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.

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 »

Laurel, Why Does My Decorating Look So Awful?

Dear Laurel, I’m so disgusted. To put it bluntly. My decorating sucks. Or my rooms suck. Well, somethingView full post »

Common Mistakes Folks Make With Their Small Kitchen

Hey Guys, I’m glad that you liked the post about small rooms and as promised, this post is about smallView full post »

16 Tricks To Make Your Small Rooms Look Bigger + Mistakes To Avoid

It’s funny. Well, maybe not funny. But there’s often a lot of talk about how to make the most out ofView full post »

Make Your Table Lamp Cords Disappear Like Magic

Hey Guys! Remember how we were talking about the cool lamps in this post? And many of you said that you love theView full post »

What They Didn’t Tell You About The Best Yellow Paint Colors

It is possible that almost everything I’ve been lead to believe about yellow paint colors is a lie. AndView full post »

Creating A Chic, Cosy Home Library-Best Colors, Lighting and Furniture

Every year in the middle of summer, I think, “Oh, I’ve never done a home libraryView full post »

12 Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinet Colors For The Perfect English Kitchen

Remember the other day with the none white kitchen post, when there were several requests for the Farrow andView full post »

Breathtakingly Beautiful Classic Kitchens That Are Not White

Dear Laurel, I’m sorry. I love you. I love your blog. But, I really, really do not want a white kitchen.View full post »

The Death Of The Boring White Kitchen and Bathroom at KBIS

The other day somebody wrote on my facebook page that a blogger had said that the boring white kitchen is dead.View full post »

The Surprising Thing That Nate Berkus Said About Design Trends

It still doesn’t seem quite real. But a week ago, I was sitting on a stage at the annual Kitchen and BathView full post »

Do You Know What KBIS Stands For?

Oh man, what a week! I am freshly returned from KBIS which was held in Orlando, Florida thisView full post »

9 Favorite Home Furnishings Sources I Can’t Live Without

Often I’m asked questions about what are my favorite home furnishings sources?   The most commonView full post »

Is It True That Dining Rooms Are Out?

Dear Laurel, Out of the blue, a realtor contacted me the other day. She wanted to show a couple our home on theView full post »

The Best Blog Post You Will Ever Read

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!   The best blog post you will ever read is quite a claim, isn’t it? But that is howView full post »

My 16 Favorite Benjamin Moore Paint Colors

Oh my, this is the last post for 2016!   I considered doing another “Best of” awards like lastView full post »

If You Hate Winter – You Might Need To Read This

Ho, ho, ho!!! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! And Welcome to Winter! Does anyone know why Santa says ho, ho,View full post »

The Little Known Truth About The Color Of The Year 2017

  Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s when three giants of the paint and color industryView full post »

The Most Magical Christmas Decor Ever

Don’t we always say this every year? I can’t believe that the year is almost over. And that meansView full post »

Here It Is– The Ugliest Stone Fireplace You’ve Ever Seen!

Last Sunday we explored ugly brick fireplaces and today, we’re going to have a look at the ugly stoneView full post »

My Husband Loves Our Ugly Brick Fireplace

Dear Laurel, Please, please don’t ream me out. I’m just a meek little housewife with four spoiledView full post »

I Need Help For My Ugly Stone Fireplace. Can I Paint It?

Ahhh, yes, the quintessential ugly stone fireplace. Do you have one?   I have to be honest and say that 95%View full post »

An Exquisite Kitchen Restoration Has Charm To Burn

Too funny. I was working on a post about brick and stone fireplaces when I checked my email. And I had threeView full post »

Astonishing Home Makeovers You Won’t Believe

A Special Treat Today from two wonderful readers featuring some astonishing home makeovers! The first one, SarahView 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 »

My Ranch Home – Boxy, Low Ceilings, Boring– Is There Hope?

Dear Laurel, I love your blog and have gotten your rolodex and your paint collection and paint palettes.View full post »

My Historical Home Renovation Is Driving Me Mad!

Dear Laurel, Your post the other day about the Historical Home Renovation– the Georgian home inspired meView full post »

Interior Design Lessons We Can Learn From The Masters

Do you ever look at a beautiful designer-room, say in a magazine or blog and examine it? I mean, really examineView full post »