New England Gardens, Newburyport Edition

By Linda Merrill | August 2, 2017 | 2 Comments
Backyard garden Newburyport ma

As I wrote last week, I was heading to my favorite city of Newburyport MA on Saturday for the annual PTO Kitchen Design Tour. I’ve been to several of these tours, along with the Christmas house tour and I have to say – this year was a treat! All the houses were lovely, all had … Read more

2017 Newburyport Kitchen Tour

By Linda Merrill | July 27, 2017 | 1 Comment

I’ve written before (on several occasions!) that Newburyport is my favorite city pretty much anywhere but definitely here in Massachusetts. I used to live there and often wonder why I moved (long story!). Anyway, I regularly attend the Christmas House Tour which benefits the Custom House Maritime Museum and the Kitchen Tour which benefits the … Read more

Something’s Gotta Give movie set

By Linda Merrill | July 24, 2017 | 2 Comments

Way back – 10+ years ago now – I was inspired to start posting about movie set decorating by the then four year old movie Something’s Gotta Give.  I saw it on a flight coming back from Paris (when I went to Maison et Objet) and thought – gosh, that’s a pretty movie set – … Read more

Travel Tuesday: The Mount – Edith Wharton ‘s House in the Berkshires

By Linda Merrill | July 18, 2017 | 3 Comments
The exterior of The Mount from the forecourt. A white house with black shutters.

Happy Travel Tuesday! As a followup to last week’s post, I’m sharing my photos of Edith Wharton’s house in the Berkshires called The Mount. Last week I shared the gardens and exterior shots of the house. This week I’m sharing a little more of the exteriors – particularly the stables, forecourt and front side of … Read more

Travel Tuesday: Edith Wharton’s Gardens at The Mount

By Linda Merrill | July 11, 2017 | 4 Comments
Edith Wharton The Mount view of house from gardens

A few years ago I was out in the Berkshires for the 4th of July and visited Edith Wharton’s famed estate called The Mount. I came across my photos again and thought that it would be worth sharing them again. My first video is a tour of the gardens of the estate. These formal gardens were … Read more

Friday Finds: Vinyl Floor Cloths

By Linda Merrill | July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
Vintage vinyl floor cloth

I’ve always loved floor cloths in historic interiors and was excited to see this ad (above) in a magazine for a new line of William Morris patterns on floor cloths from Spicher and Co. Floorcloths came out of England in the 18th century and was made from painted and varnished cloth. They were used to … Read more

A Modern Beach House with spectacular views out in Truro, MA

By Linda Merrill | June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Modern beach house in Truro, MA on Cape Cod

  Are you ready for the long 4th of July weekend here in the US? I’m not actually a huge fan of fireworks and there are plenty of both the legal and illegal kind in the area. I live in a beach community, so it’s party-time all weekend long.  Meanwhile, I wanted to share a … Read more

Travel Tuesday: Masseria Le Carrube in Puglia, Italy

By Linda Merrill | June 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
Nightime exterior shot of Masseria Le Carrube in Puglia, Italy with candle lanterns

I’m focusing on Italy this month in my Travel Tuesday posts because my niece Katie is currently on her honeymoon there! They arrived in Venice this morning and will be touring the northern part of the country including hiking in the dolomites and finishing it up with a stay at a luxury resort in a … Read more

Virtual Interior Design and how it works!

By Linda Merrill | June 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
Cover page of Virtual Interior design services video showing a living room design and Linda Merrill.

I updated my Virtual Interior Design webpage to include a video description of the process and deliverables.   In this video, I describe the exact process of how I create beautiful, and personalized, interior design plan for clients far and wide. Known as Virtual Interior Design, aka E-Decorating, these plans evolve just as traditional in-person … Read more

Friday Finds: Video Edition featuring some gorgeous glass tile with coastal flair!

By Linda Merrill | June 23, 2017 | 2 Comments
Luanda Bay Tile glass mosaic tile in green and blues.

  Welcome to my first Friday Finds video! Last evening I attended a CEU Continuing education course on color theory and psychology presented by Feras Irikat, the director of design & marketing at Lunada Bay Tile company. The event was hosted at Best Tile, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. After the talk, I walked the showroom and … Read more