Sponsor Love: Welcome, Tracy Glover Studio

By Linda Merrill | November 17, 2008 | Comments Off on Sponsor Love: Welcome, Tracy Glover Studio

I am so thrilled to welcome Tracy Glover Studio as a new sponsor of ::Surroundings::!As a young girl Tracy Glover saw a photo of a woman blowing glass and found the image so intriguing she was inspired to try it herself. She fell in love with the challenge of working with the material and realized … Read more

HGTV 2015 Dream House: A Classic Cape on Martha’s Vineyard

By Linda Merrill | December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

This year’s HGTV Dream House is located on Martha’s Vineyard at 15 Crocker Drive in Edgartown. The house was designed by the amazing local architect Patrick Ahearn who has offices in Boston and MV and built by Timothy McHugh Builders of Martha’s Vineyard. Ahearn’s projects feature a gorgeous selection of quintessential New England style homes, … Read more

Merci to Fifi!

By Linda Merrill | November 15, 2008 | 2 Comments

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have been selected to receive a packet of Fifi Flowers fabulous note cards. Aren’t these so pretty! I am a big believer in the power of the handwritten note and I particularly love ones like these with original art. I am especially impressed that each card … Read more

Color Q: Gray and Yellow

By Linda Merrill | November 14, 2008 | 4 Comments

As seen on DominoMagazine.com Over the last year, we’ve seen a lot of the gray and yellow color combination. I know several of my fellow bloggers have done posts about this combo as well. And yet… I just can’t wrap my head around it. I thought if I pulled together several images and really immersed … Read more

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