How To Brighten Up Those Gray Walls

By Linda Merrill | March 10, 2020 | 10 Comments

One of my most popular blog posts ever was my comparison of Benjamin Moore’s Color Of the Year 2019 Metropolitan Gray vs. Metro Gray. As we all know, the color gray has been the popular “go-to” color for the last few of years. I listed it as my Color of the Month for January 2018. … Read more

Antique Furniture: Tara Shaw SOUL OF THE HOME Book Giveaway!

By Linda Merrill | March 2, 2020 | 33 Comments
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One of the most gorgeous books I’ve seen in a long time just landed on my desk and I’m so excited to share it with you! And better yet – I’m excited that one lucky reader will win a copy of this book – SOUL OF THE HOME: Designing with Antiques by Tara Shaw – … Read more

Outlander Season 5: Big House on the Ridge

By Linda Merrill | February 23, 2020 | 31 Comments
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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
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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
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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