How To: 7 Style Tips for Achieving a Luxe Look

By Linda Merrill | September 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’ve put together a list of 7 style tips for achieving a luxe look. Enjoy! Luxe – level counter tops The average stone slab thickness runs between 1″ – 1-1/4″. But did you know you can add a mitered edge  that gives the counter the appearance of a thicker slab? These nearly 3″ counters in … Read more

What’s wrong and right about Outlander’s Boston

By Linda Merrill | September 11, 2017 | 8 Comments
Claire Caitroina Balfe and Frank Tobias Menzies in Boston apartment with floral wallpaper

After a very long “Droughtlander”, the Starz series Outlander has finally made it’s return! Based on Diana Gabaldon’s book series,  Outlander Season 3 (based on Voyager, the 3rd book in the series) focuses on the twenty year separation of our two leads – Claire (Caitroina Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) – and how they tried … Read more

NEW! Shop ::Surroundings::

By Linda Merrill | September 7, 2017 | 4 Comments

I’m very excited to share that after a year in development, I have launched my new webshop Shop ::Surroundings::! Part of the development time has been the launch of a new one-of-a-kind design initiative called Surroundings By Design. It’s no secret that the internet has changed all our lives and how we shop. It’s also … Read more

First Look at Fall 2017 High Point Market!

By Linda Merrill | September 1, 2017 | 1 Comment
Modern rug with teal, gray, beige, green

Happy September! Summer 2017 is in the books and interior design project planning is winding down for projects looking to be completed by the holidays. Believe it or not, now is the time to start thinking about projects for 2018 and we’ve got the 2017 High Point Market coming up in October to whet our … Read more

5 Tips for Hiring the Right Interior Designer for You

By Linda Merrill | August 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

As an interior designer, I spend a lot of time marketing my services and looking for the next great client. When I was new in business, people would ask me who my “ideal client” was. And, I would flippantly answer “one with a house and money.” Well, I learned very quickly that that was only … Read more

Join me Out East in the Hamptons

By Linda Merrill | August 24, 2017 | 4 Comments
A shingle style beach house overlooking the beach and Atlantic ocean

The summer is almost over (sorry, but it’s true!) and I though it was almost past time to post about this gorgeous book I received from the folks at The Vendome Press. OUT EAST Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons is written by Jennifer Ash Rudick with photos by Tria Giovan.  The houses and gardens … Read more

Interior Design: Theme and Variations

By Linda Merrill | August 14, 2017 | 2 Comments

A common musical style is known as “theme and variation,” in which a theme is established and then re-created with variations in rhythm, style and color. Each variation is a different “take” on the same theme and offers the opportunity for personalization and the creation of true art. Home decoration can be approached in much … Read more

Newburyport Kitchen Tour, Pt. 2, My Favorite Houses

By Linda Merrill | August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
Living room with teal blue chairs, hyde hair rug, cream leather sofa

I’ve been blogging for the last week about the 2017 Newburyport Kitchen Tour here and here.  Today, my final post will feature my two favorite houses on the tour. I think they are my favorite because of the use of space, thoughtful kitchen and interior design decisions and a cohesive design style that fits well … Read more

Shamelessly asking for your vote!

By Linda Merrill | August 7, 2017 | 3 Comments

Hello and good morning to you! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was most excellent? Do you watch Game of Thrones? Last night’s episode was quite thrilling, although I do wish they could figure out a way of showing how much time passes between scenes. People and whole armies seem to move continent … Read more

2017 Newburyport Kitchen Tour, Pt. 1 and the case of the missing design element.

By Linda Merrill | August 3, 2017 | 2 Comments

Okay, well, this really should be called 2017 Newburyport Kitchen Tour, Pt. 2 because I’ve already done a post of the gardens and landscaping. But this post and the next will showcase the kitchens and related interiors of the houses. I’m breaking it into two because I took a lot of photos and I had … Read more