Ben Moore Color of the Year 2019 – Metropolitan Gray? Which Gray?

By Linda Merrill | October 16, 2018 | 1 Comment
Metropolitan v Metro Gray 2018 Color of the Year Ben Moore

  Color me bored. Benjamin Moore has announced their 2019 Color of the Year – which is gray. Metropolitan AF-690, to be specific. I’m on the record as being sort of anti-gray, here too. I’m not really anti-gray, but I’m so bored with it. It can be very beautiful, but not everywhere. There are signs … Read more

Staycation Week in Boston

By Linda Merrill | September 28, 2018 | 4 Comments
Linda Merrill Staycation Isabella Stewart Gardner museum carved stone frieze

I am just ending a lovely “staycation” week here in Boston. It was great! If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that I’ve been sticking close to home due to my dog’s recovery from IVDD surgery in July. So, once he was officially off bedrest, I knew I needed a break. Luckily, his … Read more

Six Upholstery terms you NEED to know

By Linda Merrill | September 25, 2018 | 2 Comments
Linda Merrill design Norwell MA 02060 floral red and white chair dressmaker details upholstery

When it comes to straight up decorating, I think the most mis-understood aspect is the selection of upholstery. Why is this? Because there are three distinct parts of a piece of upholstered furniture and the least important part, the fabric, is the only one that is visible. We see a pretty chair (this above from … Read more

Property Swoon: Burklyn Hall Classic Magnificence in the Northeast Kingdom

By Linda Merrill | September 21, 2018 | 9 Comments
Burklyn Hall Exterior yellow neo classical house

I came across this amazing neoclassical home, called Burklyn Hall, built in 1908, and couldn’t wait to share it. It was built around the same time as The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in the Berkshires, and there are many similarities. This amazing property is for sale for what seems like a steal and it would … Read more

Mirror Mirror – The right way to use mirrors in your home

By Linda Merrill | September 18, 2018 | 4 Comments
Chateau_Versailles_Hall of Mirrors

One of the things I love so much about mirrors is that they are not only beautiful in their many forms, they are also functional. As we all know, they have been used for centuries to lighten and brighten a space by reflecting natural light, candle light or even low-level electric lights. Plus, a mirrored … Read more

Weekend Warrior: Decoupage, my newly revived obsession

By Linda Merrill | September 15, 2018 | 4 Comments
Linda Merrill decoupage tray dragonfly

Have you ever picked up a hobby only to put it down and forget all about it shortly after? Over ten years ago, I had a little dalliance with decoupage after I visited John Derian’s  booth at the New York Gift Show and I thought, I can do that. But I never really did. I … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Ordeal By Innocence

By Linda Merrill | September 10, 2018 | 3 Comments
Ardgowan Estate aerial

I watched the new BBC production of Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence last week, which is available on Amazon Prime Video. Set in the 1950’s, the story centers around a wealthy family, the Argyll’s. Matriarch Rachel Argyll is some kind of philanthropist who can’t have children, so adopts five children, plus one super hard-working housekeeper … Read more

Small Dining Room meets High Style

By Linda Merrill | September 7, 2018 | 8 Comments
Jillian Harris Love it or List It gray pink Small dining room

I’m a big proponent of smaller homes with beautiful decor. Large homes can be beautiful of course, but they are expensive to furnish, heat/cool and maintain. I’m also a big fan and hold out for the formal dining room and I see no reason why a small dining room can’t be a spectacular space.  Call … Read more

5 Design Mistakes Home Buyers Make

By Linda Merrill | September 3, 2018 | 11 Comments
kitchen great room Mistakes home buyers make

  I’ve been in business since 2002 and as you might imagine, I’ve spoken with many new homeowners who are looking to have their new space decorated. I’ve had a front row seat to many of the mistakes home buyers make when they don’t consider their interiors when selecting their new home. Now, this presumes … Read more

Design Nuggets: Not Your Average Built-Ins

By Linda Merrill | August 29, 2018 | 6 Comments
34 Marathon Street victorian built-ins

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