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Photo of lobster traps by GlennPeb/sxc.hu.

On Trend: Nautical Salvage

Posted by Linda Merrill | Mar 13, 2013

Trends come and go. That is their inherent nature. Currently a big trend that we all hope will stay is the recycling of materials. What was old is very much new again. Another hot trend...


Photo of room divider screens in a Japanese dwelling by Terraxplorer/istockphoto.com.

Brilliant Room Divider Ideas

Posted by Linda Merrill | Feb 27, 2013

Studio apartments can be cozy and easy on the budget, but there is no question that they pose a certain organizational challenge. There is a need for division of space and use, while...


We like this DIY lamp made from a tea pot, old index cards, and what looks like a crystal drawer pull. (Photo: nicolas boullosa/flickr)

DIY Upcycled Light Fixture Bases

Posted by Linda Merrill | Dec 21, 2012

One of the most decorative and yet utilitarian items for the home is the lighting, in particular decorative lighting such as table or floor lamps and hanging fixtures. While the standard...


This is the easy-sew pillow cover that I mentioned first.

Do It Yourself: No-Sew Pillow Covers

Posted by Linda Merrill | Nov 19, 2012

I’m a sucker for pretty decorative pillows on the bed and sofa and all my decorating projects usually include several that I’ve handmade specifically for that project. There...


A bright three seater sofa defines this colorful living room space. (Photo: istockphoto.com)

How to Select a Sofa

Posted by Linda Merrill | Nov 19, 2012

When decorating a living room or family room, the sofa is usually the largest single piece of furniture in the space and is considered the “anchor” of the room. Befitting...


A DIY crafter makes word art. (Photo: ...love Maegan/Flickr)

DIY Word Wall Art Ideas

Posted by Linda Merrill | Oct 24, 2012

One of the easiest and most economical ways to add personality and artwork to one’s home is to do it yourself. Art projects can be fun family projects or personal journey’s...


Stenciled jewelry organizer by DIY Design Fanatic.

Clever Uses: Buttons, Baubles and Beads

Posted by Linda Merrill | Oct 22, 2012

Most of us have a drawer, box or other spot where we throw slightly damaged, or even perfectly good, bits and bobs that we’re not quite sure what to do with. An old brooch that...


Pretty textiles are only the tip of the iceberg of costs for decorating a new house. (Photo: jade/morguefile.com)

Budgeting to Decorate a New House

Posted by Linda Merrill | Oct 16, 2012

Over the years, I've had many clients, or potential clients, who purchased a new house without planning for the cost of decorating it. This isn’t just about pretty fabrics either;...


This assortment of squash and gourds offers unlimited Halloween fun potential. (Manny Proebster/sxc.hu)

Alternative Vegetable Jack-o-Lanterns

Posted by Linda Merrill | Oct 03, 2012

The tradition of the “Jack-O-Lantern stems from England, Ireland and Scotland where ghostly flickering lights, a natural phenomenon known as “ignis fatuus” or “fool’s...


Painted pumpkin by FryKitty via Flickr

No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Posted by Linda Merrill | Sep 27, 2012

As autumn sets in, the nights are cooler and days are shorter, and pumpkins are waiting in the pumpkin patch. Our fall tradition...