Penny Wise or Pound Foolish? Or, why nothing is ever free.

By Linda Merrill | April 21, 2018 | 2 Comments

We’ve all seen them – the ads from places like Wayfair for free shipping and delivery. And boy, that does sound great, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t like free, FREE! But, are we being penny wise or pound foolish? The fact it, nothing is ever free.     Ooh – so easy to spend $49 dollars … Read more

Book Review: India Hicks: A Slice of England

By Linda Merrill | April 10, 2018 | 1 Comment
India Hicks A Slice of England book cover

I have a guilty secret to admit. I rarely actually read the text in design books. I pour over the photos of course, but I usually only scan through the text. Rizzoli recently sent me a press copy of the new book by India Hicks: A SLICE OF ENGLAND and I read it cover to … Read more

Trend Alert: Flower Power and BIG FLORALS in Interiors

By Linda Merrill | March 30, 2018 | 6 Comments

I’ve been crazy busy these last few weeks and have been neglecting my blog (and newsletter, sorry!) and this Trend Alert post on the resurgence of florals in interiors has been percolating for way too long! And not just florals, but FLORALS in call caps. Inspired by the Old Dutch Masters paintings (Holland, roughly 17th … Read more

Black and White: March Color of the Month

By Linda Merrill | March 16, 2018 | 6 Comments
Color of the Month Black and White header

So, here in New England, March came in like a lion and stayed like a bitch. We’ve had a relatively mild winter (so I suppose I shouldn’t complain) but this month, we’ve experienced three major back to back storms in two weeks which resulted in massive power outages across the region. I was without power … Read more

And the winner is: The 2018 Academy Award for Production Design

By Linda Merrill | March 5, 2018 | 3 Comments

And the winner for the 2018 Academy Award for Production Design is: The Shape of Water Congratulations to Paul D. Austerberry, Production Designer and Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin, Set Decorators, for winning the 2018 Academy Award!  You may be wondering what the Production Designer does versus Set Decorator? The Production Designer is responsible for the … Read more

Pink & Red: February Color of the Month

By Linda Merrill | February 14, 2018 | 2 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day! When I was deciding on my Color of the Month colors, the obvious choice for February is Pink & Red. We don’t see a ton of combined pink and red interiors for many reasons – mostly I think because so few men like these colors. But, did you know that the traditional … Read more

Grace & Frankie’s Besties Valentine’s Day

By Linda Merrill | February 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
Grace & Frankie Besties "I think I just peed a little"

We all need a bestie, don’t we? Someone who has our back, who pats our back and who will be our backup whenever necessary. While V-Day is usually celebrated as a romantic holiday, I thought this year I’d focus on the love between friends. It’s Grace & Frankie‘s Besties Valentine’s Day! I wrote about my … Read more

Design Smackdown – Form vs. Function

By Linda Merrill | February 2, 2018 | 6 Comments

Okay, a discussion about Form vs. Function is not exactly a design smackdown, but it’s a good jumping off point for a conversation. I was recently doing some research in quotes on design and realized that two icons of design – Steve Jobs and Marcel Wanders –  had very different and very interesting views on … Read more

Design Details: A Pattern Match Made in Heaven

By Linda Merrill | January 30, 2018 | 6 Comments
Blue and white Pattern Match header

Interior design and decorating is about problem solving and it’s all about getting the details just right. In a series of posts that I’m calling Design Details, I will be focusing on that which can make or break a great design. Some details are relatively small and others are large, but they all play a … Read more

Weekend DIY – A Stylish Dog Crate Cover for my little boy

By Linda Merrill | January 27, 2018 | 14 Comments
RoyRoy dachshund and his new crate cover

  I wanted to share with you a recent weekend DIY project – a stylish new crate cover for my little boy RoyRoy. Now, I realize there are many who feel that dog crates are somehow prisons for dogs and nothing is really farther from the truth – unless of course the dog is literally … Read more