Silver Screen Surroundings: Ordeal By Innocence

By Linda Merrill | September 10, 2018 | 3 Comments
Ardgowan Estate aerial

I watched the new BBC production of Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence last week, which is available on Amazon Prime Video. Set in the 1950’s, the story centers around a wealthy family, the Argyll’s. Matriarch Rachel Argyll is some kind of philanthropist who can’t have children, so adopts five children, plus one super hard-working housekeeper … Read more

Small Dining Room meets High Style

By Linda Merrill | September 7, 2018 | 8 Comments
Jillian Harris Love it or List It gray pink Small dining room

I’m a big proponent of smaller homes with beautiful decor. Large homes can be beautiful of course, but they are expensive to furnish, heat/cool and maintain. I’m also a big fan and hold out for the formal dining room and I see no reason why a small dining room can’t be a spectacular space.  Call … Read more

5 Design Mistakes Home Buyers Make

By Linda Merrill | September 3, 2018 | 11 Comments
kitchen great room Mistakes home buyers make

  I’ve been in business since 2002 and as you might imagine, I’ve spoken with many new homeowners who are looking to have their new space decorated. I’ve had a front row seat to many of the mistakes home buyers make when they don’t consider their interiors when selecting their new home. Now, this presumes … Read more

Design Nuggets: Not Your Average Built-Ins

By Linda Merrill | August 29, 2018 | 6 Comments
34 Marathon Street victorian built-ins

You know, they just don’t build things the way they used to. Especially in the “average” housing market. Take for instance, this house. Built in 1914 in Arlington, MA, it was purchased by my great-grandparents in the early 1920’s. This house was built as a two-family for the average middle-class homeowner in the early 20th … Read more

Rustic Kitchen Design – How much is too much?

By Linda Merrill | August 24, 2018 | 12 Comments
This Or that rustic or modern kitchen

Hello and happy Friday! The summer is speeding by – which I’ve missed entirely because I’ve been at home most of the time keeping an eye on my post-surgery dachshund RoyRoy. Hopefully, by the end of the month, he’ll be mostly recovered and I’ll have more freedom. Anyway, let’s talk about the rustic kitchen trend … Read more

Back To School: Dorm Chic

By Linda Merrill | August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Lindy Goodson Ole Miss dorm chic

So, it’s back to school time and the other day I was reminiscing with some friends about college dorm rooms and roommates. Let’s just say – dorm chic was not in most vocabularies when I went to college in the coughcough80’scoughcough. This is me in my freshman dorm, probably the first week of school. My … Read more

Interior Design & Architecture Resources at your fingertips

By Linda Merrill | August 17, 2018 | 11 Comments
Upholstery Fabric yardage chart interior design resource

Did you know that I have an Interior Design Resource board on Pinterest? In addition to these posts on how high and wide to hang window treatments, I collect other great tips sheets in one place for easy reference. I wanted to be sure you had access to these as well! Here’s a sample of … Read more

How Interior Design Renderings Bring a Plan to Life

By Linda Merrill | August 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
Linda Merrill interior design renderings sunroom family room room 1

I’ve written previously about my Artistic 3D Renderings and even put together a little video showcasing many of my interior design renderings. I wanted to showcase a design plan I worked on recently which goes from architects plan, to built-space, to floor plan and interior design renderings and how each step in the process builds … Read more

Friday Find: The London Basin Company

By Linda Merrill | August 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
London Basin Company Henrietta vessel sink nautical fish blue white red bathroom design Linda Merrill

    I love when I find a resource that offers a unique and beautiful product. The London Basin Company is just such a resource. These are really beautiful bathroom wash basins for any style interior. From their website: The London Basin Company was founded by mother – daughter, Anna & Nathalie. We share a … Read more

Design Nuggets: Buffalo Check Mini-Trend

By Linda Merrill | August 5, 2018 | 5 Comments
Miles Redd for Ballard Designs Pink Buffalo check living room 2

For quite a while now I’ve been noticing a resurgence of the use of buffalo check in fabrics and upholstery. Sort of a mini-trend, if you will. Like toile, buffalo check, or ginghams in general, are stapes of design. From high-end to country, they kind of work anywhere. The undisputed master (mistress?) of the buffalo … Read more