Linda Newall, owner of Marblehead-based Surroundings, is the go-to guru for tasteful textiles.
Newall is hardly tied to her shop. She has multiple residential design projects in the works. Holding in-house consultations; making selections; scheduling an upholsterer, a wallpaper hanger, painting contractors, and architects; and managing projects keep her busy. “We are constantly on the go, which is better than looking at the walls,” she jokes. Newly constructed home interiors make up the bulk of her design business, though she has a solid clientele in Boston, which has her working in historic brownstones, too.
The majority of Newall’s merchandise is made in the United States. “It’s a quality issue for us,” she says. “North Carolina is the furniture capital of the United States…so why go anywhere else?” Though piecesare at risk of being damaged during shipping, especially from overseas, Newall makes one exception and buys from Indonesia-based Sumerset Bay. “The quality is superb…and it is a good look for this area—a little nautical.”
Employing quality lines are, of course, a priority. But, Newall points out, “For us, the client relationship is of the greatest importance. In this business, it’s all about trust.” surroundingsinteriordesign.com