Author Archives: Laurel Bern

My style is definitely steeped in history and tradition, but at the same time, I love to keep it new and fresh and ever-evolving. I love timeless rooms that one can’t really tell exactly when they were done, however, sometimes to keep things interesting, we add a bit of the unexpected. In my blog I share what I love about interior design and in my shop I offer a few of my favorites.

Is There Any Hope For A Windowless Room?

Hey Guys, A number of you have expressed interest in what to do if you have a windowless room. It’s aView full post »

Help me please. My husband wants a matched set of dining room furniture

Dear Laurel, It’s me again, Barb Brake-Frunt. Thank you so much for the terrific post about the livingView full post »

I Just Inherited All Of My Granny’s Hideously Dated Living Room Furniture

Dear Laurel, Ya know life is so difficult sometimes. My grandmother passed away 3 years ago at the age of 97 andView full post »

My Room Isn’t Blue. Can I still Do Blue and White Chinoiserie?

Dear Laurel, I’ve been loving all of the blue and white Chinoiserie porcelains you’ve beenView full post »

The Tricks You Need To Know For Decorating Above Cabinets

A lot of us have cabinets that don’t hit the ceiling. These may be in the kitchen, usually as a built-in,View full post »

My Kitchen Appliances Have Died. Now what?

Okay, it’s not all of the appliances, but the refrigerator is on life-support. Here’s whatView full post »

The Trick To Mixing Modern and Traditional Furniture

A real Dear Laurel letter about mixing Modern and Traditional Furniture   Dear Laurel, I hope you can offerView full post »

My Beige Decor Is Making Me Sick

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

The Best Upholstery Fabrics And Some You Should Never Use!

The other day I received a real Dear Laurel letter about wanting to know about the best upholstery fabrics andView full post »

Life Is Over. He NEEDS A Hideous Recliner Chair.

***WARNING*** This post contains graphic material that may cause vertigo and/or nausea in the aestheticallyView full post »

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

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

The Shameful Ways Design Bloggers Make Money

Hey Guys, This is a rare kind of post, but think of it as a State of the Laurel Home Address. I am absolutelyView full post »

A Mother’s Day Gift For You – 365 Days of The Year

Hey Everyone, It’s a bit different kind of post today– A Mother’s Day Gift– for everyone whoView full post »

Need a New Kitchen But Can’t Get Myself Off Of the Kitchen Floor!

kitchen-floor Dear Laurel, I have lived in my apartment for over four years and I think it’s time I did somethingView full post »

An Epiphany About A Bathroom Remodel While Sitting In My Tub

Fine. I’m a masochist. I admit it. I mean, I must be because I’m going to discuss a kitchen andView full post »

How To Create The Mark D Sikes Look For Your Patio Furniture

So glad that you enjoyed the Mark D Sikes inspired post from Sunday. There were several requests after that andView full post »

How To Get The Mark D Sikes Look For A Lot Less Money

Oh dear… I’m in trouble already. Why, you ask? Well, first of all, let me make it perfectly clearView full post »

The Best (and most beautiful) House Plants for Cleaner Air

Hey Guys– I’ve had some requests to do a post about house plants. I did do one post a while backView full post »

The Little Known Reason That Mother’s Day Kind of Sucks

Hey Guys, First of all thank you so much for the dozens of you who took the time to help this tired designer! ItView full post »

I (Laurel) Need Your Help. Decorating Help.

Oh, stop looking at me like you just discovered that the earth is flat after all! You heard me correctly. I meanView full post »

My Horrid Roof Is The Color Of ____ And The Exterior Paint Colors Don’t Work

Dear Laurel, I am hoping and praying that you will do a post or ten posts about exterior paint colors. But,View full post »

Budget Friendly Living-Dining Room Combo

Dear Laurel, We need a budget friendly living-dining room combo. I loved Sunday’s post with all of theView full post »

Little Known Insider Tips for Getting Expensive Looking Decor + Sources

Oh dear, another reader who wants expensive looking decor and fell short…   Dear Laurel, I’mView full post »

Is There Any Hope of Achieving A Chic Living Room On A Budget?

Dear Laurel, Have you seen that gorgeous spread in One King’s Lane about the CEO’s home in NewView full post »

Lamp Shades – Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Dear Laurel, I just found two of the most beautiful lamps at a consignment shop. The woman said that they hadView full post »

We’ve Run Out of Money. Is It Too Late To Install Wall Sconces?

Dear Laurel, We just built a new home and I now realize that the lighting is insufficient. I don’t knowView full post »

I Don’t Care What You Say. I NEED MY CEILING FANS!

Dear Laurel, I love you. I love your blog but there’s something I need to get off my chest. We areView full post »

My Kitchen Light Fixtures Are Driving Me Bonkers

Hey Guys, This is a continuation of our looking at kitchen lighting and kitchen light fixtures. Here’s theView full post »

Why Is kitchen Lighting The Hardest Thing To Get Right?

First of all, this post about kitchen lighting is not so much about the actual lighting design of your kitchen.View full post »

Two Doctors Try To Save Man’s Eye After Dining Room Lighting Accident

#Embarrassing. It was a dinner party and sure, Ted had a little too much too drink, but the dining roomView full post »

Here’s What You Need To Know Before You Install Marble Countertops

Dear Laurel, I’m a nervous wreck. I desperately want marble countertops in my kitchen but the guy at theView full post »

Three interior decorators with no formal training– Scary!

Hey guys, Can’t begin to tell you how hard I’m smirking… Because any of you who know me andView full post »

Help! I wanted Soothing Green Walls and I Got Hospital Green Instead!

Dear Laurel, I can’t begin to tell you how upset I am. This is our first home and I wanted to create aView full post »

Wallpaper – Some Favorite Sources, Hot Tips {and a naughty vendor}

Hey Guys, I’ve had some requests to talk about wallpaper. And I have talked about wallpaper before whichView full post »

A Fabulous Art Gallery Wall For Cheap!

Hi Guys,   It’s a bit of an oh dear coupled with a hooray! I was so inspired by Maura Endres’View full post »

25 Sumptuous Kitchen Pantries – Old, New, Large, Small and Gorgeous!

Many of you may have noticed that kitchen pantries are making a comeback. But for a lot of us, especially hereView full post »