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.

Mismatched Sofas – Good Idea, Or A Colossal Mistake?

Dear Laurel, I love your website and the inspiration and wisdom you have so generously imparted. Question: I wasView full post »

Boxy Boring Bedroom? And Some Unusual Solutions

Hi Everyone, I recently received an incredible email from a kind reader who needs help with her somewhat boringView full post »

All About Wainscoting + The One Thing You Must Never Do

Dear Laurel, My husband and I adore your blog! We especially like the rooms you show with wainscoting and wonderView full post »

What If The Furniture Doesn’t Fit? Don’t Panic. Yet.

Thanks so much, everyone, for your terrific comments on Mary’s big beautiful secretary/bookcase. OfView full post »

Small Decorating Details That Add Up For Huge Impact!

The other day I received a Dear Laurel letter after a reader read the post about brown furniture. Here’sView full post »

Painted Wood Furniture – Cringe Worthy, Dated, or What?

Hi Everyone, Thank you so much to those of you who sent me good wishes last Sunday for my birthday. I had aView full post »

Brown Furniture – How To Make it Look Classic and Fresh

The other day, after I wrote this post about interior design trends 2021,  there were numerous requests for aView full post »

Performance Fabrics for Upholstery – The Ultimate Guide

Hi Everyone, I heard the overwhelming cry for information about performance fabrics, and guess what, there isView full post »

Insider Interior Design Trends 2021 – You Must See!

Hi Everyone, I think most years around this time; I do a post about current decor and decorating trends. So, atView full post »

My Boston Back Bay House Is Built On A Garbage Dump

Hi Guys, I guess you know by now that I have moved to Back Bay Boston. But, what you may not know is how BackView full post »

Lampshades – What Size and Shape Should You Get?

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

The Paint Colors Change and It’s Driving Me Nuts!

Hi Guys, Today, I’m going to broach a sensitive subject. And, it’s one that most of us have had toView full post »

Seagrass Rugs and Carpeting – Good Idea or a Nightmare?

Hi Everyone, Thank you all for the wonderful comments and suggestions for Kim’s dining room. Of course,View full post »

What If Your Room Plan Falls Apart In The Middle?

Hi Everyone, I love it when you guys write in with a problem and then show me the results months or even yearsView full post »

Club Chairs and the Newest Trend We’ve Been Waiting For

The other day while researching for another post, I came across a quote from the legendary interior designerView full post »

French Doors + News About My Boston Apartment

Hi Everyone, Well, I was starting to write one post today, and then my phone rang. It was my upstairs neighborView full post »

I May Have Found “The One” in Boston!

Yes, I know! I move to Boston, and just like that, I’m in love?   Oh, Laurel, you can’t beView full post »

Magical Christmas Lights In Boston’s Beacon Hill

***Please note at the end of this post is an important deadline***   Yesterday was a beautiful day here inView full post »

10 Decorating Questions With Difficult to Find Answers

Hi Everyone, I hope you’re having a good holiday. Or, at least, a peaceful one. I know that many areView full post »

Holiday Greetings 2020 – From Boston!

Hi Everyone, I’m here, in Boston! In my new apartment in the Back Bay section. I’ve been hereView full post »

50 Living Room Decorating Rules You Need To Know

Hi Everyone, Thanks so much for all of your kind and encouraging messages. I’m still in New York but amView full post »

My Big Move To Boston – Snowed Out!

Hi Guys, OMG!!! Well, as many of you already know, the highest concentration of idiots people (about 45 million)View full post »

60 + High-Low Chinoiserie Lamps (Some are Rare)

Hi Guys! Oh my! I’m up to my eyeballs in boxes. Well, that’s a slight exaggeration, but this placeView full post »

My Top 33 Spectacular Holiday Gifts For 2020

Hi Everyone, Well, it’s Tuesday, December 8th, 2020. Normally, things are just cranking up in terms of theView full post »

Can You Do A Guestroom Suite on a Shoestring Budget?

Hi Everyone, How are y’all doing? I know. It’s December. And, I know that some of you got some snowView full post »

A Master Bedroom Design Process, and What Inspires Me

Hi Guys, How are you doing? I’m fine, but last week was a doozy, for sure. As you know, my place went onView full post »

A Common Renovation Mess – Can it be Fixed?

Dear Laurel, amazing post! I am wondering if you could make a virtual renovation for Blahblah Beacon St. APT.View full post »

Happy Thanksgiving 2020 and Important News!

Hi Everyone,   It’s two days before Thanksgiving 2020 and time for some music!   I Want YourView full post »

Come See My Bronxville, NY Apartment. It’s for Sale!

Hi Everyone, I get it. I really get it now.   What do you get, Laurel?   I get why people stay in theView full post »

80+ Timeless & Classic Home Furnishings You Will Love!

Hi Everyone, This is I hope a very special treat featuring 80 + classic home furnishings! Not too long ago, IView full post »

Should You Embrace the Dark Side of Wood Floors?-Part II

Wow, guys! Many comments and opinions from Wednesday’s post focused on the hardwood floors of my newView full post »

The Controversy Over Hardwood Floor Stains and Finishes

Hi Everyone! First of all, WOW! Just WOW over all of the incredible comments regarding ways to keep our home airView full post »

Indoor Air Pollution + Best Ways To Get Rid Of Dust & Soot

Hi Guys, Oh, man! What a week!!! And, I don’t mean the election. My only comment about that is that IView full post »

The 40 Best Etsy Shops For Home Furnishings in 2021

Hi Everyone, Before we get into 40 of the Best Etsy shops for home furnishings, there is some news on the newView full post »

How to Decorate With Orange Without Gagging

Dear Laurel, I’ve been enjoying your posts about your new apartment in Boston. I absolutely fell in loveView full post »

Dark Bathrooms – Here’s What You Need To Know

Hi Everyone, Thanks for all of your terrific input on Sunday’s post about an idea I had to update myView full post »