Holiday Greetings 2020 – From Boston!

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Hi Everyone,

I’m here, in Boston!

In my new apartment in the Back Bay section. I’ve been here exactly 48 hours (It’s 5:20 on 12.23)

 

This isn’t going to be a long post, but I just wanted to wish everyone holiday greetings, Merry Christmas, and give a quick update.

 

I bet there was a time when some of you thought, “Oh, she’s never going to move. It’s all just talk.”

Or, perhaps that was only me thinking that.

Frankly, it’s been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Although, so many of you have given me the best words of encouragement and support, and it has been immensely helpful, more than you know.

 

moving day - Bronxville, NY 12.21.2020 - Holiday Grettings 2020

 

So, Monday, the movers arrived at 10:00 AM. And, yes, those are some treats for them to snack on.

But, here’s what I discovered. It’s that the “last 1%” took 30% of the packing time. Haha, Why is that? I think it’s because it wasn’t really only 1%. It’s probably more like 10%. And, probably the 10% that’s the most difficult to pack. It included all of the lamps except for one, already packed. Then there were the contents of my fridge and non-perishables, about a day’s worth of dishes, the stuff under the bathroom sink, etc.

 

However, these guys moved like lightning and had me out of there by 12:30.

 

Oh, and they said that they could make the entire move in one day. Formerly, they were only picking my things up and delivering them on Tuesday. I figured that it would be just better to rip the band-aid off in one fairly swift action.

I arrived at my new building for about an hour before the guys, but it was already dark. Then, I met one of my upstairs neighbors who couldn’t have been nicer. He brought me some drinks and snacks and showed me some things with the locks, etc.

 

Shleppers Moving & Storage moving me to Boston 12.21.2020

Then, the guys arrived. Somehow, I was misinformed and didn’t know the guys were supposed to have a parking permit.

However, the foreman of the group, Paco, was as chill as chill could be.

 

His mantra was “no problem.”

 

Even double parking in front of a huge pile of snirt was met with a “No worries; we got this.” That’s exactly what we need to hear. Right? They couldn’t have been more professional or obliging. Plus, they worked quickly; however, they treated my things with great care.

Who did I use?

Shleppers. Shleppers Moving and Storage.

Don’t you love the name! They made this experience as painless as possible. (please note that my endorsement is in no way compensated.)

 

However, make no mistake. By the time I fell into bed at a half-way normal time, every cell in my body was crying out in pain. Oh, how badly I wanted a couple of Advil. But, of course, I had no idea where it was packed.

 

Lessons learned.

 

Of course, essential medications went in my purse, but I should’ve had some boxes labeled – ESSENTIAL ITEMS.

Things like:

  • Advil. Moving is difficult. Physically and emotionally, sometimes.
  • coffee
  • filters for the coffee
  • a coffee maker is also helpful. :]
  • microwave (if you’re bringing one)
  • a pot with a lid (in case you can’t find your microwave)
  • perishables.
  • linens/towels
  • cell phone and laptop chargers!!!

Of course, essential documents, make-up, and half of my wardrobe, lol, went in my magic Tumi suitcase.

  • Soap is a good one.
  • And, for me, lamps.

 

LAMPS, LAUREL???

 

Yes, yes, yes, a thousand yeses on lamps.

Why?

Because after architecture, lighting, IMO, is the most important element in decorating.

 

I’m seriously not joking.

 

It was only when I started to get the lighting looking much warmer, without glare and harshness, did I begin to feel like this was home.

The second way was when vacuuming. This floor is not dissimilar to my Bronxville hardwood floor. And, as I was going under the green settee, it felt familiar. I’m so happy I have no one living underneath me but me. Lol, I love vacuuming late, late, late. But, I really want to get a Roomba or at least one of the robot vacuums.

 

However, before the lighting got sorted and the place vacuumed, on Tuesday, when I woke up. I felt like a squatter in someone else’s home.

 

Yet, 30 hours after arriving,

 

began to feel like someone had invited me to a party in a chic, swanky hotel on Park Avenue– a hotel I would never be able to afford but was so happy to be visiting. Of course, it’s the same furniture that was in my Bronxville apartment. It is a testament to the power of exquisite architecture.

 

Can we see already, Laurel?

 

22 hours after moving
22 hours after moving, I was taking a rest and felt happy.

 

Fireplace Victorian brownstone

This was taken today (the 23rd), late morning. At this time of year, because I’m only on the first floor, the sun is mostly behind the buildings. However, every day, I’ll get more and more of that beautiful south-facing sunshine.

I have to admit that the fireplace is growing on me a little. Ultimately, I would love something in keeping with the style but more neo-classical. You can see some of my ideas fireplace mantel ideas here.

