Book Shelf: Spring 2019 Design Books

By Linda Merrill | July 9, 2019 | 7 Comments
Spring 2019 Design Book header

It’s time for the Spring 2019 Design Books releases (okay, past time!) and I wanted to share a few of my favorites. Preeminent American designer Jeff Bilhuber ‘s latest book Everyday Decorating, written with Jacqueline Terrebonne, published by Rizzoli 2019, breaks down decorating in the following categories: Comfortable, Happy, Colorful, Personal, Lighter & Brighter, Sexy, … Read more

Travel Tuesday – Old World Hospitality, Modern Luxury

By Linda Merrill | July 2, 2019 | 10 Comments

It’s kind of late in the day on Tuesday and it’s been a while since I’ve done a Travel Tuesday post, but wanted to share three places I’ve just learned about that exude both old world hospitality and modern luxury.  The Jane Hotel – New York City I was introduced to The Jane Hotel in … Read more

A Pretty in Pink Palm Beach Mansion

By Linda Merrill | June 28, 2019 | 6 Comments
Designer Susan Zises Green Photographer Francesco Lagnese Veranda Magazine Living room Palm Beach Pink mansion

Today, for purely selfish reasons, I am sharing this amazing pink Palm Beach mansion that was featured in Veranda magazine in February 2019. Why selfish? Because, I just adore pink and green as well as antique homes and my entire Nook Cottage is in this color palette. Also, it’s Friday and since I used to … Read more

Sexy Building In The City

By Linda Merrill | June 24, 2019 | 12 Comments

There’s a strong trend these days for folks – from millennials to empty nesters – to want to experience urban city living environments. There’s a lot of building in the city going on – especially here in Boston. Millennials are looking to avoid what they see as their parents heavy burdens of the big house … Read more

Meet the Artists: When Art Gets Personal

By Linda Merrill | June 12, 2019 | 14 Comments
Linda Merrill Design Pamela Copeman Art painting

One thing I’ve learned in my years as a member of the interior design industry is that my colleagues both near and far are not only talented, but they are so kind. The last 18 months has been a challenge as I dealt with my beloved dachshund RoyRoy’s back disease and eventually losing him in October … Read more

Modern Living in Antique Houses

By Linda Merrill | June 7, 2019 | 6 Comments
Linda Merrill Modern Living in Antique Houses Kitchen Decorating

In my last post, I wrote about the Salem Witch House and two replica houses, one of which is for sale. The Witch House dates to the mid-1600’s. The replica houses are both much newer, but they retained the look of the ancient beams and flooring, lower ceilings and brick fireplaces. With today’s decor being … Read more

The Salem Witch House – Replicas and Modern Living

By Linda Merrill | May 31, 2019 | 14 Comments
33 Tarragon Dr Sandwich MA Salem Witch House replica exterior front

Here in New England we have a lot of historic homes and one of the oldest and most historic – and infamous – is the Jonathan Corwin House in Salem, MA. This house is also known as the Salem Witch House. It’s infamous because the house is the only structure still standing in Salem with … Read more

The Paper Florist: Create and Display Stunning Paper Flowers by Suzi McLaughlin

By Linda Merrill | May 29, 2019 | 2 Comments
The Paper Florist paper flowers

A fresh crop of Spring release interior design books has arrived and with it came this charmingly photographed and inspirational how-to book of the works of paper flowers artist Suzi McLaughlin. THE PAPER FLORIST: Create and Display Stunning Paper Flowers (Kyle Books, April 2019) offers a step-by-step tutorial on how to make these amazing floral … Read more

Tips for using family heirlooms in a fresh way

By Linda Merrill | May 22, 2019 | 22 Comments
Tips to use Family Heirlooms

There’s been a lot of talk and articles over the last couple of years about how the kids today (I sound so old saying that!) don’t want their parents (or grandparents) family heirlooms, aka – old stuff. Collected treasures or trinkets, wedding china and silver, heirloom quality furniture – or even just mementos of childhood. … Read more

Property Swoon: A dreamy Duxbury Bay Home

By Linda Merrill | May 9, 2019 | 26 Comments
46 Winsor Street Duxbury Bay Ocean view aerial Duxbury Bay Home

My town of Duxbury, Massachusetts has its share of gorgeous antique and historic homes both big and small. But sometimes, a newer house is built which stands out in the crowd of gorgeous gems. This Duxbury Bay home designed and built by Hutker Architects in 2017 is truly a gem, not only for it’s amazing … Read more