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.

The Little Known Cure For Renovation Procrastination

Dear Laurel, About a year ago, I purchased my dream home in my dream city. I feel so blessed to have been ableView full post »

Finding The Elusive Round Dining Table That Extends

One of my favorite rooms to furnish in a home is the dining room. And my favorite table shape is a round diningView full post »

Boston Marathon 2021 + Back Bay Houses Early Fall

First of all, thank you all so much for your loving and kind messages. I’m still reading through them.View full post »

October 3, 2021 Incident – I Need Your Help

Hi Everyone, This is very difficult for me. I’d rather that everything always be beautiful and rosy. But,View full post »

He said: “No Stuffy China Cabinet Like My Mother Has”

Dear Laurel, My husband and I are just starting with our home. We have a large dining room which was used as aView full post »

9 Little-Known Paint Colors Decorators Are Obsessed With

Hi Everyone, I hope you’re having a great week! Apologies for making you slog through the wallpaperView full post »

Wallpaper – The Complete Guide To Avoid Screwing It Up!

Actually, I could write a week’s worth of blog posts and then some about what you need to know aboutView full post »

No Foyer Entry-We Enter Straight Into The Living Room

Dear Laurel, I love that post about the entrance to one’s home! However, I have just one little problem.View full post »

Bookshelf Styling-The Ultimate Guide with Templates!

Hi Everyone, Oh, I know. The post is soooo late. But, at least it’s out. Very early on, I did a post,View full post »

8 Guest Bathroom Designs – My Secret Process

Hi Everyone, As most of you know, I no longer take on new clients. However, in the past couple of years, I haveView full post »

My September 11th Story – 20 Years Later

Well, this wasn’t the plan for today. The plan was to produce two posts. This one, and one purely interiorView full post »

The Most Durable Painted Cabinet Finish-12 Pros Weigh In

Dear Laurel, I hope you can help me. We’re going to be renovating our kitchen. The cabinets WILL beView full post »

A No-Fail Decorating Plan In Time for Christmas

Dear Laurel, Oh, I hope you can do a blog post about this. I searched high and low on your blog, and IView full post »

Area Rugs, Best and Worst Fibers + Myths + Care Tips

Okay, this is a complete overhaul of two very old posts about area rugs. I’ll save you the trouble ofView full post »

Is It Classic Furniture or Something I’ll Grow To Hate?

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

Roman Shades Weren’t Built in a Day

Roman Shades are one of my favorite window treatments. And this post is going to go over everything you need toView full post »

Don’t Be Seduced By Chintz! A Personal Story

In the realm of interior design and decorating, I daresay one word is probably one of the most polarizingView full post »

The Color Pink – Revered and Hated. Here’s Why

Hi Everyone, I hope you’re having a good week. I have some great news.   Yes, I have my Instagram accountView full post »

Throw Pillows – Everything You Need to Know

And, Why I’m Proud To Be Called A Pillow Fluffer!   When I was in design school back in the lateView full post »

Help for a Recliner Chair Nightmare-20 Gorgeous Recliners!

Hi Guys, Before I get into the post about the cool (and not-so-cool) recliner chairs, please read until the endView full post »

A Formula for Eclectic Interiors To Avoid Matchy Furniture

In response to Sunday’s post, a comment from Terry has inspired this blog post about a simple formula forView full post »

Exquisite Bedroom Furnishings Inspired By Mark D Sikes!

(oops! Apologies if you’ve already this post! That was a mistake.) Hi Everyone, I’ve had a full weekView full post »

The Magnificent Front Doors of Beacon Hill

Hi Everyone, Anyone who’s read this blog for a few years has probably surmised that I prefer painted brickView full post »

My Husband is Insisting on An Ugly Sectional Sofa

Dear Laurel, Thank you for all of the posts you provide for free every week. I appreciate learning about whatView full post »

Six Drab Paint Colors – Should You Try Them?

Hi Everyone, Oh, my word! It finally stopped raining! Fortunately, no flooding in Boston. But, it sure is niceView full post »

30 Fantastic Coffee Tables – Plus Sofa Pairings!

Dear Laurel, Who knew that this decorating your home thing was so difficult? Oh, I know. You do. And now, I doView full post »

The Classic Kitchen – A Complete Source List

Hi Everyone, Can I just say, Wow? Like, really WOW! Both Mary and I are overwhelmed with your kind words aboutView full post »

F&B Calke Green + An Iconic Wallpaper = Kitchen Heaven!

Hi Everyone, I think it finally stopped raining in Boston. But, it rained something fierce when I was inView full post »

An Attainable Kitchen Makeover You’re Going To Love

Hi Everyone, I hope you had a great holiday! I’m in New York and having a fantastic workation!  But, I wasView full post »

An Astonishing Home Exterior Transformation Before & After

Hi Everyone, And, a very Happy 4th of July to all of my fellow Americans! Guess where I’m headed to? Yes,View full post »

The Ultimate Window Treatment Guide

Hi Everyone, A while back, I created a post about interior window shutters. And, for some crazy reason, I tackedView full post »

The One White Trim and Wall Color That Works Every Time

Dear Laurel, I know you’ve gone over this before. And, I’ve read all of your posts about trim andView full post »

Classic White Kitchens – How To Avoid The Sterile Look

Dear Laurel, I am so excited to see all of your renovation plans. It has inspired me to finally redo ourView full post »

Dark Rooms – Are They Handsome or Depressing?

Happy Father’s Day!!!   I’m not sure if I did a specific Father’s Day Post last year. LetView full post »

Staircase Design – Which Comes First Beauty, Or Safety?

Hi Everyone, I’m glad that many of you enjoyed Sunday’s post about some of my favorite classicalView full post »

6 of the Best Classical Architects People Should Copy

Hi Everyone, Oh man, the designs for my place are taking FORever! Interior design is not easy to do. That is ifView full post »