 

But, doesn’t my fake Melchior D’Hondecoeter look terrific there?

 

And, if that isn’t enough, these fireplace mantels should keep you busy for a while. :]

 

Laurel, did you remember to bring Joe?

 

Oh, I know. You’re reminding me of the time I accidentally left Joe in a small parking lot in Northampton, MA! Of course, I brought joe! Well, actually, the guys scooped Joe up and put him in a box. So, he got to ride in the truck. I’m sure he enjoyed that a lot.

 

Hang on, here he is, in front of the BIG Den window on the Noir Furniture table! (sorry, discontinued)

 

Joe is blown away - holiday greetings 2020Clearly, Joe is blown away by his BIG south-facing window. Haha But, really. He is soooo happy to be here, in Boston, and he loves his new spot.  You know, I just realized that everything in this photo has been discontinued. Maybe Sarreid will bring back the Lady Zetland chair.

 

holiday greetings 2020 - my den - new ceramic lamp - happy JoeAbove and below, two more pics of the den/second bedroom. It’s only because I couldn’t decide which image to use.

 

Happy Joe Holiday Greetings 2020 - Big window

 

As you can see, my new lamps arrived! (you can see similar lamps if you click on this link) Yes, super-fast, and I adore them! I can’t wait to get some shades so they can be used. They may actually go on the mantel. I also want to get a pair of large Staffordshire dogs like you can see on the HOT SALES vintage page.

 

Joe supervising Verizon guy installing internet - cable - 12.23

Here’s Joe supervising the Verizon guy as he installed my brand new fiber optic cable and internet today.  Yes, he is drilling a tiny hole through the brick, which took about ten minutes!

 

Verizon - fiber optic internet, cable

The wire is barely visible. But, so far, the connection is lightning fast. There won’t be any interference from neighbors watching Netflix. haha

 

Anything else?

 

How is the killer spiral staircase, Laurel?

Okay. I’ve been up and down the spiral staircase at least two dozen times now. I’ve even carried some things up and down. I take them slowly, making sure my foot is planted on the step before taking another one.

Do I still want to get rid of it and have something else put in?

Yes, definitely. But, for right now, it’s not a big deal.

Well, this is not supposed to be a long post, so it’s time to end.

I am taking a break this Friday from HOT SALES because it is Christmas. They will be up-to-date, however, if you’re interested in browsing.

 

***In the meantime, a reminder that my rockin’ special offer of getting a free 150 Best Home Furnishings Sources on Etsy AND a FREE 333 Rules and Tips You Need to Know Guide only has one more week. If you purchase any of the other guides. Below is a snippet about each one as well as a link that will give you more information, if needed.***

 

(Clicking on the links will send you to the pages to learn more about each guide)

 

Laurel’s Rolodex – A unique shopping guide that shares hundreds of my favorite sources and especially for decorators and designers tells you the best sources that sell directly to the design trade.

 

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The Essential Paint Color and Palette Collection (two volumes)

This is a must-have guide for anyone struggling with paint colors. If you don’t believe me, there are dozens of testimonials on the Palette Collection page.

 

Six-Figure Income Blogger. (This should be required reading for everyone who has a website and wishes to get the most out of it for their business) You do not need to be a heavy-duty blogger. But, once or twice a month consistently will do wonders for your business. But, it would be best if you learned some other things, as well. Believe me, when I say in the early years, I made every mistake and then some.

 

333 decorating rules and tips you need to know

333 Decorating Rules & Tips You Need to Know – You’ll get a free Etsy guide with this guide, as well. There is so much information, and much I’ve never seen anywhere else. The window treatment glossary alone is several pages.

 

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Or, order the Etsy guide on its own. It’s 150 seriously cool vendors.

Etsy is known for exceedingly helpful, personable vendors and great pricing.

 

Please note: Some prices will be going up on January 1st, and all free offers will end on December 30, 2020.

 

Also, these guides make great last-minute Christmas presents. Gifting is available when you begin the order process. Just click on the gift icon. Since they are digital your recipient can receive their gift within minutes.

Oh wait. Another great option would be the Done and Done Organizing Course. That’s also instant download.

 

And, closing with one more night-time photo of my Boston living room. This is what I mean by a well-lit night-time room.

 

holiday greetings 2020 - living room - beautiful lighting - Back Bay, Boston

Nice end table, huh? hahahaha

But… my tole lamps!!!

I felt wistful leaving my Bronxville home. I will always think of it with much fondness, but I’m so in love with my new home, already. Today, I met the neighbors who’ve been here the longest. They couldn’t have given me a warmer or more enthusiastic greeting.

Plus, I’m really enjoying my new hi-def TV with surround sound the seller left for me. Life is good.

