The Dream Reborn: Linda’s Dream Home 2021

By Linda Merrill | May 20, 2021 | 16 Comments
House Front Exterior Linda Merrill Dream Home

Back between 2013-2015 I started designing my own dream house which I blogged about. I had a vision, but it never really got fleshed out as well as I liked and I eventually pooped out on the process because it wasn’t really speaking to me. A couple of years ago a friend gave me a … Read more

Art in Interiors: The Finishing Touch

By Linda Merrill | May 6, 2021 | 12 Comments
Joseph Mallord William Turner 40x34 Fine Art America wall art

This post is sponsored by Fine Art America The finishing touches are what makes your house your home. What we collect, what we choose to display – it all helps tell the story of who we are, where we’ve been and maybe even where we want to go. I know that sounds a bit woo-woo … Read more

Project Reveal and Work From Home Spaces

By Linda Merrill | April 17, 2021 | 16 Comments
Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings Hingham Sitting Room and Home Office Work From Home 2

Before the pandemic wreaked havoc on all our lives and work from home became a health consideration, lots of us were already into the work from home experience. My Hingham, Massachusetts clients are a duel travel/work from home couple. They both traveled extensively for work but their home was also office home base for both. … Read more

Roman Shades – In or Out?

By Linda Merrill | March 14, 2021 | 22 Comments
212 High Street Kitchen sink window treatment Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

Okay, roman shades – in or out is a trick question. They are always in. Unless they’re out. Wait, what? Of course, I mean inside mount versus outside mount and which is the better option.  I was discussing this very thing with a client for her bedroom romans – should they be inside or outside? … Read more

Renovating? Decorating? Have patience…

By Linda Merrill | March 5, 2021 | 18 Comments

It’s been a year hasn’t it? Shut downs, shut ins, masks, work from home. Covid brought it all. But, it has been a huge boon to the home interiors and building industries. Decorating or renovating: have patience is all I can say because everything is getting more costly and taking more time. Outdoor living has … Read more

Plum Wine Dispenser – Your Own Personal Sommelier

By Linda Merrill | February 19, 2021 | 16 Comments
Plum Wine dispensor glamour shot

I’ve long said, one of the best parts of being a design blogger are all the amazing opportunities and events I’ve been lucky enough to take part it. This week presented another such opportunity – and boy, in mid-winter, mid-pandemic – it was much needed. (Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post by Plum Wine. See, … Read more

Antiques Glossary – Terms you need to know.

By Linda Merrill | February 13, 2021 | 15 Comments
Trianon Antiques Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings Styled Antiques Glossary

I love using antiques and vintage pieces in my design projects and in my own home. Antiques add history and patina to a space that can’t be found in all new items. “Brown Furniture” and antiques went out of favor over the last decade which is a shame because there are so many instances of … Read more

Cheers! A Sous Vide Limoncello Cocktail Party

By Linda Merrill | January 31, 2021 | 21 Comments
Signature Kitchen Suite Sous Vide cocktail kit linda merrill

Last week I participated in a fun designer event sponsored by Signature Kitchen Suite/SKS. SKS is an innovative kitchen appliance company in the luxury design market. Their appliances are not only beautiful to look at, but also tech driven and gourmet inspired. Before now, my only exposure to “Sous Vide” cooking was references heard on … Read more

Holiday Inspiration Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2020

By Linda Merrill | December 17, 2020 | 18 Comments
Newburyport 2020 Holiday House Tour Amesbury Main Street custom home Yellowstone Montana inspired house front

Greetings from snowy New England! I was feeling badly last weekend for the Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2020 committee because the weather was just awful for their event! Not only did they have to stage it outside, but it was a rainy day (surrounded by two nice days, of course!). I think though given the … Read more

Newburyport Holiday House Tour – With a Holiday 2020 Twist!

By Linda Merrill | December 5, 2020 | 5 Comments
2020 Holiday

One of my favorite holiday traditions is the annual Newburyport Holiday House tour. I’ve enjoyed the tour many times over the last twenty years and am excited that they’ve been creative in continuing the tradition in an open-air and safe way! 2020 Holiday with a twist!  This year’s tour benefits the Anna Jacques Hospital Aid … Read more