What Are Your Interior Decorating Problems?




Hi  There ! I’m working on some killer posts. [well, at least I hope so!] Sometimes, I’ll work on 2 or 3 posts at a time. Most often, I pick my subjects based on problems that my clients have presented to me or have cropped up in my practice. Other times, I like to provide information to help you with certain aspects of design. And then, I like to hi-light new trends or talk about stuff I’m working on.

One of the things that sometimes takes me a while is the research for these posts. I want to make sure that my advice is accurate and then collect images which express my point to make it all the more clear by example. Then, I have to hunt down the original source. I’m happy obliged to do that. Have to say that it makes my day when I come across a great image that is clearly attributed.

What I want to know right now is—

What are your interior decorating problems?

What do you want to know more about?

Please give me your questions in the comment box. I LOVE hearing from you, so don’t be shy.

In the meantime…

A little preview of coming attractiveness :]

My next post is going to be about this.


{Photography by Patrick Clein, Home of Matthew Kowles, Images from Lonny Magazine December 2012}

And this post will be full of not only inspiring images, but also a lot of practical advice on how to do these

eclectic gallery art walls

the right way.



PS: Don’t forget to ask me your questions in the comment box below. It is to help me know what you’re interested in reading about instead of me just guessing.


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  • Eileen Lonergan - September 17, 2014 - 7:49 PM

    Fantastic, let me have a look and measure and get back to you!ReplyCancel

  • Eileen Lonergan - September 17, 2014 - 7:41 PM

    Thank you so much for this amazing guidance! A rug you can hose down, you have no idea how up my alley this is! I LOVE, not kidding LOVE to power wash. I don’t like the feel of sea grass and better pass on the silk (you know it will be me who spills first). I will check out Dash & Albert right now and also consider wool (which I also love). Do you have an affiliate link?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - September 17, 2014 - 7:47 PM

      Thanks Eileen, You can buy Dash and Albert through me. same price you would pay if you were getting it yourself. :]ReplyCancel

  • Laurel Bern - September 17, 2014 - 7:15 PM

    Hi Eileen! That is a great topic for a post! A lot of this depends on budget. I do a LOT of indoor/outdoor rugs for young families. Dash and Albert has a fabulous selection. They are inexpensive and you can actually take them outside and hose them down.

    Next on the list is sea grass and jute— natural fiber rugs. These are also inexpensive, look great and will wear super well, however some people don’t like how they feel under foot.

    Sisal is for people who don’t mind having to replace the rug every few years. If you spill something on it— good luck. It’s great looking but not very forgiving that way.

    There are also broad looms which could be fabricated into an area rug. Nylon never wears out but shows traffic and can stain. Wool is the preferred choice as it’s self-cleaning,

    And finally, an oriental wool rug. These days, there is so much to choose from. The less expensive ones are machine made and the expensive ones are hand-knotted. Do NOT get one with silk. If the silk gets wet, the world will come to an end. It’s not a pretty sight. [rayon is okay, though].

    Properly cared for a hand-knotted rug can last for several lifetimes.

    HOWEVER, this is the deal which no one wants to hear and few actually follow this advice.

    Never, ever send it out to a commercial cleaner. That will destroy the rug because the dry cleaning solvents remove the natural lanolin which makes the rug self-cleaning! Once it’s gone, the fibers become dry and brittle and the self-cleaning properties go bye-bye. The rug will begin to disintegrate and become threadbare. xo, LaurelReplyCancel

  • Eileen Lnergan - September 17, 2014 - 6:00 AM

    I need a new rug for a high traffic family room. What do I need to know when buying a rug? I want it to last forever, stand up to the Golden Retriever and millions of teen agers in my life, look good and be a light color. Can anyony manufacture claim to be Sisal? Are they created equal? Thank you Laurel, you are the best.ReplyCancel

  • Leisa - September 16, 2014 - 10:50 PM

    How do you address a home where you walk right into the living room . There is no foyer. Particularly homes from the 1920’s that have many openings and doorways.

    Thanks! Love you blog:)ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - September 16, 2014 - 11:11 PM

      Hi Leisa,

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, that’s always a problem and it depends on how large the living room is and what’s to the other side of the doorway. [usually a wall, but not always]. Short of building out, sometimes, it’s best to just let it be what it is and make it as welcoming as possible. Other times, furniture could be used to make some separation.ReplyCancel

  • Terri Davis - September 16, 2014 - 9:32 PM

    lol, I did a double take at your header pic as it crossed my facebook feed. You are so funny! On a roll I see! Look forward to what follows!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - September 16, 2014 - 10:07 PM

      Thank you Terri! Thanks for stopping by. For those who might be wondering :] Terri doesn’t need any help because she’s a fabulous interior designer who’s a friend and colleague.ReplyCancel