The Romance of Outdoor Dining

Linda Merrill design by AI a_beautiful_outdoor_dining_table

It’s early April here in New England – that time when winter coats are still needed despite our desire for spring – and galoshes – because it will not stop raining! There was even snow this week! Okay, in truth once it gets warm I’ll immediately go into “it’s a little bit hot” mode. New … 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

Painting Backs of Bookcases

Linda Merrill Duxbury Garden Home coastal Living room

Painting the backs of bookcases can bring a fresh and captivating look to your living space. Whether you’re aiming to create a bold contrast, a subtle backdrop or an artistic masterpiece, this often overlooked canvas offers a world of creative possibilities. Here are some of the ways I’ve done it: This is a terrible before … Read more

2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

19 Federal Street Living Room Christmas Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2018

Happy (almost) Christmas! Sorry to take so long getting these 2018 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 … Read more