Tips for using family heirlooms in a fresh way

By Linda Merrill | May 22, 2019 | 6 Comments
Tips to use Family Heirlooms

There’s been a lot of talk and articles over the last couple of years about how the kids today (I sound so old saying that!) don’t want their parents (or grandparents) family heirlooms, aka – old stuff. Collected treasures or trinkets, wedding china and silver, heirloom quality furniture – or even just mementos of childhood. … Read more

Property Swoon: A dreamy Duxbury Bay Home

By Linda Merrill | May 9, 2019 | 26 Comments
46 Winsor Street Duxbury Bay Ocean view aerial Duxbury Bay Home

My town of Duxbury, Massachusetts has its share of gorgeous antique and historic homes both big and small. But sometimes, a newer house is built which stands out in the crowd of gorgeous gems. This Duxbury Bay home designed and built by Hutker Architects in 2017 is truly a gem, not only for it’s amazing … Read more

2019 Design Trends Seen at High Point and Boston Spring Market

By Linda Merrill | April 29, 2019 | 20 Comments
2019 Design Trends

Generally, I try not to follow design trends for the same reason that I don’t have a “go to” paint or fabric. That reason? Neither works for all circumstances. The same paint that is gorgeous in one room can fall completely flat in another. I would also say that what is “trending” might also be … Read more

A Ladies High Tea

By Linda Merrill | April 22, 2019 | 14 Comments
Linda Merrill Ladies High Tea flowers decoupage pot

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. I’m sorry my posts have been so sporadic recently, sometimes it’s just hard getting it together enough to post something. Anyway, on Saturday I had my nieces Libby and Katie over for a formal(ish) ladies high tea and I wanted to share the menu and some … Read more

Dreaming of Cherry Blossoms

By Linda Merrill | April 2, 2019 | 6 Comments

It’s Cherry Blossom time down in Washington and while it’s still kinda dreary here in New England, it’s the harbinger of Springtime we’re all impatiently waiting for! Ever since I saw Quadrille’s Cherry Branch fabric  at the Boston Design Center, I’ve been swooning over all things cherry blossom. As we all know, people have been … Read more

Boston Design Week 2019

By Linda Merrill | March 31, 2019 | 2 Comments
Boston Symphony Hall Ceiling 2 Boston Design Week 2019

If you’re in Boston or the area, did you know we’re smack in the middle of Boston Design Week 2019? Design Week is the brainchild of Tony Fusco of Fusco and Four, who also produce several art, design and antiques shows in Boston. The 6th Annual Boston Design Week 2019, which runs from March 27th … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: A Visual History of Sitcom Sofas

By Linda Merrill | March 7, 2019 | 18 Comments

HomeAdvisor recently put together this compendium of Sitcom Sofas (and chairs) that I thought would be fun to share, as part of my long-standing Silver Screen Surroundings movie and television set design series. If you click here you can see a bigger version of this. I’ll admit that I haven’t seen many of these shows, … Read more

Can Formal Decor Still be Family Friendly? Yes!

By Linda Merrill | March 4, 2019 | 7 Comments
Thibaut Fabrics Reverie-Quinlan Crypton Fabric Formal Family Friendly

First, I cannot believe I haven’t posted in a month! I’ve been busy, but that’s no excuse! Sorry! Anyway, the question on deck is this: can formal decorating still be family friendly? It’s a comment/lament I hear from families so often – that they can’t have anything nice because their kids (or pets) will destroy … Read more

The Designer Explainer: What the heck is “Designer’s Net Price” Anyway?

By Linda Merrill | January 28, 2019 | 26 Comments

Recently, I was reading through some comment boards on Houzz and came across a discussion about Designer’s Net Price. There seemed to be a general lack of understanding about how designers are charged for merchandise. This isn’t new, designers and decorators are often asked about “our price” and whether we pass it along to our … Read more

Outlander’s River Run: What Would George Washington Do?

By Linda Merrill | January 10, 2019 | 4 Comments
Mt. Vernon West Parlor

Okay, so in my previous post on Outlander Season 4, I said that I wasn’t sure about the accuracy of the set design. Accuracy, or lack thereof, is probably a strong word – we are talking about a story that involves time travel. I did, however, think it would be interesting to compare the production’s … Read more