 

Here’s wishing all of you a healthy and happy Christmas!

 

xo,


PS: For those interested, please check out the newly updated HOT SALES and HOLIDAY SHOP. There are some fantastic end of the year sales going on right now.

PPS: It is Christmas Day now and wow! We had a mother of a RAIN storm last night/this morning. And guess what? The snow is all gone now! Merry Christmas!!!

 

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  • […] guess you know by now that I have moved to Back Bay Boston. But, what you may not know is how Back Bay got its […]ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gardner - January 26, 2021 - 10:27 AM

    I’m so in love with your curtains! How can I duplicate them? What’s the proper name for a google search?ReplyCancel

  • Becca - December 31, 2020 - 11:55 AM

    Hi Laurel

    Imam from Toronto and have recently been enjoying your website and blog posts. You have a warmth that comes through your posts. Wishing you the very best in your stunning new home.
    It is gorgeous. Welcome to Snowland ( dunno where you moved from)

    Merry Christmas and Happy 2021!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 3, 2021 - 12:48 AM

      I’ve lived with snow my entire life (Indiana, Wisconsin, New York) with the exception of 3 winters in my teens and early 20s.ReplyCancel

  • Aleksandra - December 28, 2020 - 10:10 PM

    And PS – If you’re looking for a hairdresser, I have just the guy for you! And he’s just up the street in Beacon Hill:-)ReplyCancel

  • Aleksandra - December 28, 2020 - 8:56 PM

    Yay!!!! Welcome to the first days of the rest of your life. As one who was born and raised just over the bridge in Cambridge, I can tell you you’ll be very happy here:-) You live on, in my opinion, one of the absolute most picturesque avenues in the entire city! And your place is stunning and will be, no doubt, even more gorgeous when you’re done with it. But if you find yourself second-guessing your decision to move, remember, “if you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.”
    PS – Stay away from yummy Flour Bakery….It’ll be hard habit to break:-))ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve - December 28, 2020 - 1:23 PM

    Laurel,

    Happy holidays to you too! I’m so happy you’re finally moved in and settling in!

    Love what you did with the fireplace (aka the awkward proportioned mantel 🙂 The lamps and artwork really balance it out and it looks more proportioned. Still not sure about the integrated mirror though… I wonder what it would look like without it 🙂

    Many blessings to you, xoReplyCancel

  • Donna Oliphint - December 28, 2020 - 12:39 PM

    YAY! So glad you’re getting settled into your beautiful new home. If you have a Sam’s Club anywhere near, they had the basic i Robot Roomba for $150 before Christmas and a newer version for around $200.ReplyCancel

  • Susan DiFabbio - December 27, 2020 - 2:03 PM

    Congratulations on your new home ! Wishing you much happiness in your new abode!
    Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Eden - December 27, 2020 - 11:01 AM

    Congratulations on your new home. It’s gorgeous, of course. You have exquisite taste. Wishing all that’s goodReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth Hamilton - December 26, 2020 - 6:19 PM

    Welcome to New England! Wishing you so much happiness in your new home. Looking forward to watching your vision unfold! I know it’s going to be just fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • LeeAnn - December 26, 2020 - 4:22 PM

    I recently discovered your blog and have been loving reading all the entries and pondering your advice in my own home’s context. Apparently I’m even more influenced than I knew–last night I dreamed I met you, and I was proud of myself for resisting the urge to ask you for your thoughts about my living room!ReplyCancel

  • Damon Morris - December 26, 2020 - 12:32 PM

    So happy for you, Laurel, and wishing you a happy and healthy life in your beautiful new home!!!

    DamonReplyCancel

  • Michelle - December 26, 2020 - 10:01 AM

    Welcome home Laurel!
    Many blessings on your new life in Boston!
    MichelleReplyCancel

  • Lorri - December 25, 2020 - 8:13 PM

    Happy Holidays, Laurel. Your stuff really shines with the grand architecture!

    We had the best of all worlds this Christmas – an unexpected snowfall on Christmas Eve that will be gone in a day or two. We got a white Christmas without enduring endless inconvenience. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Emhof - December 25, 2020 - 12:21 PM

    Absolutely STUNNING! Those ceilings! Those windows! That fireplace! I can see why you fell in love. Enjoy, and many blessings and beautiful memories in your gorgeous new home. ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Susan Hijazi - December 25, 2020 - 9:27 AM

    Merry Christmas Laurel,
    So glad you’re in your new home.
    Looking good so far
    Can’t wait for future updates.
    Happier New Year and
    God Bless us Everyone
    ps Joe needs a slightly larger pot in spring 😘ReplyCancel

