A Spectacular Modern Carriage House Conversion in Newburyport MA

By Linda Merrill | August 3, 2018 | 4 Comments
Newburyport modern carriage house conversion Andrew Sidford architect Linda Merrill photo exterior

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of a conversion house project. I’ve showcased several projects over the years and I’m so excited to share a new one that is currently on the market in my favorite city of Newburyport, MA. I saw this modern carriage house conversion project originally when it was … Read more

There’s Charm Galore in this English Stone Cottage

By Linda Merrill | July 27, 2018 | 1 Comment
Tudor stone bastle Northumberland England Photo by David Webb Bastle sign Stone cottage

In my last post on Accessories, I came across this adorably charming English country stone cottage on Country Living’s website. To die for. It also reminded me of Kate Winslet’s country cottage in The Holiday – almost as if one were the inspiration for the other. The house is owned by interior designer Julie Oswald and … Read more

Getting to the Finish Line with Accessories

By Linda Merrill | July 24, 2018 | 6 Comments
Linda Merrill quote on Accessories

“Accessories, art, plants and flowers bring “life” to any room. Always keep a little in the budget reserved for these finishing touches. Otherwise, even a space with the most beautiful furnishings will look like a showroom, not a living room.” ~ Linda Merrill Last week, interior designer Vivian Benjamin kindly posted my quote on the … Read more

Design Nuggets: Cosy Nooks and Snugs

By Linda Merrill | July 19, 2018 | 2 Comments

There’s something so enticing about cute little nooks and snugs for reading, eating and napping. These secret snugs can be tucked away around a corner or carved out of a niche or unused closet space (if there is such a thing). Bed alcoves have long been used as a way to keep inhabitants warm in … Read more

Perfect Color Matching by Color Muse

By Linda Merrill | July 16, 2018 | 13 Comments
Color muse

(This is an update to a previously published post) I was recently sent this cool color matching device called Color Muse to test and it’s fantastic! There have long been paint color detectors on the market – especially phone apps – but Color Muse is a bit different. Rather than rely on a phone camera … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Sharp Objects and deGournay

By Linda Merrill | July 12, 2018 | 4 Comments
Sharp Objects movie poster

Silver Screen Surroundings: Sharp Objects Sharp Objects is a new series currently airing on HBO. It’s getting rave reviews all around for the acting (Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson) and the production. I haven’t seen it yet (there’s been a lot going on which I’ll share at the end of this post) but plan to at … Read more

Happy 4th!

By Linda Merrill | July 3, 2018 | 1 Comment
White House black shutters bunting July 4th independence Day Duxbury MA

Happy 4th to my American friends and Happy Canada Day to all our friends in the north! I thought I’d share a little drive-by shooting tour of pretty local Massachusetts homes all dressed up for the holiday.   With my design besties Teresa Burnett and Kathie Chrisicos. I hope you’re someplace cool and refreshing!

Famous Faces on the Wall

By Linda Merrill | June 30, 2018 | 2 Comments
Safestay Holland Park | James Bardwell, photograph Famous Faces

I’ve always found portrait art to be a little problematic. Of course, so much of it is gorgeous. But, sometimes, doesn’t it feel like you’re being watched? Or is that just me? What about if the piece is some iconic person – do famous faces make a difference? Somehow more artistic and yet less personal? … Read more

Designing your home for your body type

By Linda Merrill | June 26, 2018 | 1 Comment
Lily Tomlin Edith Ann body type

We spend a lot of time thinking about pretty colors, fabrics, floor plans and budgets and all the other fun stuff that goes into designing or redecorating our homes. But, how often do we think about our body type? Huh? No, I am not talking about which colors will make us look slimmer or taller. … Read more

Property Swoon: A Vermont Farmhouse Fantasy

By Linda Merrill | June 23, 2018 | 2 Comments

Sometimes, a property just captures the essence of what’s popular (aka trendy) in design, but is also actually really good too, which doesn’t happen as often as one would think. This is the case with this gorgeous Vermont farmhouse fantasy home that was featured in both Design New England and Traditional Home magazines – in … Read more