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.

Coffee Table Styling Using What You Already Have

Hi Everyone, Before I get into today’s topic about coffee table styling using what you already have, justView full post »

Timeless Furniture Pieces, Plus Tips For Getting The Best Deal!

And Happy Fourth of July weekend! I hope you’re having a good holiday. This year, I’m hanging outView full post »

Our Home’s Difficult Floor Plan Is Giving Me Fits!

Dear Laurel, I don’t know what we were thinking, but our home has the most difficult floor plan, andView full post »

9 Gorgeous Benjamin Moore Cool Gray Paint Colors

Dear Laurel, I know I’ve read somewhere that the gray paint trend is dead. And, thank God, I thought. But,View full post »

The Open Concept Bathroom – Holy Crap Is Right!

Hi everyone, what a gorgeous day, again in Boston. I just got back from an event at the Otis House for aView full post »

Tour of Historic Deerfield, MA Prepare to be Blown Away!

Hey Everyone! Happy Father’s Day and also Juneteenth Day, if you celebrate this federal holiday. Today,View full post »

30 Inspiring Butler’s and Kitchen Pantries, Old and New

Hi Everyone, this is part II about butlers and kitchen pantries. If you missed part I, which focused on theView full post »

The Butler’s Pantry Like You’ve Never Seen It!

Hi Everyone, Ahhh… this was supposed to be one post. However, I got so into the first part that the secondView full post »

Darryl Carter Did The Most Dreadful Room I’ve Ever Seen!

To be clear, it was not I who said that, nor would I ever. In fact, just the opposite.   I’mView full post »

Eight Years Later – Is HGTV Still Misleading Us?

Hi Everyone, Many of you may recall a post I wrote eight years ago titled 12 Ways HGTV is Misleading Us. PleaseView full post »

Are Green and White Rooms Trendy or Passé?

I hope y’all had a good Memorial Day weekend. Mine was pretty quiet, but that’s not a bad thing.View full post »

I’m Afraid Our New Rustic Home Will Be Depressing!

Dear Laurel, I hope you can help me via a blog post, as I bet others also have this issue. But, here’s myView full post »

Classical Interior Architecture – The Most Important Element

A while back, after this post came out about blue paint colors, Val wrote this comment concerning interiorView full post »

My Interior Design School Portfolio from 1988-1991

You may have gotten here from this post about interior architecture if you’re on this page. However, ifView full post »

The Beacon Hill Hidden Garden Tour 2022

Hi Everyone, I hope everyone is doing well, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the last post about the beautifulView full post »

A Gorgeous Kitchen Remodel Done Right!

Below is a real Dear Laurel letter from a kind reader regarding her recent kitchen remodel.   Dear Laurel,View full post »

He Wants To Keep His Big Black Sofa, But I Hate It

Oh, Laurel, Well, I’m on my second marriage, and we’ve just hit a decorating snag.   And canView full post »

Chicago As You’ve Never Seen It Before!

Hi Everyone, Thank you again for all of your kind wishes! It worked. I’ve been testing negative sinceView full post »

30 Astonishingly Beautiful and Best Front Door Colors

Happy Mother’s Day!   My mommy and me the summer of 1958, Evansville, Indiana. This is a specialView full post »

Evansville Indiana and The Little Know Truth About It

Hi Everyone, For those of you who didn’t see my email, yes, I have Covid. I’m just finishing up DayView full post »

15 Hideous Fabric Mistakes (I Made Most of Them)

Although I no longer take interior design clients, I did for 24 years, counting the years working for others.View full post »

French Door/Transom Design + Stair Railing Part II

Hey Everyone, Hope you’re all doing well. I’m on a plane flying to Nashville! I’m going toView full post »

New Staircase Railing Design – Ugh, It’s Not Working!

Last Sunday, we looked at staircase decor, design, and mistakes.    Today, I will share more relatedView full post »

Staircase Decor, 3 Common Mistakes + what to do instead

Hi Everyone, Happy Easter and Passover!   A while back, I received a real Dear Laurel note asking aboutView full post »

Our Ugly Brick Fireplace – He Vetoes Painting It!

Dear Laurel, Please don’t ream me out. I’m just a meek little housewife with three kids— and aView full post »

Happy 10-Year Blogiversary-Ten Years of Laurel Home!

Hi Everyone, Yes! The Laurel Home Blog is exactly ten years old today. And, while I’ve removed orView full post »

Hubs Thinks Farmhouse Style Is For Farmers- Period.

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 »

Do The Best Dark Blue Paint Colors Make You Blue?

Hey Everyone, Guess where I am on this early spring day in Boston? I won’t leave you in suspense;View full post »

Kitchen Lights – You’d Think This Would Be Easy.

Hi Everyone, Yes, the post is a day late. And even then, I’m struggling. Oh, not in a bad way. TheView full post »

The Stained Wood Trim Stays-16 Colors To Make It Work!

Dear Laurel, I just found you on Pinterest. Great boards. I was googling the best neutral wall color withView full post »

20 Timeless Kitchens You’re Going To Love Forever

20 Timeless Kitchens – eh? Nothing like going out on a long limb to say that a room that could very wellView full post »

The Boston Athenaeum-Boston’s Little Known Crown Jewel

Today, I have a special treat to share with you. Now, some of you definitely know about the Boston Athenaeum.View full post »

All About Hardwood Floors + How To Ruin Them!

Hardwood floors. This subject is so broad that one could have an entire blog devoted to hardwood floors, notView full post »

Rooms With Light Walls Look Larger, Yes Or No?

Common’ Laurel. Is that a trick question? EVERYONE knows that rooms with light walls appear to beView full post »

How To Build A Unified Interior Color Palette

On Sunday, after the last post came out about my favorite decorating trick, Ramona asked some compelling questions in aView full post »

A Secret Decorating Trick Designers Won’t Tell You

And why don’t they want you to know this decorating trick?   Well… I can’t speak forView full post »