Travel Tuesday – Philadelphia

By Linda Merrill | July 3, 2007 | 3 Comments

In honor of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, we visit Philadelphia. In the summer of 1776, it was hot, there were outhouses and there was no air conditioning. My guess is that Adams, Franklin, Jefferson and the rest of the boys would have enjoyed an indoor privy and a cool hotel room. And … Read more

Review of The Bouqs Flowers

By Linda Merrill | December 16, 2014 | Comments Off on Review of The Bouqs Flowers

A few weeks ago I was approached with an offer from online florist company The Bouqs to check out their flowers and services. The Bouqs flowers are grown on farms in either Equador or in California and they cut them to order and ship immediately. This means that the flowers arrive within a few days … Read more

The Skirted Roundtable: On product pitches

By Linda Merrill | March 23, 2011 | Comments Off on The Skirted Roundtable: On product pitches

This week at The Skirted Roundtable, we chatted about product pitches – the good, the bad and the totally awful! Small and large business alike try to get their products featured in magazines and blogs every day and they’re just doing their job. But, marketing 101 usually teaches that pitches should be targeted closely to … Read more

Must See: Holiday House Tour in Newburyport

By Linda Merrill | December 12, 2014 | Comments Off on Must See: Holiday House Tour in Newburyport

One of my favorite annual house tours, in my favorite city, is happening tomorrow in Newburyport, MA. The Holiday House Tour benefits the Custom House Maritime Museum and features some wonderful old and new homes in the historic city of Newburyport and surrounding towns.  I’ve been going since I lived there several years ago, though … Read more

BTD Chandelier Challenge! Finalists named

By Linda Merrill | November 13, 2008 | 1 Comment

Click on image for larger view. The BTD team – Laura K, Tbone, The Scarlett and Linda Merrill have confabbed and we have selected Fifi Flowers Francoise McAree Sheila O’Meara Anne Payne Annilee B. Ramirez Kimberly Saquing as our finalists in our Swarovski Chandi Challenge. We were originally going to pick five finalists, but couldn’t … Read more

DIY weekend – recovering chairs

By Linda Merrill | July 1, 2007 | 5 Comments

I don’t know why, but the weekend around the 4th of July always finds me tackling some unexpected DIY project. Today, I decided that it was time to recover the seat cushions on a pair of arm chairs that I use in my living room and at my dining room table when I have need. … Read more

A breath of Spring: The Boston Flower Show

By Linda Merrill | March 18, 2011 | Comments Off on A breath of Spring: The Boston Flower Show

The other day, I had the luck to be able to attend the press preview of The Boston Flower Show. The preview was held before the big opening cocktail party and before the show was open to the public. Fresh flowers, beautiful installations, the smell of mulch and no crowds. Perfection. Here’s a sneak peak … Read more

Bungalowize Your Sixties House

By Linda Merrill | November 13, 2008 | 2 Comments

Contributed by Janet M. Perry Because of the housing boom in the 60’s, there are lots of these houses out there. Because of today’s housing bust, many of them are on the market. Or perhaps you live in a Sixties ranch and want to make it look distinctive and not so dated. Turning your ranch … Read more

Pillows by Artemisia

By Linda Merrill | December 2, 2014 | Comments Off on Pillows by Artemisia

Artemisia Inc. is a new Brooklyn-based company specializing in textiles, pillows and home accessories.  The company was founded by Rosemarie Padovano, a sculptor and video artist and Marcello Marvelli, a contemporary art dealer and art historian.  Together they share a mutual love and a deep knowledge of art and design that gives them a unique … Read more

1st Dibs – Doing the planet a favor

By Linda Merrill | November 10, 2008 | Comments Off on 1st Dibs – Doing the planet a favor

Have you been on 1st Dibs recently? I’ve been a big fan of this site for a few years and I’m just so impressed with how they’ve grown. Their in depth content has made them them a real go-to site for the decorative arts. And, they are clearly not resting on their laurels. They recently … Read more