  • GL - December 25, 2020 - 3:01 AM

    A first word on Christmas day, to congratulate you on having made it safe and sound, with Joe ditto, to Boston and a new home! Lots of best wishes, I hope the champagne is cooling nicely. And I’m looking forward to learning more from you as you get your new place to be truly yours.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - December 24, 2020 - 11:51 PM

    Congratulations on your new home and new life in Boston. I’ve only driven through and look forward to actually spending some time there whenever it is safe to travel again! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and blessings for your new home. Love your blog and feel I learn something new every time a new one comes out. Take Care…ReplyCancel

  • Gabrielle - December 24, 2020 - 11:47 PM

    Laurel, thank you for sharing 2020 with us readers. Your blog is a beauty to all of us in a crazy year. I pray you have a blessed Christmas, a joyful 2021, and remain in good health and good spirits. Listening to King’ College Lessons and Carols as I savor your beautiful new home photos…so much beauty, and Heaven besides! God bless!ReplyCancel

  • Janelle - December 24, 2020 - 9:27 PM

    Congratulations on your new apartment, Lauren. I’m happy that move went well and that you’re settling into your beautiful new home. Wishing you a Merry ChristmasReplyCancel

  • Janet R - December 24, 2020 - 8:28 PM

    So very nice to know you (and your stuff) are there and you are getting settled! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Mary E - December 24, 2020 - 7:49 PM

    Hi Laurel,
    I’m so glad the move went well. I guess it was a Christmas miracle.
    I can’t wait to read your Sunday post to learn more of how you’re settling in. I hope you have a lovely Christmas in your new home.ReplyCancel

  • Annie - December 24, 2020 - 7:05 PM

    Hi Laurel,
    Your new place looks gorgeous. Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    May the New Year be a year of peace, prosperity and good health for all.ReplyCancel

  • Anita Lynn - December 24, 2020 - 7:04 PM

    So happy for you! I know it is a dream come true, and you will make it even more so. Happy holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh - December 24, 2020 - 6:53 PM

    Congratulations Laurel on your lovely new home! All of your beautiful things look great in this amazing space. I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! peaceReplyCancel

  • Leslie - December 24, 2020 - 6:41 PM

    Hi Laurel, We also had Schleppers move everything!!! They were Wonderful!!! It was a very long day and we had a house full. Those guys were absolute saints. I’m so happy for you. You deserve all the joy this decision brings. I cried and said goodbye to every room before I got in the car. Your blog was a huge influence on me as to which house we bought. I went for the moldings and big windows:) What a GREAT start the New Year!ReplyCancel

  • KR - December 24, 2020 - 6:16 PM

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

    In the military we make “Move” boxes that have the basics – couple of towels, plates, utensils, a pot, a pan, salt, pepper (picnic set) and anything else we didn’t put in the luggage (just like traveling). The “Move” box goes with us along with the luggage.
    The luggage will have a change of clothes, especially socks and unders. All meds we need go in luggage.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - December 24, 2020 - 5:00 PM

    Congratulations, Laurel! Your new home is stunning and I love those end tables. lol. BUT, I really love the lamps sitting on those end tables. I have moved in winter – on New Year’s Day 1977. And in summer 1985. I remember the “snirt” and would rather not ever to have to deal with it again. Your movers sounded great and of course, made this the best move possible.
    All the very best in your Boston home. Enjoy the hi-def tv. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Annie L. - December 24, 2020 - 4:22 PM

    Welcome home, Honey! Happy Holidays! We 💝you and your new spot! Lovely! XOReplyCancel

  • Emily J Sandelin - December 24, 2020 - 2:55 PM

    Congratulations, Laurel. It’s really gorgeous. Great way to start a new year, coming your way soon!ReplyCancel

  • Pattie Fevreau - December 24, 2020 - 2:30 PM

    I know I’m from Canada, but I want you to know that I love your website. I don’t know why I feel like I know you or understand you but let it me known, I think you are a good person and you have a son that you adore. I’m a 73-year-old (feminist) and I just want you to know that I wish you all the best and a beautiful and healthy Christmas to your and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Claire - December 24, 2020 - 1:26 PM

    Congratulations on your new venture. The living room is superb. It has such character.love it and wishing you great enjoyment and looking forward to follow your journey on your blogReplyCancel

  • Robin - December 24, 2020 - 1:14 PM

    Just another supporter chiming in to say – Congratulations and God Bless you and your lovely new home.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - December 24, 2020 - 1:11 PM

    Congratulations, Laurel.

