Five Designer Collections You Should Know About

I think most interior designers have a wish to launch their own designer collections. Many big name designers have collections through traditional industry brands including fabrics, lighting, furniture and more. The key here is that in order to gain the backing of a major brand, one needs a big name and, these days, usually a … Read more

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

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

Suzanne Kasler Makes a French Connection at the Boston Design Center

Suzanne Kasler Hickory Chair furniture on Linda Merrill blog

Amazing interior designer Suzanne Kasler visited the Boston Design Center this week to talk about her new furniture collection with Hickory Chair called The Paris Apartment Collection.  Suzanne is one of my absolute favorite designers – her work is so layered, her color palettes rich yet subtle and her work is, simply put, pretty. Very, very … Read more

Book Review: HABITAT: The Field Guide to Decorating by Lauren Liess

  I’ve long been a fan of decorator and blogger Lauren Liess so was excited for her when she announced her first book was in the works. Titled HABITAT: The Field Guide to Decorating, the book was officially published by Abrams last week and it’s really fantastic. Five years ago we interviewed Lauren on The … Read more

Big Congrats to the New England Design Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees

Shown above: Christina Oliver, Susan Stacy, Dinyar Wadia, Rosemary Porto, Tref LaFleche, Douglas Dick Huge congrats to the 2014 inductees to the New England Design Hall of Fame. This award was created to honor the work of professionals who have made a significant imprint on residential design in New England. Their body of work represents … Read more

Howard Slatkin’s “Fifth Avenue Style” Where more is more and design lessons abound

One of my favorite books of late 2013 is “Fifth Avenue Style” by interior designer, and fabulous Instagram user, Howard Slatkin, published by The Vendome Press. The book, shot by Tria Giovan, focuses on Howard’s own New York apartment and is a feast for the eyes. First, let me say that this book was the … Read more

A few nuggets of wisdom from Charlotte Moss

It’ll come as no surprise when I report that Charlotte Moss attracted a large crowd at the Boston Design center yesterday. Everyone seemed very uplifted by her talk, which was centered around the theme of “Ageless Decoration”.  She showcased the work of many design luminaries such as David Hicks, Albert Hadley, Axel Vervoordt and more. … Read more

Maison et Objet – Video Profiles

There are lots of interesting videos and interviews on the Masion et Objet website. Click here to view video interviews with furniture designer Pierre Paulin and interior and product designer Kelly Hoppen. Mr. Paulin has designed some iconic modern furnishings, such as these, as seen on ArchiTonic.Kelly Hoppen was named Creator of the Year by … Read more

Meeting Thom Felicia

This was a fun weekend! I attended Thom Felicia’s talk on “Decorating from the Floor Up” sponsored by Karastan rugs. Billed as an interactive workshop, Thom went through the process of creating a design plan starting with the rug and how to bring in colors and textures for the floor, walls and furnishings that will … Read more

Plastic Fantastic by Jasper van Grootel

Dutch designer Jasper van Grootel offers this really unique take on traditional furniture forms. In the Plastic Fantastic furniture collection, each piece is unique and perfectly restored before being treated with a rubber coating. Designed to resist all kinds of weather conditions, these pieces can be used as indoor or garden furniture. Now this is … Read more

Top Design – Another Top Designer – Dorothy Draper

“Good showmanship is the answer. The colour of your front door announces your personality to the world.” “Too much of anything is the beginning of a mess.” – Dorothy Draper The lobby of the Carlyle, circa 1930. (Photo: Courtesy of the Collection of Dorothy Draper & Co. and the Carleton Varney Design Group) In Top … Read more

Charlotte and Bunny do Edith proud

Since I started this series of posts on The Mount, I’ve been so excited to share the photos of the Drawing Room and Dining Room, which were decorated in 2002 by Charlotte Moss and Bunny Williams, respectively. These are the only fully decorated rooms in the house currently and while it’s wonderful to be able … Read more