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Faux Fireplace, a Great Idea or a Disaster?

Dear Laurel, It’s nearly October and well, you know what that means. The holidays are coming… YouView full post »

Buying A Greek Revival Dream Home Might Be A Mistake

Recently, I received an interesting note from a kind reader. Here’s what she said:   Dear Laurel, IView full post »

Best Fireplace Mantel Proportions – How Not To Muck It Up!

The other day I received this comment from Sue. It’s regarding the correct fireplace mantelView full post »

But, WHY is it Bad Architecture? I’ll Tell You Why.

Celestial wrote a comment the other day wanting clarification as to the elements that go into making BADView full post »

How To Avoid the Clash of Formal and Casual Furnishings

Hi Everyone, Phew! It is really heating up here in the northeast. Well it IS July. The other day I received aView full post »

Window treatment styles – How to select color, type, pattern

Dear Laurel, I’ve been reading your blog for several years as we’ve been working towards restoringView full post »

50+ Timeless Home Furnishings-Pieces You Need To Know

Hi Everyone, Before I get into today’s 50 plus classic and timeless home furnishings, a few words. MaybeView full post »

Easy (and affordable) Ways To Fix A Boring Room

In my opinion, a boring room is a lot like a boring person. Do you know someone who is a crashing bore? I betView full post »

How To Style A Coffee Table and How Not To

Hi Everyone, We’re taking a break from the kitchen and bath show to discuss how to style a coffeeView full post »

The Granny Decor Mistakes You Might Be Making

Dear Laurel, I recently found this post about hideously dated furniture. And then heard the term “GrannyView full post »

24 Cheap Sofas and Chairs That Look High-End

Hi Everyone!   Happy, Happy New Year!!!   Sunday we looked at a lot of gorgeous classic sofas fromView full post »

The Perfect Shade Of White Wall Paint For Oak Trim

Dear Laurel, I came across your article about wall colors that go well with wood trim — very insightful! ThankView full post »

Impressive Decorating On A Shoestring Budget – Only 1,100.00 bucks!

Beautiful decorating on a shoestring budget is something that a lot of us wish we could do.   For most ofView full post »

A Room That’s Chock-full of Interior Decorating Lessons

  The other day, I received an interesting set of photos/floor plan and thought you guys might enjoyView full post »

Beige Decor — How To Make It Go From Boring To Sensational!

Dear Laurel, It should really be “Oh, Laurel,” Ten years ago, we moved into our dream home. We builtView full post »

21 Interior Design Mistakes You Need To Stop Making

Remember the other day, we created a 12- step template for designing a beautiful room?   Well, today I wantView full post »

Door Knobs – The Good And The Not-So-Good + Sources

Dear Laurel, Thank you so much for all of the advice you give out weekly on your blog. We’re in the middleView full post »

He Loves The Phony French Country Kitchens

I received this email recently regarding French Country Kitchens:     Sorry, Ms. Bern but yourView full post »

12 Amazingly Wonderful Exterior Home Makeovers

Hi Everyone, It’s funny, but the second spring hits, the first thing on my mind is the outside. And what IView full post »

Easy Fixes For A Dated Living Room With Huge Potential

Hey Guys, As promised, this is part II from Sunday’s post about the boring bland living room.View full post »

Can This Boring Bland Living Room Be Saved?

Dear Laurel, I eagerly read your blog and have all of your products, the rolodex and paint collection andView full post »

Love Me A Warm Color Scheme But Is It Going To Look Dated?

The other day, we had a comment on this post from Amy wanting to know about the advisability of a warm colorView full post »

Is He Right? Are White-Painted Walls Boring?

Dear Laurel, I can’t even get my hubby to like white-painted walls. He thinks white walls with white trim looksView full post »

Is It Classic Furniture Or A Fad I Will Tire Of?

This is a real Dear Laurel email I recently received wanting to know how to tell if she’s getting classicView full post »

Window Panels Have Her Stumped, But It’s Actually The Least Of Her Problems

A real “dear laurel” letter about window panels.   Hi Laurel, This is a two-part question: IView full post »

The Worst Decorating Mistake You’re Most Likely Making

Hey Guys, First of all, before I get into the topic of the worst decorating mistake you’re most likelyView full post »

He Said “If I Wanted Farmhouse Style, I’d Go Live On a @#$%^&* Farm!”

And Dear Laurel, Oh, I’m sure this is going to be boring for you. I am soon to be married (for the third time) toView full post »

Our Modest Starter Home Might Be Our Forever Home.

Hey Guys, This is a continuation of our exploration of: a modest starter home One storyView full post »

12 Of The Hottest Kitchen Trends – Awful or Wonderful?

The Kitchen is usually the most expensive room in the home. But, it seems that every ten years or so,View full post »

Are You Making This Common Kitchen Design Mistake?

Dear Laurel, We moved into our dream home about 2 years ago. Well, it’s dream except for the kitchen! TheView full post »

A Dream Kitchen Salvaged and the Perfect Cabinet Color

Dear Laurel, I seem to recall that you were talking about this dream kitchen a while back and I’ve lookedView full post »