Silver Screen Surroundings: A Visual History of Sitcom Sofas

By Linda Merrill | March 7, 2019 | 18 Comments

HomeAdvisor recently put together this compendium of Sitcom Sofas (and chairs) that I thought would be fun to share, as part of my long-standing Silver Screen Surroundings movie and television set design series. If you click here you can see a bigger version of this. I’ll admit that I haven’t seen many of these shows, … Read more

Can Formal Decor Still be Family Friendly? Yes!

By Linda Merrill | March 4, 2019 | 7 Comments
Thibaut Fabrics Reverie-Quinlan Crypton Fabric Formal Family Friendly

First, I cannot believe I haven’t posted in a month! I’ve been busy, but that’s no excuse! Sorry! Anyway, the question on deck is this: can formal decorating still be family friendly? It’s a comment/lament I hear from families so often – that they can’t have anything nice because their kids (or pets) will destroy … Read more

The Designer Explainer: What the heck is “Designer’s Net Price” Anyway?

By Linda Merrill | January 28, 2019 | 26 Comments

Recently, I was reading through some comment boards on Houzz and came across a discussion about Designer’s Net Price. There seemed to be a general lack of understanding about how designers are charged for merchandise. This isn’t new, designers and decorators are often asked about “our price” and whether we pass it along to our … Read more

Outlander’s River Run: What Would George Washington Do?

By Linda Merrill | January 10, 2019 | 4 Comments
Mt. Vernon West Parlor

Okay, so in my previous post on Outlander Season 4, I said that I wasn’t sure about the accuracy of the set design. Accuracy, or lack thereof, is probably a strong word – we are talking about a story that involves time travel. I did, however, think it would be interesting to compare the production’s … Read more

Outlander Season 4: River Run’s Dark Design

By Linda Merrill | January 8, 2019 | 10 Comments
Outlander River Run exterior river evening party

So, Season 4 of Outlander on Starz debuted back in November and this is my first post for the season. This season is based on Diana Gabaldon’s fourth Outlander book Drums of Autumn which sees our heroes, Scottish Highlander Jamie Fraser and his twentieth century time-traveling wife Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser, settling in Colonial America … Read more

Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2018 – High Street Edition

By Linda Merrill | December 28, 2018 | 16 Comments
212 High Street Exterior Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

I hope you’re having a great week! So, I didn’t exactly get all these holiday house tour pics posted before Christmas, but it’s still the holiday season, so it still counts! Plus, these houses are all so beautiful on their own, regardless of whether they are decked out for Christmas or not. High Street in … Read more

Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2018 – Pt. 1

By Linda Merrill | December 18, 2018 | 2 Comments
19 Federal Street Living Room Christmas Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2018

Happy (almost) Christmas! Sorry to take so long getting these Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2018 tour pics up. I ended up taking so many photos it’s taken forever to edit them down into a manageable tour. As I’ve often said, Newburyport, Massachusetts is my absolute favorite city.  One of the things I love about the … Read more

Newburyport Christmas Holiday House Touring

By Linda Merrill | December 5, 2018 | 6 Comments
Newburyport Christmas pendant light ornaments hanging decor

I’ve been a bit disorganized these last few weeks as we transition from fall to the holiday season- so I’m sorry there have been no blog posts! That said, I am very excited because on Saturday, December 8th, I’ll be heading up to my favorite town of Newburyport in Massachusetts for the annual Holiday House … Read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Linda Merrill | November 21, 2018 | 7 Comments

“Perhaps the World Ends Here” by Joy Harjo. I came across this poem it really felt right to me this Thanksgiving. Time growing up at the kitchen table with my family is some of the most precious time of my life. Holidays were spent gathered round, enjoying a meal and the comfort of loved ones. … Read more

Tiny Tables are BIG on Function and Style

By Linda Merrill | November 12, 2018 | 12 Comments
Design Linda Merrill photo Michael J Lee coastal living room tiny tables side tables

One of my favorite design tricks is the use of a small side table. I love a tiny table! Now, admittedly some tables aren’t really that “tiny”, but they are notable because they can be easily moved around. I credit this beautiful room above, designed by Vicente Wolf, for kicking off my love of a … Read more