Creating a Welcoming Guest Bedroom

By Linda Merrill | December 3, 2019 | 21 Comments

It’s the most wonderful time of year – or so the song goes. It’s also a time for family and friends to be traveling, visiting and staying over. How is your guest bedroom situation? I’ll admit – mine isn’t so great! One of my brothers lives in Colorado and he only comes east once a … Read more

Reupholster an old chair

By Linda Merrill | November 18, 2019 | 14 Comments
Linda Merrill reupholster an old chair JAB fabric Schumacher trim seat closeup

One of the most eco-friendly things you can do in home furnishings is to reupholster an old chair. There are always so many old chairs hanging around – dining chairs, arm chairs, slipper chairs and cute little boudoir chairs like this one. Two or three years ago, when a friend was cleaning out his parent’s … Read more

The Golden Hour and First Light Pink

By Linda Merrill | November 5, 2019 | 12 Comments

If you’ve been a reader or follow my Instagram, it may not come as a shock that I love pink. So, the announcement that Benjamin Moore’s 2020 Color of the Year #coty is First Light 2102-70 was fun news, but also a bit of a surprise. Pantone’s 2016 color of the year was actually two … Read more

Entertaining Fall 2019 Design Books

By Linda Merrill | October 31, 2019 | 12 Comments

I wanted to share these two entertaining Fall 2019 books which focus on party planning from decorations to recipes. One is about big events and the other is more intimate and personal. Both are filled with amazing photography and stylish party picture. Boston-based party and event planner extraordinaire Bryan Rafanelli ‘s new book A Great … Read more

Bar Carts, Creativity and Cocktails – Heading Home to Dinner 2019

By Linda Merrill | October 26, 2019 | 20 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I posted about the Heading Home to Dinner 2019 dining by event held here in Boston. They raised an astounding $177K for Heading Home, an organization which helps combat homelessness. One of the really creative aspects of this event, and one that’s unlike any other decorated table top events that … Read more

Heading Home to Dinner: Beautiful Tablescapes for a Great Cause

By Linda Merrill | October 9, 2019 | 18 Comments
Designer Founders Table Heading Home to Dinner 2019 tablescape closeup with flowers

Three years ago, Boston area designers Mally Skok, Elizabeth Benedict and Kristen Rivoli had the idea that they wanted to create something that brought the interior design community together to do good for the greater community. And boy, have they ever succeeded. I attended their first designer kick-off meeting about 2-1/2 years ago where they … Read more

Fall Forward

By Linda Merrill | October 3, 2019 | 16 Comments
White brick fireplace, black bust, Hermes orange box, scarf, small oil painting, fall forward

It’s the beginning of October and it’s time to fall forward, don’t you think? Fall is my favorite season here in New England. The temps can be all over the place (yesterday started sticky and humid and then the temp dropped 20 degrees!)  but the nights are chilly and the feeling of wanting to pull … Read more

This and That – what’s been going on

By Linda Merrill | September 11, 2019 | 15 Comments

Hello! I took a bit of an unexpected blogging break this summer – nothing planned and nothing is wrong. I just got busy and realized I needed to give myself a break from worry over it and maybe get back my blogging mojo. So, I thought I’d at least check in and let you know … Read more

Downton Abbey Exhibition in Boston

By Linda Merrill | August 17, 2019 | 10 Comments
Downton Abbey Exhibition sign

So, Friday was my birthday and my oldest friend (meaning longest term, NOT OLDest, lol) took me to the Downton Abbey Exhibition currently showing in Boston and then out to a lovely lunch. I was really looking forward to the exhibit as I loved the series and had extensively blogged about it when it was … Read more

Waterfront Outdoor Kitchen – Newburyport Kitchen Tour Pt. 3

By Linda Merrill | August 9, 2019 | 10 Comments
Main St Shibui House waterfront outdoor kitchen

We’re coming to an end of my 2019 Newburyport Kitchen Tour coverage. In Part 1 I showed you two large modern black and white houses and in Pt. 2 I shared three mid-sized stylish homes. Now, I’ve got something special to share – especially if you’re a lover of outdoor spaces, beautiful landscaping, water views … Read more