    Excited for you and

    Cheers to all your new adventures!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey - December 24, 2020 - 1:03 PM

    How beautiful!!
    Your settee, table and chairs look perfect in front of that glorious round (is it called a bay f it’s round), window.
    I agree with another poster, your furniture all looks like it was made just for your new space!! Classic design in architecture and classic design in furniture. Just perfect!!
    The view from your front door across that park is amazing. Enjoy your beautiful new hone, and Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year of new beginnings!
    XoReplyCancel

  • Pamela Turner - December 24, 2020 - 12:56 PM

    Congratulations on the move becoming reality! You survived the delay and move with grace and your sanity. Hopefully, all the soreness is melting away into a happy satisfaction. Best wishes for joyous holidays and joyfully facing what the future brings you in your new home. Can’t wait for updates along the way!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda - December 24, 2020 - 12:39 PM

    Happy to hear the move went smoothly. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne - December 24, 2020 - 12:35 PM

    I, too, love the painting above your mantle. Maybe it’s the lighting but the wall color is prefect. On my screen it matches the pale pink roses.

    I admire your sense of adventure and eagerly await condo updates.

    Merry Christmas and the best of the new year! ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Char - December 24, 2020 - 12:31 PM

    I’m happy to hear you made it! Can’t wait to see what you do with the new space which looks fantastic already. Blessings to you for a Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - December 24, 2020 - 11:51 AM

    Happy holidays in your new home. It’s gorgeous. You look settled already. I love the adventure of moving into a new space and deciding how each room will be used. Pour a cup of eggnog and just enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Schimenz - December 24, 2020 - 11:51 AM

    Happy holidays in your new home. It’s gorgeous. You look settled already. I love the adventure of moving into a new space and deciding how each room will be used. Pour a cup of eggnog and just enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Toeller - December 24, 2020 - 11:47 AM

    Congratulations Laurel! Looks like a successful move. Your journey is done now enjoy your beautiful new home.
    Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Shelley - December 24, 2020 - 11:44 AM

    Hi Laurel! It is because of your example with the lamps, lamps, lamps! that I have bought new lamps for my living room. Every time I turn them on in the evening it makes me smile! Thank you for that. The two photos, one of the painting over the mantel and the other of the two new lamps, wow! The shadows cast on the wall above the lamps is gorgeous! So peaceful. Just draws you into the room to sit at that table and have a cup of tea. Very happy for you. Thank you for all you do!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Lakin - December 24, 2020 - 11:28 AM

    Laura, your new home is just oozing with beautiful atmosphere ! All of your furnishings just meld in with the architectural features. I am impressed with the progress you mad so quickly! I just moved into a different house here in Florida and I found that reading your post was painful at times as I recalled my move. I am still not settled and have trouble letting go of many of my things so I walk around saying “where am I going to put this?” I just LOVE the painting able your fire plae. All my colors too. When you get tired of it, you can ship it to me…..LOL. Best of everything for you in your coming years in Boston!ReplyCancel

  • Petra - December 24, 2020 - 11:02 AM

    Congratulations Laurel! Such a beautiful space. Wishing you every happiness there.ReplyCancel

  • Renata - December 24, 2020 - 10:51 AM

    Hello & congrats on your move! The new place looks great already so I can only imagine how fantastic it will look once you are done with decorating.

    PS. Joey looks a little tired and believe he would benefit from larger pot. I’m sure he will thrive in its new sunny location!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - December 24, 2020 - 10:27 AM

    Beautiful, Laurel! Your furniture looks stunning in this space! I especially love the end tables! Seriously, though, everything looks amazing, even the fireplace. So glad you are in your new home for Christmas and it sounds like you have nice neighbors!ReplyCancel

  • carol - December 24, 2020 - 10:23 AM

    Hope you have a lovely Christmas in your lovely new home!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - December 24, 2020 - 10:04 AM

    Merry Christmas, Laurel! Your new home looks great with your things in it. We used movers with our last move and they make all the difference! We’ll never move again without them.ReplyCancel

  • John - December 24, 2020 - 10:01 AM

    “Life is good” – a great sentiment to punctuate the conclusion of your house-hunting saga, and a well-deserved reward for your hard work and optimism. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - December 24, 2020 - 9:50 AM

    Laurel, congratulations on your beautiful new home! Your posts have brought me so much joy and inspiration, and I wish you the same gifts in return as you begin this exciting chapter in your life. Happy holidays and 2021!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - December 24, 2020 - 9:47 AM

    Incredible! So happy for you, everything is so right! Looks like you bought everything just for that apartment! I especially love how the curtains hanging inside the windows dress it up without hiding the beautiful woodwork! I’m definitely going to try that in my new home, if I can figure out how to do it, haha Welcome to Boston!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Sue - December 24, 2020 - 9:46 AM

    Great job so far and all looks GRAND. Enjoy the process of decorating your new home and dreams of things to come. Happy Holidays and here’s to a Happy New Year.ReplyCancel

  • Virginia - December 24, 2020 - 9:32 AM

    Laurel – so happy for you and your new place!!! I noticed the green greek key pattern rug in several photos…. it’s fab. Is that item still available anywhere??

    Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • elle - December 24, 2020 - 9:29 AM

    I just love that ottoman in front of the fireplace. Suddenly, everything goes together. The photo at night with the glow of the lamps — what an inviting room! It all looks so good now, it is hard to imagine how it can be better. (well, a different end table, maybe….)ReplyCancel

  • Marguerite - December 24, 2020 - 9:23 AM

    Oh Lauren, I am so happy for you. The space is gorgeous and your things looks wonderful, showing how good taste is at home everywhere! And best of all, when COVID lifts, you will be in a terrific city with wonderful museums, concerts, shows and the cool things that go on at Universities… speakers, old movies, and interesting people. And… excellent medical care to keep you healthy an d on your toes. It couldnt happen to someone nicer…Mazel Tov and enjoy in good health! Sincerely MargueriteReplyCancel

  • Maggie S - December 24, 2020 - 9:22 AM

    What a wonderful fabulous home…just perfect for you!! Wishing you the merriest Christmas and a happy and healthy 2021!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - December 24, 2020 - 9:06 AM

    I’m so happy for you! Your new home is beautiful already and I look forward to seeing how you make it Laurel’s. Congratulations and Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - December 24, 2020 - 9:03 AM

    Just gorgeous! Thank you, thank you for the lamps on the mantle…love them! I am so happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • Ivis - December 24, 2020 - 8:52 AM

    Oh what a wonderful Christmas gift to wake up to–your already gorgeous new home! Congratulations and I am SO HAPPY for you! Enjoy enjoy enjoy! Wishing you many blessings and health in 2021!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle M - December 24, 2020 - 8:51 AM

    Merry Christmas Laurel, your new home looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Bruce - December 24, 2020 - 8:48 AM

    Congratulations on your move Laurel! I look forward to you keeping us updated on the changes you make in your new home.

    Happy holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Swysgood - December 24, 2020 - 8:45 AM

    Congrats and happy holidays! I kinda like the fireplace tile, too. I wonder how the fireplace would look without those weird, too high columns and the remaining woodwork painted the right color. Good luck with the remodel! Be well!ReplyCancel

  • Candy - December 24, 2020 - 8:44 AM

    Congratulations on accomplishing the hunt, the purchase, and the move in the most difficult of years. You so deserve the happiness your delightful new home will bring year after year. Welcome to Boston!

    Merry, merry Christmas, and much, much happiness in ‘21!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon W - December 24, 2020 - 8:35 AM

    Congratulations on your move. I’m so happy you found something you love and are closer to your son. I’m sure he’ll love having his own room when he visits. Can’t wait to see what you do to this beautiful place.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi H - December 24, 2020 - 8:25 AM

    Congratulations! I know you are glad to have the move behind you. You know, with your art, lamps, and chairs, the quirky fireplace tiles actually look lovely. Can’t wait to see the place evolve.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - December 24, 2020 - 8:23 AM

    Dear Laurel, congratulations on the breathtakingly beautiful new home! I admired and absorbed every detail-what an outstanding architecture and bones.
    And what a place to call home, too-I used to know the area just a little bit, and your post reminded me of many happy memories (some of my family lives in Boston).
    I’m so, so excited for you. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year, being surrounded by people you love, doing what you love,- you do it so darn well, and enjoying your new wonderful home each and every moment.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - December 24, 2020 - 8:07 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous already! So so happy for you. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • michi - December 24, 2020 - 8:00 AM

    The first photo took my breath away! Beautiful. I am so happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Annie - December 24, 2020 - 7:59 AM

    Laurel,
    Many congratulations on the successful move. Wow does the living room look fabulous already. The lighting makes such an impact. Enjoy your new home for the holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia - December 24, 2020 - 7:55 AM

    Your new home is beautiful! I love the floors, molding, and high ceilings. Just so gorgeous. Your furniture fits perfectly. Have fun and Happy Holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy S - December 24, 2020 - 7:33 AM

    Yea!!!! I’m so happy for you, Laurel. Everything looks gorgeous already and you’re not even done unpacking.

