Outlander Season 5: Big House on the Ridge

By Linda Merrill | February 23, 2020 | 27 Comments
Starz Outlander The Ridge Big House cast Marsali Fergus Jamie Claire Roger Bree season 5

And so, after almost a year-and-a-half, Droughtlander has finally come to an end, and the Starz drama Outlander Season 5 “Fiery Cross” premier episode dropped last week. And I have opinions. For a bit of recap, this series is based on the wildly popular book series, OUTLANDER, by Diana Gabaldon. The Fiery Cross is the … Read more

Frameables for Framed Art and a Giveaway!

By Linda Merrill | February 1, 2020 | 15 Comments
Frameables header frameable art

Art and accessories provide the finishing touches in a room. They can fill in a blank space and they can tell stories about our lives. But, framed art can be expensive. Where to start? It can take quite a while to collect enough art to create a decent gallery wall or fill a niche. I … Read more

Five Designer Collections You Should Know About

By Linda Merrill | January 10, 2020 | 14 Comments

I think most interior designers have a wish to launch their own designer collections. Many big name designers have collections through traditional industry brands including fabrics, lighting, furniture and more. The key here is that in order to gain the backing of a major brand, one needs a big name and, these days, usually a … Read more

Creating a Welcoming Guest Bedroom

By Linda Merrill | December 3, 2019 | 22 Comments

It’s the most wonderful time of year – or so the song goes. It’s also a time for family and friends to be traveling, visiting and staying over. How is your guest bedroom situation? I’ll admit – mine isn’t so great! One of my brothers lives in Colorado and he only comes east once a … Read more

Reupholster an old chair

By Linda Merrill | November 18, 2019 | 14 Comments
Linda Merrill reupholster an old chair JAB fabric Schumacher trim seat closeup

One of the most eco-friendly things you can do in home furnishings is to reupholster an old chair. There are always so many old chairs hanging around – dining chairs, arm chairs, slipper chairs and cute little boudoir chairs like this one. Two or three years ago, when a friend was cleaning out his parent’s … Read more

The Golden Hour and First Light Pink

By Linda Merrill | November 5, 2019 | 12 Comments

If you’ve been a reader or follow my Instagram, it may not come as a shock that I love pink. So, the announcement that Benjamin Moore’s 2020 Color of the Year #coty is First Light 2102-70 was fun news, but also a bit of a surprise. Pantone’s 2016 color of the year was actually two … Read more

Entertaining Fall 2019 Design Books

By Linda Merrill | October 31, 2019 | 12 Comments

I wanted to share these two entertaining Fall 2019 books which focus on party planning from decorations to recipes. One is about big events and the other is more intimate and personal. Both are filled with amazing photography and stylish party picture. Boston-based party and event planner extraordinaire Bryan Rafanelli ‘s new book A Great … Read more

Bar Carts, Creativity and Cocktails – Heading Home to Dinner 2019

By Linda Merrill | October 26, 2019 | 20 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I posted about the Heading Home to Dinner 2019 dining by event held here in Boston. They raised an astounding $177K for Heading Home, an organization which helps combat homelessness. One of the really creative aspects of this event, and one that’s unlike any other decorated table top events that … Read more

Heading Home to Dinner: Beautiful Tablescapes for a Great Cause

By Linda Merrill | October 9, 2019 | 18 Comments
Designer Founders Table Heading Home to Dinner 2019 tablescape closeup with flowers

Three years ago, Boston area designers Mally Skok, Elizabeth Benedict and Kristen Rivoli had the idea that they wanted to create something that brought the interior design community together to do good for the greater community. And boy, have they ever succeeded. I attended their first designer kick-off meeting about 2-1/2 years ago where they … Read more

Fall Forward

By Linda Merrill | October 3, 2019 | 16 Comments
White brick fireplace, black bust, Hermes orange box, scarf, small oil painting, fall forward

It’s the beginning of October and it’s time to fall forward, don’t you think? Fall is my favorite season here in New England. The temps can be all over the place (yesterday started sticky and humid and then the temp dropped 20 degrees!)  but the nights are chilly and the feeling of wanting to pull … Read more