Keeping up to date with Virtual e-Design Services

Did you know that I’ve been offering Virtual Design, aka e-decorating, services for more than a decade? We keep referring to this type of service as “new”, but in fact there are many tech-savvy designers who have been offering these services for quite a long time. Of course, technologies and modes of communication have come … Read more

Small Dining Room meets High Style

Jillian Harris Love it or List It gray pink Small dining room

I’m a big proponent of smaller homes with beautiful decor. Large homes can be beautiful of course, but they are expensive to furnish, heat/cool and maintain. I’m also a big fan and hold out for the formal dining room and I see no reason why a small dining room can’t be a spectacular space.  Call … Read more

How Interior Design Renderings Bring a Plan to Life

Linda Merrill interior design renderings sunroom family room room 1

I’ve written previously about my Artistic 3D Renderings and even put together a little video showcasing many of my interior design renderings. I wanted to showcase a design plan I worked on recently which goes from architects plan, to built-space, to floor plan and interior design renderings and how each step in the process builds … 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 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

Design Thoughts: The Psychology of White Rooms

Vicente Wolf designer at home Editor at Large White apartment

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about why white rooms seem so popular on social media feeds and Pinterest, but not as much in the “real world”.  Have you noticed this? White Rooms of Instagram Instagram feeds that feature predominantly white rooms seem to be unusually popular with thousands, if not tens of thousands, of … Read more

The Do’s and Don’ts of dining banquettes & settees

Duralee Mina settee dining banaquette and settee

When this issue of House Beautiful landed in my mailbox and I was struck with how pretty and minimalist the cover was. I also noted the dining settee behind the round table and just love the elegant shape which draws the eye up along the ceiling line of the room. I just love a good dining banquette … Read more

Artistic 3D Renderings by LMDS

Artistic 3d rendeings

I’m thrilled to share a new video showcasing my unique Artistic 3D Renderings which I provide to all my interior design clients so they can “see” their designs before they “commit”. In addition to the usual floorpans, I also offer 360 degree, 4-wall renderings so that my clients don’t have to worry about their spaces … Read more

10 Tips: Thinking of Hiring an Interior Designer? Let me give you some advice…

  So, you’re thinking of hiring an interior designer, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Maybe you’ve worked with a store-based designer and liked the process, but would like to branch out and not be limited to one store. Or possibly, you’ve just been made partner and you want to celebrate your hard … Read more

It’s a Furniture Petting Zoo!

Linda Merrill A carved antique french sofa with guilded wood, biedermeier chair

I’ve always been enamored of the use of themes in design. I was recently doing some research on 1st Dibs and kept coming across these fantastical furnishings that use animal motifs as integrated parts of the design (not just painted or engraved on a piece). Some are whimsical, some are more traditional, but all are … Read more

NEW! Shop ::Surroundings::

I’m very excited to share that after a year in development, I have launched my new webshop Shop ::Surroundings::! Part of the development time has been the launch of a new one-of-a-kind design initiative called Surroundings By Design. It’s no secret that the internet has changed all our lives and how we shop. It’s also … Read more