    Congrats on your new home!ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - December 24, 2020 - 7:29 AM

    Welcome to Boston, Laurel! So glad I was able to help! I LOVE that painting on the mantel, it’s like it was waiting for that and it’s just perfect, and those lamps, too! I look forward to seeing what else you do with the place and to finally meeting you one of these days! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Bunny - December 24, 2020 - 7:23 AM

    This is so exciting! Your new place is just stunning. What is the beautiful pillow fabric in the photo with the Verizon install? Cheers to a wonderful 2021.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - December 24, 2020 - 7:22 AM

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Enjoy every moment in your new home—it looks fantastic and warmly welcoming. Be well and keep those posts coming!ReplyCancel

  • Diana Bier - December 24, 2020 - 7:20 AM

    So happy for you, Laurel! Your new apartment looks wonderful already. If the curtains in the living room came with the apartment, they look fabulous! If not, how did you get them up so quickly????
    Hope 2021 is a fresh new start for you.
    Looking forward to your blogs–they are a highlight of my week.ReplyCancel

  • Pat from the Cape - December 24, 2020 - 7:10 AM

    So glad to hear you’re settled. Moving is no fun. But it looks like you’ve gotten through it and settled. There must still be lots of boxes to empty but all your furniture looks great. LOVE the de Condehoeter over the f/p. All the best to you in your new home.ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - December 24, 2020 - 6:41 AM

    Congratulations, your new home is beautiful, the architectural details in the living room are amazing. Did I see park like setting out the front door? What more could you ask for. Merry Christmas and a healthy&
    happy New Year.ReplyCancel

  • Pat - December 24, 2020 - 6:02 AM

    Dear Laurel,
    I’m so happy you made it into your new place without any mishaps.
    It sounds like you have wonderful neighbors. Merry Christmas!
    PatReplyCancel

  • Colleen - December 24, 2020 - 5:46 AM

    Looks very nice, Laurel. I am curious , is that a park across the street from you? The lights around the trees are so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ellen - December 24, 2020 - 5:43 AM

    This is beautiful! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Higginbotham - December 24, 2020 - 5:37 AM

    Congratulations! You and this 1800s gem were meant for each other.

    I’d also like to say that I’m very glad I own every product of yours. You’ve saved me hours and hours of sourcing time as well as some fabulous rabbit holes for mental health breaks 🙂
    Great job- I’m sure it wasn’t easy.

    I’ll continue to read and support whatever you do— thanks Laurel!ReplyCancel

  • Marti W - December 24, 2020 - 5:22 AM

    I love it. So glad the move is over. Merry Christmas and a bright New Year.ReplyCancel

  • Susan E - December 24, 2020 - 4:22 AM

    Laurel, it’s so nice to see and hear about your other side of the move, So glad everything, in the end, was smooth. May you enjoy peace and love in your new place. With friendly neighbors and beautiful surroundings you’re off to a good start! Mazes tov and happy holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Ines Jansen Venneboer - December 24, 2020 - 4:08 AM

    Merry Christmas, Laurel, from Amsterdam, adore your chique apartment and your posts!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki @ EntriWays - December 24, 2020 - 3:35 AM

    Welcome to Boston Laurel! Beautiful place.ReplyCancel

  • Deb - December 24, 2020 - 2:27 AM

    Hi, Laurel,
    What a beautiful space, even before moving any of your stuff into it. I know you will make it into the perfect place to feel happy and content. It’s an exciting but tiring time and full of so many, often conflicting, emotions. Take time to rest and enjoy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…and wish you many more in your new home.ReplyCancel

  • Gail - December 24, 2020 - 2:05 AM

    So happy for you that this dream came true. You deserve it. Wishing you every happiness in your new home and much success in 2021.ReplyCancel

  • Paula - December 24, 2020 - 2:02 AM

    Laurel, your new place is wonderful! I have been following your blog for a couple of years and have learned a lot, especially about lamps (which I love, too) and lamp shades! Thanks for sharing your experience and expertise with us.
    Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy New Year in your new home.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - December 24, 2020 - 12:25 AM

    So very beautiful!

    And I always feel some grief when moving, and that odd and disquieting feeling of being lost in a new home, no matter how wonderful it is. But it does pass! Especially as you find places for favorite things AND get some rest! Congratulations, Laurel! It’s gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Marsha Stopa - December 24, 2020 - 12:23 AM

    The first photo had me in tears! Such a glorious change in your life. So happy for you and thrilled to follow you on this adventure. Happy new year!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - December 24, 2020 - 12:20 AM

    Laurel,

    Your new home is stunning! It’s so you!
    I just moved too and I lived on Advil. I’m still taking it and tomorrow will be a week since we moved. Like you, I love this house. I feel at home!
    Boston is a great city to live in. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year in your new home!ReplyCancel

  • Ellie - December 24, 2020 - 12:16 AM

    Laurel!
    Mazel Tov!!!
    Your new home looks so pretty and elegant already!!! It’s just gorgeous and so perfect for you.
    I love the fireplace btw. Particularly the terra cotta colored tile….it’s great with your things and looks special and antique, just my humble opinion.
    The pictures you showed us could be right out of Veranda magazine!
    Merry, Merry and Happy New 2021 Home!
    Best, EllieReplyCancel

