Linda Merrill

Linda Merrill

Linda Merrill is an award-winning interior designer and decorator based on the South Shore of Massachusetts in the gorgeous coastal town of Duxbury. She is an expert in the fields of interior design, media communications & marketing. A lifelong passion for creating beautiful - and livable - spaces combined with a savvy business mind has brought her design work and writing to a national and even international audience. Her passion for creating beautiful spaces began early on when she was allowed to select the finish color of her first “big girl” bedroom set at the age of six. Linda received a Certificate in Decorative Arts from the prestigious Boston Architectural College in 2002 and opened her own firm shortly thereafter. In 2012, Linda was awarded the IFDA New England/Design New England Magazine Showcase award for Best Living Space for her Back Bay Penthouse project.
Linda offers both in-person traditional full-service design as well as custom virtual designs for those outside the area or who are looking for a great design that they can implement themselves.
A serene modern coastal bedroom in Truro Cape Cod Massachusetts design by Linda Merrill.
Linda’s blog, Surroundings (, has an international readership and is often listed on Best Blog and Design Influencer lists. It was most recently named one of the Top 19 Interior Designers in Boston by Expertize ( It offers her unique views on wide ranging aspects of the built environment from architecture, photographic tours, product reviews, design inspirations, special events and even movie set decor!
She was moderator of a popular podcast series called The Skirted Roundtable from 2009-2013 ( Her first book HOW TO START A HOME BASED INTERIOR DESIGN BUSINESS, published by Taylor Trade Publishing (, was released in May, 2015.
Linda has appeared on Martha Stewart’s Sirius Radio Channel; NECN’s “New England Dream House”; WHDH Television’s “Room for Improvement” and WBZ-TV’s “Sundays With Liz”. She has been featured in CAPE COD MAGAZINE, CAPE COD HOME, HOME REMODELERS magazine, THE BOSTON GLOBE Sunday Magazine, BostonVoyager ( THE WASHINGTON POST, NEW ENGLAND HOME MAGAZINE, SOUTH SHORE LIVING MAGAZINE and THE PATRIOT LEDGER.

Photo of lobster traps by GlennPeb/

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/

Brilliant Room Divider Ideas

Posted by Linda Merrill | Feb 27, 2013

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

Photo of DIY lamp by 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:

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...

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/

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/

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 ...

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 of decorating our homes with the autumnal colors...

Photo of waffles: TheCulinaryGeek/Flickr Creative Commons

6 Amazing Waffle Makers

Posted by Linda Merrill | Sep 14, 2012

The waffle has been around in some form since the 10th century and it’s origins are in the communion wafer irons that came into use at that time. It was another five hundred...