Tiny tables and colorful poufs make for fun and flexible decor choices

Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings living room family heirlooms

I’m a big fan of tiny tables and colorful poufs when it comes to flexible decorating choices. My interior decorating clients for my Colorful Modern project in The Pinehills in Plymouth, MA didn’t want a coffee table because their space is small and their sofa is a recliner – so moving a coffee table wasn’t a … Read more

Painting Backs of Bookcases

Linda Merrill Duxbury Garden Home coastal Living room

Painting the backs of bookcases can bring a fresh and captivating look to your living space. Whether you’re aiming to create a bold contrast, a subtle backdrop or an artistic masterpiece, this often overlooked canvas offers a world of creative possibilities. Here are some of the ways I’ve done it: This is a terrible before … Read more

Trendspotting: What is Quiet Luxury?

Quiet luxury as an unnamed concept has been around forever but it’s sure having a moment now sparked by the hit television show Succession.  In interior design, quiet luxury embodies a refined and understated approach that focuses on creating elegant, serene, and sophisticated spaces. It is characterized by a harmonious balance between functionality and aesthetics, … Read more

Studio McGee for Target

Shae McGee for Target

Perennial design favorite Studio McGee has some pretty great pieces with Target’s Threshold collection.  I’ve long loved the fun collaborations Target has had with higher end brands from Shabby Chic to John Derian. I recall many years ago that their collab with Missoni caused a near stampede!   Studio McGee has brilliantly turned their design … Read more

Summer’s End Beach House Design

062023 Summers End beach house dollhouse straight on 1st floor

Yes – it’s a new dollhouse project! Summer’s End Beach House! I had so much fun with my Georgian dollhouse that I couldn’t wait to start the second project. After thinking about doing a Boston brownstone style townhouse I switched gears and decided it was the perfect time of year for a cute little beach … Read more

Travel Tuesday: The Redemptory New Orleans Short Term Rental

The Redemptory New Orleans NOLA Short Term Rental AirBNB exterior

Hello and welcome to another periodic Travel Tuesday! (Okay – very periodic – we sadly can’t travel every week!) I wanted to share The Redemptory New Orleans Short Term Rental –  a fabulous newly minted (in an 1885 shotgun style) bed & breakfast property hosted by my friend Deborah Peterson Milne and her husband Graham … Read more

19th Century Kitchen Gems

Robert Merrill 1846 Greek Revival Newburyport Kitchen Tour 2023 exterior 19th century kitchen

The 2023 Newburyport PTO Kitchen & Tasting was a couple of weeks ago and as always – a lot of fun! This is a self-guided exploration of historic and charming homes in Newburyport and surrounding community, featuring complimentary tastings from exceptional restaurants, chefs, brewmasters and bakers to provide a “taste” of all that Newburyport has … Read more

Project Reveal – Colorful Modern Coastal Home

Linda Merrill Design modern coastal colorful living room art

I’m thrilled to share the reveal of my Colorful Modern Coastal home project in The Pinehills in Plymouth, MA! My clients are active retirees new the area and wanted a fresh and clean style that is modern and colorful with a touch of glam. I think we achieved the objective!   I met with them … Read more