Property Swoon: Brick Federal Antique Cape Cod Home

By Linda Merrill | November 8, 2018 | 2 Comments
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I wanted to share this beautiful antique Cape Cod home – an 1815 brick Federal style house that’s on the market in Sandwich, MA. My parent’s lived in Sandwich for 30 years and I’ve been by this house a million times. I love it when I finally get to see inside and am happy with … Read more

Design Nuggets: Wallpaper on Ceilings and Angles

By Linda Merrill | November 1, 2018 | 4 Comments
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Many older homes, particularly in New England, are filled with charming nooks and interesting spaces. They’ve evolved over time with additions and other enhancements. But, these charming spaces can also pose design dilemmas – such as what the heck to do with low ceilings or those with odd angles. And what if we want to … Read more

Honoring Mario Buatta – A Legend, A Life and Livable Spaces

By Linda Merrill | October 23, 2018 | 11 Comments
Mario Buatta blue living room back to back sofas

If you’re a fan of interior decorating, and unless you live under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard of the passing of design legend Mario Buatta at 82. Joni, Megan and I had the distinct honor of interviewing Mario on our final Skirted Roundtable podcast back in 2013 on the release of his one and … Read more

Book Shelf: Fall 2018 Design Books from Castles to Cottages

By Linda Merrill | October 20, 2018 | 1 Comment
Fall 2018 Design Books

It’s time for the Fall 2018 Design Books and there are many books to choose from! Here are some of my favorites. (Note: The various publishers sent me press copies of these books for my review. All opinions are my own, I never post about a book I don’t care for. Also, this post contains … Read more

Ben Moore Color of the Year 2019 – Metropolitan Gray? Which Gray?

By Linda Merrill | October 16, 2018 | 24 Comments
Metropolitan v Metro Gray 2018 Color of the Year Ben Moore

  Color me bored. Benjamin Moore has announced their 2019 Color of the Year – which is gray. Metropolitan AF-690, to be specific. I’m on the record as being sort of anti-gray, here too. I’m not really anti-gray, but I’m so bored with it. It can be very beautiful, but not everywhere. There are signs … Read more

Staycation Week in Boston

By Linda Merrill | September 28, 2018 | 4 Comments
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I am just ending a lovely “staycation” week here in Boston. It was great! If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that I’ve been sticking close to home due to my dog’s recovery from IVDD surgery in July. So, once he was officially off bedrest, I knew I needed a break. Luckily, his … Read more

Six Upholstery terms you NEED to know

By Linda Merrill | September 25, 2018 | 4 Comments
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When it comes to straight up decorating, I think the most mis-understood aspect is the selection of upholstery. Why is this? Because there are three distinct parts of a piece of upholstered furniture and the least important part, the fabric, is the only one that is visible. We see a pretty chair (this above from … Read more

Property Swoon: Burklyn Hall Classic Magnificence in the Northeast Kingdom

By Linda Merrill | September 21, 2018 | 9 Comments
Burklyn Hall Exterior yellow neo classical house

I came across this amazing neoclassical home, called Burklyn Hall, built in 1908, and couldn’t wait to share it. It was built around the same time as The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in the Berkshires, and there are many similarities. This amazing property is for sale for what seems like a steal and it would … Read more

Mirror Mirror – The right way to use mirrors in your home

By Linda Merrill | September 18, 2018 | 6 Comments
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One of the things I love so much about mirrors is that they are not only beautiful in their many forms, they are also functional. As we all know, they have been used for centuries to lighten and brighten a space by reflecting natural light, candle light or even low-level electric lights. Plus, a mirrored … Read more

Weekend Warrior: Decoupage, my newly revived obsession

By Linda Merrill | September 15, 2018 | 9 Comments
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Have you ever picked up a hobby only to put it down and forget all about it shortly after? Over ten years ago, I had a little dalliance with decoupage after I visited John Derian’s  booth at the New York Gift Show and I thought, I can do that. But I never really did. I … Read more