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

Spa Week: R & R for the New Year: The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Boston

By Linda Merrill | January 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Spa Week: R & R for the New Year: The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Boston

And so, we come to the end of Spa Week where I share my pick for which amazing spa location I am visiting this weekend. And the winner is the spa at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel right in downtown Boston.  It’s the only modern location in the mix, and the only urban one. The other … Read more

A little something different – the flute comes out!

By Linda Merrill | November 18, 2008 | 4 Comments

As some of you know, I am a flute player and hold a degree in music performance. I don’t perform anywhere near as often as I should, but every once in a while, I get the opportunity. Each week, I teach private music lessons at a local public school as part of a Prodigy Music … Read more

Spa Week: R&R at The Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod

By Linda Merrill | January 8, 2015 | Comments Off on Spa Week: R&R at The Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod

For this third installment in Spa Week, I take you to the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod. Located in the picturesque town of Chatham, the Inn is a sprawling seaside retreat. Although Cape Cod is literally my back yard and didn’t seem like it would be much of a get away, the Chatham Bars … Read more

Top Design Chandi Challenge – And the Winner Is…

By Linda Merrill | November 17, 2008 | Comments Off on Top Design Chandi Challenge – And the Winner Is…

A big congratulations to Sheila O’Meara – you are the winner of the Blogging Top Design Swarovski Crystal Palace Chandelier Design Challenge! Our esteemed judge, Margaret Russell, editor-in-chief of Elle Decor magazine and Top Design judge, says of your design: “I’ve chosen Sheila O’Meara’s formal dining room with the Light Sock chandelier as the winner … Read more