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Author Archives: Laurel Bern
Classic and Affordable Lamp and End Table Pairings
Hi Everyone, Before we get into the beautiful collection of (mostly) affordable table and lamp and end tableView full post »
Yellow Walls – Why Do You Hate Them So Much?
Hi Everyone, Thank you so much for your kind notes and comments. My back is still sometimes sore, especiallyView full post »
I Got Hit By A Car Today, While Walking On A Sidewalk!
Yes, that’s right; at about 12:30 this afternoon. I had a doctor’s appointment this morning for aView full post »
36 Cheap Sofas and Chairs That Look High-End!
Dear Laurel, Is it me, or am I just imagining that the furniture cost has gone through the roof? And, are thereView full post »
How to Find Anything on the Internet + Blog Theft!
Hi Everyone, First of all, before we delve into today’s topic of how to find anything on the Internet, IView full post »
Ultimate Master Bedroom Suite – Flex Space Galore!
Hi Everyone, Oh dear, I have zero discipline. This was not supposed to be yet another post about my bedroom. However, IView full post »
Little Known Secrets On The Design Process
Guys. Dahlings. Kind Readers. Before we dive into the little-known secrets of the design process, I haveView full post »
A Change of Kitchen Renovation Plans – Months Later!
Hi Everyone, before we get into a change of renovation plans. Yuck, but I’ve been sick the last couple ofView full post »
Light Blue Wall Colors-Don’t Make This Mistake!
Betty Bluper thought she had chosen a fantastic pale blue wall color. Please read what she had to say. DearView full post »
How To Mix Patterns – Designers’ Secret Formula
Dear Laurel, I’m so confused about how to mix patterns in a room. For instance: Can you mix stripes? And,View full post »
A Refined Soothing Color Palette Inspired By Nature
Hi Everyone, Before we get into today’s topic, “A refined, soothing color palette,” pleaseView full post »
I Can’t Stand My Ugly Stone Fireplace – What Can I Do?
Dear Laurel, I loved your post about the ugly brick fireplace. Well, I have an ugly stoneView full post »
Coffee Table Styling Using What You Already Have
Hi Everyone, Before I get into today’s topic about coffee table styling using what you already have, justView full post »
Timeless Furniture Pieces, Plus Tips For Getting The Best Deal!
And Happy Fourth of July weekend! I hope you’re having a good holiday. This year, I’m hanging outView full post »
Our Home’s Difficult Floor Plan Is Giving Me Fits!
Dear Laurel, I don’t know what we were thinking, but our home has the most difficult floor plan, andView full post »
9 Gorgeous Benjamin Moore Cool Gray Paint Colors
Dear Laurel, I know I’ve read somewhere that the gray paint trend is dead. And, thank God, I thought. But,View full post »
The Open Concept Bathroom – Holy Crap Is Right!
Hi everyone, what a gorgeous day, again in Boston. I just got back from an event at the Otis House for aView full post »
Tour of Historic Deerfield, MA Prepare to be Blown Away!
Hey Everyone! Happy Father’s Day and also Juneteenth Day, if you celebrate this federal holiday. Today,View full post »
30 Inspiring Butler’s and Kitchen Pantries, Old and New
Hi Everyone, this is part II about butlers and kitchen pantries. If you missed part I, which focused on theView full post »
The Butler’s Pantry Like You’ve Never Seen It!
Hi Everyone, Ahhh… this was supposed to be one post. However, I got so into the first part that the secondView full post »
Darryl Carter Did The Most Dreadful Room I’ve Ever Seen!
To be clear, it was not I who said that, nor would I ever. In fact, just the opposite. I’mView full post »
Eight Years Later – Is HGTV Still Misleading Us?
Hi Everyone, Many of you may recall a post I wrote eight years ago titled 12 Ways HGTV is Misleading Us. PleaseView full post »
Are Green and White Rooms Trendy or Passé?
I hope y’all had a good Memorial Day weekend. Mine was pretty quiet, but that’s not a bad thing.View full post »
I’m Afraid Our New Rustic Home Will Be Depressing!
Dear Laurel, I hope you can help me via a blog post, as I bet others also have this issue. But, here’s myView full post »
Classical Interior Architecture – The Most Important Element
A while back, after this post came out about blue paint colors, Val wrote this comment concerning interiorView full post »
My Interior Design School Portfolio from 1988-1991
You may have gotten here from this post about interior architecture if you’re on this page. However, ifView full post »
The Beacon Hill Hidden Garden Tour 2022
Hi Everyone, I hope everyone is doing well, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the last post about the beautifulView full post »
A Gorgeous Kitchen Remodel Done Right!
Below is a real Dear Laurel letter from a kind reader regarding her recent kitchen remodel. Dear Laurel,View full post »
He Wants To Keep His Big Black Sofa, But I Hate It
Oh, Laurel, Well, I’m on my second marriage, and we’ve just hit a decorating snag. And canView full post »
Chicago As You’ve Never Seen It Before!
Hi Everyone, Thank you again for all of your kind wishes! It worked. I’ve been testing negative sinceView full post »
30 Astonishingly Beautiful and Best Front Door Colors
Happy Mother’s Day! My mommy and me the summer of 1958, Evansville, Indiana. This is a specialView full post »
Evansville Indiana – The Little Known Truth About It
Hi Everyone, For those of you who didn’t see my email, yes, I have Covid. I’m just finishing up DayView full post »
15 Hideous Fabric Mistakes (I Made Most of Them)
Although I no longer take interior design clients, I did for 24 years, counting the years working for others.View full post »
French Door/Transom Design + Stair Railing Part II
Hey Everyone, Hope you’re all doing well. I’m on a plane flying to Nashville! I’m going toView full post »
New Staircase Railing Design – Ugh, It’s Not Working!
Last Sunday, we looked at staircase decor, design, and mistakes. Today, I will share more relatedView full post »
Staircase Decor, 3 Common Mistakes + what to do instead
Hi Everyone, Happy Easter and Passover! A while back, I received a real Dear Laurel note asking aboutView full post »