanted to share a wonderful event I participated in last week sponsored by  Signature Kitchen Suite and DesignHounds : SKS Date Night with Chef Nick Ritchie! Any time Signature Kitchen Suites/SKS holds an event, everything is done first class. Last week’s event was the followup to the Sous Vide Limoncello Cocktail evening in January. This … Read more

Dream Home 2021 Final Layout and some sneak peeks inside

By Linda Merrill | May 29, 2021 | 14 Comments
052821 Linda Merrill Dream Home 2021 Great room sneak peek

I’ve spent the last week working on my Dream Home 2021 final layout and I’m really excited in the direction it’s gone in. Firstly, I really kept myself to the existing footprint. It’s over 4,000 sq. ft. That’s a big enough home for one woman, her friends and family to come visiting and one tiny … Read more

The Dream Reborn: Linda’s Dream Home 2021

By Linda Merrill | May 20, 2021 | 16 Comments
House Front Exterior Linda Merrill Dream Home

Back between 2013-2015 I started designing my own dream house which I blogged about. I had a vision, but it never really got fleshed out as well as I liked and I eventually pooped out on the process because it wasn’t really speaking to me. A couple of years ago a friend gave me a … Read more

Art in Interiors: The Finishing Touch

By Linda Merrill | May 6, 2021 | 12 Comments
Joseph Mallord William Turner 40x34 Fine Art America wall art

This post is sponsored by Fine Art America The finishing touches are what makes your house your home. What we collect, what we choose to display – it all helps tell the story of who we are, where we’ve been and maybe even where we want to go. I know that sounds a bit woo-woo … Read more

Project Reveal and Work From Home Spaces

By Linda Merrill | April 17, 2021 | 16 Comments
Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings Hingham Sitting Room and Home Office Work From Home 2

Before the pandemic wreaked havoc on all our lives and work from home became a health consideration, lots of us were already into the work from home experience. My Hingham, Massachusetts clients are a duel travel/work from home couple. They both traveled extensively for work but their home was also office home base for both. … Read more

Roman Shades – In or Out?

By Linda Merrill | March 14, 2021 | 22 Comments
212 High Street Kitchen sink window treatment Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

Okay, roman shades – in or out is a trick question. They are always in. Unless they’re out. Wait, what? Of course, I mean inside mount versus outside mount and which is the better option.  I was discussing this very thing with a client for her bedroom romans – should they be inside or outside? … Read more

Renovating? Decorating? Have patience…

By Linda Merrill | March 5, 2021 | 18 Comments

It’s been a year hasn’t it? Shut downs, shut ins, masks, work from home. Covid brought it all. But, it has been a huge boon to the home interiors and building industries. Decorating or renovating: have patience is all I can say because everything is getting more costly and taking more time. Outdoor living has … Read more

Plum Wine Dispenser – Your Own Personal Sommelier

By Linda Merrill | February 19, 2021 | 16 Comments
Plum Wine dispensor glamour shot

I’ve long said, one of the best parts of being a design blogger are all the amazing opportunities and events I’ve been lucky enough to take part it. This week presented another such opportunity – and boy, in mid-winter, mid-pandemic – it was much needed. (Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post by Plum Wine. See, … Read more

Antiques Glossary – Terms you need to know.

By Linda Merrill | February 13, 2021 | 15 Comments
Trianon Antiques Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings Styled Antiques Glossary

I love using antiques and vintage pieces in my design projects and in my own home. Antiques add history and patina to a space that can’t be found in all new items. “Brown Furniture” and antiques went out of favor over the last decade which is a shame because there are so many instances of … Read more