Holiday Inspiration Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2020

By Linda Merrill | December 17, 2020 | 18 Comments
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Greetings from snowy New England! I was feeling badly last weekend for the Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2020 committee because the weather was just awful for their event! Not only did they have to stage it outside, but it was a rainy day (surrounded by two nice days, of course!). I think though given the … Read more

Newburyport Holiday House Tour – With a Holiday 2020 Twist!

By Linda Merrill | December 5, 2020 | 5 Comments
2020 Holiday

One of my favorite holiday traditions is the annual Newburyport Holiday House tour. I’ve enjoyed the tour many times over the last twenty years and am excited that they’ve been creative in continuing the tradition in an open-air and safe way! 2020 Holiday with a twist!  This year’s tour benefits the Anna Jacques Hospital Aid … Read more

A Colorful Cape Cod Home – From Blah to Boom!

By Linda Merrill | November 10, 2020 | 22 Comments

I wanted to share my latest project with you – a colorful Cape Cod Home. This is a house located in Sandwich, MA is on a picturesque pond complete with ducks and geese floating by. I know the area well as my parents lived up the street for 30 years. This house is not old, … Read more

Enjoy Beachy Style with Serena & Lily’s Secret VIP Sale!

By Linda Merrill | October 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you’re a fan of beachy style there is no better retail one-stop go-to place than Serena & Lily. And I’m thrilled to be able to share that they are currently running a secret VIP sale with 20% off on most everything on their site! My Beach House Style page under Favorite Things has mostly … Read more

John Derian Does Halloween for Target

By Linda Merrill | October 12, 2020 | 12 Comments
John Derian Halloween for target head shot

My pretend boyfriend John Derian has done it again with a spectacular, or should I say spooktacular, new collection celebrating Halloween for Target.  John has long done great products for Target from dishware to paper goods all in his signature whimsical style derived from his decoupage work. I’ve long written about John’s decoupage work and have … Read more

Project Share: Challenging Spaces

By Linda Merrill | October 3, 2020 | 15 Comments

I wanted to share a recently completed project that had some challenging spaces worth discussing. My clients called me in to work with them on the decorative elements of their full gut renovation of a 100 year old home in Boston.  Old homes always have quirks which makes them both charming and challenging spaces! This … Read more

Book Shelf: Designing History by Michael S. Smith

By Linda Merrill | September 29, 2020 | 15 Comments

Well, I must say, DESIGNING HISTORY by Michael S. Smith on his work decorating the Obama White House is a real treat for design and history buffs. I’ve done several posts in the past about decorating of  The White House such as this one comparing the Oval Office design to those of there British and … Read more

A Tiny Galley Kitchen Gets a Big Update

By Linda Merrill | September 26, 2020 | 19 Comments
Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

And just like that, it’s Fall. Where did the Summer go???  And where did I go??? No where. I went no where. But I wasn’t “here” either. I can’t believe it’s been two months since I’ve blogged!?! Well, despite the pandemic, I’ve been working on some fun interior design projects and I want to share … Read more

Will A Designer Work With What I Own?

By Linda Merrill | July 26, 2020 | 11 Comments
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Well – there’a a question: Will a designer work with what I own? And the answer is – most designers will. As with all things in interior design there is a range. At one end are those designers who are hired for their vision, for their style. A famous example is architect Frank Lloyd Wright … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: The Great

By Linda Merrill | July 1, 2020 | 11 Comments
The Great gilded hall

I just finished watching Season 1 of  The Great on Hulu. “Loosely” based (and I mean very loosely) on Catherine The Great of Russia, the series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine and Nicholas Hoult as Emperor Peter the not-so-great son of Peter the Great. The first season is 10 parts and episode titles include “And … Read more