Reclaiming Family Heirlooms: History vs Modernity in 2023

Linda Merrill Duxbury Garden Home coastal Angled living room fireplace

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

Classic New England Christmas Decor – Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2023

Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2023 Low Country Farmhouse Ext board and batten Classic New England Christmas

Following on my tour of the Warm Neutral Farmhouses on the Newburyport Holiday House Tour is this immaculate Low Country Farmhouse that is filled to the brim with classic New England Christmas charm. I’d gotten a bit of a headsup that the house was spectacularly decorated for the season and it was true! There were … Read more

Warm Neutral Farmhouses – Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2023

Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2023 Farmhouse christmas exterior full house

My favorite annual event was last weekend – the sold out Newburyport Holiday House Tour. Due to timing, I only made it to three houses – a group of recently built warm neutral farmhouses. The tour benefits the Anna Jacques Hospital Aid Association. With close to 200 members, the “Aid” is comprised of energetic, dedicated individuals … Read more

Hot Trend Alert: Glass Bending for the Home

Charles Flickinger 214683028376 dishes glass bending

In the ever-evolving realm of interior design and architecture, a captivating trend has emerged – the art of glass bending. Also known as glass curving or slumping, this technique involves manipulating glass into unique, curved shapes that defy the conventional flatness associated with glass surfaces. Fusing together artistic vision and technological innovation, glass bending has … Read more

Holiday Gifts & Regifting for 2023


Hello and Happy December! We are officially into the holiday season. With lots of upcoming social events on the calendar from now through the New Year, holiday hostess gifts are important to stock up on. Do you like to personalize the gift to reflect the interests of your hosts? Or perhaps reflect something you yourself … Read more

There’s Charm Galore in this English Stone Cottage

Tudor stone bastle Northumberland England Photo by David Webb Bastle sign Stone cottage

In my 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 her … Read more

Something’s Gotta Give House Decor

It’s officially the 20th Anniversary year of the amazing Nancy Meyers movie “Something’s Gotta Give“! The influence of Nancy Meyers movie interior design cannot be overstated. In 2024 we have now entered the era of #NancyMeyers-core and #romcomcore Way back in 2007  I was inspired to start posting about movie set decorating by the then … Read more

Quince Home – Affordable Luxury

Linda Merrill quince sheets linen sheets green bedroom angled

A few weeks ago the nice folks at Quince home reached out to me to introduce their products – specifically for the home (obviously) but they also have clothing for all ages and sizes (which I love), holiday gifts and more. (Please note: this post includes affiliate links which means that a small commission is paid … Read more