Home Alone House – Bold to Bland to What’s Next

Home Alone house 671 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093 exterior

The Home Alone house has the honor of featuring one of the most famous movie houses in recent memory. The gorgeous Georgian Colonial style brick house, built in 1921 in Winnetka IL, was the scene for much mayhem in grand old movie style. Premiering in 1990 the house was decorated in a holiday themed green and … Read more

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