Alan, The Gallant

By Linda Merrill | November 26, 2008 | Comments Off on Alan, The Gallant

Okay – first off – how cool is the name Alan, The Gallant? It conjures up chivalrous images of raincoats laid over puddles, doors held and gentlemen standing to great a lady. Sigh… ok, am back from my daydream. But, seriously – how pretty are these graphics designed by, yes – Alan, The Gallant – … Read more

Velvetty Smooth

By Linda Merrill | January 21, 2015 | Comments Off on Velvetty Smooth

I’m loving the velvet trend that’s happening right now. I’ve always been a big fan of this gorgeous fabric and have used it often in my designs. As a matter of fact, I’m just about to place an order for a client for two gorgeous sofas to be decked out in a beautiful shade of … Read more

Designer of Note: Edith Wharton

By Linda Merrill | July 9, 2007 | 5 Comments

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was born into a tightly controlled society known as “Old New York” at a time when women were discouraged from achieving anything beyond a proper marriage. Wharton broke through these strictures to become one of America’s greatest writers. Author of The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, and The House of Mirth, she … Read more

Seen at the Architectural Digest Home Show: Crafted in the U.S.A.

By Linda Merrill | April 12, 2011 | Comments Off on Seen at the Architectural Digest Home Show: Crafted in the U.S.A.

Contributed by Lori Dolnick While walking the aisles at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show last month in New York City, I noticed a trend towards American-made products. Perhaps it had been there all along… but I began to sense a notable increase in the number of artisans. Entrepreneurs who go “all-in” to deliver us … Read more

Madame Butterfly at the Met!

By Linda Merrill | November 21, 2008 | 2 Comments

Patricia Racette and Roberto Aronica, October 2008 productionSara Krulwich/The New York Times I’m so excited as tomorrow I’m heading off to NYC with my friend Rob to hear Madama Butterfly at the Met! Several years ago I played in the orchestra for a local production. But… The Met! I wrote about the newly refurbished Swarovski … Read more

1,000 Thank You’s! It’s my 1,000th Post!

By Linda Merrill | November 20, 2008 | 9 Comments

This is my 1,000th blog post. That’s a whole lotta words and photos! My first post is dated January 27th, 2005 and was a rehash of a series of decorating tips I’d written. When I decided to start the blog, I really had no idea what I was doing. I decided it made a good … Read more

Blog of the week on Decor8!

By Linda Merrill | July 6, 2007 | 3 Comments

Fellow New England girl Holly Becker at the wildly popular Decor8 has selected ::Surroundings:: to be her blog of the week this week! Thanks Holly!

This is my 999th post…

By Linda Merrill | November 19, 2008 | 2 Comments

Hmm… what to do for the big one? Seriously… ideas, anyone?

Spa Week: Review – The Mandarin Oriental Spa and Bar Boulud in Boston – Sublime to the ridiculous – UPDATED

By Linda Merrill | January 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Spa Week: Review – The Mandarin Oriental Spa and Bar Boulud in Boston – Sublime to the ridiculous – UPDATED

As mentioned on Friday, I was looking forward to enjoying the offerings of the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston, followed by dinner at Bar Boulud afterwards on Saturday. Let me just say that the spa was fantastic. From the moment you walk in, the service and ambience are perfection. You sit in … Read more

Moma Madness

By Linda Merrill | July 6, 2007 | 2 Comments

I took a little virtual shopping tour of the Moma Store and SF Moma and found these fabulous items! Melamine Dinnerware from Working Class Studio Alexander Girard Dolls at SF Moma – love, love, love these!!! Polli Mobile at the SF Moma Outline Vase by Yuko Takuda Garland Shade Light by Tord Boontje Supernatural Chair … Read more