  • Christine Williams - December 24, 2020 - 12:15 AM

    Congratulations! How wonderful you have moved to Boston. My daughter and her family live in the Boston area. Boston is a great City.
    I moved last June from Larchmont back to NYC. It was so stressful because the market was still a buyer’s market and we spent months getting the house ready to stage. Moving is difficult. I couldn’t be happier back in my city (although it’s a bit sad now).
    Your place looks terrific! You will enjoy a cozy winter.ReplyCancel

  • Alisha - December 24, 2020 - 12:02 AM

    Oh it’s beauuuutiful! That architecture! Squeal!! Congratulations on your new home! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Randy O - December 23, 2020 - 11:54 PM

    Wonderful to get the good news that you have moved in! Your new place is gorgeous. i am envious. I shall look forward to your future posts as you transform it. Enjoy your Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Jim - December 23, 2020 - 11:54 PM

    Congratulations on your new home!
    It looks so stylish and comfortable.
    So glad to see you get moved in in time for Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - December 23, 2020 - 11:52 PM

    Laurel ~ I’ve been a subscriber to your blog for a few years, but never commented before. I love your irreverent sense of humor, and your great taste. Just seeing your new home makes me so very happy for you. Safe journey and good health in 2021!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby - December 23, 2020 - 11:45 PM

    I actually gasped…stunning! Congrats and happy landings as you play in your new home. Isn’t Beantown the best?!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - December 23, 2020 - 11:42 PM

    Laurel,

    I am so happy for you. Loving your home is important and I can’t wait to see all you do with it.Get some rest!

    Merry Christmas,
    SharonReplyCancel

  • Mary L R - December 23, 2020 - 11:35 PM

    Congratulations Laurel! You did it and it is lovely! Makes me wistful for my 1883 Richardson Romanesque spot in DCs Dupont Circle. All those fabulous moldings. May your new adventure in Boston exceed your expectations. A great way to start the new year. XOXReplyCancel

  • Dee - December 23, 2020 - 11:32 PM

    What a lovely place, welcome to your new home! Joe will definitely be happy in that bright spot and may be looking for a trim around the edges come spring. There’s an absolutely wonderful place just a short drive west, on Great Rd. in Littleton, called Bonsai West. Be prepared if you venture there – you won’t leave without company for Joe!ReplyCancel

  • sandyc - December 23, 2020 - 11:30 PM

    Laurel, I’m so very excited and happy for you that I’m drinking a mug of eggnog in your honor here in Sun City West, AZ at 9:24 p.m. Your living room is lovely day and night even with the boxes. And I do love your fake Melchior D’Hondecoeter.

    Get a good night’s sleep, wake up refreshed and eager to go, and start performing your magic. And Merry, Merry Christmas!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela - December 23, 2020 - 11:29 PM

    It looks beautiful. I look forward to watching it bloom into your own home. Boston is a wonderful place to live and I hope you are very happy there.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Ruddick - December 23, 2020 - 11:29 PM

    THIS IS GORGEOUS. And it is 100% you! “Chic, swanky hotel on Park Avenue”–yes indeed. Enjoy!!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - December 23, 2020 - 11:26 PM

    Your place is beautiful. I’m so happy for you. Happy Holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Ann - December 23, 2020 - 11:24 PM

    Love it!
    Absolutely Gorgeous.
    God Bless Your New Home
    And May You Enjoy It Forever in Good Health.
    God Bless You Abundantly.ReplyCancel

  • Gogogramma - December 23, 2020 - 11:18 PM

    Love it. Merry ChristmasReplyCancel

  • Claire - December 23, 2020 - 11:14 PM

    It’s a gorgeous place and makes me want to move to Back Bay. I imagine you’ll have so much fun interior designing.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - December 23, 2020 - 11:12 PM

    Paris apartment! Quelle enchantement! Huge congratulations on your move! Wishing you a New Year filled with peace, love and happiness!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Burnett - December 23, 2020 - 11:06 PM

    Laurel I am so happy for you. I have followed your blog for years and it feels lik we are friends. You are talented AND cheeky. Love that. Thank you so much for your blog, I am an enthusiastic homeowner who has learned so much from you. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Traderette - December 23, 2020 - 11:05 PM

    Love it! Very appealing! Words are difficult to find.

    May the New Year bring you and yours abundant blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie - December 23, 2020 - 10:58 PM

    Looks absolutely gorgeous ! Congrats and Merry Christmas in your fabulous new home Laurel.ReplyCancel

  • Jill W Constantinou - December 23, 2020 - 10:49 PM

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. Enjoy!– also, mega impressed with you getting out posts in the midst of moving. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!ReplyCancel